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Revolution, Reform, or Protest? A Study of the Bihar Movement—II

The Bihar Movement (1974-75) under the leadership of Jayaprakash Narayan did not aim at merely bringing about a few changes here and there; it aimed at a 'Total Revolution' in the country. Any revolutionary movement, more so such a ' Total Revolution', presupposes an ideology which presents a profile, general or specific, of the future social order; programmes and strategies which concretise that ideology; personnel — leaders and cadre — who carry out the programme; and an organisation linking the revolutionaries at various levels through communication and action. The present study examines the Bihar movement with reference to these prerequisites. The study is published in three parts. The first part, which appeared last week, examined briefly the salient features of society and politics in Bihar and the antecedents of the movement. In this the second part, the author discusses the organisation and leadership of the movement, its objective of 'Total Revolution, the specific issues raised and programmes taken up and the involvement of political parties and other organisations.

What Statistics Don t Tell

What Statistics Don't Tell Ghanshyam Shah Electoral Politics in the Indian States: Three Disadvantaged Sectors, (ed) Myron Weiner and John Osgood Field; Manohar Book Service,

The Upsurge in Gujarat

Ghanshyam Shah The political upheaval which shook Gujarat for full two months early this year was unprecedented in the history of post-Independence India. No town remained untouched by the upsurge. Tensions also prevailed in some parts of the countryside. The agitation, spearheaded by the student community, took various forms. During the agitation about one hundred persons died and a large number were injured in police firings at different places.

Anatomy of Urban Riots Ahmedabad 1973

This paper is a continuation of the study on "Communal Riots in Gujarat" published in this bad city which caused the violent incidents of July 1973. He tries to reconstruct the sequence of events before and during the riots with a view to examining how and why riots take different shapes at different times.

Gap between Representatives and Constituents-An Aspect of Tribal Society in Gujarat

An Aspect of Tribal Society in Gujarat IN 1971, I investigated the political participation of about 300 'opinion leaders* among the tribals of Gujarat.1 These leaders include both political and non- political leaders

Fusion and Fission of Castes in Elections-A Case Study of Chhata, UP

Politics is often viewed as a mirror of social problems, reflecting social cleavages, grievances and aspirations. It is treated as a sort of a clearing house, having no potentiality of its own. In interpreting politics within this frame, some scholars attribute to caste the quality of "resilience" or the capability to adjust itself to political circumstances without losing its own identity.

Communal Riots in Gujarat-Report of a Preliminary Investigation

of tension that they have generated, Hindu and Muslim friends look upon each other with suspicion. Mutual attitudes have undergone considerable change since the riots. Muslims particularly feel miserable and lonely at their work place. A Muslim professor, who has been associated with the college he works in for the last twenty- eight years, told me with tears in his eyes how lonely he now felt in the college! This feeling of estrangement is found also among students and even innocent children. In mixed localities where children of both communities used to play together before the riots, the situation has now changed. Before the riots they were not conscious that their friends ' Rasid' or 'Raman' were Muslim or Hindu, but now, as they identify each other by their communities, they have ceased to play together. The consequence of such a traumatic experience for the socialisation of future citizens can be well imagined.

Political Scientist as Biographer

Political Scientist as Biographer Ghanshyam Shah Gokhale: A Political Biography, D B Mathur; Manaktalas, Bombay, 1966; pp 487+xii, Rs 36. THE FIELD of political biography in India has long been dominated by amateur-politicians, journalists and free-lance writers. It is only now that academicians are also being drawn into it. Recently a few historians have tried their hands at political biography. However, the honour of being the first Indian political scientist writing a political biography must go to D B Mathur.


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