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From Rescue Measures to Fuller Democracy

The author is grateful to Partha Chatterjee, Amiya Dev and Rudrangshu Mukherjee for their comments and suggestions.Asok Sen (asok_sen@rediffmail.com) retired from the faculty of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. The idea of the strategy of "a politics of organisation" that is "accompanied by no structural transition" as argued by Partha Chatterjee is extended in this essay to setting a perspective for cumulative and sustainable improvements in the life and work of India's labour force of peasants and informal non-agricultural workers. For its realisation, such a possibility requires further clarification of the civil and the political across the social space and, very importantly, a proactive civil society in its strong role of defending democratic rights.

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From Rescue Measures to Fuller Democracy

Asok Sen

The idea of the strategy of “a politics of organisation” that is “accompanied by no structural transition” as argued by Partha Chatterjee is extended in this essay to setting a perspective for cumulative and sustainable improvements in the life and work of India’s labour force of peasants and informal non-agricultural workers. For its realisation, such a possibility requires further clarification of the civil and the political across the social space and, very importantly, a proactive civil society in its strong role of defending democratic rights.

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