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APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

(1) Subaltern Urbanisation and Development Impasse in Bihar, India (2) Growth, Inequality and Poverty in India

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


June 8, 2015. (Monday) 12:30-14:30


(1) Subaltern Urbanisation and Development Impasse in Bihar, India (2) Growth, Inequality and Poverty in India

(1) Subaltern Urbanisation and Development Impasse in Bihar, India

The study is an attempt towards understanding of the subaltern urbanisation of Bihar, where the development reflects cultural milieu, social disparities and mixed economy. The state is one of the backward states of India where the development impasse cannot be entirely discarded. The concept of subaltern urbanisation refers to the growth of settlement agglomerations, whether denoted urban by the Census of India or not, that are independent of the metropolis and autonomous in their interactions with other settlements, local and global (Denis et al. 2012). The main objective the paper is to investigate variation in the development of urban and peri-urban areas in Bihar. It uses both primary and secondary to data to measure dynamics of development. The paper depicts macro picture of urbanisation in Bihar and India at first. Regional disparity in the level of urbanisation the state has been also discussed in the paper. Peri-urban character around two cities of North Bihar Plain namely Muzaffarpur and Hajipur has been elaborated with respect to economic and socio-ecological aspects.

(2) Growth, Inequality and Poverty in India

In this paper, we examine the impact of growth on level and changes of inequality and poverty in India. The motivation for this paper is the changed structure of the growth that has mainly come from growth in the non-primary sector activities after the changes in the economic policies that encouraged investment in some sectors first since the early 1980s.

Subsequent significant changes in economic policies have accelerated the growth during 1990s and 2000s. The paper covers the period 1983-2012, arguably the highest growth phase of the Indian economy. Given the heterogeneous sociocultural and religious structure of the Indian society, in this paper we examine how different populations groups have benefited from the growth. Paper also delves into the impact of growth on reduction of poverty across different geographical domains. We find that the growth rate achieved in recent times has been both more poverty reducing and inclusive. However, at the sub-national level the different socio-religious groups have not benefited equally from the higher growth.


(1) Dr. Rajnish Kumar (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi),

(2) Dr. Amaresh Dubey (Professor and Chairperson Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD) School of Social Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)


Hajime SATO



Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
Soukknilanh Keola E-mail:Souknilanh_KeolaE-mail