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Konkan Economy and Society in Transition (1818-1920)

Sheela Mohan Nabar (Author)
Synopsis The book ‘South Konkan Economy and Society In Transition’ (1818-1920) on the Western Coast of India is an excellent area to investigate. Each port city on the coast has a tale to narrate. Every port, major or minor has a market at home and abroad and each market has a story of its rise and decline. South Konkan, a coastal region on the west coast of India had celebrated ports such as Ratnagiri, Rajapur, Malvan, Devgad, Vijaydurg, ankote and Vengurla. Trade flourished through these ports. The author examines the impact of British rule on this over region a period of one hundred years. The focus is on Ratnagiri and Malvan talukas including Vengurla, which was a Petha converted to a taluka in 1879. A number of administrative, economic and social changes that took place during this period are discussed. The author also focuses on issues related to khoti, agriculture, trade, industry, forests, and migration, after the British established their control and makes an attempt to study the economic, social and political conditions of the period which led to the decline of the Konkan economy turning it into a money order economy. This study based primarily on archival records is a classic work showing the vital role of the Government in the growth of decline of any economy. It is no important whether the area is a periphery or is in the mainstream, it can still be developed according to its extent and its capacity if the government identifies its strong points and draw backs. This is evident from the rapid changes that are again seen in Ratnagiri, Malvan and Vengurla with the construction Konkan railway connecting Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka and Kerala. The interest taken by the government in the development of beaches and new agricultural and industrial experiments in the Konkan have already started giving a much-needed impetus to socio-economic development on the western coastline of India transforming the lives of eleven million people who live there. The book should appeal to students and scholars interested in the changing economy and society on the west coast of India especially Konkan.
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About the author

Sheela Mohan Nabar

Dr. Sheela Mohan Nabar, recipient of John F Kennedy Gold Medal proves her intense love for learning and research by obtaining B.Ed., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in a sequence at Mumbai. She began her teaching career as a teacher in a school in 1979. She proved to be a highly competent teacher. Her commitment to her chosen vocation moved her to the status as the Head of the Department of History in Guru Nanak College. She is presently the Principal of K.B. College of Arts and Commerce, Kopri, Thane. She is associated with the Asiatic Society of Bombay, Maharashtra State Archives. Spending long hours in the library and the archives to pursue research work is her much loved activity. She has presented several research papers at State and National Seminars and Conferences. Some of the Important Published articles throw light on the migration of Saraswat community from South Konkan to Bombay. Some forest settlements in South Konkan, Agrarian riots between the Mahars and the Khots in Ratnagiri in the South Konkan throwing light on variuos issues on West Coast of India. She is the co-author of books, Elements of Archaeology, Museology, Archival and Library Science, Modern India, Ancient India. She is linked with the Institute of Distance Education and prepares study material for the benefit of the students.

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Bibliographic information

Title Konkan Economy and Society in Transition (1818-1920)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186771689
length xxvii+385p., Plates; Figures; Tables; Maps; Notes; References; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.