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The Show Must Go On

The people's theatre group, Jana Natya Manch, and its work have been depicted skilfully by Lalit Vachani in his documentary Natak Jari Hai by a sensitive shadowing of the team and its members, snippets of their performances and interviews. Janam's work might be seen as didactic or propagandist but dwelling on its theatre practices would be missing the larger point, which Vachani thankfully does not do.

Untouchability and Dalit Women's Oppression

A purely dalit or a purely feminist movement cannot adequately help dalit women. But no matter. Dalit women participants at the Convention against Untouchability and Dalit Women's Oppression were willing to help themselves. Even as they narrated their problems and humiliations, there was pride in a new identity, in being able to withstand hardships, and in the strength and courage to wage attritive battles.

Sense on Shifting Cultivation

Bela Malik The Last Frontier: People and Forests in Mizoram by Daman Singh; Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, 1996; pp xxiii + 301, Rs 295 (pb).

Aba-oa and Gender Equations among Garos

turning one's back on these on the grounds that the rights they safeguard are entirely superficial, that at their core they serve only to defend an oppressive order that has little in common with the socialist vision. But in a context when even the nominal rights enshrined by these institutions are under threat, such an attitude would perhaps be suicidal. The choice in such circumstances would be unequivocal to fight for the defence of these institutions, to correct when necessary and influence when possible.

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