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Cow, Caste and Communal Politics

While the killing of five dalit men near Jhajjar town in Haryana in October last year appears on the face of it as another case of atrocity against dalits by upper caste Hindus, it points to many emerging or possible political alignments in the state and reflects the simmering tensions in Haryana society.

Meanings of Dalit Identity

Meanings of Dalit Identity Dalit Identity and Politics edited by Ghanshyam Shah; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2001; pp 263, Rs 295 (paperback).

Society, State and Power

Society, State and Power Institutions and Inequalities: Essays in Honour of Andre Beteille edited by Ramachandra Guha and Jonathan P Parry; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp ix+302, Rs 595 (hardbound).

Punjab : Decline of Identity Politics

The Akalis lost the 1999 parliamentary elections but won the battle of moving politics in the state away from communalism. This is why their performance was judged on secular criteria such as governance and economic policies.

Community and Identities

The notion of community is being invoked not only by social scientists engaged in understanding Indian social and political processes, but also by parties on the right and the left in their mobilisation and in the official discourses on development law and common civil code. But in most of these discourses, the internal structure of the supposed communities invariably gets elided in favour of a notion of moral bonds and cultural authenticity.

Haryana : Change of Government and Beyond

While the sense of regional identity has remained weak in Haryana, the state has evolved its own style of politics whose distinguishing feature is its preoccupation with caste. Caste issues will be a determining feature of the forthcoming elections.

To Migrate or to Stay

Surinder S Jodhka Peasant Moorings: Village Ties and Mobility Rationales in South India edited by Jean-Luc Racine; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1997; pp 400, Rs 495, MIGRATIONS from rural to urban areas in third world countries have been viewed with much interest particularly by those concerned with understanding the processes of development and change in these societies. The classical theorists, both in development studies as well as in demography, thought of migrations in an universal-evolutionary kind of framework. It was expected that as the developmental process unfolded, a large proportion of rural inhabitants would inevitably move to cities, giving up working on land and shifting to employment in industry or the urban service sector. Industrialisation and urbanisation have for long have regarded as the two most important indicators of the modernisation process.

Understanding Exchange Relations in Indian Agriculture

Understanding Exchange Relations in Indian Agriculture Surinder S Jodhka Rural Indian Social Relations: A Study of Southern Andhra Pradesh by Wendy Olson; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1996; Rs 595, THE rhetoric of globalisation and the process of liberalisation of Indian economy has, apart from other things, seriously undermined the earlier agenda of development. This has also changed the research priorities in Indian academics. The study of agrarian social structure and change that had been among the most popular concerns among scholars working on India suddenly seems to have gone out of fashion. Interestingly, this has happened without any significant change in the structure of the Indian economy. Nearly two-thirds of the country's population still depends directly on the agricultural sector. The prevailing structures of agrarian relations still determine the lives and fates of a majority of its people.

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