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
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Poverty, Environment, and Development. Edited jointly with Adrian Hayes. Bangkok: UNESCO. 2001.
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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
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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