A.R. Vasavi

Ph.D (Michigan State University)
Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
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Professor Aninhalli R. Vasavi is a Senior Fellow at theNehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, She did her M.A. and M.Phil. in Sociology from the University of Delhi, and her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Michigan State University in 1993. She is the author of the book "Harbingers of Rain: Culture and Drought in Bijapur, India." She has worked at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and for 14 years at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru, including a year as Dean of Social Sciences.


The book focuses on understanding the cultural implications of changes introduced by government programs in an agrarian society. The introduction of new agricultural techniques, new crops, and new conceptualizations of droughts leads not only to economic and political changes, but also to changes in the social patterns and symbols of the society.

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