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Remembering Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi retained an enviable gift for belonging to the most marginalised people throughout her life. Through her writings, she exposed the trajectories of their oppression—the imperialist, the ethnic, the economic, and the gendered—as only a writer like her could do. She was also a singer, organiser, and human rights activist who always stood up for what she believed was correct for the cause of the downtrodden, regardless of who else agreed with her. It is difficult to believe that a year has gone by since she passed away.

Tribal History sans Contemporary Politics

Narratives from the Margins: Aspects of Adivasi History in India edited by Sanjukta Das Gupta and Raj Sekhar Basu; New Delhi: Primus Books, 2012; pp 312, ₹995.

Hunger in Urban India

Hunger in Urban India Food Insecurity Atlas of Urban India, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and World Food Programme, Chennai, 2002; pp 212, price not mentioned.

Infant Mortality A Decade of Debate

'parallel government' in Satara declared itself to be Gandhian and 'non-violent', on the grounds of committing sabotage only against property, and giving only the physical punishment that was necessary to stop traitors. Subalternists, in the process of associating more violent movements with lower sections of the peasantry, also tend to use very shifting definitions of what exactly constitutes 'violence'. The fact is, there have been far too few studies of the various forest- connected movements that took place throughout the colonial period, some of them in more caste-divided areas, to make a useful comparison with the Uttarakhand.

Feminists. Women s Movement, and the Working Class

It is only right that we constantly question the form and content of women's organisations and the directions the women's movement is taking. But when the process of rational questioning is suspended and distrust substituted in its place the result is not merely confining, it is misleading as well.

Class and Gender in Work Time Allocation

Ilina Sen With reference to a field study in a rural area of Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh, this paper looks at the way men and women allocate their time for different kinds of work and finds very clear class differences in the work time allocation of men and women.

Geography of Secular Change in Sex Ratio in 1981-How Much Room for Optimism

Sex Ratio in 1981 How Much Room for Optimism?
Ilina Sen The 1981 Census recorded a sex ratio of 936 as against 930 of the 1971 Census. Since there had been a secular trend of decline of the sex ratio between 1901 and 1971, the 1981 sex ratio marks the reversal of a 70-year old movement and can be looked upon as a demographic revolution of sorts. It therefore becomes important to examine some regional aspects of the sex ratio in 1981 and to try to identify which are the areas in which this reversal of trend has been achieved. Has the numerical proportion of the sexes risen uniformly all over the country? Or has the rise been in pockets only? This paper is an attempt to answer this question.

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