ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Future of Cooperatives in India


The web version of this article corrects a few errors that appeared in the print edition.

The cooperative movement in India was started by far-sighted colonial offi cials and later became an instrument of the development state in the post-Independence era, never really becoming a popular movement driven by its members. As the cooperatives have become central to government policy on rural credit, they have come to be entrenched power centres for doling out patronage, financial help and political support. This article proposes some measures for their successful reform.

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