Shankar Pathak, pp. 224+VIII, Rs. 400, Niruta Publications
This book is a selection of my published articles on a common theme. Most of them were written during a period of eight years 1979-1987 (chapters 1 to 4, and 6 and 7). Chapter 8 was written for the ASSWI seminar on poverty, December 1975 and published later in a book edited by R.R. Singh (Concept Publishing Co.). Chapter 5 was part of a special project conceived and executed by Dr. Murli Desai, who was then on the faculty of Tata Institute of Social Sciences and it was published in the Indian Journal of Social Work in April 1997. Chapter 9 was specially written during January-April 2013 for this publication, to provide the readers with an overview of India’s developmental planning of over sixty years, an empirial check on the conceptual-academic discussion of social development/ development in chapters No. 2 and 3.
Readers may supplement the data and possibly arrive at a conclusion different than mine. For over six months a wealth of data from a variety of sources were collected-official/semi-official (government and industry) independent academic writers or other prestigius organisational sources like A.D.B. World Bank, O.E.C.D. and R.B.I. Only a small selection of the collected data is used in chapter 9 and some additional data is presented in the Appendix III, Statistical Profile.
This is my seventh and last book being published during the twilight of my life (I am now 83 years of age). As before, the Printer and Publisher, Ramesha M.H. is responsible for this publication. Malati S.M. and K. Anantha Murthy took much trouble in converting my handwritten drafts of the last chapter, into computer-printed script for D.T.P. I am grateful to them. I thank Mr. Ramesha and his team for their untiring efforts which made this publication possible.
20 June, 2013 Shankar Pathak