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Chamar Family in a North Indian Village

Bernard Cohn's work on the historical and anthropological making of the British colonial state in India was published in EPW in 1961. In this article he argues that the distribution of family types in India were due to a combination of factors - cultural traditions, structural necessities and economic factors.

India and the Colonial Mode of Production

The debate on whether (and if so, how) Indian agriculture has moved from a feudal mode of production to a capitalist mode of production has been a long and a vexed one. EPW brings you this essay by Hamza Alavi, that has been at the centre of this debate, on the colonial mode of production and the structural specificity that distinguishes it from both feudalism and capitalism in the metropolis.

The Subaltern in South Asian History and Society

In November 1982, the Australian National University hosted a conference in Canberra on the subaltern in South Asian History and Society. This conference, organised by Ranajit Guha, came a few months after the publication of the first volume of Subaltern Studies. EPW brings you this report from the conference that saw many of the discussions that were going to be reproduced in Subaltern Studies volumes.

NGOs, the State and World Capitalism

This article, published in the 13 December 1986 issue of EPW, critiques a bill that would have set up a national council of voluntary agencies to regulate and establish a code of conduct for NGOs. Given that the role of NGOs remains debated even now, this article sheds light on how NGOs could be depolicised and distanced from those engaged in struggles against the government and their vested interests.

Another Press Commission

This article, published in the 27 May 1978 issue of EPW, reports on the formation of the second Press Commission right after the Emergency. The article grapples with issues like media ownership and collusion with big business, resonant with present debates over the growing corporate power over media and dwindling press freedom.

Fare Hike and Urban Protest

This article, published in 29 December 1990 issue of EPW analyses the widespread protests in Kolkata (then Calcutta) when the tram fares were increased in 1953. In the wake of an increase in railway fares we are republishing this article sensing that rising conveyance costs remains as potent an issue as 60 years back.

Comrades No More

This editorial was published in the April 4, 1964 issue of Economic Weekly. This was the year the Communist Party split into two factions - CPI and CPI (Marxist) - over ideological differences. Arthur Koestler was wrong: the ultimate battle will not be between the communists and the ex-communists...

Gandhi-Ambedkar Interface

Gandhian and Ambedkarian discourses are not antithetical. Both are concerned with the issue of emancipation. At present when the legitimacy of the emancipatory discourse is being challenged and the dominant discourse upholds capitalism, it is all the more essential to broaden the scope of Gandhian and Ambedkarian discourses.

Glimpses from the Past: Life at the Hub

This piece was originally published in the 29 February 1964 issue of the Economic Weekly . EPW brings you this article from its rich achives to foster debate and discussion on issues that remain as relevant now as it was back then.

Value Through Exogenous Distribution

Krishna R Bharadwaj is well known for, among other things, her research into the Cambridge economist Piero Sraffa's work on economic theory. Her review of Sraffa's book 'Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities: Prelude to a Critique of Economic Theory', which was published in The Economic Weekly in 1963 was acknowledged by Sraffa himself as a knowledgeable discussion of the book. EPW brings to its readers this review from the archives followed by a letter to Krishna Bharadwaj by an avid reader.

Glimpses from the Past: Export Strategy for the Take-Off

This article written by Manmohan Singh, then a young economics scholar, was published in the Special issue of July 1963 of the Economic Weekly . Fifty years later, he occupies the position of the Prime Minister of India, yet the debate over India's export strategy remains as vexed as ever. EPW brings you this article from its rich achives to foster debate and discussion on issues that remain as relevant now as it was back then.

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