Institute for Social and Economic Change

Chandrashekhara B. Damle


Chairs/Visiting Faculty


Dr. Chandrashekhara B. Damle, I.C.S.S.R. Senior Fellow
Professor of Sociology (Retd) (email:

  • M. A. in Sociology from Mysore University, 1976

  • Ph. D. from Poona University 1990
    Ph.D. thesis: Land Reforms and Changing Agrarian Relations in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka State.

  • Served at Nehru Memorial College, Sullia from 1976 to 2011

  • Now I.C.S.S.R. Senior Fellow since March 10, 2016.

Topic of study: Land Reforms: Land Rights and Agrarian Dynamics

Present study is a revisit to the issue of land reforms and changing agrarian relations in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka state. The earlier study was conducted by me during 1980s, that is, immediately after the implementation of stringent law of land reforms in Karnataka. The question is to check how far the land reforms law can effect social transformation, particularly the structural changes in agrarian society. It had ideological focus of establishing egalitarian society by eliminating the elements of exploitation. In the case of the implementation of land reforms there were expressed objectives of social equality and economic development. But there was a mismatch between the avowed purposes and adopted procedures in seeking social justice through law. Several studies have pointed out that except in the pockets of a few states, the land reforms have not proved success at the national level. However, in Dakshina Kannada district, the fact of implementation of land reforms has shown manifest effects as well as latent effects. A period of four decades is passed after the implementation of stringent land reforms law and now certain mixed effects of egalitarianism and capitalism are observable in the said district. No doubt, much of them are indirect effects which are permeated through the villages cutting across the caste-class stratification. However, the shifting rights in land have changed the meaning of landed property from a source of livelihood to that of a capital good. Study of this dynamics is the object of the present study.

Gandhinagara, P.O. SULIIA – 574239.
Dakshina Kannada District,
Mobile: 9945506045


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