This book explores the meanings and perceptions of development and the dialectics of theory, policy and practice. It looks at how theory translates into policy, and the disconnections in its design and implementation in the Indian context.

The book focuses on the influence of capitalist globalisation, democratisation, decentralisation and neoliberal economic reforms on the development discourse in India and how these have challenged the traditional role of the ‘state’, the meaning of citizenship, and public participation. Through an analysis of case studies from various parts of the country, it bridges the gap between policy prescriptions and practices and unpacks the institutional, political and policy-led compulsions and incompatibilities which most often remain unreported. It also discusses the intersections between policymaking and the politics of class, caste and gender, and emphasises the role bureaucracy plays in institutional governance.

The volume includes articles from professionals ranging from academics, practitioners and activists. It will be of interest to scholars and researchers of public policy, development studies, South Asian politics, and economics as well as policy makers and practitioners in government and civil society.

chapter |11 pages


BySuman Nath, Debraj Bhattacharya

chapter 2|29 pages

The Community Development Block and India's development discourse

ByDebraj Bhattacharya, Bhaskar Chakrabarti, Manish Thakur

chapter 3|17 pages

Urban restructuring, forced evictions and transition of the welfare city into entrepreneurial city

The case study of Bawana resettlement colony, Delhi
ByAparajita De, Jeetesh Rai

chapter 6|18 pages

Revisiting Wittfogel

“Hydraulic society” in colonial India and its post-colonial legacies in hydropower management
ByArnab Roy Chowdhury, Sanjay Kumar Rajhans

chapter 7|22 pages

Re-contextualising microcredit

From reinventing development to the financialisation of everyday life
BySarasij Majumder, Debarati Sen

chapter 8|17 pages

The making of a neglected tropical disease

Discourse on snakebite and its medical management in India
ByRahul Bhaumik

chapter 9|20 pages

Negotiation by the waste pickers

In the context of socioeconomic and cultural marginalisation
ByNandini Sen

chapter 11|23 pages

Harnessing the digital revolution for development

The Indian experience
ByAnit N. Mukherjee