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Changing Rural Livelihoods

glimmers of hope.
Changing Rural Livelihoods Policy Windows and Livelihood Futures: Prospects for Poverty Reduction in Rural India edited by John Farrington, Priya Deshingkar, Craig Johnson and Daniel Start; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2006;

Seasonal Migration, Social Change and Migrants' Rights

People who migrate temporarily for manual work are not usually unionised and are often unprotected by effective legislation against travel and workplace risks. All this is true of West Bengal, where migrant workers employed in rice cultivation have made crucial contributions to the agricultural successes of the last two decades. West Bengal's gangs of mobile rice workers are recruited directly by individual employers at busy labour market places or in migrants' home villages. This paper summarises the findings of recent empirical research on the scale and pattern of seasonal migration for rice work in West Bengal. It analyses the causes and consequences of the migration, including its relation to ongoing social change in four source areas.

Containing Conflict and Reaping Votes-Management of Rural Labour Relations in West Bengal

Management of Rural Labour Relations in West Bengal Ben Rogaly This article examines the apparent paradox of rural labour relations in West Bengal. While the Krishak Sabha has discouraged the formation of a separate agricultural wage workers' organisation, these same workers continue to vote in large numbers for Left Front parties. Based on detailed field research in Bardhaman and Purulia districts, the paper identifies the free hand allowed to the party cadres in the management of class conflict at local level as part of a larger strategy to ensure continued electoral success.

Sonar Bangla- Agricultural Growth and Agrarian Change in West Bengal and Bangladesh

Drawing on papers presented in a workshop held in Calcutta in January 1995, this article reports on debates over the nature of the relationships between agrarian structure, agricultural growth and the state in West Bengal and Bangladesh. It scrutinises reports of rapid agricultural growth in West Bengal (and less spectacular but still significant agricultural growth in Bangladesh) since the early 1980s and expands the concept of structure to include structures of commerce, of bureaucracies, of exchange arrangements in land water and labour, as well as changing ideologies of gender, caste and ethnicity, The local impact of the West Bengal Left Front government's agrarian reforms (including Panchayati Raj) are also analysed and trends in poverty in the two Bengals since 1980 are examined.

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