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Structure of Working Class in India

Structure of Working Class in India Dev Nathan India is a multi-structural economy where a number of pre-capitalist relations of production co-exist with capitalist, specifically imperialist relations. Corresponding to this multi-structural economy is a differentiated working class structure

On Agricultural Prices

December 25, 1982 would overwhelm the budgets of Bangladesh or Nepal). INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL VS INDIA'S RICH PEASANTS? At its barest and simplest, the current dispute between India and Bangladesh over the sharing and augmentation of the River Ganga is no longer simply about the Ganga but is a battle between international capital and India's rich peasantry for river development in pursuit of their respective interests. To reduce the dispute to these ultimate determinants is to ignore or at least underestimate the strength and coherence of the rival nationalisms in the conflict. Bangladesh may be reeling from the incompetence of successive military masters but it cannot simply be relegated to the role of a proxy for the interests of American, Japanese and British construction, consulting and merchant capital. Nor, clearly, is the Indian interest in the Brahmaputra simply a reflection of the needs of rich peasants. There are other classes, other interests, strong nationalisms, geographical constraints, other uses than irrigation for water, but it does seem to me that we are watching the beginning of the battle for the Brahmaputra and, thus far, India's rich peasants have scored against international capital.

Yes, Zia Can Be Our Friend

Yes, Zia Can Be Our Friend Dev Nathan Vasanthi Raman THE question of supply of arms (whether America:) or Chinese) to Pakistan is last becoming a central question of Indian politics. Not that arms to Pakistan themselves are so important, but the attitude taken to this issue is dependent on one's attitude to what are the central issues in Indian politics today, viz, the attitude to Indian expansionism and its backer, Soviet social- imperialism. The CPI and the CPI(M) have exposed the sham nature of their opposition to Indira Gandhi by welcoming her stands on Pakistan and other related foreign policy matters.

Movements for Higher Agricultural Prices-A Comment

April 4, 1981 have no wish to comment on the 'grudge' I am alleged to bear towards Indians settled abroad; on the excel- lence or distinguished quality of the work they are stated to be doing, oh the extensive research Dayal claims to have made for writing his book or on the ''principles of scholarly scrutiny widely shared by the intellectual community''.

Data-Less Economists

backward classes. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes taken together account for 26 per cent of the population of the State. If we include other communities who are economically or educationally backward, the percentage of population which has not attained the general level of development and still need special assistance would be us large as 30 per cent. Social progress and economic development cannot be achieved if this vast mass of people cannot improve their educational standards and social status. Mere opening of new schools will not serve any purpose. Apart from taking some long- THE Indian Economic Association held its annual conference from December 26 to 28, 1969, under the auspices; of Patau University. After the inaugural session (which included the customary address by the Association's President, S N Sen, devoted to problems of monetary analysis) the conference got down to group discussions on three topics: Balanced Regional Development, Employment Theory in a Labour- Surplus Economy, and the International Monetary System.

Not by GNP Alone

New Dimensions of Political Economy by Walter W Heller; Harvard University Press, 1966; pp viii + 203; $ 3.50. IN this book which is an extension of the Godkin Lectures delivered at Harvard University in March 1966 rfeller (who was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1961 to 1964) explores the "new dimensions'' in the "uses" of economics rather than in its substance.


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