Institute for Social and Economic Change



 Sri Ramakrishna Hegde Chair on Decentralization and Development



Sri Ramakrishna Hegde Chair on Decentralization and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru and Karnataka Regional Branch of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA-KRB) in collaboration with Gandhi Peace Foundation, Bengaluru, Karnataka Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Bengaluru and Sri Gavi Siddheshwar Vidya Vardhaka Trust, Koppala are organizing a  seminar on "Decentralization and Alternative Development: Exploring Ideas from Gandhi and Kumarappa" on 29th & 30th November 2017.

Venue: Seminar Hall, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Dr.VKRV Rao Road, Nagarbhavi PO, Bangalore.

Concept Note

The year 2017-2018 is the 125th birth anniversary of J C Kumarappa. The contributions of Kumarappa, mainly in the domain of decentralization and alternative development and its relevance in the contemporary world need to be revisited. Kumarappa is acknowledged as the foremost interpreter of Gandhian economic ideas. Gandhi himself had said so on a number of occasions. Mainstream economics has largely ignored his ideas, ostensibly due to his refusal to see economics as an autonomous subject governed by its own rules. Kumarappa was thinking in terms of an economy of permanence for India drawing on the spirit of cooperation and service that prevails in the ‘’natural economy’’. He sought to link economy with sustainability, harmony and peace. He came to a conclusion that only decentralized productive activities will improve the situation of people on a permanent basis. Although Kumarappa was not against industrialization, he insisted that its pursuit should not lead to the creation of an economy of violence. The capital intensive economy of capitalism was highly wasteful of natural resources upon which large capital stocks were created through colonialism wiping out the indigenous people. India had to do justice to its huge pool of human resources. This called for prudent use of natural resources, best accomplished by empowering local communities to safeguard and nurture them, and creation of productive employment on a massive scale. He also believed in land reforms through decentralization. For Kumarappa, decentralisation and decentralised planning are associated with nonviolence.

These ideas need critical analysis. It is therefore appropriate that we revisit the ideas of Gandhi and Kumarappa with particular reference to their implications for decentralisation, decentralised planning and alternative development. By infusing elements of nonviolence, spirituality, ecology, sustainability and generational justice, both Gandhi and Kumarappa have created a new rationality for decentralisation.

Papers are invited on the theme. Papers could be related to the ideas of Gandhi and Kumarappa preferably having regard to their implications for decentralisation, local economic development, decentralized planning, rural economy, agriculture development and alternative development. Papers may be sent to seminar coordinators.


Prof. D Jeevan Kumar
IIPA, Karnataka Regional Branch
Room No.4&5 Ground Floor
MS Building 5th Stage
Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi
Bengaluru 560001
e mail
Mobile: 9972496362

Dr. Jos Chathukulam
Sri Ramakrishna Hegde Chair on Decentralization & Development
Institute for Social and Economic (ISEC)
Dr. VKRV Rao Road, Nagarbhavi
Bengaluru 560072
Mobile : 8086093363


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