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Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development

Sunila S. Kale


Throughout the twentieth century, electricity was considered to be the primary vehicle of modernity, as well as its quintessential symbol. In India, electrification was central to how early nationalists and planners conceptualized Indian development, and huge sums were spent on the project from then until now. Yet despite all this, sixty-five years after independence, nearly 400 million Indians have no access to electricity. Electrifying India explores the political and historical puzzle of uneven development in India's vital electricity sector. In some states, nearly all citizens have access ... More

Keywords: India, electricity, politics, political economy of market reform, development, market reform, energy, rural electrification, irrigation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804787963
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804787963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sunila S. Kale, author