ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Anjan Chakrabarti

Indian Economy in Transition

Taking cognisance of India's long-run economic transition in the post-planning era, it is argued that the triad of neo-liberal globalisation, global capitalism and inclusive development has come to constitute the new order of things in the Indian economy. This article explores the appearance of each, and the roles they played in reshaping the Indian economic map, and in displacing the rationale and practice of Indian state. This triad in turn has become the site of reference and departure for a novel set of contradictions-crises-resistance in contemporary India.

A Critical Review of Agrarian Reforms in Sikkim

A close look at the agricultural scenario in the hill state of Sikkim reveals that foodgrain production has been growing more slowly than population. The state has failed to augment agrarian reforms and public investment in agriculture has been on the decline. As a result, foodgrain production, productivity, gross sown area and the contribution of agriculture to the gross state domestic product are all declining. The limited availability of cultivable land and the unsuitable terrain have complicated the situation further.

Labour, Class and Economy: Rethinking Trade Union Struggle

The fundamental challenge before the trade union movement is to find a new discursive space which will allow it to accommodate the reality of diverse labour practices and relate these practices to their created, appropriated and distributed wealth. For this to happen, the authors' provide a theory of labour that incorporates the varied labour practices and the manner in which wealth from these practices are appropriated, distributed and received, thereby widening the imagination of what is possible in trade union practice.

Disinterring the Report of National Commission on Labour

This paper disinters the report of the National Commission on Labour to reveal the ideological basis of the changes sought in the labour laws. Changes suggested in the labour laws flow from an understanding of labour that is derived from the perspective of capital. The policy goal of the NCL recommendations is to position labour in a manner that will ensure the expansion of competitive capitalism in India. The article deploys the class-focused Marxist approach to reveal how the NCL attempted to change the meanings of labour, the working day, work culture and indeed that of the labour rights as a whole.