Land, Labour and Rights
Ten Daniel Thorner Memorial Lectures
About This Book
As a specialist on India, the economist Daniel Thorner is remembered for his deep commitment to the cause of Indian nationalism, and his understanding of the country's social, economic and political complexity. As a tribute to Thorner's wide-ranging and far-reaching contributions to Indian economics, Thorner's wife, Alice Thorner, and his good friend, P. N. Haksar, have put together a series of lectures in association with the Indian Statistical Institute. This collection reflects the breadth of Thorner's own range of interests, encompassing themes in the social sciences and issues in the fields of public policy and human rights. This book comprises nine lectures, together with a hitherto-unpublished paper by Thorner himself, and an introduction by Utsa Patnaik, Professor of Economics at Jawarhlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Alice Thorner has been studying, teaching and writing on the economic and social history of South Asia since 1940.
Table of Contents
Preface by Alice Thorner; Introduction; The Royal Titles Bill of 1876; The Agrarian Question and Development of Capitalism in India; Paper Laws; Land and Labour in India: The Demographic Factor; Famine Mortality; Colonialism and Environment in India: A Comparative Perspective; Human Rights and International Solidarity; Disinherited Peasants, Disadvantaged Workers: A Gender Perspective on Land and Livelihood; Land Reforms and the Question of Food in Kerala; De-industrialization; Lost Visions? Imagining a National Culture in the 1950s; Thorner Memorial Lectures; Index