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A Bouquet of Poems on Social Ethics. This is the coming together of Sanskrit compositions from five Śatakas (centuries of verses) and two Daśakas (tens of verses). All compositions in Sanskrit are presented with transliteration, word-to-word meaning, translation and annotation in English.
Socio-Economic Change and the Broad-Basing Process in India
This book offers a new concept of inclusion of the marginalised in India — the Broad-basing Process. The author examines how through this process increasing numbers of marginalised social groups can enter into the social, political and economic mainstream and progressively derive the same advantages from society as the groups already part of it.The book critically reviews how the broad-basing process has worked in the past in India both before and after its independence.
Decentralized Democracy in India
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. It looks at the historical evolution of panchayats from ancient times to India’s independence, and critically discusses the developments after. It examines the functioning of the present Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and the performances of urban local bodies. The basic thrust of this work is the need for constitutional reforms meant to strengthen and deepen democracy
This book is a set of 108 verses conceived and presented in Sanskrit covering all the important aspects of Mahatma Gandhi's life, work and philosophy. It endeavours to enrich the Sanskrit language by introducing contemporary thinking for the benefit of youngsters as well as general readers.
The Bhagavad Gita for the Modern Reader: History, Interpretations and Philosophy
What is the Bhagavad-Gita? Is it just a religious text? When was it composed? How relevant is it to the modern world?
This book answers these foundational questions and goes beyond. It critically examines the Bhagavad-Gita in terms of its liberal, humanist and inclusive appeal, bringing out its significance for the present times and novel applications.
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Ethics for our Times: Essays in Gandhian Perspective
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’.
Handbook of Hinduism: Ancient to Contemporary
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!
Decentralised Democracy in India: Gandhi’s Vision and Reality, jointly with N Sivanna and Lavanya Suresh
(Under publication by Routledge, expected release in 2017)
Social Science Research in India: Institutions and Structure, edited jointly with R S Deshpande, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2011
Hinduism: A Gandhian Perspective, Ane Books, New Delhi, 2006 (1st edn), 2008 (2nd edn), 2010 (Hindi edn. Tr. By Parimala Ambekar
Gandhiji’s Approach to Religion (booklet based on a lecture), Gandhi Centre for Science and Human Values, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, 2007
Landmarks in the Development of Social Sciences During the 20th Century (ed), Allied, New Delhi, 2002.
Poverty, Environment, and Development. Edited jointly with Adrian Hayes. Bangkok: UNESCO. 2001.
Pollution Control in the South and North. Jointly with O J Kuik, F H Oosterhuis, G S Sastry, and A E Akkerman. New Delhi: Sage. 1997.
Agricultural Policy: Issues, Concepts and Instruments, Development Research Group, Study 5, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai, February 1993
Planning for Social and Economic Development – Essays in Honour of Professor D M Nanjundappa, Edited jointly with R Bharadwaj, Sage, New Delhi, 1992
India: The Emerging Challenges – Essays in Honour of Professor V K R V Rao, Edited jointly with A S Seetharamu and Abdul Aziz, Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi,1991
Organization of Rural Labour and the Role of Government Unions and Voluntary Agencies, under the National Commission on Rural Labour, 1990
Political Economy of Forest Use and Management. With S A Pasha and L S Prabhakar. New Delhi: Sage. 1989.
Farmers’ Movements in India, Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 1987
Karnataka Raitha Horaatagalu, (Farmers’ Struggles in Karnataka) (in Kannada), Printers Prakashana, Bangalore, 1986.
Socio-Economic Conditions in Drought-prone Areas. New Delhi: Concept. 1985.
Integrated Child Development Services – An Assessment, jointly with K G Krishnamurthy, UNICEF, New Delhi, 1983
Marketable Surplus and Market Dependence in a Millet Region, Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 1980.
Socialist Agricultural Price Policy – A Case Study of G D R, Peoples’ Publishing House, New Delhi, 1980
A Report on the Socio-Economic Survey of Villages under the Jayakwadi Irrigation Project – submitted to the Government of Maharashtra, in June 1976 (Unpublished).
Impact of Drought on Rural Life. Jointly with V V Borkar. Mumbai: Popular Prakashan. 1975.
Agricultural Prices and Development with Stability, National Publishing House, Delhi, 1973.
Local Taxation in Urban Areas, jointly with D M Nanjundappa, Karnataka University, Dharwar, 1967
Excerpts from reviews
"Prof M.V. Nadkarni, who founded the first academic department of ecological economics in India, has always exemplified this [a much broader field of enquiry into our environmental predicament] breadth of enquiry...
Coming to solutions, Nadkarni emphasizes that technology itself cannot solve the problem, unless there is a sea change in attitudes and values. He highlights the difference between shreya (true happiness) and preya (pleasure), and suggests that focusing on shreya will benefit not only the environment but also the rich themselves"
Ethics for our Times: Essays in Gandhian Perspective
"This scholarly reflection is an important contribution to the relevance of Gandhi for contemporary ethics. By critically engaging with Hinduism, the book opens up new possibilities for rethinking ethics in the present Indian context and is unique in its ability to seamlessly bring together philosophy, Gandhian thought, economics and development."
- Prof.Sunder Sarukkai
Hinduism A Gandhian Perspective
“If someone were to ask me to name one contemporary book on Hinduism that is comprehensive without being pretentious,wide-ranging without being didactic, scholarly without being snooty, and all-encompassing without being doctrinaire, an obvious choice would be M.V.Nadkarni’s Hinduism: A Gandhian Perspective. ... To read this book is an education in itself. Gandhiji saw Hinduism as a river which permits fresh water streams to join it. Nadkarni provides such fresh water in abundance”.
- Shri M.V.Kamath
( Organiser ,August 31, 2008, p.13)
“ … In my many years of listening to people to talk on religion, dialogue and harmony, I was rarely as inspired and impressed as I was with your thoughts. … very balanced, insightful and lofty way of thinking and expression…. “- Prof. Ali Khwaja