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Articles By Uma Shankari

Agrarian Crisis

After the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the economic and political situation of Dalit agricultural workers seems to be improving. However, rising incomes of Dalit labourers vis-à-vis falling incomes of farmers make the situation difficult for farmers. Both are looking for escape routes: education, migration, mechanisation, and non-farm occupations. Casteism still prevails, although people avoid practising untouchability in an overt manner. This is the second and last part of the article which has been published in two parts.

Agrarian Crisis

The 70th round of the National Sample Survey Office estimates the average income of a farm family at₹ 6,426 per month from all sources such as cultivation, animal husbandry, wages, etc. This personal account, which has been divided into two parts, traces the developments leading to the crisis in the context of a village in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. Needless to say, it is important to understand the ground realities as much as the statistical data for suitable policy and administrative interventions.