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BIHAR- A Lost Cause

Gandak and the eastern bank of the BIHAR Mahananda?
A Lost Cause? We will not discuss here once again the oft-repeated issue of overdue land reforms, Arvind N Das taking the arguments in that regard to have IN March 1987, the modern state of Bihar turned seventy-five years old. The scale of celebration of the event was nowhere near the elaborate programme on the occasion of the Maharashtra rajyotsava or the silver jubilees of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh or even the golden jubilee of humble Orissa. In fact, the government of Bihar seemed to have let the occasion go by unnoticed and not more than a handful of people were affected by the momentous historical event. A group of concerned citizens of Bihar did observe the occasion by honouring 'eminent Biharis' ranging from the madhubani folk artist Sita Devi to the sarkari economic pundit L K Jha, from the ageing radical poet Nagarjuna to the film star Shatughna Sinha, by presenting them mementoes recalling the historical glory and aesthetic traditions of Bihar, Ironically, the souvenir was a replica of the famous Didarganj Yakshi, perhaps the oldest life-size sculpture of the human form found in India to date, the same priceless sculpture which was damaged during the Festival of India, the government of India's cavalier attempt to win friends and influence people in lands afar. After the damage to the original statue, it was decided to keep it in the National Museum in New Delhi rather than return it to the Patna Museum where it had been housed for decades. India's ephemeral gain during the festivals abroad became Bihar's permanent loss.

BIHAR- Landowners Armies Take Over Law and Order

January 4, 1986 BIHAR Landowners' Armies Take Over 'Law and Order' Arvind N Das IN Bihar, agrarian tension, which earlier had a sporadic, spontaneous and largely unorganised manifestation, has now achieved the status of an organised sector activity, systematic, regulated, even regimented. Where peasant discontent had earlier found expression through informal articulations of unrest and short-lived, transitory movements, the characterising feature of much of present-day rural Bihar seems to be the existence of well-organised, drilled and armed 'senas', most of which, of course, operate on behalf of the landowners. These machines of 'order,' if not always of 'law', represent a new feature of the organisation of repression, of the privatisation of the coercive functions of the state.

Process of Agrarian Transition in Indonesia

in comparative studies in rural change in different colonial and post-colonial contexts, the study is invaluable. If the material it presents on the experimentation with imposition of 'floor' holdings in a situation not very unlike thai of con temporary India is found useful in illuminating some of the discussion on such a move in India, reading the book will offer a bonus.

Class in Itself, Caste for Itself-Social Articulation in Bihar

Class in Itself, Caste for Itself Social Articulation in Bihar Arvind N Das INTRODUCTION Sau mein nabbe pichhare' hain to nabbe hissa teke rahenge (Since ninety in a hundred are backward1, we will not rest till we get ninety per cent of all privileges) Forward2-Harijan3 bhai-bhai, Pichhari jati kahan se aayi? (Forward2 Castes and Harijans3 are brothers; where have the backward castes come from?)


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