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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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An American Interlude

An American Interlude

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The Web of Freedom

Venu Madhav Govindu

Deepak Malghan

Oxford University Press

This chapter details Kumarappa’s time in the United States as a student at Syracuse and Columbia University. It traces the origins of his economic thought and transformation into a nationalist to this period. A detailed analytic description of his master’s thesis Public Finance and India’s Poverty is provided. It is this thesis that brought Kumarappa in contact with Gandhi. The nationalist influence of Kumarappa’s eldest brother and the early signs of the development of Kumarappa’s economic philosophy are highlighted.

Keywords:   Public Finance of colonial India, economic history of colonial India, Columbia University, E. R. A. Seligman, J. J. Cornelius, purposes of public finance, Public Finance and Our Poverty

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