By Pritam Singh
This ebook throws new gentle at the examine of India's improvement via an exploration of the triangular courting among federalism, nationalism and the advance approach. It specializes in one of many likely paradoxical circumstances of outstanding improvement and sharp federal conflicts which were witnessed within the kingdom of Punjab. The e-book concentrates at the federal constitution of the Indian polity and it examines the evolution of the connection among the centre and the country of Punjab, considering the emergence of Punjabi Sikh nationalism and its clash with Indian nationalism. offering a template to examine neighborhood imbalances and tensions in nationwide economies with federal buildings and competing nationalisms, this booklet won't simply be of curiosity to researchers on South Asian reports, but additionally to these operating within the fields of politics, political financial system, geography and development.
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Additional info for Federalism, Nationalism and Development: India and the Punjab Economy
Particular emphasis is placed on explaining how the political economy of Indian nationalism in making India self-reliant in food availability was the driving force behind the centre’s introduction of the Green Revolution strategy in Punjab. The chapter then goes on to examine the implications of the introduction of the Green Revolution strategy for Punjab agriculture. In particular, the issues of cropping pattern, the rise in agricultural productivity, the limitations of this strategy and the signs of a saturation crisis in Punjab agriculture are explored.
Applying the RCD approach to the study of centre–state relations in industry The two main approaches to the study of centre–state relations in industry mentioned earlier (the constitutional approach and the issue-oriented approach) are useful to study either the macro-trends or a speciﬁc issue in the industry. Since my objective is to examine the implications of both macro-level changes and speciﬁc issues in centre–state relations in industry for Punjab industry, my RCD 13 INTRODUCTION approach can take account of both the general and the speciﬁc changes.
In understanding Punjab’s perspective, I beneﬁted also from interviews with several civil servants of the Punjab government. Some of them wanted to remain anonymous while others were happy to be quoted. I wanted to get ﬁrst-hand knowledge of Punjab industry and agriculture in order to understand the problems and prospects of these two sectors. For an understanding of the issues concerning industry, I interviewed several industrialists in Ludhiana, the hub of small-scale industry in Punjab, and visited several 14 INTRODUCTION factory sites.