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Enclosed Waters: Property Rights, Technology and Eco?logy in the Management of Water Resources in Palakkad, Kerala by Jyothi Krishnan, Orient Blackswan, Rs 395
This book looks into the social and ecological factors that have given rise to the persistent problem of water scarcity in the paddy-growing regions of Palakkad district in Kerala. The book illustrates how the land reforms in the state led to erosion of common rights, resulting in both unsustainable and inequitable use and distribution of water.
Political Economy of Poverty Eradication in India and Essays on Fiscal Reform, Raja Chelliah, Sage, Rs 495
Raja Chelliah has straddled academia and policy-making. In this collection of essays he blames the government-centric approach for the failure to end poverty in India. He also makes a case for tax reforms.
Birds in Books: Three Hundred Years of South Asian Ornithology: A Bibliography by Aasheesh Pittie, Permanent Black, Rs 795
Ornithologists have, over three centuries, studied over 1,200 species of birds in South Asia. This bibliography embraces works like travelogues, field guides, species monographs, country handbooks and folios of art. It also provides brief glimpses into the lives of over 200 ornithologists.