Anand Shrivastava is assistant professor at the School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in the fields of political economics, development economics and applied microeconomics, more specifically in looking at the social, political and economic causes and effects of conflict in developing countries, the political economy of control and use of natural resources in developing countries and issues of identity in the context of politics and conflict.
Economic development and Maoist insurgency
07 Oct 2015
The Indian government’s two-pronged strategy to counter Maoist insurgency involves economic development and military repression. Analysing data for 2006-2011, this column finds that increasing wages led to a small but statistically significant increase in conflict. It suggests that when the reason for conflict is absence of rights of low-income local communities on natural resources, this strategy by itself will not solve the problem and may even exacerbate it.
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