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Aniket Aga wins the Bharadwaj-Wolf Prize 2019-20

Aga was awarded the prize by the Journal of Peasant Studies for his article The marketing of corporate agrichemicals in Western India: theorizing graded informality.

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14 June, 2021 | 2m read

Congratulations to Dr. Aniket Aga, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Ashoka University on being awarded the Bharadwaj-Wolf Prize 2019-20 for his article The marketing of corporate agrichemicals in Western India: theorizing graded informality.  

“I am honored to receive the Bharadwaj-Wolf 2019-20 prize from the Journal of Peasant Studies. I am indebted to the farmers and marketing agents in Nashik, whose generosity allowed me to undertake this research. Let me also use this opportunity to note that the late Professor Krishna Bharadwaj’s daughter, Sudha Bharadwaj, the committed trade unionist, lawyer, and human rights activist, is in prison for over 1000 days. She is among several activists, students, academics, and journalists jailed without bail or trial,” said Aga on his win.  

The Krishna Bharadwaj and Eric Wolf Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding paper published in the Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) by a ‘young scholar’, defined as someone who either is a graduate student or has held a Ph.D. degree for no more than four years when the paper is submitted to the journal. The Prize, which comes with an award of £1000, commemorates two long-standing and distinguished members of the JPS Editorial Advisory Board: the political economist Krishna Bharadwaj (1935–1992) and Eric Wolf (1923–1999). The Prize Committee consists of three members of the JPS editorial team.  

An excerpt from the Journal of Peasant Studies states: Aga’s careful ethnography of pesticide marketing in Maharashtra covers new empirical ground on an issue of growing international importance, demonstrating the role of private pesticide marketing in mediating changing social, ecological, and market conditions as the state has retreated from its Green Revolution era role in knowledge production and extension. Theoretically, the piece discusses how gradients of informality breach the boundaries between the state and corporate capital, its implications for caste in India specifically and for informal labor relations more generally. The complete announcement can be viewed on the Journal of Peasant Studies website.  

You can read the prize-winning article here

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