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Peasants and the Ecological Future

Peasants and the Ecological Future Gail Omvedt The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya by Ramachandra Guha; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1989;

UP in Wake of Green Revolution

SOME books are dull to read but useful. Ajit Kumar Singh's Agricultural Development and Rural Poverty falls in this category. Basically it is a compilation of all the available government statistics, mostly macro-level but including some from micro-level farm management studies, on agriculture and rural class structure in Uttar Pradesh in the last decades. Though Singh takes a relatively uncritical attitude towards the quality of these statistics and makes no attempt to test any overall 'models', the very completeness and variety of the material itself is useful. And since much of the statistics are given with regional and district specifications, the study provides a useful data-base from which to begin an analysis of such current social-political phenomenon as Mahendra Singh Tikait's Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU)

Capitalist World System or Capitalist-Village

Capitalist World System or Capitalist Village?
Gail Omvedt The Violence of the Green Revolution: Ecological Degradation and Political Conflict in Punjab by Vandana Shiva; Dehra Dun, 1989, Dominance and Mobilisation: Rural Politics in Western Uttar Pradesh, 1930-1980 by Zoya Hasan; Sage, New Delhi, 1989.

Rural Women Fight for Independence

Independence Gail Omvedt In Sangli district of Maharashtra divorced/deserted women have mobilised to demand that the state recognise their existence as heads of households and give them on a priority basis loans, pensions and houses under various government programmes.

Shivaji and Maratha Swarajya

Land and Sovereignty in India: Agrarian Society and Politics under the Eighteenth Century Maratha Swarajya by Andre Wink; Orient Longman: University of Cambridge Oriental Publications (36), 1986.

Analysing Capitalism, Defining Revolution-Dalits, Women and Peasants

On the jute industry Chakrabarty notes "the payment of the managing agents and managers often depended on the output'', Chakrabarty, op cit, p 285. Since the managing agents' primary earning was not related to the efficient running of the industrial concern so they were less bothered about cost-minimisation. They were rather interested in output-maximisation by any means. The index of efficiency to the managing agents was the volume of output.

Are Adivasis Subaltern

Are 'Adivasis' Subaltern?
Gail Omvedt The Coming of the Devi: Adivasi Assertion in Western India by David Hardiman; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1987; pp x + 248, Rs 140.

Proletarianisation and Other Forms of-Exploitation

Of Rural Proletarian Struggles: Mobilisation and Organisation of Rural Workers in Southwest India by K P Kannan; Oxford University Press, 1988;
K P KANNAN's study of "rural proletarianisation' in Kerala is an important effort to show how capitalist development penetrates an economy in the absence of large-scale factory-based industrialisation, and how this can serve as the base for militant communist-led organisation. It is also an analysis of the social-political conditions under which this organising has taken place and the limits it has reached in recent years. Since Kerala is one of the few states in India where the left movement has won a solid and stable organisational and electoral base

Unity and Struggle-A Report on Nari Mukti Sangharsh Sammelan

A Report on Nari Mukti Sangharsh Sammelan Gail Omvedt Chetna Gala Govind Kelkar Despite the many tensions between the urban feminists and the mass-movement oriented feminists and the basic controversy on the question of larger political linkages and autonomy the Sammelan showed that the women's movement does have a common feminist perspective which sees the state as the main upholder of patriarchy and women's subordination.

Women and Maharashtra Zilha Parishad Elections

limited by the resource position of the colonial government, which had to meet imperial charges, like the expenses of the Indian Army not only in India but also in other parts of the British Empire. Relief works were undertaken by the colonial government not because of any altruism, but because imperialism required some stability in Indian peasant production, both as a source of raw materials and as a market for some industrial commodities.

Ideology for Provincial Propertied Class

Taking cognisance of the increasing incidence of trafficking in and exploiting of male children and adolescents for prostitution, the scope and coverage of the new Act has been widened to cover trafficking in children, minors and adults of both sexes, rather than just restricting it to women and girls.

The Origin of Patriarchy

The Origin of Patriarchy Gail Omvedt The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner; Oxford University Press, New
WHAT is the origin of women's subordination? Has it existed since the beginning of human society? since the origin of private property? of the state? of agriculture? When did men gain power?


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