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Dialogue Needed on Sardar Sarovar

The following is an Open Letter to Uma Bharti, Minister for Water Resources, Government of India: We the undersigned believe that the recent decision of the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by 16.76 metres (m) taking the height to the designed final...

Movement for Water-Takari Peasants Struggle in Maharashtra

Takari Peasants' Struggle in Maharashtra Gail Omvedt Bharat Patankar The people of Khanapur taluka in Maharashtra have been agitating against a government irrigation scheme supposedly aimed at abolishing drought in the region. In reality, the scheme will only make a few villages prosperous leaving the rest untouched.

Textile Workers and Datta Samant

Cotton textiles, the biggest industry in Bombay employing the largest 11 number of workers, has been churning for the last two months. The first intimation of the turmoil came when workers went on a warning strike on September 27 under the leadership of four unions. The strike was in support of the demand for 12.33 per cent bonus payment by mills making losses and 20 per cent and more by the others, according to their profits. The unions also gave a warning of an indefinite strike in support of the general demands of textile workers which have been pending for several years.

PERSPECTIVES

Nalini Pandit Classes in Marxist theory are not mere economic categories. They are living social groups whose attitudes and responses are determined by historical and cultural factors. The materialistic interpretation of history does not imply an exclusive emphasis on the economic factor to the comparative neglect of others. The purpose of formulating a social theory is to understand the attitudes and responses of different social groups to particular programmes.

The Bourgeois State in Post-Colonial Social Formations

The Bourgeois State in Post-Colonial Social Formations Bharat Patankar Gail Omvedt Two important changes have occurred since the end of the second world war which serve to characterise a different phase of imperialism. These are, first, a change in the character of the State in most third world countries from a colonial state to a politically independent bourgeois State and, second, a change in the mechanisms through which the imperialist system dominates the third world.
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