This volume endeavours to present the terrain of development thinking in various fields of specialisation. The authors include Professor V.K.R.V. Rao Chair Professors and winners of V.K.R.V. Rao Prizes instituted by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. The subjects covered are as varied as economic theory, macro models, differing approaches to explaining development, concerns of inequality and poverty, changes in community life, India's foreign policy questions, empowering vulnerable sections, etc. The most important feature of this volume is its in-depth analysis of these develop-mental issues and the challenges to the Indian academia.
N. Jayaram is Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. Formerly, he was Professor and Head, Centre for Research Methodology and Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His areas of research interest are sociological theory, sociology of education, political sociology and Indian Diaspora. He has written or edited nine books and contributed a large number of research articles in various professional journals. His books include: Higher Education and Status Retention: Students in a Metropolis; Introductory Sociology; Housing in India: Problem, Policy and Perspectives; Sociology of Education in India; Social Conflict, etc. R.S. Deshpande is Professor and Head, Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Unit, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He has worked at the Institute for Social and Economic Change for long years. He has published in the areas of development policy, international trade in agriculture and WTO, agricultural production and resource economics, watershed management and irrigation, econometrics & applied statistics. His books include: Where Water Seeps; Crops and Cultivation; NGOs and Farmers' Movements in India and Contract Farming and Tenancy.