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Dialectics of Transition Orissa, 1943-50

Biswamoy Pati The struggle of the people of the princely states as well as the sharecroppers of coastal Orissa, led by the Orissa State People's Movement and the Kisan Sangha respectively with which the communists were actively involved contributed to the integration of the princely states with the Orissa province and united the oppressed in a struggle against their oppressors at a time when parts of the country were reeling under the communal holocaust This paper explores the unresolved anti-feudal contradiction in this phase. It also projects the shifts and turns visible in the perspective of the Congress in this transitory phase.

Understanding Fakirmohan

Understanding Fakirmohan Biswamoy Pati RABI SHANKAR MISHRA and Jatindra Naik (January 19, 1991) raise certain points centred around my paper/rejoinder (April 8, 1989 and October 20, 1990). It is really surprising to find Mishra and Naik accusing me of highlighting Fakirmohan Senapati as a champion of the language of the peasants. My basic thrust was to locate Fakirmohan's shift to the 'spoken' language from the 'high', Sanskritised Oriya, in a context when the existence of Oriya as an independent language was being questioned. It was not my remotest objective to present the case for Fakirmohan. In fact, I had tried to project exactly the opposite of what I have been accused of

Dhirendranath Sen Cosmology of an Unknown Centurion

Dhirendranath Sen's unpublished Autobiography reveals how the world of the bhadralok had distinct linkages with colonialism, feudalism and business enterprise

Women, Rape and the Left

Biswamoy Pati With the system's terror against women intensifying, it is high time the Left parties debated the issue thoroughly instead of dismissing it as a 'law and order' problem or as distortions of the 'bourgeois' press

Understanding Communal Violence-Nizamuddin Riots

Understanding Communal Violence Nizamuddin Riots Pradip Datta, Biswamoy Pati, Sumit Sarkar, Tanika Sarkar, Sambuddha Sen Secular and progressive forces have employed fairly well established explanations for communal violence. At the operative level it is seen as the handiwork of criminals assisted by the communalised law and order machinery. At a more generalised level it is seen as distorted class struggle. Consequently the masses and the elite are exempted from complicity and communalism is always located as an exterior force. This study of the communal tension that erupted in Nizamuddin in south Delhi on March 17 this year, extending the geographical scope of its investigation beyond the locality itself questions the adequacy of the conventional reading in comprehending the phenomenon.

Autonomous Enclaving

Autonomous Enclaving RABI SHANKAR MISHRA's 'Literature and Society' (EPW, August 25) is interesting in many ways. In the first place it seeks to debate points related to Orissa's past

Koraput Perceptions in a Changing Society

can be separated from the Observed' and that the 'observation' is merely a value- free transaction which does not in any way change or affect both parties. This is a notion which is in severe distress even in the hard core of natural sciences, so there is no 'scientific' reason why it should continue as a shibboleth in academics.

ORISSA-What Went Wrong for the Congress

What Went Wrong for the Congress? Biswamoy Pati In contrast to the perceptions of a section of the intelligentsia which points its finger only at the former chief minister J B Patnaik, the single most important reason for the Congress(l) debacle in the Lok Sabha elections was the bankruptcy of its policies. Equally important was the successful projection of a democratic left and secular alternative which put paid to the electoral prospects of the Congress as much as it isolated the BJP AS late as October 1989 political 'pundits', bureaucrats and even those who wanted the Congress(I) to go in Orissa could never imagine the party's total rout in the Lok Sabha elections. Orissa was looked upon as a 'safe province' for the Congress(I). In July 1989 the press statements of J B Patnaik, the then chief minister, harped on the 'progress and prosperity' of Orissa during the Congress(I)'s tenure and he had forecast a sweep for his party Though every thinking person took the first part of Patnaik's statement with a pinch of salt, the experience of the 1980 and 1984 elections in which the Congrtss(I) had won 20 out of the 21 parliamentary seats persuaded a lot of people to accept Patnaik's forecast.

High - Low Dialectic Peasant in Oriya Literature

'High'-'Low' Dialectic: Peasant in Oriya Literature Biswamoy Pati This paper seeks to explore the way a section of the Oriya intellectuals addressed themselves to the peasants and tribals in the 1930s, Analysing the process of change in focus and emphasis, it seeks to project how the context

Complex Fabric of Tribal Life

Labour Absorption in Agriculture by Anne Booth and R M Sundrum; Oxford University Press, 1984; Rs 100. ANNE BOOTH and R M Sundrum's book is one of those which are difficult to review for falling between the two stools of being a research monograph and a text book. The book is essentially a survey of literature in the field of development economics of agriculture. It presents too few research results from the authors

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