Monday, 23 February 2015

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Poverty And Development Planning In India by K. L. Datta from Concept Publishing.

This book covers a wide range of issues related to poverty and inequality in the context of development planning in India. It presents an account of the planning and development strategy at the backdrop of the measures to effect poverty reduction. It describes India's planning process and analyses the mathematical models of growth and investment, which are at the back of Plan formulation, and provides an account of the measures of poverty reduction. The centrality of this analysis is the transition from growth measures pursued until the 1970s, to a mix of growth and redistribution since the 1980s, and then to inclusive growth.

This book covers four core areas. First, the treatise on mathematical models to chart out a growth path, the manner and method of using poverty as a parameter in the consistency type growth models and the analytical details of the changes in the planning strategy during the period of economic reforms contained here give seminal insights into the role of planning in poverty reduction. Second, it comments on the methodology of the measurement of poverty, comprehensively summarising the debates surrounding it. Third, the identification of poor and accrual to their income through 'direct attack on poverty' has been chronicled with a critique's eye.

Here, a clinical examination of the specific strategies and their outcomes, with a quantitative analysis of the general growth process and the income redistributive anti-poverty programmes is also done. Fourth, it undertakes a disaggregated quantification of poverty – at the regional level, in rural and urban areas, and by social and occupation groups. These reflect the stratified nature of Indian society, and are integral to the formulation of meaningful plan for poverty reduction. The issues addressed here are essential to understand poverty and inequality in India's rapidly growing economy. Many of them are contentious and have been dealt with academic rigour so as to enable a fair assessment.

In our Development Studies section, Rs. 2500, in hardback, 510 pages, ISBN :9789351250005

Rediscovering Gandhi, Vol- VI: Gandhi and Jesus: The End of Fundamentalism by Wolfgang Sternstein And R.P. Misra  from Concept Publishing.

Gandhi and Jesus are brothers in spirit in spite of the great distance in space, time and cultural sphere that separates them. This is the thesis of this book. A completely new view of Jesus’ life and teaching derives from Gandhi’s religious thinking. It coincides to a vast extent with the findings of the Life-of-Jesus Research (which was unknown to Gandhi), but it also goes beyond it in crucial points.

To the various things they have in common belongs their rejection of any kind of fundamentalism and its underlying basis, the absolute truth claim of the Abrahamic religions.

In our Gandhi Studies section, Rs. 850, in hardback, xvi+256 pages, ISBN :9788180699856 

Federating Elected Women Representatives Of Local Bodies In India by G. Palanithurai from Concept Publishing.

Federating Elected Women Representatives in Rural Local Bodies is a current subject in the domain of new local governance paradigm. It was initiated first in South India with the support of the Ford Foundation. Subsequently many donor agencies evinced keen interest in federating the Elected Women Representatives in different parts of the country. As a result many civil society organizations have involved in forming federations among the Elected Women Representatives in their respective areas.

The federations have produced results of varying intensity. Having seen the larger implications, the Government of India has adopted this as a major exercise and supported those initiatives. Yet sufficient academic attention was not given on this subject. Worthwhile publications have not been brought out barring a few and they are also not exhaustive. A few documents are available but they are based on the experience of the project activities in the given state, hence this attempt.

This book is a compilation of the experiences of the institutions and individuals involved in federating the Elected Women Representatives in different states in India. Along with above articles a report prepared by SDC based on the experience shared in a workshop distilling the major achievements and weakness in those project activities in federating the women leaders is attached which gives an overall picture about the trend in federating the Elected Women Representatives in rural local governance in India.

In our Women Studies section, Rs. 600, in hardback, xvi+181 pages, ISBN :9789351250692

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