(Co-hosted by South Asia and Indian Ocean Studies Seminar)


【Date & Time】February 4 (Monday), 2019 16:30~18:00
【Venue】Conference Room (AA463), 4th Floor, Research Building No. 2, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
(Building No. 34 of the above map)


【Speaker】Dr. Vijoo Krishnan (Joint Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha [AIKS])
【Title】Bitter Harvests: Demonetization, Agrarian Distress and the Challenges for Agriculture in Contemporary India


Agriculture continues to be the main source of livelihood for millions who live in the Indian countryside. After the Indian government’s sudden decision to ‘demonetize’ on November 8th 2016 (withdrawing currency notes of Rs. 500 and 1000 from circulation), widespread rural distress followed. The loss of the ready availability of cash sparked a fatal cycle with a drop in investment in agricultural activity and the inability to meet rural household expenses. The sharp fall in financial liquidity, moreover, further aggravated farmer indebtedness. One of the loudest demands by the farmers in India today, in fact, is for ‘loan waivers’. On the other hand, the Indian government has been arguing for the ‘doubling of farmer incomes’, technological fixes and increasing market access  to what is increasingly becoming a chronic crisis of farmer indebtedness and plunging prices for their produce. My talk will offer a broad survey of these trends in Indian agriculture, as the country begins to prepare for the general elections of 2019.


Profile of the speaker:
Dr. Vijoo Krishnan was awarded his PhD (Political Economy) in 2005 from the Jawaharlal Nehru University on the topic Impact of Neo-Liberal Economic Policies on the Indian Peasantry (A Comparative Study of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala 1990-2002). Immediately after his PhD in 2005 August he joined as the Head of the Post Graduate Department of Political Science, St. Joseph College, Bangalore. He set up the Department and continued to serve till 2008 December following which he took up his current assignment with the AIKS.


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