The fact/fiction of Indian agriculture

Thomas, Alex M. (2019) The fact/fiction of Indian agriculture. Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bengaluru.

Text - Published Version
Download (629kB) | Preview


At a time when the economics of agriculture has been ousted from the economics curricula in India, it is heartening to see agrarian issues occupying a central position in recent books of fiction. In this blog, I review Kota Neelima’s Death of a Moneylender (2016, Penguin, Gurgaon). Neelima’s book conveys the condition of Indian farmers through the eyes of Falak Anand, a newspaper reporter from Delhi, who goes to Bapat — a small village in south-central India — to report on the death of a moneylender, Desraj. The concerns of village residents are perceptively brought out through his conversations with three people: an old economist who sits near him on his train journey to Bapat; Shambu, a farmer; and Laxmana, the head of the village (sarpanch ) and a moneylender.

Item Type: Other
Authors: Thomas, Alex M.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics, Economics of agriculture, Agriculture income, Economics curricula, Village economy, Market
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Full Text Status: Public
Publisher URL:

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item