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The Web of FreedomJ.C. Kumarappa and Gandhi's Struggle for Economic Justice.$
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Venu Madhav Govindu and Deepak Malghan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199460816

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460816.001.0001

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The Light of Science

The Light of Science

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(p.209) 12 The Light of Science
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The Web of Freedom
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Venu Madhav Govindu

Deepak Malghan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460816.003.0012

Kumarappa and his co-workers at the AIVIA spent a substantial amount of time working to revive, improve, and rationalize many traditional village industries that provided economic sustenance to millions. Their objective was to bring ‘the light of science’ to village industries instead of abandoning them. This chapter details the novel, important, and interesting work of the AIVIA in improving many village industries that had wider implications. This chapter also showcases Kumarappa’s ecological wisdom in his understanding of the agrarian economy and the role of natural cycles within it. A multitude of examples are provided that cement his reputation as a pioneering ecological seer in modern times.

Keywords:   experiments in village industries, holistic philosophy, ecological wisdom, agrarian economy, natural cycles and local economy, Magan Dipa, Balanced Cultivation

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