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Village, Waste and Life: A Visual Perspective of Rural Manipur?

Waste of all kinds is now a big menace in the village ecosystem of Manipur. The state of Manipur is considered one of the most underdeveloped states of India, but being a global periphery, it has become one of the dumping yards for the global market. As global consumerism invades the village world, there has been excessive production of non-biodegradable solid waste from village households. With the rupture of the traditional waste disposal mechanism and the lack of a proper management system, waste invades the natural environment. The wastes are carried down further through the rivers to dump into the Loktak lake. Instead of taking up proper plans to manage the wastes, the state-imposed restrictions on the activities in and around the lake; dispossess the livelihood of the small fishing community that thrives in the lake.

A Gem of Economic and Social History

Exploring India’s Rural Past: A Gujarat Village in the Early Nineteenth Century by A M Shah; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002; pp 296, Rs 525.

Evoking Nostalgia

Boria Mazumdar evocatively analyses the social relations in British India in his essay that takes off on the movie 'Lagaan' (EPW, August 31). 'Lagaan' is very simply all about a cricket match, a subject that has its passionate enthusiasts all over India.

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