Welcome to the website of the NRAS! The NRAS was established in 2010, motivated by the twin objectives of (a) reinvigorating the study of agrarian and rural issues in India’s academic institutions and enabling scholars to engage with a range of pressing issues and ideas (b) influencing the pedagogy and curriculum of academic institutions to encompass rural and agrarian issues. This website aims to serve as a hub for communication, interaction, and exchange for network members. We invite you to become part of this network and contribute to our collective effort. Read more


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Working Papers


Too Little Too Late: Apathy to the Rural Sector

The last budget of the Modi government comes against the backdrop of severe agrarian and rural distress. It is also the last opportunity to undo the damage caused to the rural economy by this government in the last four years. While the government has fi nally acknowledged the gravity of the situation, its response has been limited to empty rhetoric without any fi nancial commitment. Going by the past record of the government, it is clear that it is serious neither in its commitment nor in its intent. The half-hearted measures are not only too little and too late, it is also clear that this budget is unlikely to revive the rural economy.

Teaching Resouces

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Critical Agrarian Studies

This seminar aims (1) to provide participants a thorough grounding in some of the main debates in critical agrarian studies and a deepened appreciation for the connections between agriculture, trade, environment, climate, food,...

Data Sets



‘Cotton has now become a headache’?, Chitrangada Choudhury and Aniket Aga, People's Archive of Rural India, Oct 7, 2019.

Sowing the seeds of climate crisis in Odisha, Chitrangada Choudhury and Aniket Aga, People's Archive of Rural India, Oct 4, 2019.

ನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಳೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ... ಆದರೆ ಬರ ದೂರವಾಯಿತೇ?, Mutturaju H, Veerabhadra Naika, Siddharth Joshi and A R Vasavi, Prajavani, 24 June 2017.

Farmers’ Agitations in Maharashtra and MP Are a Product of Rural India’s Identity Crisis, Sudhir Kumar, The Wire, June 08, 2017.

Being human... literally Rajeswari Raina, The Tribune, April 15, 2017.

Going against the grain P. S. Vijay Shankar, The Hindu, February 5, 2016.

Killing Fields A.R.Vasavi, The Hindu, May 2, 2015.

Vexations of agrarian India A.R.Vasavi,  Live Mint, April 30, 2015.