India’s Rurality and Its Different Faces

A. Damodaran

in Encircling the Seamless

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066750
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080106 | DOI:
India’s Rurality and Its Different Faces

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In his analysis of ‘rurality’ and its role in obstructing modernization, Tom Nairn (1997) sees a connection between seclusion and agricultural growth and provides insights on how seclusion reinforces national identities. Drawing upon the experience of the arid state of Rajasthan in India, this chapter argues that despite best efforts to diversify the income base in the rural areas, the issue of redistribution of benefits of growth has yet to be addressed. Moreover, environmental degradation exacerbates the depletion of public goods in Rajasthan. Although the World Trade Organization Agreements have provided opportunities to sections of Indian agriculture, India’s advantages in the realm of environmental sustainability have not been utilized to improve global market access. This chapter highlights the role of information and communication technology in promoting future trading for agricultural commodities as a complementary step that could boost the position of India’s agricultural sector in the world trade order.

Keywords: India; rurality; agriculture; Rajasthan; environmental degradation; World Trade Organization; environmental sustainability; information and communication technology; world trade; public goods

Chapter.  17576 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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