While planned economy is an innovation to the Occident brought to the fore largely by Soviet Russia, the dust of ages has settled on the planned orders of the Orient. The whole of the Indian social order is a planned economy that has been functioning for thousands of years. That it should have served us so well all these many centuries is a monument to the farsightedness of the conceivers and to the soundness of the eternal principles upon which it was based.
Handicrafts and Cottage Industries
by J.C.Kumarappa, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 20 February, 2007
It is perhaps not a coincidence that the Rashtra Chenetha Karmika Samakhya (RCKS) was started in 1991, known more for the beginning of economic reforms in India. The RCKS has over the years been one of the most dynamic social movements in the country, unfortunately not known to most Indians. December 14, 2001 is better known in India as the day the parliament was attacked by terrorists and the event, rightfully, received a lot of attention.
Weavers Movements: A New Social Movement in response to Globalisation in India
by Shambu Prasad, Rashtra Chenetha Karmika Samak, 30 January, 2006
At the outset, one can be happy to see that the word `handloom\' appears in the Approach Paper to the 11th Five year Plan, albeit just twice. This is better when compared to the Approach Paper to the Tenth Five year Plan which does not mention it at all. Votaries for UPA government can claim some success, over the past NDA government. Apart from this consolation, handloom sector did not get `included\' in the growth strategies of the 11th five year Plan, although the Paper promises more inclusive approach to development.
Handloom Sector in the Approach Paper to the 11th Five year Plan Continuance of Neglect and Disappointment
by Dr. D. Narasimha Reddy, Centre for Handloom Information and Policy Advocacy, 01 January, 1970
A 6-member team consisting of Dr. K R. Choudhary (Retd Prof. of Agricultural Economics and Adviser, Government of Andhra Pradesh in various programmes related to Agriculture and Member, Farmers\' Welfare Commission set up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh); Mr. Ramprasad and Mr G. Raja Shekar (Agricultural Scientists from CSA); Mr. A.P. Rao, Agricultural Scientist cum Head of CEAD, an NGO; Mr. Vinod and Ms. Vijaya Lakshmi, Field Coordinators from CEAD, a group of Bt Cotton- and Non Bt Cotton-growing farmers along with representatives from electronic media (TV9 crew) visited the village Thurati in Kuntala mandal and village Jam in Sarangapur mandal on 26th October 2005, to look into the incidence of pest and disease problems in cotton. The visit was prompted by reports emerging from the district on the apparent failure of Bt Cotton and farmers complaining about problems including low yields from Bt Cotton.
Report of a Fact-Finding Team\'s visit on performance of Bt Cotton in Adilabad district, Andhra Pradesh [26th & 27th October, 2005]
by , , 26 October, 2005
THE large-scale suicide of over 300 cotton farmers in Andhra Pradesh this agricultural season point to a crisis in the sustainability of cotton farming. One needs to go beyond analyzed causes like the failure of extension mechanisms, the unavailability of easy credit and the specific conditions of Andhra Pradesh, to understand the reasons for cotton becoming a highly risky and unsustainable crop. A longer-term view of the situation has to appreciate the historical nature of present day cotton farming and the concomitant loss of autonomy of farmers over what they are growing. The recent deaths of cotton farmers in Vidarbha, the shift to traditional varieties in north India, and the earlier event of suicides of farmers in Guntur and Prakasam districts in 1986-87, together with the present plight of the Andhra farmers, all point to a larger crisis in cotton farming that is systemic and not isolated.
Suicide Deaths and Quality of Indian Cotton
by C. Shambu Prasad, Economic & Political Weekly, 30 January, 1999