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Sons of the Soil

Nature volume 149, page 510 (09 May 1942) | Download Citation



INDIA and her politicians, not without good reason, have been much in the news during recent months, but, in the long view, it is her peoples, comprising a vast and varied agricultural population, who will dominate the historic scene. For this reason the attractive and well-illustrated little volume, edited by Dr. Burns, agricultural commissioner with the Government of India, should be carefully read at the present time. The Indian cultivator “is India outside of the towns”. His agricultural difficulties are great and of long standing; they are as varied as the territory in which they arise. The object of the sketches in the volume under review is, among other things, to get rid of the idea of the Indian cultivator as a person or type, and to show something of the variety of individuals and classes who cultivate the soil of this immense country.

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