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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 Spreading Chill

The Spreading Chill

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The Web of Freedom

Venu Madhav Govindu

Deepak Malghan

Oxford University Press

The advent of freedom also saw increasing American interest in Indian affairs. In the Cold War atmosphere of the 1950s, America sought to increase its leverage in India through the Community Development project, which is an important episode in the history of development efforts in India as well as a significant story in Cold War politics. Although, American involvement in the Green Revolution is well studied, less attention has been paid to Community Development. This chapter provides the necessary political history to contextualize the Community Development efforts and also presents Kumarappa’s analysis and criticism of the same. In the process, it presents a far clearer understanding of Community Development than available in the literature. A personal dimension that is presented is the unusual and enduring friendship that developed between Kumarappa and the head of the Community Development effort, Sushil Kumar Dey.

Keywords:   Bharatan Kumarappa in America, Community Development, criticism of Community Development, Cold War politics, agrarian India, Sushil Kumar Dey

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