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Land Reforms and Agrarian Change in Karnataka

Land Reforms and Agrarian Change in Karnataka Surinder S Jodhka IT is rather surprising that despite the large volume of literature available on the successes and failures of land reform legislations from different parts of the country, not many micro level studies have been earned out to understand the consequences that land reforms might have had on the related aspects of village life, such as, agrarian relations, rural power structure, changing caste equations and poverty This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that much of the literature on post-independence developmental programmes has ignored the significance of a historical perspective and the need for understanding various aspects of the changing agrarian structure in relation to one another [Pandey 1994]. It is in this context that C B Damle's book becomes an important contribution to the existing literature on agrarian processes in contemporary India The novelty of Damle's study lies in his ability to combine a historical perspective with a field study of four villages. Damle selected two villages each from a subsistence and commercial setting for his field study in the Dakshina Kannada (DK) district of Karnataka. One village in each setting was known for 'successful' implementation of land reforms and the other was selected from amongst the 'low implementation' villages. This made his research design for the field study doubly comparative.

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