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If Wishes Were Horses-Jehanabad and Dhanbad Struggles in Bihar

of a Trade Liberalisaion Policy' in AM Choksi and D Papageorgion (eds). Economic Liberalisation in Developing Countries Basil Blackwell, Oxford, pp 41-59.

Social Mobilisation and Distributive Justice-Jehanabad and Dhanbad

Social Mobilisation and Distributive Justice Jehanabad and Dhanbad Krishna Chaitanya Why has the struggle of coal miners in Dhanbad been so different, in nature and outcome, from the mobilisation of rural labour in Jehanabad although they both share similar political perspectives on the fight for distributive justice?

BIHAR- Opportunistic Alliances and Shifting Party Loyalties

Party Loyalties Krishna Chaitanya IT is a rather sad commentary on the state of parliamentary politics in Bihar, as indeed in the rest of India, that it has now very little, almost nothing to do with social justice and equitable distribution of wealth in favour of the masses. Politics, which ought to have been a means to achieve these ends, has, m the hands of parliamentary parties become an end in itself whereby political parties culling across the left, right and centre divide indulge in politicking, using the popular aspirations and people's yearning for change to perpetuate their hold over parliamentary institutions. The divide between the political class and the masses was never so sharp, so wide, so deep as today. Given this atmosphere, and quite naturally so, ideological distinctions among parliamentary left, right and centre have vanished, opportunistic alliances are being struck and party affiliations changed at the drop of a hat. It is an old truism now that Bihar represents the worst of India. All sorts of opportunistic alliances have been made on the eve of the elections. Party loyalties have been changed overnight. Tickets have been allotted to political turncoats disregarding the claim of long-standing party members. As many as one-third of the 54 MPs who had won the 1991 Lok Sabha elections are Iightmgihis election on different party tickets. As many as 35 candidates of the major parties arc recent defectors.

JNU Rebuff to Communal Fascism

political experiment, The point that is glossed over in this interpretation is that the lathi- wielding yadavas known as lathers were till recently acting as the foot-soldiers of the brahmin-rajput-bhumihar landlords. With the realignment of political battle field, there is a perceptible transformation of dalit - bahujans from a passive vote bank to an active social force.

UTTAR PRADESH-Ideology Returns to the Campus

Ideology Returns to the Campus Krishna Chaitanya The victory of the progressive All India Students Association in elections to student bodies in universities of Uttar Pradesh is significant because it marks the beginning of the crumbling of the Hindutva bastion on the campuses of the state.

Caste, Class and Agrarian Movements in Bihar

Bengal reached its peak in the late 60s and early 70s and then it slided down to a point of almost no return. It may not be unreasonable to say that the most important organised movement of the labouring peasants with an element of spontaneity was the land grab movement launched during the United Front rule, notwithstanding the aberrations which ought to have been avoided. It was perhaps far more significant than any other peasant movement, including the great Tebhaga movement.

Patna By-Election Significant Contest

when farmers have been informed of the new laws that will govern their agricultural practices henceforth that they will simply accede to them. In all likelihood they will defy the laws that make little sense to them and that are so obviously against their interests.

Ranchi Women Fight Ragging

Krishna Chaitanya Sustained agitation by women students and teachers compelled the vice chancellor of Ranchi University to issue a notification prescribing two-year rustication as punishment for ragging.

Towards a United Left in Bihar

Krishna Chaitanya The fact that the left parties in Bihar have come together on the land question and have launched a united campaign is an indicator of the possibility of left unity at other political levels as well.

BIHAR-Emerging Upper Caste Alliance

Emerging Upper Caste Alliance Krishna Chaitanya Emerging upper caste alliances and a reassertion of feudal values were the features of the issue-less elections for the upper houses in the state and the centre'and the by-elections in Bihar.

BIHAR-Bara Massacre and After

about the major beneficiaries of irrigation and power. Also the heavy expenditure incurred by ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats with their insatiable appetite for more privileges and concessions is not questioned.

BIHAR-Government s Discrimination against Women Teachers

Government's Discrimination against Women Teachers Krishna Chaitanya The decision to slash the quota for women teachers symbolises the anti-women dimension of the feudal interests which dominate the present government in Bihar THE Bihar government recently slashed the quota for women teachers in primary schools from 50 per cent to just 3 per cent. This is in violation of a 1987 central government directive which requires that half such jobs should be reserved for women.


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