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Sahajanand and Khet Mazdoors

powerful images in relation to culture. Though Das deconstructs legal practices, a strong sense of justice surfaces in her very conception of everyday lite. Thus, while demarcating culture from the proprietorial hold of community, slate or individual we are proffered an image of culture derived from the metaphors of justice. Moreover, in her choice of presenting the anthropological subject as a moment rather than being spatially located, she departs from conventional 'disciplinary' techniques and gives prominence to the 'script' of everyday life, which encodes the concepts of rights and justice. Such formulation helps us escape the limited view of culture as community with a boundary or as linked to demands of the state. By paying attention to these narratives. Das subverts the image of traditional ethnographic practice wherein an SWAM! Sahajanand Saraswati was born Naurang Rai in 1889, turned an ascetic in 1907 and moved to the bustle of public life in 1917. In 1920 he began to organise the bhumihar brahmins on ritual-reformist lines but soon turned to Gandhi an politics. From 1934 however, disenchanted, he began to organise the suffering 'kisans', with whom he worked until he died in 1950. The kisan movement, the Swamu and others like him, tried to build up a countrywide scale, and under the banner of the All India Kisan Sabha (1936). was designed to challenge the upholders of colonialism in India the indigenous feudal exploiters in its overwhelmingly vast countryside, and their overbearingly protective, expropriative British raj. In vigorous pursuance of this two-fold task of anti-feudalism and anti- imperialism, Sahajanand devoted 16 rich years of his lite. Although he was active practically throughout the country, and he attained the stature of a truly national figure, the epicentre of all his acts of political tremor remained the province of Bihar. It was mainly for his non-party. left-wing career as a militant kisan leader of Bihar, as of course, of the whole of India, that Sahajanand has carved out a niche for himself in the Indian history of the 20th century.

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