South Asia

Organized Panel Session

2 - ‘Cottage Industries’ in Economic Planning, 1940-1959: Ideas and Contestations

Friday, July 6
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Maple, Lower Ground Floor

This presentation will look at the diverse ideas about 'Cottage Industries' in economic thinking and planning during the 1940s and 1950s, between the war years and the Third Five Year Plan. Focusing on the ideas of policy-makers, economists and political leaders, who may be viewed as supporters of the ‘heavy, capital goods’ sector in their larger vision of growth and development, I will examine how they understood ‘cottage’ industries and saw its role within their model of industrialization. It will argue that cottage industries became especially important as the push for more aggressive Mahalanobis-style modernization came to be pursued in policy-making circles.

Medha Kudaisya

National University of Singapore, Singapore

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