Contents: Foreword/U.B. Bhoite. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Historical background. 3. Beyond Samyukta Maharashtra. 4. Marathwada--geographical and physical features. 5. Dandekar committee report. 6. Rationale and philosophy underlying commissioned studies on the problems of Marathwada. 7. Marathwada 2001: backwardness of Marathwada, TTS characteristics and causes. 8. Qualitative information obtained through interviews. 9. Internal socio-economic and political profile and uneven development. 10. Intervention--its nature, quantum and consequences. 11. Summary and conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
"All India picture of uneven/unequal development has posed problems for any serious researcher of Indian society. Many of the states have been proverbially labelled as BIMARU-states by Economists-Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh. Even a state which has been labelled as being "relatively advanced" consists of subregions/pockets which not only been but persists to be backward as of now. At the time of linguistic organization of the states certain solemn promises were made (had to be made) to provide special help for the development of such pockets-such as railways, industrial and agricultural development facilities and other infrastructural facilities-educational institutions.
However the nonfulfilment of such promises have resulted in resentment amongst such a backward region-Marathwada. The problem has been further accentuated by the adoption of centre/periphery model of economic growth, which has on the contrary resulted in a lopsided development of the region. It is not enough to share a common language in the absence of socio-cultural and political traditions congenial for economic development. The prevalence of styfling political atmosphere during Nizams rule and a more or less absence of social reform movements resulted in inertia on the part of the people to change the situation. Instead of merely depending on the powers that be for the provision of various facilities active mobilization of the people to change the situation became necessary.
The book will be of immense use to administrators, economists, sociologists, planners in addition to several researchers and NGO’s working on development of backward regions." (jacket)