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Telangana Movement

In spite of widespread support in Andhra Pradesh for the Telangana cause, there seems to be an impasse over statehood for the region. This can be traced to the nexus between the state and the mafi a-backed Seemandhra oligarchy, which has increasingly been calling the shots in recent years. The Telangana movement offers the only credible hope of changing the iniquitous structures of power and control in the state and its failure could see the forces of lawlessness acquiring new strength, with disastrous consequences for the common people.

Defragmenting 'Global Disintegration of Value Creation' and Labour Relations

This paper tries to interpret the nature of emerging labour relations in the manufacturing sector in the era of globalisation in India. It shows how high road employment practices can exist only if conditions of competition are violated. It also argues that it is the control over value that determines the choice of the social mode of production and not the other way round. While arguing that it is not value chains but value cycles that generate different social modes of production relations, the paper tries to establish the existence of a global cost chain, which ultimately is borne by the most insecure and vulnerable social groups caught in an irresistible structural transition.

Antinomies of Political Society

This paper is an attempt to delve on the consequences of the antinomies of flattened notions of subaltern politics. On the basis of a field study in a pollution affected village in Andhra Pradesh, it demonstrates how sustained demands for the closure of polluting industries based on collective mobilisation and action are met by repression by an uncivil state in nexus with the mafia and economic elites. This in turn pushes collectives to break up and be replaced by interest-based demands either at the level of smaller groups (formed around available social stratifications) or even the individual. This makes it increasingly difficult over a period of time to sustain collective political action that could demand and gain long-term structural changes.

Migration, Vulnerability and Insecurity in New Industrial Labour Markets

With a case study of labour in a new industrial setting in Kothur, Andhra Pradesh, this paper seeks to address a number of questions: (1) From what context is labour migrating to Kothur? (2) What is the nature of employment opportunities in the new industrial labour market? (3) Why do the opportunities of employment and the nature of labour in Kothur represent a paradoxical trend contrary to conventional social mobility theories? (4) How can we analyse this paradox? (5) What do the new employment patterns and labour relations mean to the vulnerability of labour? (6) How does the new labour policy address these issues?

Andhra Pradesh: Some Contemporary Trends

A seminar in Hyderabad discussed a broad range of issues relating to economic, political and cultural trends in Andhra Pradesh with wide participation from representatives of various movements. One prominent strand that ran through the seminar was the general backwardness and poverty in the Telangana region, giving rise to armed struggle and demands for a separate state.

'Other Side' of New Industrialisation

'New industrialisation' has created severe water pollution problems in a village in Andhra Pradesh. Treating pollution simply as an externality leads to the destruction of natural resources and a skewed distribution of costs and compensation. Social vulnerability and the existence of powerful lobbies have allowed the pollution to continue unabated in spite of a Supreme Court ruling.

Changing Policy Regime and Labour

The changing policy orientation from mid-1980s onwards has serious implications for the institutions and actors involved in the process of industrialisation. The labour market is no exception. This paper tries to reflect on this change by understanding the politicaleconomic dynamics of change in a new industrial town Kothur in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh.

Civil Society, State and Social Movements

tures such as the parliament, independent executive, and judiciary, the institutions Civil Society, State and that are non-discriminatory or counterdiscriminatory, the underlying principle being action based on or seeking to realise Social Movements G AJAY, G VIJAY The recent debate in EPW (Gurpreet Mahajan (GM) May 15, 1999, December 4-10, 1999 and Andre Beteille, September 4-10, 1999) on the relation between state and civil society on one hand and citizenship on the other, has brought into sharp relief certain crucial issues. This is an attempt to rethink two central arguments of GM.

Social Security of Labour in New Industrial Towns

Social security in the formal sector has an institutionalised expression. In case of the agrarian informal sector, pre-capitalist institutions of patronage perform this role of providing social security. In the case of the new industries, the process of flexibilisation has led to the generation of informal segments within the organised sector. Social security in this case is a complex issue since, firstly, it involves migration of labour from rural areas to what are termed as new townships; secondly, the labour in the new industries is recruited on contractual or casual basis; and thirdly, insecurity of employment prevents unionisation of labour. It is in this context that this paper attempts to define social security; conceptualise in what forms and through what institutions it finds an expression; and finally analyse what attributes enable access to these institutions.

Mass Movements and Marxist Method

Mass Movements and Marxist Method G Vijay ARUNPATNAIK 'scritique (EPW May 20) of Balagopal's article (EPW, May 7) calls forth a serious debate on certain theoretical questions. Balagopal's argument not only confronts the dilemma of Sumanta Banerjee's discourse, but itself ends up in a different kind of a dilemma, as pointed out by Arun Patnaik.
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