My research focuses on the political economy, discursive configurations and historical trajectories of farm loan waivers and myriad other governmental interventions aimed towards ameliorating rural indebtedness in the rural Western Maharashtra region of India. I seek to examine the conceptual frames and modes of representation through which indebtedness and crisis in rural India come to be imagined and experienced, while also enquiring into the effects of governmental interventions like farm loan waivers on socio-economic relations and political discourses in rural Western Maharashtra.
Before coming to Stanford, I completed B.A. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and M.A. in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. I went on to do an M. Phil. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, where as a part of my M. Phil. dissertation, I historically traced the discourses, institutions, political engagements and technologies of rule which have constituted and shaped state policies of food provisioning in India since the colonial to the contemporary times.