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Peasants and Politics in Malabar

Peasants and Politics in Malabar Dilip M Menon 1 READ with increasing astonishment M Kabir's review titled 'Peasants and Politics in Malabar' (EPW, May 3). Under the guise of a detailed rebuttal of the arguments in my book (as evidenced in the length of the review), Kabir blandly restates the older paradigm which I had tried to qualify or contradict. His position seems to be that we know all we need to know about the social history of Malabar and no more new work needs to be done. There is no evidence of any substantial or original research in M Kabir's piece. He draws upon work (worthy for its time) done ageneration earlier by Prakash Karat and Gopalankutty and upon the trusted and well-thumbed gazetteers and colonial ethnographies. I would have called his review curiously immature and slipshod and left it at that but for the fact that his tone precludes charity on my part. My book is called charmingly, an inept and distorted narrative of half truths'; an act of bad faith only redeemed by the Mucidity of style' and the fact that it is 'highly readable'. Thank God for small mercies.

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