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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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India Adrift

India Adrift

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The Web of Freedom

Venu Madhav Govindu

Deepak Malghan

Oxford University Press

For Kumarappa, the advent of political freedom was accompanied by grave disappointment as economic justice was not in sight. The focus of the ruling dispensation was on a planned economy that aimed for a high growth pattern instead of distributive justice. This chapter outlines Kumarappa’s increasing disillusionment with his erstwhile colleagues and compatriots who now ruled India. The sharpness of his argument is presented through a narration of episodes that reflected the systematic bias of India’s rulers against the needs of agrarian India. A significant story presented in this chapter is that of Kumarappa’s involvement in a protest against sugarcane procurement in Madurai district in 1950. This episode is arguably the first agrarian satyagraha in independent India. This chapter also presents the well-known story of Kumarappa and a bullock cart.

Keywords:   economic justice, neglect of rural India, agrarian satyagraha, bullock cart story, criticism of planning

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