Recent Histories of Indian Economic Thought: A Critical Survey

Thomas, Alex M. (2023) Recent Histories of Indian Economic Thought: A Critical Survey. The History of Economic Thought, 64 (2). pp. 19-44.

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In this paper, I survey recently published (2000 to 2020) books and articles devoted to the history of Indian economic thought. The survey is not an exhaustive one, and this was done in order to ensure both breadth and depth of the coverage. In terms of breadth, I critically survey intellectual histories, institutional histories and conceptual histories. More specifically, I examine the economic ideas of D. Naoroji, B. R. Ambedkar, J. C. Kumarappa, P. J. Thomas and K. Bharadwaj within intellectual histories. Under institutional histories, I briefly engage with the history of professionalization of the economics discipline in pre-independent India by focusing attention on economics textbooks, associations and journals. As part of conceptual histories, the contributions of Arun Bose, Sukhamoy Chakravarty and Gautam Mathur to the development of Sraffian political economy is discussed. Subsequently, there is an elaborate discussion on the various ways through which Indian economists contributed to the understanding of development by producing concepts and highlighting specificities of the Indian context. I end by noting the need for critical scholarship in the history of Indian economic thought.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Thomas, Alex M.
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Survey, History, Indian Economy
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
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