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- DescriptionThe prospects for industrial development in the early years of independent India were plagued by a number of interrelated issues. Indian industrialists of the post-Independence era had either evolved from the ranks of merchants and moneylenders of the colonial period or from wartime speculators and hoarders. In general, their interests lay in short-term speculative gains rather than in sustained industrial growth. In addition, the impoverished condition of the peasantry resulted in the prospects of attractive returns through the diversion of urban resources to the rural moneylending market. Let alone preventing fresh industrial investment, this diversion bled the industrial sector of funds to cover even the replacement costs of plant and machinery. Finally, because of the nexus long established between some sections of the owners of capital and the Congress party, decisive corrective intervention by the government after Independence became a problematic political task. This volume examines the processes by which these problems, exacerbated by colonial nchalance, were comprehended by the political executive in independent India, and shows how measures of social engineering were attempted in order to reform the more extreme cases of capitalist cupidity.
- Author BiographyNasir Tyabji is an economic historian with interests in the areas of technology, innovation, and the social aspects of industrialization. After some years spent at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, and the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, he taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Subsequently, he moved to Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and retired as the Director and Professor from the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies. He continues to edit the centre's journal History and Sociology of South Asia.
- Author(s)Nasir Tyabji
- PublisherOUP India
- Date of Publication22/10/2015
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew Delhi
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintOUP India
- Weight392 g
- Width149 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine19 mm
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