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Kusum Nair (1919–1993) was an Indian journalist, and writer on agricultural policy from the cultural side. Her work challenged "agricultural fundamentalism". Blossoms in the Dust, a title taken from a 1941 film, was based on a journal from 1958, when she spent a year in Indian villages.
She was born Kusum Prasad in Etah, Uttar Pradesh. Her early work dealt with Indian politics, and the Bombay Naval Mutiny of 1946. A Congress Socialist Party member, she was involved in the mutiny's planning.
- The Army of Occupation (1946)
- Japan's Soviet Held Prisoners (1951)
- Blossoms in the Dust: The Human Factor in Indian Development (1961)
- The Lonely Furrow: Farming in the United States, Japan and India (1969)
- Three Bowls of Rice; India and Japan: Century of Effort (1973)
- In Defense of the Irrational Peasant: Indian Agriculture After the Green Revolution (1979)
- Transforming Traditionally: Land and Labour Use in Asia and Africa (1983)
- John Adams, Obituary: Kusum Nair (1919-1993), The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 53, No. 3 (Aug., 1994), pp. 1046–1048
- The Agrarian History of South Asia: A Bibliographic Essay
- Donald E. Voth, An Overview of International Development Perspectives in History: Focus on Agricultural and Rural Development(PDF), p. 24.
- (PDF), p. 4.
- Hewitt's of White Oak and Collateral Families
- Pakistani Women In A Changing Society