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

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Migration of Rural Artisans

A recent field study in two north Indian districts belies certain long-standing beliefs concerning migration of rural artisans to urban areas. As observed over a certain period, there has been little incidence of such migration. While this may assist the preservation of traditional craftsmanship, state and civil society alike need to develop fresh perspectives to nurture and hone rural talent.

On Research and Action

The value of scientific research can, in many circumstances, be enhanced if it is combined with real-world involvement and action. This approach should be seen as an essential complement of, not a substitute for, research of a more 'detached' kind.

Enclaves of Ancient Society

Enclaves of Ancient Society Greener Pastures: Politics, Markets and Community among a Migrant Pastoral People by Arun Agarwal; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp I-XVII and 1-219, Rs 495.

Justice, the State and Sathins' Struggle

The recent Supreme Court verdict ordering the Women's Development Programme in Rajasthan to re-employ the 'sathins' dismissed unjustly 10 years ago poses almost as many issues as it resolves. By not asking for the reinstatement of the sathins, not only do they lose retrospective payment, but more importantly, the apex court appears to be reserving judgment on the relevance of the programme. This has to be seen in the context of recent developments in the state which are directly and indirectly undermining what has been a remarkably dynamic and sustained effort to link women's development with social development soliciting the agency of the state.

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