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Farmers Movement Fighting for Liberalisation

The farmers' movement in the country is split On the one hand, Karnataka's Nanjundaswamy has become the hero of the fight against multinational imperialism; on the other, Sharad Joshi, targeting the Indian state, has become perhaps the single mass leader in the country to take a clear and strong stand in support of liberalisation, the open economy and the notorious Dunkel Draft. Joshi's Shetkari Sanghatana held its fifth convention at Aurangabad in October.

MAHARASHTRA-Fighting Drought

romantic notion of strengthening the agricultural base of Indian society, ignoring the obvious limits that even such developments come up against. In any case, it is hardly flattering to the 'agricultural revolution' if it continues to drive agricultural labour to the fringes of towns or to the sugar mills, albeit in another state.

MAHARASHTRA-Sugar Workers Round Two

Sugar Workers: Round Two GO THE proposed strike of 250,000 workers in the sugar industry in Maharashtra ended with a whimper when the union representatives accepted a pro-management award by the Chief Minister on November 27 (see EPW, December 1 and 15, 1979). But even as this was happening another chapter in the multilateral confrontation among rich farmers, poor peasants, workers, industrialists and the government was opening up in Kolhapur, an important sugar- based political centre of western Maharashtra.

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