Honorary Visiting Professor,
Institute for Social and
Dr. M.V. Nadkarni (Mangesh Venkatesh Nadkarni), born on February 23,
1939, an economist by training and profession, has deep interest in
other social sciences as well, as also in religion and philosophy. His
contribution to Economics and other social sciences has been mainly in
the areas of Agricultural Price Policy, Problems of Drought Prone
Areas, Farmers' Movements, Political Economy of Forest Use and
Management, Economics of Pollution Control, and Integrating Ethics
into Economics, Decentralised development, and the ‘Broad-basing
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He was a Professor at
the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, from
1976 to 1999, and is presently an Honorary Visiting Professor at the
same Institute since 2002.
He was a Member of the
Board of Governors of ISEC for 15 years from 1992 to 2006.
He was also the Chairman
of the Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad
(CMDR) from August 2007 to December 2009. He has served on the
Governing Board of other eminent Social Science Institutions as well -
Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai; Centre for
Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, and Institute of Economic
He was Chairman of the
Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics for
three years, 2005-07.
At ISEC, he started the
Ecological Economics Unit in 1981 (renamed now as the Centre for
Ecological Economics and Natural Resources) at the instance of Dr V K
R V Rao, which is one of the earliest such centres in the field in
India. He also started at ISEC a biannual – Journal of Social and
Economic Development, the two issues of the first volume of which, he
worked for, came out in 1999. He is presently a member of the
Editorial Advisory Committee of the same Journal.
He served as the Vice
Chancellor for a full term of three years from 1999 to 2002 at
Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, Karnataka. He was awarded National
Fellowship of ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research), New
Delhi, for two years – 2002 to 2004, in recognition of his
distinguished work in social sciences.
He did his PhD in
Economics at Karnatak University, Dharwad, under the guidance of Dr
D.M. Nanjundappa in 1968, where he also taught at the Masters level in
the Post Graduate Department of Economics. Thereafter, he served at
Marathwada University, Aurangabad, till 1976 before joining ISEC as a
Dr. Nadkarni was elected
President at the 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of
Agricultural Economics in November, 1995, at the Institute of Rural
Management Anand (IRMA). His Presidential Address was on 'Forests,
People and Economics', published in the Indian Journal of Agricultural
Economics, Jan-June 1996.
He has visited several
countries and given seminars and lectures there – China, France,
Germany, Nepal, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand,
USA and Uzbekistan.
Dr. Nadkarni has to his
credit 40 books and major reports and over 150 papers in academic
journals and edited books in India and abroad. Some of his recent
books are: - Handbook of Hinduism (2013,Ane Books, can be downloaded
from www.mvnadkarni.com), Ethics for Our Times: Essays in Gandhian
Perspective (2011, 2nd enlarged paperback edition 2014, OUP); The
Bhagavad-gita for the Modern Reader: History, Interpretations and
Philosophy (2017, enlarged paperback edn. 2019, Routledge);
Decentralised Democracy in India: Gandhi’s Vision and Reality (jointly
with N Sivanna and Lavanya Suresh) (2018, Routledge), Socio-economic
change and the Broad-basing Process in India (Edited)(2021, Routledge),
Samajika Neeti Kaavya Guchchhah: A Bouquet of Poetry on Social Ethics
(in Sanskrit verses with translation into English verses, both by the
same author)(2022, Manipal Universal Press).
His earlier books are on
economics, for example: Agricultural Prices and Development with
Stability, 1973; Impact of Drought on Rural Life (jointly with V V
Borkar) 1975; Socialist Agricultural Price Policy, 1979; Marketable
Surplus and Market Dependence in a Millet Region, 1980; Socio-Economic
Conditions in Droughtprone Areas, 1985; Farmers’ Movements in India,
1987; Political Economy of Forest Use and Management, 1989; India –
The Emerging Challenges: Essays in Honour of Prof. V K R V Rao
(jointly edited) 1991; Planning for Social and Economic Development:
Essays in Honour of Dr D M Nanjundappa (jointly edited) 1992;
Pollution Control in the South and North – A Comparative Study of
India and the Netherlands, (jointly) 1997; Poverty, Environment and
Development (jointly) 2001; Landmarks in the Development of Social
Sciences (edited) 2002.
Dr. Nadkarni has also
written four books in Kannada.
Nine students have
obtained PhD under Dr Nadkarni’s supervision, most of whom are in
senior academic positions. Apart from them, he has also informally
guided research work of several other PhD students and young faculty.
He was married to Ganga
Karnad in 1968, who passed away in 2003. Has one daughter, Saraswati
Naimpally, and two sons - Anirudh and Makarand.
Dr. M V Nadkarni
2nd Cross to West from ISEC
Nagarabhavi, Bangalore – 560 072