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Colourless Chronicle

Amalendu Guha Orissa State Legislature and Freedom Struggle by Kishori Mohan Patra; Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, 1979; pp xi + 300 + one map, Rs 48.


Nalini Pandit Classes in Marxist theory are not mere economic categories. They are living social groups whose attitudes and responses are determined by historical and cultural factors. The materialistic interpretation of history does not imply an exclusive emphasis on the economic factor to the comparative neglect of others. The purpose of formulating a social theory is to understand the attitudes and responses of different social groups to particular programmes.

Political Economy of Indian Nationalism 19th Century Roots

Indian Economic Thought: Nineteenth Century Perspectives by B N Ganguli; Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Co Ltd, New Delhi, THE potentialities and the limitations of the John Company had, respectively, provoked Thomas Mun (in 1664) and Adam Smith (in 1776) to make major contributions to economic thought. These in turn had their impact on the Company's prospects and policies. Later, thanks to the influence of Mal- thus and James Mill on the British- Indian administration, the newly-discovered Ricardian rent theory had an application in agrarian policy-making. Britain's efforts to transform India into a useful hinterland of the imperial industrial economy found varied expression in the physiocracy of Philip Francis, Cbrnwallis's permanent settlement aiming at an English-type rural capitalism, Munro's caricature of the French peasant proprietorship and the ruinous modernisation drive of the early and mid-nineteenth century utilitarians. Official rethinking after 1870, as inspired by Henry Maine,1 promoted once more a conservative approach that, in its concern for continuity in the processes of change from tradition to modernity in India's 'non-acquisitive' society recommended selective curbs on private property rights. British economic thinking that had an anchorage in, or a direct bearing upon, the British-Indian economy, in the above- mentioned manner in the Company's days and after have been studied by quite a few scholars.2 Attempts at probing into the roots of the 19th-century Indian economic thought that reacted to the colonial intellectual climate and realities are also not lacking.3 B N Gangult's book under review is the latest and a more exhaustive attempt in the lineage.

Bureaucracy and the Ruling Class

Bureaucracy and the Ruling Class Amalendu Guha The Bureaucracy in India: An Historical Analysis of Development upto 1974 by B B Misra; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1977; pp

Progressive Imperialism

'Progressive' Imperialism Amalendu Guha The Apotheosis of Imperialism: Indian Land Economy under Curzon, 1899-1905 by V C Bhutani; Sterling, New Delhi, 1976; 'pp xiv + 191;

Foreign and Indian Merchant Capital-Its Impact on Pre-Colonial Bengal

Foreign and Indian Merchant Capital Its Impact on Pre-Colonial Bengal Amalendu Guha Trade and Commercial Organisation in Bengal 1650-1720 with Special Reference to the English East India Company by Susil Chaudhuri : Firma K L Mukhopadhyay, Calcutta, 1975; pp XII + 293 including appendices, two maps, diagrams and illustrations; Rs 40.

Political Economy of Colonial Governance

British Economic Thought and India, 1600-1858: A Study in the History of Development Economics, by William I Barber; Oxford University Press, 1975; pp viii + 243;

The Comprador Role of Parsi Seths, 1750-1850

Amalendu Guha In an earlier article, "Parsi Seths as Entrepreneurs 1750-1850" (Review of Management, August 1970), the author had traced the growth of the Parsi business community over a period of 100 years. It was also shown that Parsi mercantile capital was ripe for industrial transformation and that an all- round development towards an indigenous navigation and shipbuilding industry was already witnessed in the second quarter of the 19th century. Thereafter this development process was choked off and distorted mainly because of the colonial constraints.

Parsi Seths as Entrepreneurs, 1750-1850

Amalendu Guha This paper traces the growth of the Parsi business community over a period of 100 years till 1850. The author suggests that in the favourable circumstances then prevailing, a modern shipbuilding industry should have been me natural outcome of Parsi enterprise but for the hostility of the then ruling power Which by discouraging the incipient shipbuilding and navigation industry halted and distorted a potential industrialisation process.


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