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

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The Meerut Holocaust

reform. But there are three types of questions which will bother the reader of the book: First, the political feasibility of peasant-oriented land reform; second, the need for considering the growing contradictions of the agrarian sector not only in relation to dualistic agriculture, but also in relation to the nature of integration of the agrarian sector with the non-agricultural sec- tor; and, third, the growing gap between the value-systems underlying a humane and just society and those which are influencing the behaviour of the elite class both in rural and urban society. On the first, notwithstanding the growing unrest in some areas, the political feasibility of radical land reform appears to be uncertain within a gradualistic frame. Further, the farmers' lobby is much more powerful now than during the Nehru regime. Moreover, the industrial bourgeoisie, who had a stake in anti-feudal land reform earlier, is not now inclined to support a radical land reform.

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