Chaudhary Charan Singh Archives

Publishes his first book of many - "Abolition of Zamindari, Two Alternatives"

1947

Publishes Abolition of Zamindari, Two Alternatives. Charan Singh’s views on peasant farming and agriculture in India start taking shape, deeply influenced by worldwide trends.  This is his first book, and the scale of his reading is evident in the bibliography (given below).

Charan Singh published this book, his first, in the middle of drafting the Report of the United Provinces Zamindari Abolition Committee, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Pandit Gobind Ballabh Pant. (14 November 1946 to 3 July 1948)

  • Hubbard, Leonard Egerton. Economics of Soviet Agriculture, London: MacMillan And Co, Limited. 1939.
  • Marx, Karl. The Communist Manifesto (later Manifesto of the Communist Party), 1848.
  • Marx, Karl. Das Kapital or Capital: Critique of Political Economy. 1867
  • Lenin, Vladimir. Selected Works.
  • Birzi, Professor. Italian Campagna. 1933. (not found)
  • League of Nations. European Conference on Rural Life. Geneva, 1939.
  • Howe, Frederic C. Denmark: A Cooperative Commonwealth. London: Allen & Unwin. 203 pages. 1922.
  • Addison, Christopher Lord. A Policy for British Agriculture. 1939
  • Warriner, Doreen. Economics of Peasant Farming. Oxford University Press, 1939.
  • Fei, Dr. Hsiao Tung. Peasant Life in China. London: Kegan Paul. 1938.
  • Buck, John Lossing. Chinese Farm Economy, University of Chicago Press, 1930.
  • Snow, Edgar. Red Star Over China. Random House, 1938.
  • Hindus, Maurice Gerschon. The Great Offensive. New York: Harrison, Smith and Robert Haas. 1933. (Authority on Soviet and Central Europe)
  • Van Der Post, A. P. The Economics of Agriculture. South Africa: Central News Agency. 1937
  • Jordan, Virgil. Businessmen's Commission on Agriculture, National Industrial Conference Board and Chamber of Commerce of the USA. New York. 1926.
  • Kautilya, Artha Shastra
  • Powell, Baden (1881-82) quoted in the Cambridge History of India
  • Kaye, John William FRS. A History of the Sepoy War in India, 1857-58. London, Longmans, Green. 1875
  • Gangulee, N. The Indian Peasant. London: Oxford University Press. 1933
  • Nanavati, Sir Manilal Balabhai and Anjaria, Jashwantrai Jajantilal. The Indian Rural Problem. Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. 1944.
  • Masani, Minocher Rustom ‘Minoo’. Socialism Reconsidered. Bombay Padma Publications. 1944.  
  • Mumford, Lewis. Technics and Civilization. Harcourt, Brace and Company. pp 495. 1934. (“American philosopher and historian of technology … It is the moral, economic, and political choices we make, not the machines we use, Mumford argues, that have produced a capitalist industrialized machine-oriented economy, whose imperfect fruits serve the majority so imperfectly.”)
  • Mumford, Lewis. The Culture of Cities. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. 1938. (“Lewis Mumford’s The Culture of Cities is a classic … was the first and remains the best book on the culture of cities’ ….‘Mumford advocated ‘decentralization’ and earned a reputation for hating large cities”)
  • Strachey, John. The Theory and Practice of Socialism. London: Victor Gollancz. 1936. Pp. 488
  • Author not found. The Land and the Peasant in Rumania.
  • Cole, G.D.H. Practical Economics. London: Pelican Books. 1937. (socialist, an English political theorist, economist, writer and historian)
  • Schuman, Frederick L. Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp 558. 1935. (was a historian, an American political scientist and international relations scholar.)
  • Burns, Dr. W. Technological Possibilities of Agricultural Development in India. A Note. Government Press, Lahore. 1943. Pp 127+
  • Dantwala, Prof. M L. Gandhism Reconsidered. Bombay: Padma Publication. 1944. (Leading Indian agricultural economist, 1909-198?).
  • Mukherjee, Dr. Radhakamal. Food Planning for 400 Millions. 1938 (“Radhakamal Mukerjee (1889-1968) … considered a pioneer in sociology in India. Lucknow University was a major centre of sociology and social anthropology. Under the scholarship of the triumvirate …. Lucknow soon emerged as a leading centre for social science studies and it remained so until the mid-1960s”)
  • Mukherjee, Dr. Radhakamal. India Analyzed. 1934.
  • Shridharani, Krishnalal. The Mahatma and The World. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce. 1946.
  • Narayan, Jayaprakash. Why Socialism? All India Socialist Party, 1936.  
  • Katju, Kailash Nath. My Life at The Indian Bar. 1945
  • Government of India. UP Agricultural Reorganization Committee. 1939-41.
  • Government, British. Agricultural Tribunal of Investigation, 1923.
  • League of Nations Publications. 1940.
  • Agricultural Debt Redemption and after in Bhavnagar State. 1937.
  • Nanavati, Sir Manilal B. Final Report of the Famine Inquiry Commission. 1945.