ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WEST BENGAL Despite the INTUC DURING the good old colonial days, the Indian Jute Mills Association (IJMA), led by the British jute magnates, was reckoned as the real government of Bengal; a general strike by the jute textile workers was therefore deemed to be little short of a rebellion. However, much water has flowed down the Hooghly in the past quarter of a century, and many significant changes have occurred in the political and industrial contours of this state. Most jute mills have passed from European hands into Indian ones, particularly of Marwari business houses; the white managers have gone home, leaving their spacious and beautiful bungalows on both banks of the Hooghly to their brown brethren; and, more importantly, the weightage of jute textiles in the industrial matrix of the state has declined appreciably as a result of the growth of other industries, particularly of engineering industries.

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