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This article examines changes in the irrigation economy of India in the post-Independence period by drawing upon secondary data and data from in-depth village surveys conducted by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies (FAS). Specifically, it analyses the extent of inequality in the ownership of irrigation equipment and access to irrigation across socio-economic classes. The article argues that the shift in the irrigation economy towards private groundwater irrigation is associated with greaterdoi:10.22004/ag.econ.308347 fatcat:5pfd5cw4wje47fvrff37ajqa4q