Deepak K Mishra

Deepak K Mishra
Jawaharlal Nehru University | JNU · Centre for the Study of Regional Development

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November 2004 - November 2010
Jawaharlal Nehru University
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This paper contributes a preliminary analysis of the process of agrarian capitalist transition in Arunachal Pradesh, one of the least studied regions of India. Primarily based on information collected through a field survey in eleven villages, the paper seeks to explain the nature and implications of institutional unevenness in the development of c...
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As the Indian economy integrates into global circuits of production, exchange and accumulation, the burdens of adjustment are shared unequally by different sectors, classes and regions. This study unravels the livelihood strategies and living conditions of labour in the tea gardens of Assam. The tea sector has been undergoing a crisis since the 199...
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This volume addresses the impact of migration on society, highlighting the interlinkages between individual and societal aspirations. It interrogates the role of the state and non-state agencies involved in various aspects of the life and livelihoods of migrant workers and provides a critical assessment of the policy frameworks and instruments affe...
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The book discusses important developments emerging around the land questions in India in the context of India’s neoliberal economic development and its changing political economy. It covers many issues that have been impinging the political economy in land and livelihoods in India since the 1990s, examining the land question from diverse methodolog...
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Economic development of frontier and remote regions has long been a central theme of development studies. This book examines the development experience in the northeastern region in India in relation to the processes of globalisation and liberalisation of the economy. Bringing together researchers and scholars, from both within and outside the regi...
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|| Global Poverty: Rethinking Causality || Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume: 225|| Volume Editors: Raju J. Das and Deepak K. Mishra || Much ink has been spilled on poverty measurements and trends, at the expense of revealing causality. Assembling multi-disciplinary and international contributions, this book shows that a caus...
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Much ink has been spilled on poverty measurements and trends, at the expense of revealing causality. Assembling multidisciplinary and international contributions, this book shows that a causal understanding of poverty in rich and poor countries is essential. That understanding must be based on a critical interrogation of the wider social relations...
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A substantial section of India's migrant labour force is pushed into precarious livelihoods in the informal economy. The circular dynamic of seasonal migration, taken to fill the recurrent voids in earnings and employment, is the only distress-ameliorating strategy of marginalised households and should not be equated with accumulative and aspiratio...
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As farmers across India are increasingly getting involved with processes of heightened commercialisation of agriculture, input costs have been rising for many of them, leading to a greater need for timely and dependable credit. The lack of access to institutional credit has led to continued dependence on high-interest loans from informal sources. I...
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While the mountainous frontier regions of Arunachal have generated a literature celebrating their exceptional social diversity, less is known about Arunachal's rural political economy. Following village fieldwork in 2007 in northern districts, research in 2015 in East and South‐east Arunachal enables two aspects of agrarian transformation to be exp...
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Informality and diversity of institutional forms have been marked as distinct features of India’s postcolonial capitalist development. The present paper considers the conditions of reproduction of informal enterprises, specifically focusing on the living and working conditions of artisan labour in the silk-weaving cluster of Sualkuchi in Assam. The...
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Orissa Economic Journal Volume 52 • Issue 1 • 2020 pp. 15-39. This paper provides an overview of the debates on ‘agrarian questions’ from the perspective of the changing agrarian scenario in India. The contemporary relevance of the agrarian questions, which have a long lineage in the political economy literature, has been evaluated through the lens...
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This chapter contextualizes the gender dimensions of poverty and food insecurity as an important vantage point to understand the social embeddedness of neo-liberal economic transformation in Odisha. The broad economic terms, the poverty regime in Odisha is characterized by low-productive, mostly rainfed, subsistence paddy cultivation, rising landle...
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This article aims to analyse the plight of the migrant workers in India during the Covid 19 pandemic from a political economy perspective. While taking note of the disruptions and uncertainties during the drastic lockdown that was announced suddenly, it is argued that the vulnerabilities of the migrant labour force are deeply embedded in the long-t...
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ମିଶ୍ର, ଦୀପକ କୁମାର (୨୦୨୧)ମହାମାରୀରୁ ଶିକ୍ଷା: ସଙ୍କଟ ଓ ସମ୍ଭାବନା, ଅନ୍ଵେଷା, ଭାଗ ୪ ସଂଖ୍ୟା ୧, ପୃଷ୍ଠା: ୪୬-୫୮.
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B. B. Mohanty, Agrarian Transformation in Western India: Economic Gains and Social Costs. New Delhi: Routledge, 2019, 386 pp., ₹1,495 (hardback). ISBN: 978-0367247294.
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Circular labour migration from rural areas has emerged as a key feature of the Indian economy. Generally seen as a positive development, because of its impact of remittances on the household economy of the migrants, circular migration has also been associated with exploitation and unfreedom of the migrant labour. This paper focuses on labour out-mi...
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With rising inter-regional disparities in post-reform India, circular and seasonal labour migration from the relatively less developed regions to the urban informal sector has come to be part of the livelihoods strategy of a growing section of rural workers in recent decades. Examining the historical processes of marginalisation and dispossession,...
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The nature and manifestations of the rural and agrarian distress in India point to the disastrous, class-specific nature of neoliberal economic policies. A significant aspect of this process is its spatial dimensions – the various ways through which uneven development has been the cornerstone of the unfolding dynamics of economic growth in globaliz...
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This chapter presents an overview of the significant issues concerning land, labour and the state in contemporary India. The major theoretical and empirical debates concerning the land questions under neoliberalism have been reviewed selectively from the perspective of a developing country like India. The debates around the land-livelihoods linkage...
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The discourse on food security in India has concentrated upon availability and accessibility of cereals, neglecting the nutritional significance of fruits, vegetables and meat food products. This article attempts to assess the food security level both quantitatively and qualitatively, and level of dietary diversity among socio-economic groups. A cr...
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Mishra, Deepak K, (2020) Identity and the Political Economy of Agrarian Change, Geography and You, 20(4-5): 34-39.
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ମିଶ୍ର, ଦୀପକ କୁମାର (୨୦୧୯) ନବଉଦାରବାଦୀ ଅର୍ଥନୀତିର ଅନୁଦାର ଭିତ୍ତି, ଅନ୍ଵେଷା, ଭାଗ ୩, ସଂଖ୍ୟା ୩, ପୃଷ୍ଠା ୬୨-୭୧ |
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Examining the changes in production relations in one of the poorest rainfed belts in India, this study, based on field surveys in eight villages in Kalahandi and Nuapada districts of Odisha, unravels the complexities of the transition in agriculture. The introduction of irrigation has resulted in, an increase in yield, wage rates and labour-use per...
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Mishra, Deepak K, (2019) Migrant Workers in Globalising India, Geography and You, 19(27): 4-10.
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Following the rapid and uneven integration with the capitalist economy, the local economies and institutional mechanisms of the indigenous communities of Arunachal Pradesh have been transformed in multiple and complex ways. With the commercialisation of agriculture and the gradual emergence of private property rights, the community-based institutio...
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The interrelationship between women and work has been affected by the diversity of socio-economic institutions. The impact of economic transformation on work participation is likely to be mediated through changing gender relations as well. This article attempts to look at the trend as well as the nature of job availability along with the underlying...
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Review of D’Costa, Anthony P and Achin Chakraborty, Editors, The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession and Capitalist Transition, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2017 & Kapoor, Dip, Editor, Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession: Local Resistance in South and East Asia, the Pacific and Africa, Zed Books: London
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The public distribution system (PDS) in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India’s most populous state, was widely recognized as dysfunctional. However, following the introduction of reforms in recent times, analysts have put this state in the category of ‘‘reviving’’ states. Against this backdrop, this article presents recent evidence of improved accessibility,...
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(Traducido por Alícia Martínez Varela) Resumen: Con más de ciento sesenta memorandos de entendimiento firmados con compañías para construir presas, Arunachal Pradesh, un estado del Himalaya ubicado en la región nororiental de la India, en el límite con China, Bután y Birmania, ocupa un lugar destacado en los planes de desarrollo hidroeléctrico de...
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ମିଶ୍ର, ଦୀପକ କୁମାର (୨୦୧୮) ଭ୍ରାମ୍ୟମାଣ ଶ୍ରମିକ, ଅଦୃଶ୍ୟ ନାଗରିକ: ସ୍ଥାନାନ୍ତରଣ, ଅସମାନ ବିକାଶ ଓ ଜଗତୀକରଣ, ଅନ୍ଵେଷା, ଭାଗ ୧, ସଂଖ୍ୟା ୪, ପୃଷ୍ଠା ୮୦-୮୫ |
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Review of 'Inclusiveness in India: a strategy for growth and equality', edited by Shigemochi Hirashima, Hisaya Oda and Yuko Tsujita, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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A vast invisible army of migrant workers is fast becoming part of the ugly underbelly of the growing Indian economy.
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The presence of women in grassroots governance, it is argued, should strengthen their collective identity as women and create space for more inclusive politics. On the basis of a field survey in Arunachal Pradesh, India, this paper argues that the interrelationship between representation and inclusive governance is far more complex, particularly in...
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This paper examines the production and exchange relations in rice production systems in rain-fed agriculture. The two objectives were i) to capture the essential features of ‘traditional’ rain-fed agriculture persisting into the 21st century, ii) to examine the rice sector as a system – involving distribution as well as production. Two districts: K...
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This paper presents an analaysis of the process of agrarian transformation in Arunachal Pradesh, a mounatainous State located in the north-eastern border of India, by examining the complex interactions between non-capitalist and capitalist modes of production, exchange and accumulation within and outside agriculture. In an attempt to understand asp...
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Since the economic transformation in early 1990s, India experienced a massive change in food consumption pattern. There has been a decline in cereal especially coarse cereal intake whereas consumption of other food items (fruits, vegetables, meat products) has slightly increased, particularly in rural India. These changes vary across socio-economic...
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Harriss-White, Mishra, and Prakash argue that citizenship is a universal concept that might have a tenuous bearing on reality. There is no consensus about the concept of economic citizenship, which, they suggest is currently being exported from the European heartland to developing countries in private aid-driven projects of social entrepreneurship....
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This paper presents a framework of analysis aimed at understanding the party dynamics in these states based on three variables, namely, the fiscal dependence of these states on central assistance, the ethnoreligious contestations, and the insurgency factor. All these factors are intricately interwoven and without making sense of this connection any...
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This paper examines the linkages between calorie deprivation and poverty in rural India at a disaggregated level. It aims to explore the trends and pattern in levels of nutrient intake across social and economic groups. A spatial analysis at the state and NSS-region level unravels the spatial distribution of calorie deprivation in rural India. The...
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Harriss-White, Mishra, and Prakash argue that citizenship is a universal concept that might have a tenuous bearing on reality. There is no consensus about the concept of economic citizenship, which, they suggest is currently being exported from the European heartland to developing countries in private aid-driven projects of social entrepreneurship....
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The effects of environmental degradation on livelihoods are significant in many parts of the developing world. This article attempts to quantify the impact of deforestation on women's work burden in the eastern Himalayas through a primary survey in three villages of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India. Our findings suggest that although deforestati...
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The interrelationship between economic development and gender relations has been found to be multidimensional and complex. This article attempts to analyse the changing gender relations in Arunachal Pradesh, a state that has seen rapid economic transformation in the past few decades, on the basis of women’s relative position in a few socioeconomic...
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This paper seeks to examine the diverse forms and implications of land grabbing in Orissa, known for its abject poverty, starvation deaths and violent conflicts over the issue of displacement. Taking into account the historical processes of dispossession and marginalisation in rural Orissa, the paper attempts to argue that the current phase of disp...
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The paper attempts to study the impact of household-level heterogeneity on the degree and nature of forest dependency under conditions of declining forest cover and institutional diversity. Based on household-level primary data from twelve villages in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh, India, the study brings out the significance of forest resour...
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During the post-liberalization period the Indian tea industry has been facing a severe crisis. This study looks at the question of inter-generational occupational mobility among tea garden labour in Assam, against the backdrop of, on the one hand, a fall in tea auction prices, decline in exports, and closure and abandonment of tea gardens; and on t...
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The interrelationship between land degradation and socioeconomic development is multilayered and complex. This study, following a multidisciplinary approach, attempts to integrate multiple data sources and methodologies to study the implications of land degradation in semi-arid India. Using remote sensing data with field validation, the extent and...
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This paper contributes a preliminary analysis of the process of capitalist transformation in Arunachal Pradesh, one of the least studied regions of India. Primarily based on information collected through a field survey in eleven villages, the paper seeks to explain the nature and implications of institutional unevenness in the development of capita...
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This paper attempts to analyse the trends in production and employment in the tea sector in Assam at a disaggregated level. While much of the discussion on the impact of globalisation on tea sector revolves around trends in tea auction prices and exports, the present study looks at the post-reform changes in production and labour use in the tea pro...
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The process of livelihood diversification could be highly complex and conflict-ridden, particularly because of unequal access to crucial livelihood resources. Based on mountain regions of north-east India in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular, this paper attempts to analyse the livelihoods diversification in a forest-dependent economy. Alo...
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This study attempts to understand the unfolding dynamics of the rural non-farm sector in Arunachal Pradesh, in relation to its importance in the employment generation strategies. Given the high dependencies on agriculture and forest-based activities, a near complete absence of non-household manufacturing and excessive dependence on government jobs...
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With increasing appreciation of the role of institutional factors in the process of economic development, there has been a greater realisation of the significance of democratic and humane governance for equitable and sustainable development. India's northeastern region is not only one of the least developed but also one of the most ill-governed par...
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India’s north-eastern region, characterised by an extraordinary degree of diversity in terms of its ecology, social structure and economy, continues to remain relatively underdeveloped, and inadequate attention to local specificities has been cited as one of the main reasons behind this. This paper focuses on the specificities of institutional arra...
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Agrarian distress in rural India seems to have at least two important dimensions, distress under backwardness and distress under commercialisation. Although Orissa, in terms of its overall agricultural performance represents an area under low productive agriculture, within the state, there are signs of low productive as well as relatively advanced...
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After outlining the emerging features of the micro-enterprises in the state of Arunachal Pradesh mainly based on the data from various secondary sources, this paper proceeds to present the main features of the micro enterprise units covered in the primary survey, carried out by the authors, of 180 enterprises in Arunachal Pradesh along with a discu...
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Mishra, Deepak K (2002) ‘Institutional Arrangements and Agrarian Structure during Periods of Transition: Evidence from Rural Arunachal Pradesh’ in S.S. Acharya, Surjit Singh and V. Sagar (eds.) Sustainable Agriculture, Poverty and Food Security, Volume-II, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, pp.891-902.
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Mishra, Deepak K (2001) ‘Political Economy of Agrarian Change in Arunachal’ Man and Development, Vol.23, No.3, pp.40-50.

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This project seeks to understand the diversity of processes and outcomes for migrant workers in a changing, globalising India. Out-migration from rural India, particularly from relatively less developed regions with limited opportunities for livelihoods diversification has been increasing. The spatial aspects of the migration flows are a critical dimension of the migration scenario in India. While for a section of the migrants, such migration means improvements in earnings and employment, for many others, it is a desperate attempt to escape grinding poverty and unemployment. Through the interconnected themes of uneven development, rural distress and unfree labour under global capitalism, we attempt to understand the changing migration patterns and outcomes in India.
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The broad objective of this project is to understand the key drivers and the nature of agrarian change in Arunachal Pradesh by examining the changes in the state, market and community institutions.
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