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100 Years of Champaran and a Forgotten Figure

This week marks the centenary of Gandhi's arrival in Bihar to address the concerns of indigo farmers in the Champaran district. The foundations for the success of the Champaran satyagraha were laid by Rajkumar Shukla, the man who was instrumental in bringing Gandhi to the district but has not received the credit due to him in historical writings.

A Palimpsest for Development

Thinking Small : The United States and the Lure of Community Development by Daniel Immerwahr, Harvard University Press, 2015; pp 272, $35.

Building a Creative Freedom

Joseph Cornelius Kumarappa (1892-1960) was a pioneering economic philosopher and architect of the Gandhian rural economics programme. Largely forgotten today, Kumarappa's life-work constitutes a large body of writings and a rich record of public service, both of profound significance. A critical intellectual engagement with his life-work can shed new light on some of the most fundamental constituents of the human economic predicament, and also contribute to a more nuanced understanding of one of the most fecund periods in modern Indian history.

J C Kumarappa

J C Kumarappa's is a forgotten name, even among economic theorists and environmentalists today. But the fact remains that this expert on economic and financial matters in the Gandhian era was the pioneer of 'Non-Violent Economics'. The author of Economy of Permanence and the editor of Gram Udyog...
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