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Reservations and Class Structure of Castes

of Castes THE upper caste 'backlash' (merely another word for a reactionary movement) against reservation is on and has given rise to yet another national debate on what should be the basis of reservation and for how long it should be continued.

PANCHAYAT RAJ-More Power to Bureaucrats

August and September there occurs a depletion of stocks amid strong demand and this scarcity condition was aggravated by the transport strike. Buoyant festival demand as, also the demand from the vanaspati industry which turned to the domestic market for its requirements following discontinuance of subsidy of imported oils also contributed to the flare-up.

Iconoclasm Is Necessary

Iconoclasm Is Necessary DN ICONOCLASM is a necessary endeavour, intellectual and practical, in every age. There are those whose basic outlooks have to be rejected and there are others whose limitations have to be understood. Call it what you will, developing a critique or iconoclasm, such a settling of accounts is essential in each age for the oppressed to be able to carry forward their struggle for emancipation. If the sham of the tBengal Renaissance' had to be exposed some twenty years ago, the limitations of past class struggles as, for instance, that conducted by Swami Sahjanand's Kisan Sabha, have to be brought to light today. This is not just an idle endeavour, but one critically related to the task of working out a direction for the continuing agrarian struggle in Bihar.

Some Agrarian Questions in the Jharkhand Movement

cattle and also loans. But more often than not the seeds are of poor quality and the cattle of poor breed. The Antyoda team found that not a single head of cattle provided by the government was alive today.

Reservations for Women in Panchayats

Panchayats DN IN the run-up to the elections Rajiv Gandhi has taken a number of steps to build a constituency among sections of the rural electorate. The 'Jawahar Rojgar Yojna', which takes schemes of rural employment out of the purview of the state governments and centralises them, and the Panchayat Bill, which supposedly gives more power to the village-level ('grassroots') organisations

Trade Follows the Flag-Nature of Indian Expansion

Indian expansionism is at the stage where the export of goods rather than export of capital is its primary characteristic. It uses political privilege to acquire commercial supremacy which helps support an industrial structure that is not on the way to establishing relative supremacy.

Swami Sahjanand and the Kisan Sabha

Kisan Sabha AMONG various birth centenaries, this is also the birth centenary of Swami Sahjanand, the legendary leader of the Bihar Pradesh Kisan Sabha, which was by far the largest and most vigorous kisan organisation in India in the colonial period.

Is Justice a Bigger Share

DN That demands for higher wages are justified in terms of the 'unfairness' of the share that goes to wages shows lack of understanding of the fundamental causes of the workers' exploitation. The result is that attention is not paid to the slogan that should be raised by the advanced workers' movement: the slogan of 'end the wage system' in place of the earlier slogan of 'a fair share'.

Tendu Leaf Politics

DN The Madhya Pradesh government's tendu leaf collection policy which does away with contractors and supposedly restores the rights of the tribals over the forests is a clever ploy to weaken the BJP support base among forest contractors as also to forestall the growing left movement in the region.

Indian Big Bourgeoisie and the National Question-The Formative Phase

Indian Big Bourgeoisie and the National Question The Formative Phase DN The particular manner in which the national question has developed in India is intimately connected with the historical course of development of the Indian big bourgeoisie.

Landlords as Extensions of the State

DN An important factor determining the nature of the class struggle in Bihar is that the state alone does not confront the peasants as an armed force; the landlords and their gangs immediately and continuously do the same. The landlords continue to be not only 'malik' but also, partly, 'sarkar'.

Left Response to Sectional Demands

In India today one can see the impact of the idea of equality on different subaltern sections and even on some who cannot be called subaltern. What is required is to relate the notion of equality to the specific types of inequalities existing, which themselves arise from the specific production relations and mode of production of the society.


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