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



Running away: an act that defies religious, caste, community, and family norms of sociality, sexuality and marriage. Runaways: the new social category of persons that represents new youth rebels, their search for self and individual identities, a social category of persons who are often not treated as persons. Now a regular feature of rural life, girls and boys run away to be together, to be married, to be companions. And, in this act, they trigger consequences unanticipated by them and their families and manifesting in full bloom the inbuilt caste hostilities, intolerance and lack of sensitivity of Indian society.

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'Coronavirus Lockdown spared no thought for the rural sector', A R Vasavi, Deccan Herald, April 11, 2020.

‘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.