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

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Capital-Labour Relations

most subaltern groups in the system; on the other hand, when the Mahars exploded into mass organising it was under an extremely modern and sophisticated leadership. Was this a subaltern movement or not? Or were only the 'non-elite1 aspects of it subaltern, and if so, how do we make the separation? It appears that answers to such questions as these would have to go beyond the rather limited theorisation of most subaltern studies. Nevertheless, concepts/frameworks/ categories are so carelessly used in analysing most Indian social movements that there is something to be said for a research project which at least begins by taking seriously the aims and forms of expression of the oppressed.

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