Prof. M.V. Nadkarni

on Economics, Ethics, Environment, Gandhi, and Religion

Dr. M.V. Nadkarni (Mangesh Venkatesh Nadkarni), born on February 23, 1939, an economist by training and profession, has deep interest in other social sciences as well, as also in religion and philosophy. His contribution to Economics has been mainly in the areas of Agricultural Price Policy, Problems of Drought Prone Areas, Farmers' Movements, Political Economy of Forest Use and Management, Economics of Pollution Control, and Integrating Ethics into Economics

Recent Books

This book provides a vantage point of comparison, of the actual reality of decentralisation in India with Gandhi’s vision of decentralised democracy, or what he referred to as Gram Swaraj.

A hundred verses on Environmental Ethics with transliteration, translation and explanatory notes

Published earlier in 2011, this book now appears in its second and enlarged edition in 2014, published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi. The second edition has an added Part IV on ‘Some Contemporary Concerns’.

What is the Bhagavad-Gita? Is it just a religious text? When was it composed? How relevant is it to the modern 


Hinduism is much misunderstood, not only by non-Hindus, but also by Hindus themselves. It has been tried to be defined in terms of purity and pollution, caste hierarchy, Brahminism, idolatry, ritualism, cow-worship, other-worldliness and amorality! That is, anything which Hinduism is not. Some have even doubts if it is a religion at all!

Atrocities against Scheduled Castes in a Comparative Perspective

A drastically curtailed version of this article without the supporting tables appeared in The Economic Times dated 20 January, 2018

Crisis in Indian Agriculture: Can it be Overcome?

Delivered at the 15th Prof. LS Venkataramanan Memorial Lecture

Gandhi’s civilizational alternative and dealing with climate change

Journal of Social and Economic Development April 2015, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 90-103

Gandhi and Globalization [2008]

Presented at the panel discussion in the national seminar on Globalization and the Management of Vulnerabilities at ISEC, Bangalore

Agricultural Policy in India [1993]

Contexts, Issues and Instruments, Dept of Economic Analysis & Policy, Reserve Bank of India

Indian Agriculture - Challenges Old and New

Vicissitudes of Agriculture in the Fast Growing Indian Economy: Challenges, Strategies and the Way Forward, edited by C Ramasamy and K R Ashok, 2016

The Bhagavad-Gita as an Inspiration to Enterprise and Guide to Business Management

Nitte Management Review, Vol 9 Issue 1 Year 2015

Integrating Ethics into Economics [2013]

Founder's Day Lecture at CMDR, Dharwad

Green Economy and Poverty [2013]

Lecture at the Seminar on ‘Green Economy: Policy and Challenges’ at ISEC, Bangalore

People, Forests and Economics [1996]

Presidential Address at the 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics

Broadbasing Process in India and Dalits [1997]

Published in Economic and Political Weekly

Separate Tag for Lingayats - A Critical Look

Ethics of International Action on Climate Change: How Would Gandhi have looked at it? [2013]
Hindu Economic Philosophy [2013]