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Economic Thinking in India

G.R. Madan (Author)
Synopsis This book deals with the ideas of economic thinkers of India since ancient times. As there was not much material available in this field when the work was started the original works of many authors had to be consulted. The book is divided into five parts. Part I deals with ancient economic thinkers, and the two most important thinkers of that period are Kautilya and Sukra. Part II deals with medieval economic thinkers among whom are included Ala-ud-din Khilji, Mohammad Tughlaq, Ferozshah, Shershah and Akbar. Part III is devoted to earlier modern economic thinkers, and among these are included the ideas of Dadabhai Naoroji, M.G. Ranade, D. Wacha, R.C. Dutt, G.K. Gokhale, N.M. Joshi and P.N. Banerjea. Part IV deals with recent economic thinkers. From a lart number of thinkers of this period the ideas of six economists belonging to these different schools are discussed in details. They are V.G. Kale, Brij Narain, M.K. Gandhi, J.K. Mehta, K. T. Shah and R.K. Mukerjee. Part V is concerned with collective economic thinking, i.e. the thinking of various political parties including governmental thinking. The author concludes that although most of the political parties and individual economists advocate for planned economic development, few look into the difficulties of implementation of plane in a democratic set up, which require serious thinking from a different perspective.
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About the author

G.R. Madan

Dr. G. R. Madan, M.A. (Econ.), M.A. (Socio.), Dip. In Com., LL.B., Ph.D. (born 1923), had a good academic career. He worked in a research project “Socio-economic Survey of Lucknow City” sponsored by the Research Programmes Committee of the Planning Commission, under Dr. Radhakamal Mukerjee, Director, J.L. Institute of Sociology and Human Relation, Lucknow University, between 1954 and 1956. From 1956 onwards he taught in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Lucknow University till his retirement from the university service in 1984. During 1966-67 he was Post doctoral fellow at the Social Science Research Centre, Mississippi State University (U.S.A.) as well as a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer. He worked there with Dr. Harold F. Kaufman in the field of Rural Sociology. During 1970-71 he went to England under the British Council Commonwealth University Interchange Scheme and worked with Professor S.L. Anderski, at the University of Reading. His work Western Sociologists on Indian Society has been published by the International Library of Sociology, London. In 1973, he was invited to deliver some special lectures on “Social Disorganization and Social Reconstruction in India” at the Karnataka University, Dharwar, and 1976 on “Community Development in India (Some Recent Trends)” at the Bangalore University. He has published several book and articles on India’s social and economic problems. He is associated with a number of social welfare voluntary organizations. Currently he is Visiting Professor of Sociology, Maharaja Surajmal Institute, Janakpuri, New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Economic Thinking in India
Author G.R. Madan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher Radha Publications
Language: English
isbn 8174873066
length xxii+431p., Tables; Index; 23cm.