The Jindal Journal of Public Policy (JJPP) is the flagship academic publication of the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP). JJPP is one of the crucial arms of JSGP aspiring to publish and disseminate rigorous theoretical, applied and empirical research that augments our existing understanding of public policies and their impact. It welcomes original and unpublished essays from all social science disciplines and all shades of intellectual persuasions. All essays published in the Journal are subjected to rigorous peer review, based on initial editors’ screening and double-blind referring by independent experts. [Refer the Journal]
This is a special issue of the journal of the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. It is special because it has a new ‘Student Contributions Section’ which carries papers produced by students on the theme of development cooperation policy as part of a project supported by The Asia Foundation. That section of the journal is introduced by Dr. Clarence J. Dias and Professor R. Sudarshan.
The rural-urban frontier is a constantly shifting frontier, with many new economic, political, social and hybrid processes being set into motion due to technological, economic and political changes on the ground. With the race to position India higher in the global arena, the Government of India as well as the regional governments are introducing new policies, forming new institutions, as well as investing in infrastructure. These interventions are aimed at accelerating the transformation India’s economy. Economic Reforms is the key term used to describe this process, which essentially involved a rewiring of the institutional apparatus within which people operate. Land is central to this transformation, particularly in the rural-urban continuum. Agricultural land is being converted for urban use. There are several changes to agricultural policies and cultivation practices. The four papers throw light on diverse aspects of transformation including the conversion of common territory – land or lake for urban use, changes in the agricultural practices in the rural context. The articles by Sandeshika Sharma and Zia Haq draw attention to the ongoing transformation in agriculture in the rural context, while the other two articles by Gopa Samanta and Rohan D’Souza
The four articles in this section are authored by the students of the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. They engage with critical policy issues such as education, women’s empowerment and electricity.
This issue of the Jindal Journal of Public Policy has created a platform for students to make contributions to policy debates. In the students section of the journal, we have included papers written by students in the course of completing a project (supported by The Asia Foundation) which resulted in a collective paper on India’s development policy (which is also published here). Faculty who conducted some courses for students related to this subject have recommended these papers for inclusion in this issue. These students participated in a semester long project sponsored by The Asia Foundation (TAF), whose objective was to develop a “Mock” White Paper on India’s Development Cooperation Policy.