On tilling vs no-tilling methods of farming – Evidence from research

Waterlogged farm from excessive rainfall. July, 2022 The long absence in writing about the farms has been on account of equipment breakdowns and a season of crop losses due to excessive rainfall in the district. In short, the kharif season of farming this year has been rife with difficulties and losses. But this post is … Continue reading On tilling vs no-tilling methods of farming – Evidence from research

Problem of small holdings in Indian agriculture & Ambedkar 

April 2022. In some of Ambedkar’s lesser known writings lies a remarkably detailed paper on ‘small holdings in India and their remedies’.  It is a detailed examination of what ails Indian agriculture and how can the identified problems be addressed. Ambedkar asks if the small holdings are also 'compact' holdings?  'Unfortunately they are not. A … Continue reading Problem of small holdings in Indian agriculture & Ambedkar 

The real conflict in gig work – Marx, Sen and Technology

I have been reading Sen's excellent memoir 'Home in the World' published recently. His reflections on Marx, Adam Smith and Srafa are a valuable reading to explore the long arc of key ideas in economics. One of those ideas is the idea of value. Taking a leap from there, the following is a reflection on … Continue reading The real conflict in gig work – Marx, Sen and Technology