Recent reportage on farmers? suicide has once again drawnattention to the agrarian transformations happening in India. Historicalchanges in India?s economy, ways of governance, the practice ofagriculture and much more underpin these transformations. Unpacking these transformations and understanding their contours might help us understandthe plight of the farmer as the lowest rung producer and the most vulnerable in this chain. Some of these changes are almost inevitable,some desired and some desirable. We discuss the major aspects of thesechanges with the objective of identifying strategies that governments in India could adopt to ensure that human beings are not harmed, whatever thechanges might be.
Rajivlochan is Professor of Contemporary Indian History in the Department of History of Panjab University. He has researched extensivelyon farmers and their problems including a book length investigation (Farmers? Suicide: Facts and Possible Policy Interventions). His majorinterest remains in how communities come together to solve their problems.He is also Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Member of Indian Historical Records Commission. He alsoserved as Chief Adviser, State Institute of Education and Research,Udaipur, Rajasthan for producing social studies textbooks for class 6, 7 and 8 during 2011-13.He is also author of books named 'Jal Swaraj: Case Studies in CommunityEmpowerment', 'Chandigarh Lifescape: brief social history of a planned city', 'Society Religion And The State: Identity Crises In Indian History'etc. Prof. M Rajivlochan also frequently write articles in variousnewspapers like 'The Indian Express', 'Economic Times', 'The Tribune', 'Times of India', 'Dainik Bhaskar', 'Sakal' etc.