xii + 238 pp
The Book develops a new insight into the evolution of Economic Planning and Water and Power Policy in India during the period immediately preceding independence. It Brings to light lesser known facts about the Central Governmentâ€™s Water Policy and highlights the fact that the Post War Reconstruction Plan of 1942-1947 led to the initiation of Economic Planning in India. Similarly, the new water policy led to some basic decisions is related to he planned development of water resources in the country. The book analyzes Dr. Ambedkarâ€™s views on Economic Development and Planning and relates how he left the stamp of his profound scholarship, scientific and humanistic approach on India'â€™ Post War Economic Plan and water and Power Policy. Given the on going discussion on the question of Inter State Water disputes and alternative ways of harnessing water resources in the country, the book will be of use to students of economic history, policy makers and to those interested in the study of Dr.Ambedkar.
Dr. Sukhadeo Thorat is Professor Economics in the Centre for the study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He studied at Milind College of Arts (Aurangabad), Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Aurangabad, Maharashtra), Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi) and Main School of economics, Warsaw (Poland). During 1980-1991, Dr. Thorat was a visiting fellow at lowa State University (Ames), centre for International and Comparative Studies (lowa City), and International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC. U.S.A.). He has contributed several research papers on Agricultural Development, Agrarian Structure, Poverty, the Economic ideas of Dr. Ambedkar and Casts and Economic Discrimination, and a book, â€œTechnological Change and Regional Differentiation : An Analysis of Dry Farming.â€�
Preface, List of appendices, Background, Origin of water policy, Ambedkar's perspective on economic development, Influence on water policy, Creation of technical organisation, Damodar valley project: a bold step, Hirakund project, The sone river valley project, Electric power planning, Water and Indian constitution, Pioneering achievement, Appendices, Bibliography, Index.