Colonizing Agriculture by Mridula Mukherjee
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Colonizing Agriculture
By Mridula Mukherjee

Colonizing Agriculture

The Myth of Punjab Exceptionalism

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Colonizing Agriculture by Mridula Mukherjee

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This book is the first comprehensive study of the impact of colonialism on the agriculture of this very important region which, apart from the Pakistani and Indian provinces of Punjab, included the present day Indian provinces of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Making extensive use of data culled from government archives and private papers in India and Britain, as well as from village surveys, farm accounts and family budgets, the author argues that Punjab was by no means an idyllic land of prosperous peasant proprietors. She maintains that it was also the land of big feudal landlords, rack-rented tenants, and struggling small-holders, who were forced to enlist in the army or migrate to enable their families to pay government taxes and to repay debts. Comparing Punjab with its supposed polar-opposite, the eastern region of Bengal and Bihar, Mridula Mukherjee demonstrates that Punjab too had begun to exhibit features typical of colonial under-development, such as stagnation of productive forces, intensification of semi-feudal relations, forced commercialisation and lack of capital investment in agriculture. The green revolution therefore was not the result of a continuity but actually because of a break with the colonial past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761934059
ISBN-10: 0761934057
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 159mm x 12mm)
Pages: 212
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mridula Mukherjee

Mridula Mukherjee is currently Professor of Modern Indian History and Chairperson of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Professor Mukherjee has been Visiting Scholar at Duke University, USA, and at the Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo. She has also been Chairperson of the Archives on Contemporary History at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has published widely in the areas of agrarian history, peasant movements, social movements and the Indian national movement. Her publications include India's Struggle for Independence (1999) and India After Independence 1947-2000 (2000), both co-authored.

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