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Reconstructing policy narratives: the Green Revolution story

Published on 1 January 2003

The Green Revolution today is the stuff of legend. The literature of the green revolution can never be monocultural. The diversity of perspectives from which it has been analyzed is impressive.

The political scientist, Ashutosh Varshney (1995) has provided a political economy of the green revolution contrasting the Nehru – Mahalanobis and Charan Singh models. The physicist, Vandana Shiva (1991) from a feminist ecological perspective has produced a provocative link between green revolution and the terrorism and ethnic violence that followed in Punjab. If Varshney is replete with policy documents, Shiva’s study unravels the green revolution from civic consciousness of an alternative agriculture.

Robert Anderson (1991), a Canadian anthropologist studied the Rockefeller Foundation archive to read the green revolution as another great module of US foreign policy. The works of Bayliss Smith, Sudhir Wanamali etc. add to this first genre of narrative.

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authors
Visvanathan, S. and Parmar, C.
journal
Biotechnology Policy Series, issue 16

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