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A Heretic in Indian Art

Letters A Heretic in Indian Art T he birth centenary of Ramkinker Baij is being celebrated this year. It is expected that art historians will write fresh scholarly treatises on the greatness of his art. There is a need to trace the genealogy of the heretical artist. His rule-breaking personality...

Land Struggle in Singur

Letters Unequal Compensation to Victims W hile condemning terrorism in absolute terms, the tendency to treat Muslims as the only people who could be perpetrators of all terrorist acts must be deplored. Not only sections of the media but most often personnel of the investigating and other law-...

Naxalism and Beyond

Lattars Kashmiri Hindus G autam Navlakha’s solemn exhortation to the government of India to “place the aspirations of the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir at the centre stage and uphold their dignity” (March 18) egregiously excludes the “aspirations” and “dignity” of Kashmiri pandits whose population...

A Post-Colonial Reading of Edward Said

of Edward Said ARUP KUMAR SEN In his tribute to Edward Said (EPW, December 27, 2003), Frederic F Clairmont has mainly highlighted his political activism. In my tribute to Said, I would like to situate his writings and speeches in a post-colonial perspective. In fact, Said was a pioneer in post-colonial studies.

Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad Conference

The recent annual conference of the Bengal Economic Association addressed key issues of economic governance and civil society, development of the social sector, role of public sector banks and the disparity in human development across India. While recent reform initiatives too formed a theme, the inability of economic thinking to attend to emerging ecological concerns also formed a conference theme.

Mode of Labour Control in Colonial India

From the late 19th century onwards, managing agency firms acquired a firm control of most cotton, jute and other mills as well as tea gardens and local mines, while looking at processes of labour control in the Bengal jute mills, the coalfields of Bengal and Bihar and the cotton mills of Bombay and Ahmedabad, this paper probes deeper into the dichotomy that prevailed as industrial capitalism first set up roots in India, for while policy decisions relating to wages, technology, etc, was vested in the managing agency system, disciplining of labour took place at the shop floor and in workers' neighbourhoods. Further, these middlemen, jobbers and agents came to exert overweening influence in the 'culture of coercion' that was thus established.

Capital, Labour and the State

This article narrates the competitive politics of trade union organisation in the inter-war years among the workers of jute industry and coal mines in eastern India, and of textile mills in western India. In both regions, simultaneous attempts were made by the mill and mine owners' associations to break workers' solidarity by communally polarising the working class or sponsoring their own trade unions or by openly resorting to coercive measures such as seeking police and military aid in crushing the strikes.


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