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Prof R. Ramakumar

Professor , Mumbai campus

Dean - School of Development Studies
Qualification

M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (TNAU), Ph.D. in Economics (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)

Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centro de Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Mexico City, 2004.

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, from March 2005 till February 2006.

Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from March 2006 till March 2010.

Associate Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from April 2010 till March 2013.

Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from April 2013.

NABARD Chair Professor, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, from June 2016.

Non-ministerial Member, State Planning Board, Government of Kerala, from September 2016.

My overall research interests are in:

  1. Agrarian Studies;
  2. Agricultural Economics;
  3. Development Economics;
  4. Fiscal Policy in India.
  5. National Identity Schemes

Currently, my research focuses on:

  1. Agrarian Change in Rural India and Rural Maharashtra;
  2. Agricultural Credit in India;
  3. Economic Reforms and Changes in Rural Livelihoods;
  4. Communalism and Social Movements;
  5. The Aadhaar project in India.

 

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

"Moving Out of Cotton: Notes from a Longitudinal Survey in Two Vidarbha Villages" (with Karan Raut and Tushar Kamble), Review of Agrarian Studies, 6 (3), 2016. Read...

"Economic Rationale of ‘Demonetisation’: Scrutiny of the Government’s Claims" (with Vineet Kohli), Economic and Political Weekly, 51 (53), December 2016. Read...

"Jats, Khaps and Riots: Communal Politics and the Bharatiya Kisan Union in Northern India", Journal of Agrarian Change, forthcoming, 2016. Read...

“Aspects of the Peasant Movement in Malabar: An Interview with E. K. Nayanar”, Review of Agrarian Studies, 4 (2), 2014. Read...

“The Interviews: An Introduction”, Review of Agrarian Studies, 4 (2), 2014. Read...

“Bank Credit to Agriculture in India in the 2000s: Dissecting the Revival” (with Pallavi Chavan), Review of Agrarian Studies, 4 (1), 2014. Read...

“India’s Agricultural Debt Waiver Scheme, 2008”, Review of Agrarian Studies, 3 (1), 2013. Read...

"Large-scale Investments in Agriculture in India", IDS Bulletin, 43 (1), Special issue: "Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India", July 2012, pp. 92-103. Read more...

“Land Conflicts and Attacks on Dalits: A Case Study from a Village in Marathwada, India” (with Tushar Kamble), Review of Agrarian Studies, 2 (2), July-December, 2012. Read...

“Performance-based Budgeting: A Review of Experience and Lessons”, Indian Journal of Social Work, 72 (4), October 2011, pp. 483-504.

“Agricultural Employment in a Vidarbha village: Results from a Resurvey” (with Karankumar Raut), Review of Agrarian Studies, 1 (2), June-December, 2011. Read more...

“Changes in the Number of Rural Bank Branches in India, 1991 to 2008” (with Pallavi Chavan), Review of Agrarian Studies, 1 (1), January-June, 2011. Read more...

“Expanding Welfare Entitlements in the Neo-Liberal Era: The Case of Food Security in Kerala” (with T. M. Thomas Isaac), Indian Journal of Human Development, 4 (1), 2010. Read...

“The Unique ID Project in India: A Skeptical Note”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ICEB 2010, LNCS 6005, 2010, pp. 153–167. Read...

“Levels and Composition of Public Social and Economic Expenditures in India, 1950-51 to 2005-06”, Social Scientist, 36 (9/10), 2008, pp. 48-94. Read...

“Revival of Agricultural Credit in the 2000s: An Explanation” (with Pallavi Chavan), Economic and Political Weekly, 42 (52), December 29, 2007, pp. 57-64. Read...

“Why do the States not spend? An Exploration of the Phenomenon of Cash Surpluses and the FRBM Legislation” (with T. M. Thomas Isaac), Economic and Political Weekly, 41 (48), December 2, 2006, pp. 4965-4976. Read...

“Public Action, Agrarian Change and the Standard of Living of Agricultural Workers: A Study of a Village in Kerala”, Journal of Agrarian Change, 6 (3), 2006, pp. 306-345. Read...

“Micro-credit and Rural Poverty: An Analysis of Empirical Evidence” (with Pallavi Chavan), Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (10), March 9, 2002, pp. 955-965. Read...

 

CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS

"A Note on the Agrarian Economy of Karnataka", in Madhura Swaminathan and Arindam Das (eds), Socio-economic Surveys of Three Villages in Karnataka: A Study of Agrarian Relations, Tulika Books, New Delhi. Read...

"Agricultural Credit and Financial Liberalisation in India" (with Pallavi Chavan), in Agriculture and Rural India after Economic Reforms, an edited volume in honour of Professor Venkatesh Athreya, forthcoming, 2017.

"Agriculture and Youth in the Asia-Pacific Region: Status and Challenges with Special Reference to India", in Family Farming Meeting the Zero Hunger Challenge, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2016. Read...

“Caste and Land Distribution: Results from a Village Resurvey in Maharashtra, 1964-2007”, in Himanshu, Praveen Jha and Gerry Rodgers (eds.), The Changing Village in India: Insights from Longitudinal Research, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2015. Read...

“Agrarian Change and Changes in the Socio-Economic Conditions of Dalit Households in a Malabar Village”, in V. K. Ramachandran and Madhura Swaminathan (eds.), Dalit Households in Village Economies, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2014.

“Social Security in India: A Note” (with Praveen Jha and Nilachala Acharya), in Zoya Hasan and Mushirul Hasan (ed.), India: Social Development Report 2012, Minorities at the Margins, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2013. Read more...

"Access to Livelihood Assets: Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Reality of Development Interventions" (with Geiser U, Bottazzi P, Epprecht M, Fokou G, Fritschi A, Shahbaz B, Steimann B, Strasser B.), in Wiesmann U, Hurni H (eds.) Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 6. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, 2011, pp 313-330. Read more...

“Continuity and Change: Notes on Agriculture in ‘New India’”, in Anthony D’Costa (ed.), A New India? Critical Perspectives in the Long Twentieth Century, London: Anthem Press, 2010. Read more...

“Agriculture and Rural Society in Marx’s Capital”, in Marx’s Capital: An Introductory Reader, Leftword Books, New Delhi, 2011. Read more...

“Challenges to Fiscal Policy in India in the Era of Reforms” (with T. M. Thomas Isaac), in Praveen Jha (ed.), Progressive Fiscal Policy in India, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2011. Read more...

“Features of the Economy of Rural Andhra Pradesh”, in V. K. Ramachandran, Vikas Rawal and Madhura Swaminathan (eds.), Socio-economic Surveys of Three Villages in Andhra Pradesh: A Study of Agrarian Relations, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2010. Read more...

“Rural Indebtedness” (with Pallavi Chavan), in V. K. Ramachandran, Vikas Rawal and Madhura Swaminathan (eds.), Socio-economic Surveys of Three Villages in Andhra Pradesh: A Study of Agrarian Relations, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2010. Read more...

“State, Politics and Civil Society: A Note on the Experience of Kerala” (with K. N. Nair), in Urs Geiser and Stephan Rist (eds.) Decentralisation Meets Local Complexity: Local Struggles, State Decentralisation and Access to Natural Resources in South Asia and Latin America, Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, vol. 4, Geographica Bernensia, Bern, 2009. Read...

“Formal Credit and Rural Worker Households in Kerala: A Case Study of a Malabar Village”, in V. K. Ramachandran and Madhura Swaminathan (eds.) Financial Liberalisation and Rural Banking in India, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2005. Read more...

“Interest Rates on Micro-credit in India: A Note” (with Pallavi Chavan), in V. K. Ramachandran and Madhura Swaminathan (eds.) Financial Liberalisation and Rural Banking in India, Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2005. Read more...

 

WORKING PAPERS/RESEARCH BRIEFS

"India and the Millennium Development Goals: Progress and Challenges", NCCR North-South Dialogue 38 (Working Paper, Special Research Project 4 – Beyond the MDGs), NCCR North-South, Bern and Zurich, Switzerland, 2011. Read...

“Union Budget 2010-11 and the Poor” (with Aditi Dixit and Tushar Kamble), Research Brief 1, Project on “Monitoring and Analysis of Budgets in Maharashtra State”, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2010. Read...

“The 13th Finance Commission: Fiscal Roadmap or Fiscal Roadblock?”, Research Brief 2, Project on “Monitoring and Analysis of Budgets in Maharashtra State”, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2010. Read...

“Vulnerability and Development: Implications for Disaster Studies”, in Janki Andharia, “Vulnerability in Disaster Discourse: A Conceptual Review”, Working Paper Number 8, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, February, 2009.

“Levels and Composition of Public Social and Economic Expenditures in India, 1950-51 to 2005-06”, Working Paper No. 42, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, May 2008. Read...

“Agrarian Distress and Rural Livelihoods: A Study in Upputhara Panchayat, Idukki District, Kerala” (with K. N. Nair), Working Paper No. 392, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, November 2007. Read...

 

ARTICLES

"Brakes on the Rural Economy", Frontline, December 23, 2016. Read...

"Demonetisation: Ineffective, Inadequate and Premature", Business World, November 12, 2016. Read...

“Freedom in Peril”, Frontline, April 10, 2016. Read...

“Seeds of Distress”, Frontline, April 1, 2016. Read...

“All Pervasive Aadhaar Raises Serious Privacy Concerns”, Deccan Herald, March 12, 2016. Read...

“Big Promises, Bigger Discontent”, Asian Age, March 1, 2016. Read...

“The Fine Print is not all that Rosy”, Asian Age, March 1, 2015. Read...

“Mirage of Inclusion”, Frontline, October 3, 2014. Read...

“Budget 2014 has UPA's Imprint”, Asian Age, July 12, 2014.

“Compulsion by Stealth”, The Hindu, February 3, 2014. Read...

“Suspend Aadhaar, it is Leading India to a Surveillance State”, Deccan Herald, September 29, 2013. Read...

“Not Such a Straight Poverty line”, The Hindu, August 12, 2013. Read...

“Mixed Metaphors”, Frontline, 30 (16), August 23, 2013. Read...

“A Poll Calculation Gone Wrong”, Asian Age, March 1, 2013. Read...

“Cash Evangelism”, Frontline, 29 (25), Dec 28, 2012. Read...

“Hardly a Model”, Frontline, 29 (21), November 2, 2012. Read...

"A Tale of Errors", Frontline, 29 (13), June 30, 2012. Read...

"Questions and Answers on Microcredit", CERISCOPE Pauvreté, 2012, [en ligne], consulté le 04/03/2012. Read...

"Aadhaar: Time to Disown the Idea", The Hindu, December 16, 2011. Read...

"Identity Concerns", Frontline, 28 (24), November 19, 2011. Read...

"PDS in Peril", Frontline, 28 (24), November 19, 2011. Read...

"Why it failed in UK", Frontline, 28 (24), November 19, 2011. Read...

"Aadhaar: On a platform of myths", The Hindu, July 17, 2011. Read...

“In farmer’s name”, Frontline, 28 (6), March 25, 2011. Read...

“Read the fine print, it’s not very nice”, Asian Age, March 1, 2011. Read...

“A route to disaster”, Frontline, 27 (24), November 20, 2010. Read...

“What the UID conceals”, The Hindu, October 21, 2010. Read...

“Food insecurities”, Frontline, 27 (15), July 30, 2010. Read...

“Fiscal roadblock”, Frontline, 27 (6), March 13, 2010. Read...

“Budget leaves poor to fend for themselves”, Asian Age, February 27, 2010.

“The unsettled debate on Indian poverty”, The Hindu, January 2, 2010. Read...

“High-cost, High-risk”, Frontline, 26 (15), August 14, 2009. Read...

“Poverty of will”, Frontline, 26 (14), July 18, 2009. Read...

“Lessons in apathy”, Frontline, 26 (7), March 28-April 10, 2009. Read...

“For an alternative”, The Hindu, Chennai, July 5, 2006. Read...

 

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Concept, History and Theories of Development (MA in Development Studies);

Development Experiences: International Perspectives (M.Phil./Ph.D in Development Studies);

Political Economy of Agrarian Change (M.Phil./Ph.D in Development Studies)

India's Development Experience (Foundation course for MA students).

Email: rr[at]tiss[dot]edu

NABARD Chair Professor and Dean, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai - 400088;

Telephone: +91-22-25525336

Fax: +91-22-25525050