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Plight of Tea Garden Workers

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

Revisiting Jangalmahal

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

State Discourse on Poverty

Poverty and hunger emerged as a spectre of the Indian state in the 1960s when the possibility of a Red Revolution haunted the political establishment. The first major attempt to measure poverty in India was undertaken by V M Dandekar and N Rath in the late 1960s as a counter-insurgency measure...

Amlan Dutta (1924-2010)

The eminent Bengali social thinker, Amlan Dutta, passed away earlier this year at the age of 86. He was born in Cumilla district of undivided Bengal in 1924. After completing his schooling there, he did his MA in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta University. In his long professional...

SPOs in West Bengal?

The West Bengal Government is planning to raise a special force of Special Police Offi cers (SPOs) across the three Maoist-dominated states of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. The SPOs will function as the “eyes and ears” of the regular security forces. They will be raised predominantly from ex-...

State Violence in Lalgarh

The EPW carried a letter (“Murder of Lalmohan Tudu”, 27 February) on the brutal murder of Lalmohan Tudu, the president of the Peoples’ Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), in Lalgarh by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). It may be mentioned in this connection that sometime ago, the...

On Moti Nandi

The eminent Bengali sports journalist and writer, Moti Nandi, passed away on 3 January at the age of 79. He changed the face of Bengali sports journalism. The less popular games like athletics, swimming, kabaddi and kho kho found equal importance in his writings. His sports-related fiction,...

The Other Lalgarh Story

Very recently, EPW has carried two articles – one by Malini Bhattacharya (15 August) and the other by Debasish Chakraborty (20 November) – both of which have highlighted Maoist violence in West Bengal in recent years but maintained silence on state violence. Bhattacharya argued that it would be a...

Politics of Job Cards

In a recent interview, Jean Dreze, one of the architects of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), noted that the “hoarding” of job cards by sarpanchs, panchayat secretaries or others is a common problem. Such practices are followed by the offenders to fudge records and siphon...

Politics of Governance

In a seminal lecture four years ago, the eminent political theorist, Partha Chatterjee argued that up to the end of the 1970s ideology played an important role in Indian politics. The popularity of a political leader depended on the sacrifices she/he made. But a new paradigm has emerged in Indian...

In defence of 'Lokniti'

On the eve of the 15th Lok Sabha elections, political scientist Yogendra Yadav has reminded us that evidence from India suggests that electoral democracy is not the preserve of the rich and well heeled. He noted in this context that the socially disadvantaged have learnt to use the vote as a weapon...

Rhetoric of 'Aam Aadmi'

In his interim budget speech, union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee reminded us that the Indian people have seen how the “Aam Aadmi” has become the focus of the development process. He further argued that “the real heroes of India’s success story were our farmers”. However, the real state of...

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