Behind the Indian Boom: Inequality and Resistance at the heart of economic growth

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Authors: Alpa Shah and Jens Lerche

9789384465094 | PB | pp.96 | 2017 | Adivaani

BEHIND THE INDIAN BOOM travels across the country to meet its Dalits and Adivasis – its low caste and tribal communities – historically stigmatised as ‘untouchable’ and ‘wild’.

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What does India’s booming growth mean for the poorest who built it? BEHIND THE INDIAN BOOM travels across the country to meet its Dalits and Adivasis – its low caste and tribal communities – historically stigmatised as ‘untouchable’ and ‘wild’. Their cheap labour and land are the source of economic growth but they are also fighting against the situation they find themselves in. This photographic essay spans the production of different commodities from tea to cotton, explores the building of the infrastructure of growth from construction to dams, and investigates the extraction of mineral resources. Everywhere BEHIND THE INDIAN BOOM highlights the precarious conditions of work, the exploitation and oppression, and the resistance of Adivasis and Dalits.

Author:

Alpa Shah and Jens Lerche

ISBN:

9789384465094

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

96

Year of Publication:

2017

Publisher:

Adivaani

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Authors

Jens Lerche is Reader in Labour and Agrarian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has published on low castes, rural and migrant labour and agrarian relations in India for more than two decades. He is editor of the Journal of Agrarian Change and the author of Ground Down by Growth (Pluto, 2017).Easterine Kire’s work has been translated into German, Croatian, Uzbek, Norwegian and Nepali. In 2011 she was awarded the governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature.

Alpa Shah is associate professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of In the Shadows of the State and a coauthor ofnbsp;Ground Down by Growth. She presented the radio documentary “India’s Red Belt” for BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents.

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