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Fresh Violence in Lalgarh

The one month-long tribal agitation against police atrocities in Lalgarh was withdrawn in early December 2008 when the state administration formally agreed to the tribals’ major demands. But cadres belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) – CPI(M) – have yet again indulged in violence...

Culture as Resistance

Frantz Fanon recorded the story of cultural resistance against French colonialism in Algeria in his classic book, The Wretched of the Earth, thus: From 1952-53 on, the storytellers, who were before that time stereotyped and tedious to listen to, completely overturned their traditional methods of...

What Is Happening in Lalgarh?

The tribal agitation in Lalgarh, situated in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, was called off on 7 November 2008, a month after it was launched. The Committee against Police Atrocities decided to lift the blockade and announced that they would accompany district officials when they go to...

Nandigram: A Tale of Developmental Violence

contribution to this volume, he demonstrates a tangible shift away from the histories of the 19th century, which sought to instil in Hindus, a pride in their shared past. Instead, contemporary Hindu histories see the past as a monumental, epic struggle between the forces of good and evil, of Hindu and Muslim, and as a tool to recapture state power.

The Prose of Counter-Insurgency

The spectre of the Naxalite movement has been haunting the Indian state in recent years. The editorial (‘Widening Debate on Naxalite Movement’, May 10) has summed up the socio-economic roots of Naxalism identified in the report of the expert group (EG), set up by the Planning Commission. The...

What Happened in Tibet?

This is in response to Srinath Raghavan’s discourse on Tibet (‘The Case for Restraint on Tibet’, April 5). He has argued that the political issue of Tibet as opposed to the moral one does not have “any real traction on Indian public opinion or indeed the political parties”. This kind of argument is...

What Happened in Tibet?

This is in response to Srinath Raghavan’s discourse on Tibet (‘The Case for Restraint on Tibet’, April 5). He has argued that the political issue of Tibet as opposed to the moral one does not have “any real traction on Indian public opinion or indeed the political parties”. This kind of argument is...

The Other Side of Soviet Industrialisation

AM’s critical assessment of Left Front rule in West Bengal in ‘Eyeless in Bengal’ (February 23) bears testimony to his insightful mind. But, his characterisation of the “epic history of Soviet industrialisation in the 1930s” as “the most dazzlingly successful example” of transition from agriculture...

Reading Patnaik

In the article ‘Re-Envisioning Socialism’ (EPW, November 3), Prabhat Patnaik justifying his defence of socialism has highlighted the fundamentally “anti-democratic” character of bourgeois society. The chief minister of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, has categorically stated in a recent press...

All Is Not Perfect

This is with reference to the editorial, ‘Mocking Democracy’ (November 17). While condemning the “recapture” of Nandigram by hundreds of well-armed cadre of the CPI(M), the editorial has stated that the CPI(M) “has been until now the only all-India political party that has, by and large, adhered to...

On Nandigram-III

Prabhat Patnaik has argued that the tragedy of Nandigram is an outcome of the neoliberal policy of corporate industrialisation being imposed upon the country and on all the states. He has stated categorically that the “West Bengal government of course may be faulted for not having protested against...

Singur: Fact and Fiction

Mritiunjoy Mohanty (March 3) has taken Sumanta Banerjee to task for his alleged misrepresentation of the dynamics of change in Singur. But, his own representation seems to be flawed on a number of counts. In an article based on a field report (EPW, November 18, 2006), Parthasarathi Banerjee noted...

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