Karnataka has acquired a name for itself in recent times for decentralization, local governance and improvements in the social sectors. The State is also known for land reforms and the political assertion of backward castes, influenced by Lohiates, and all these have impacted agrarian life in rural Karnataka. However, the contribution of agriculture and allied activities to the State’s income has been steadily falling. Villages often remain as a place of habitation, blurring the conceptual distinction between villages and cities. The recent agrarian protests across India notwithstanding, studies claim that we have arrived at a ‘post-agrarian’ situation exemplified as ‘rurban’ lifestyle. While the various elaborate surveys, including the NSSO led Situation Assessment Survey of Farmers (SAS), offer insights into the broad socio-economic condition of agricultural households, they don’t provide a deeper understanding on the condition of farmers, farming and changing agrarian relations in Indian villages. It is a yawning gap that can be filled only by micro level studies.
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