This Report explores certain facets of rural transformations in their regional contexts. It brings together existing research by eminent scholars who have done extensive work on regional disparities on the following themes:
Natural resource endowments and groundwater irrigation
Backwardness within regions and districts
Market integration and development of commodity markets
Inclusion of dalits and adivasis in the business economy
Social movements and regions
The Report goes beyond studying regional disparities and constructs regional typologies in order to formulate policy. This is because it has become clear that ‘one-size-fits-all’ policies do not work. The emergence of new regions requires appropriate policy changes to accommodate diverse needs and aspirations.
The Report also provides a comprehensive update on the state of rural development based on various new data available in the public domain since the release of the previous India Rural Development Reportin2013.
It will continue to be an invaluable resource for policy-makers at the Centre and in the states, local bodies and corporates engaged with the rural sector. Students, scholars and researchers too will find it immensely useful.