Professor, Centre for
Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD)
- Policy Processes
- Social, Political Theory
- Agrarian Change
- Urban and Rural
- Development Studies
University of Delhi
University of Delhi
in Political Science,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Research Projects on Hand
Governance and Local Democracy in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh' (Telangana
and Andhra Pradesh), India.
Federalism and Local Government in
India, New Delhi: Studium Press, 2017.
Urban Governance in Karnataka and
Bengaluru: Global Changes and Local Impacts (Ed) Anil Kumar
Vaddiraju, Satyanarayana Sangita and Kala Seetharam Sridhar
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK,
Sisyphean Efforts? State Policy and
Child Labour in Karnataka, with foreword by Professor James Manor,
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK,
Peasantry, Capitalism and State: The
Political Economy of Agrarian Societies, Newcastle upon Tyne:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
Governance and Planning in Karnataka, India,
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011 ( With
for Tackling Child Labour Problem, New Delhi: Concept
Publishers, (With D.Rajasekhar and K.G.Gayathri Devi), 2011.
in Manpower Journal Vol. XLIX Nos 3 & 4, July-December 2015)
(Reviewed in NITTE Management Review Vol. 6,
Issue.2, December, 2012, pp68-9.)
(Reviewed in the Southern Economist,
Vol.51, No.9. September 1 ,2012, pp.56-7)
(Reviewed in the
Journal of Rural Development)
Decentralised Governance and
Developmental Politics in South India: A Study, VDM Verlag
Dr. Muller, (Germany) 2009.
Drinking Water in Rural Karnataka: Issues and Problems, VDM Verlag
Dr. Muller, (Germany) 2008.
Land, Labour and
Caste: Agrarian Change and Grassroots Politics in Andhra Pradesh,
VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, (Germany) 2008.
(Reviewed in [The] Sociological Bulletin Vol. 58, No.3,
(Reviewed in the Journal of Social
and Economic Development, Vol.14, No.1, January-June,2012)
(Reviewed in the Journal of Social and Economic
With S.N.Sangita, 'Political
Regimes, Decentralized Governance and Social Security in Southern
States' in G. Palanithurai (ed.), (2014), Decentralization in
South Indian States, Chennai, New Delhi, Tirunelveli: MJP
Publishers, pp 251-308.
'Civil Society and Public Policy' in
Shaji Varkey (ed), (2014) Globalization, State and Governance: A
Festschrift Volume in Honor of Professor G. Gopa Kumar, New
Delhi: New Century Publications,
'Whither Decentralization in India? The
Interesting Story of a Nobody's Child' in Lancy Lobo, Mrutuyanjaya
Sahu and Jayesh Shah( Eds.), (2014), Federalism in India: Towards
a Fresh Balance of Power, Jaipur: Rawat Publications.
'Urban Governance and Planning in
Karnataka' in R.N.Sharma and R.S.Sandhu (Eds.) (2013) Small
Cities and Towns in Global Era: Emerging Changes and Perspectives,
New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
'Emergence of Backward
Castes in South Telangana: Agrarian Change and Grass Roots Politics'
in Surinder S. Jodhka( Ed.) Village Society: Readings on the
Economy, Polity and Society, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan (
With EPW and TISS), 2012.
'Political Regimes and
Public Policies in South India' in Harishankar Upadhyaya and Anjani
Kumar Malaviya (eds) (2010) Inspiring Winds and Rainbow of
Ideas: Essays in Honour of Professor Rajen Harshe, Allahabad:
Prayag Pustak Bhavan.
Suicides and Rural Institutions in Andhra Pradesh' in Prasenjit
Maiti (ed)(2008) From Negations to Negotiations: Solving
the Puzzles of Development, New Delhi: Pragun
Publications, pp 617-640.
'Emergence of Backward Castes: Structural Change and Grassroots
Politics in South Telengana'. 1999. In Dalits and Peasants: Emerging Caste-Class
Dynamics, edited by Ashish Ghosh, New Delhi: Gian Sagar Publishers.
'Agricultural Labour and the Gender Dimension: A Note', Social Change
(SAGE) Vol. 45, No.4 December 2015.
'Two steps Forward One Step Back; Decentralisation as a Policy
Process in India' in the Journal of Social and
Economic Development (SPRINGER) Vol. 17, No. 2, October 2015.
'Indian State and its Capitalist
Growth: Success of Democracy with Multiple Challenges' in
Yin-Wah Chu (ed) Asian Developmental State: Reexaminations and New
Departures, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
South India: Its Political Regimes and Social Security', Journal of
Social and Economic Development Vol.16 No.2, July-Dec. 2014.
'State, New Developmentalism and
Political Processes' in My Society: Bi-annual Refereed Arts
Journal of the University of Mysore, Vol VII, No. 1-2, March-
August/ September-February, 2013-14( September, 2014).
'Economic Reforms and Political Decentralisation in South India:
An uneven equation?' in Man & Development, Vol.XXXVI,
No. 1, March, 2014, 41-62.(July, 2014).
'On Civil Society, Again: Civil
Society, State and Public Policy in South India,' Studies in
Indian Politics (Sage), 2(1),55-66, June, 2014.
Human Development in Uttar Pradesh:
Politics and Policies’( With Shyam Singh) in Artha Vijnana,
Vol. LIV, No. 4 December, 2012.
Irrigation and Agrarian Change in India: Two Village Studies of
Differentiation Without De-peasantization’,in Agrarian
South: Journal of Political Economy(Sage publications),
Vol. 2, No.2,pp.213-239.
Agrarian Change in India: A Case Study’ mySOCIETY: Biannual
Refereed Arts Journal of the University of Mysore, VI (1-2),
2011, 1-26.( Published in July,2013).
‘Gramsci and Freire: Bridging the
Divide in Indian Context’ in My Society: Biannual Refereed Arts
Journal of the University of Mysore, Vol.V, Issue. No.1-2,
March- September, 2010 (Nov. 2012) pp82-89.
'Federalism Yes, What About
Decentralisation? Politics and Governance in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil
Nadu' Journal of Polity and Society, Vol. 4. No.1,pp
28-50, January-June 2011(Published in April 2012).
'Speaking Truth to Power?
Civil Society and Policy Advocacy in India' in the Journal of
Asian Public Policy (T&F Routledge, London) Vol. 5.No.1,
'Interpreting the World in a World of
Interpretation', MySociety: Biannual Refereed Arts Journal of
the University of Mysore, Vol 1-4, March-September,
2008-9(Published in August 2011) pp195-199.
'Rights-Based Approaches to Poverty
Alleviation and Social Development in India', Journal of
Parliamentary Studies, Vol.2 No.1, Jan-June 2011.
'Political Sociology of Democratic
Decentralisation in India' Journal of Polity and Society,
Vol.3.No.1, January-June 2010, pp 41-53.
Participation in Primary Education in Rural Karnataka and Andhra
Pradesh' (2009) [The] Journal
of Karnataka Studies, Vol.3.No.2&Vol.4.No.I pp 71-85.
'Social Power and Political Movements:
The Quest for Rights' in [The] Indian Journal of Political
Science, Vol LXX, No.4, Oct-Dec, 2009, pp983-992.
'Comparing Rural Decentralisation Across Indian States: Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh'
Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol.LXX. No.1, Jan-March, 2009,
With Shyam Singh, 'State, Social
Security and Economic Reforms in India', (2009) [The] Journal of
Polity and Society, Vol. 2 No. 1 January-June 2009, pp 75-87.
Policy Processes and Policy Advocacy'. in the Indian Social Science
Review: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Indian Council of Social Science Research, Vol.7, No.2. pp135-154.
and Political Weekly
Governance and Right to the City', Economic and Political Weekly,
Vol.L1, No.32, August 6, 2016, pp 21-23.
'A Tale of Many Cities: Governance and
Planning in Karnataka',
Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.XLVIII, No.2, January,13,
2013, pp 66-9.
'State, Civil Society and the
Eradication of Child Labour in Karnataka' Economic and Political
Weekly,Vo.XLVI No.3, January 15, 2011.
'Inequality and Exclusion: As If the
System Mattered' Economic and Political Weekly,
Vol.XLVI,Nos. 44&45, November 5th, 2011, pp21-23.
Discussion Note: 'Why Telengana? Why Now?' in
Political Weekly, Vol. XLII, No.9, 3rd March, 2007, pp
With Shagun Mehrotra. 2004. 'Making Panchayats Accountable'.
and Political Weekly 39(37): 4139-4141.
'Emergence of Backward Castes in South
Telengana: Agrarian Change and Grass Roots Politics'. 1999. Special Article,
and Political Weekly, 34(7): 425-430.
'Word Wars' in
Economic & Political Weekly Vol L No.43, October 24th,
'Learning to Read,
Reading to Know' in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. LI
No.5 January 30,2016.
'Hannah Arendt and Modernity:
Revisiting the work The Human Condition' ISEC Working Paper- 403,
Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, October, 2017.
'Politics in the State of Telangana:
Identity, Representation and Democracy', ISEC Working Paper -397,
Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, August, 2017.
'Federalism and Formation of States in
India' (with Susanta Kumar Naik) ISEC Working Paper-378,
Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, 2016.
'Civil Society and Policy Advocacy in
India' ISEC Working Paper- 283, Institute for Social and
Economic Change, Bangalore, March, 2012.
'Politics and Public Policies: Politics of Human
Development in Uttar Pradesh, India' (with Shyam Singh), ISEC
Working Paper-287, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, July, 2012.
'Vocational Education and Child Labour
in Bidar, Karnataka, India' ISEC Working Paper-286,
Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore,
'Conflicting Truths and Contrasting Realities: Are Official Statistics
on Agrarian Change Reliable?',
ISEC Working Paper-263, Institute for Social and
Economic Change, Bangalore, 2011.
'Federalism and Decentralisation in India: Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu'. 2009.
ISEC Working Paper:208.
Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
'Cultures of Governance and Conflict
Resolution' in [The] Indian Journal of Human Rights and Social
Justice, Vol 4 Nos.1&2 Jan- Dec, 2009, pp225-231.
'Revisiting Indian Federalism in the Context of
Economic Reforms' [The] Indian Journal of Federal Studies,
No.1,2009 pp41-46, Published by the Centre for
Federal Studies, New Delhi.
'Governance Where Children Matter: NGO-GO Partnerships in Eradicating
Child Labour in Karnataka' Participation
and Governance, Vol 2, No.1, January, 2009,
Decentralisation and Development in a Complex Democracy',
Think India Quarterly, Vol. 11. No. 2, April-June 2008, pp 60-79.
'Government--NGO Partnerships and Beyond:
The Experience of Child Labour Eradication Project in Karnataka', The Indian
Journal of Public Administration, October- December, 2007, Vol.LIII, No.4,pp.842-853.
'Rationing Rights and
Pricing Commodities-Right to Drinking Water: A Conceptual Exploration’
Quarterly Vol.10, No.4.October-December, 2007, pp72-96.
'Decentralisation as a Policy Process in India' in www.esocialsciences.com [on 12th December,
Discussion Note: 'Suicides by Cotton Farmers in Andhra Pradesh'
in www.esocialsciences.com [on
'Gramsci and Freire: Bridging the Divide in Indian Context: An
Exploratory Essay' in www.esocialsciences.com [
8th November, 2006].
'Irrigation,Agrarian Change and Local Politics in South Telengana,
1960-1996' in www.esocialsciences.com
[17th January, 2006].
'Farmers’ Suicides in Andhra Pradesh: The
Response of Rural Political Institutions'. 2005. Governance and Policy Spaces Project Working Paper: 3.
Hyderabad: Centre for Economic and Social Studies.
With Venkatesham Cheruku and Savita Kodali. 2002. 'Primary Formal
Education and Panchayats: Experience of Andhra Pradesh'. Participation & Governance
'Panchayati Raj Institutions and Janmabhoomi in Andhra
Pradesh'. 2001. Participation & Governance 7(21): 6-9.
In Telugu language. 'Shramikeekarana'. 1994. In
Telugu Academy Journal (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh) 8, (3): 42-48.
'Dual State Process and Multiple Popular Processes: Grassroots
Movements and Democracy'. 1992. In Teaching Politics 18, (2): 23-33.
Recent Research Projects Completed
Governance, Policy and Planning in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh' (Telangana
and Andhra Pradesh).
Philosophy of Action: Hannah Arendt and Modernity'.
Governance and Social Security in Four Southern States (With Professor
Survey at Havery District
Urban Governance and Planning
Civil Society and
Governance in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Independent (decentralised) Budgeting
and Planning at the District Level
Economic Reforms and Political Decentralisation: A Comparative Study of
Some Selected Indian States During Post-Reform Period
Institutional Design for
Elimination of Child Labour in Karnataka: A Study of State Initiatives of Eradication of
Child Labour in Karnataka
Drinking Water Supply and
Rural Institutions in Karnataka: A Study from Rights Perspective
K.Srinivasulu and K.S.Vijayasekhar. 2004. 'Proceedings of the Workshop on Crisis in
Handloom Sector in Andhra Pradesh: The Ways Forward'. Governance and Policy Spaces
Project Work Shop Proceedings: 1, Hyderabad: Centre for Economic and Social Studies.
Report of the Grassroots
Politics colloquium of the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. 1995.
'Development Programmes and Peoples' Responses.' In Neera Chandhoke and Ashish Ghosh (eds)
Grassroots Movements and Social Change, University of Delhi: Developing Countries
Research Centre (DCRC).
News Paper Articles
'Reconcile different 'truths' Asheesh
Navneet and V Anil Kumar, Deccan Herald, Aug 17
'Better governance in district-level cities key' ,V Anil Kumar,
Deccan Herald, Aug 11 2017
'Urban crisis: better policies vital', V Anil Kumar, Deccan
Herald, Jul 13 2017.
(Review Article) 'The twin
guide to Telangana' the Financial Express, 12th of
'A tectonic shift in
Telangana' in the Indian Express, 4th of August, 2010.
'It's More about
Telangana Identity than Development' Deccan Herald, 24th
of February, 2010.
Universal Paradox: Can Market Economy Become Inclusive?' The
Hindu, 9th of February, 2010.
On Region and Nation in Indian Polity' at the Institute for Social and
Economic Change, on 4th January, 2017.
'History and Alienation:
Hannah Arendt on Modernity', at the Institute for Social and Economic
Change, on 15th September, 2016,
'History and Alienation:
Hannah Arendt on Modernity' presented at the Institute for
Social and Economic Change on 15th September, 2016.
Proletarianisation: Increasing need for attention?' presented at the
Institute for Social and Economic Change on 30th March, 2016.
Modernity: On Not Being Europe's Other' presented at the Institute for
Social and Economic Change on 26th of December, 2014.
to the City: Issues of Governance’ presented at the Institute for Social and
Economic Change, Bangalore, India, on 15th November, 2013.
Participated in the
Workshop on Rural Transformation: Possibilities, Prospects and
Challenges' during 21-22nd March, 2016 at the TaTa Institute of Social
Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana
What Makes Urban Governance Work? A Tale of Two Cities'
at the Seminar on
'Issues in Local Self- Governance' at Nabkrushna Choudhury Centre for
Development Studies, Bubaneshwar, Orissa, during 29th of March, 2014.
3. Participated in the Seminar on "Emergence of States as the
Centre of Indian Politics" in Jain University, Bangalore, during 20th
and 21st March 2014, chairing a session.
4. 'Right to the City: Emerging Urban Political Economy in India'
at the Seminar on
'India's Political Economy in Transition' at Department of Political
Science, University of Goa during 21st to 22nd December, 2013.
5. 'Capitalism, Civil Society and Freedom: Notes on South
at the two day UGC-SAP
national seminar on ‘Globalisation, Development and Civil Society’
held by the Department of Political Science, University of Kerala
during 27th-28th September,2012, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
6. 'Whither Decentralisation in India? The Interesting Story of a
the two days seminar on “ Indian Federalism: Intergovernmental
Relations Revisited: Towards a Fresh Balance of Power” held during
24th-25th of August,2012 by the Centre for Culture and Development (www.ccdgujarat.org),
7. 'Economic Reforms and Political Decentralisation: A Comparison of
Four South Indian States during the Post-Reform Period'
the two-day national policy conference on ‘Social Exclusion in India:
Self-Governance, Development Politics and Autonomy Movements’, during
August 22nd and 23rd, 2012, at the University of Mysore, Mysore,
Society, Governance and Public Policy in Two South Indian States,
Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh'
at the 22nd World
Congress of Political Science conducted by the International Political
Science Association( IPSA) during 8-12th of July, 2012. The theme of
the Congress was ‘Reshaping Power and Shifting Boundaries’, held at
Madrid, Spain in the session, 'Bureaucracy and Public Policy:
Reshaping Power and Authority in Developing Countries'.
'Conditions of Existence and Exclusion of Child Labour in Karnataka'
at the national seminar
on 'Politics in India With Special Reference to Social Exclusion'
conducted by the Department of Studies in Political Science,
University of Mysore, Mysore during 28th-29th February,2012.
'Civil Society and Public Policy'
at the two day national
seminar on 'Democracy and Civil Society' held by the Centre for
Gandhian Studies, Alphonsa College, Pala, Kerala during 7th-8th of
'Civil Society and Citizenship: A Different Perspective'
at the seminar on
'Citizenship, the State and Expanding the Boundaries of Democracy' at
the ISEC during 28th of December, 2011.
12. 'State Child Labour
Project in Karnataka: Lessons from Evaluation'
two-day Seminar on
Eradication of Bonded Labour and Child Labour in Karnataka, 17-18
December 2011, Department of Labour, Department of RDPR and Human
Rights Commission, Vikasa Soudha, Bangalore, Karnataka.
'State, New Developmentalism and Political Processes'
at the seminar on
'Neo-Liberal State and Its Challenges’, 20-21 December,2011, Omeo
Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, Assam.
'Urban Governance and Planning in Karnataka'
at the national seminar on
'Small Cities and Towns in Global Era:Emerging Changes and Perspectives'
held by the Centre for Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social
Sciences, Mumbai during 29th to 30th August,2011.
'Inequality and Exclusion'
at the International
Seminar on ‘Social Exclusion: Meanings and Perspectives’ held by the
Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy,
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, during 23rd to 25th of March 2011.
'Rights-based Approaches to Poverty Alleviation and Social
Fifth Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management,titled 'Beyond the Macroeconomic Crisis- Towards Inclusive
Growth and Sustainability' organized by the Centre for Public Policy (CPP),
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore during 8th -11th August,
to the Roots: Governance Problems in Poverty Alleviation Programmes in
International Conference on 'Governing the Asian Giants: The Search for
Good Governance and Sustainable Development in China and India'
Organized by the Centre for Governance and Citizenship,The Hong Kong
Institute of Education, Hong Kong;The University of Hong Kong and The
University of Oslo during 29th -30th March 2010, at Hong Kong.
18. 'Political Sociology
of Democratic Decentralisation in India'
at the two day national seminar on ‘Political Processes and Governance
in India: Toward a New Paradigm’ organised by V.K.Sukumaran Nayar Chair
for Parliamentary Affairs, Department of Political Science, University
of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram during 28th-29th January, 2010.
19. ‘Politics and Public
Policies: Politics of Human Development in Uttar Pradesh, India’
Paper co-authored with Mr. Shyam Singh and presented at the
Fourth Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management,
organized by the Centre for Public Policy (CPP), Indian Institute of
Management (IIM), Bangalore during 9th -12th
20. ‘State, Civil Society and the Dilemmas of
“Mainstreaming” Child Labourers in Karnataka’
International Seminar on ‘Childhoods and Children’s’ Rights’ Conducted
under the aegis of United Kingdom and India Education Research
Initiative(UKIERI) by Lokniti/CSDS, New Delhi during November 10-11,
Indian Federalism in the Context of Economic Reforms’
at the national
Seminar on ‘Political Regimes in Indian States: Parties, Social Bases
and Public Policies’ organized by the Centre for Advanced Study in
Political Science by the Department of Political Science, Osmania
University, Hyderabad during 27th to 29th March,
as a Policy Process in India’
the seminar on ‘Development through Planning, Market or Decentralisation?
Organised by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian
Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai,
January 21-23, 2008, Bombay, Mumbai,
23. ‘Rationing Rights
and Pricing Commodities: Right to Drinking Water: A Conceptual
International seminar organized by SACIWATERS( South Asia Consortium for
Inter-disciplinary Water Studies), Hyderabad, in association with the
Centre for Water Resources, Anna University Chennai. The title of the
Seminar was ‘South Asia Water Conference’ on ‘Water Access and
Conflicts: Implications for Governance in
during 21st to 22nd March 2007.
‘Administrative Decentralisation and Development’
in a national
Seminar at Thiruvananthapuram on ‘Democracy, Decentralisation
and Participatory Development: Decentralised Governance in Kerala, a
Decade and Beyond’ Conducted by the Department of Political Science,
during 24th to 25th of April 2007.
Professional Society Memberships
Member, International Political Science
Association (IPSA) (2016-2018)
'Served as referee to the Journal
MySociety, Journal of Social and Economic Development and others'
Political Science Association (IPSA) (2012-13)
Member Editorial Board,
International Journal of Social and Economic Research
Observatory for Anthropological Research (NOAR), Karnataka, India
Member, SAARC Forum of
Life Member, Indian
Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)
Life Member, Indian Political Science Association (IPSA)
Life Member, Indian Sociological Society
Life Member, Indian Political Economy Association (IPEA)
Dr. V Anil Kumar
Centre for Political Institutions, Governance
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Nagarabhavi P.O. BANGALORE-560072, India
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