Countering Naxalism With Development Challenges of Social Justice and State Security by Santosh Mehrotra


Countering Naxalism With Development Challenges of Social Justice and State Security by Santosh Mehrotra

This book, for the first time, presents an authentic assessment and presentation of the human development and security challenges faced by districts of the country that have a high concentration of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Countering Naxalism with Development: Challenges of Social Justice and State Security is a compilation of background papers by a group of profoundly knowledgeable and experienced persons commonly known as the Expert Group. The various chapters of the book discuss how the law and order issues of the situation are inextricably intertwined with the development problems faced by the marginalised social groups of some 200 districts in the country affected by Naxalism.


This book of essays begins with the claim by its editor Santosh Mehrotra in his opening essay that it is about human development and the root causes of challenge of Maoist violence in the tribal areas of nine states of India... he provides an overview of the development challenges in the areas and summarises the specific actions that he considers necessary to resolve the violence and enable human development to occur. -- Economic & Political Weekly

About the Author

Dr Santosh Mehrotra is currently Professor of Economics, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to this, he was the Director General of Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi, the only research institute of the Planning Commission, Government of India. He was first Head of Rural Development Division, and then Head, Development Policy Division, Planning Commission, from 2006 to 2009. He was one of the authors of India's 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12) and of the 12th Plan, and also led the team on the India Human Development Report 2011. Dr Mehrotra held a three-year appointment at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath, UK, as Parkin Visiting Professor (2010-13). He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF too. He is a human development economist, and his research interests have spanned industry and trade issues, the impact of macroeconomic policy on health and education, the informal sector, and the economics of health and education. His books include Asian Informal Workers: Global Risks, Local Protection (2007, co-edited); Eliminating Human Poverty: Macro-economic Policies for Equitable Growth (2007, co-authored); The Economics of Elementary Education in India (2006, edited); Universalizing Elementary Education in India: Uncaging the Tiger Economy (2005, co-authored); Development with a Human Face: Experiences in Social Achievement and Economic Growth (1997, co-edited, translated into French); and India and the Soviet Union: Trade and Technology Transfer (1990). His latest books are: Seizing the Demographic Dividend: Polices to Achieve Inclusive Growth in India; India's Skills Challenge: Reforming Vocational Education and Training; and Land Policies for Equity and Growth: Transforming the Agarian Structure in Uttar Pradesh. The current book is the third by Dr Mehrotra for SAGE publications.

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212 pages


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Publication date

8th July 2014



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