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Development and Deception: Experiences from Eastern and North-Eastern India (In 2 Volumes)

Kalipada Deb (Author)
Synopsis The Independent India of 1947 was steeped in extreme of poverty, ignorance and illiteracy. An overwhelming proportion of the population was in semi-starving condition, and the literacy had reached less than a fifth. In this situation, the Constitution that came in 1950 opted for a parliamentary form of government, and at the same time promised to the people everything good in this world. A socialist pattern of society, free from exploitation and injustices, was to be established. What happened to the promises ultimately? Could the government provide food and other basic necessities to the semi-starved billions? Was the development achieved with half-a-century’s efforts in the long-run interest of everybody? Did the backward regions and weaker sections get adequate attention from the government? Was the Constitution of India a Propaganda material, meant for deceiving the poor masses? There are some of the questions addressed to by this study. India is a vast country with a variety of socio-economic situation. But regionally, at the time of Independence, the Eastern Region was the most backward. Therefore, this study looks into the above questions focusing on the Eastern region. There were only four states at that time, with Bihar the largest and West Bengal the most developed. By early eighties, the number of states had reached 11; the seven new states being Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. This is an in-depth analysis of the pattern of development in all these states over the last five decades, based on a wealth of data collected from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary. The study has brought out resources and all-pervading corruption and the deception of the masses in the name of development.
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About the author

Kalipada Deb

Kalipada Deb (b. 1.10.1942) was Professor at the North Bengal University for more than two decades, since 1981, and earlier he headed the department at Gauhati university. He has published several research level books, including Export Strategy in India since Independence, Foreign resources and Development in India, Public Policies and the Industrial Economy of India, The Challenge of Rural Development, The Chinese Economy: Changes and Challenges in the Post-Era, Soviet Union to Commonwealth: Transformation and Challenges, and Development and Disparities. He was selected for the 21st Century Award Achievement by the IBC, Cambridge, England in 2001, and was also awarded Bharat Jyoti by the India International Friendship Society of New Delhi in 2003, for the quality of academic services rendered. Presently, he is associated with Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan at Siliguri.

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Title Development and Deception: Experiences from Eastern and North-Eastern India (In 2 Volumes)
Author Kalipada Deb
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178354497
length 326p.; viii+327-691p., Tables; Notes; Bibliography; Index 23cm.
Subjects History