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MAHARASHTRA- Of Sand and King Bali

MAHARASHTRA Of Sand and King Bali Gail Omvedt WHO would have thought that a few thousand cubic metres of sand from a dried up river would turn into a focus of confrontation between peasants and the state?

Thanjavur Studies

Thanjavur Studies Gail Omvedt Rural Society in Southeast India by Kathleen Gough; Cambridge University Press, London, 1981. Agrarian Radicalism in South India by Marshall M Bouton; Princeton University Press, 1985.

Peasants and Women-Challenge of Chandwad

Challenge of Chandwad Gail Omvedt THE small taluka town of Chandwad, on a drought-hammered plateau beneath the imposing Deccan cliffs, was the scene on November 9-10 of what may have been the biggest women's meeting, certainly the biggest rural women's meeting, in Indian history. With nearly 5-8,000 women for the delegates' sessions and 25,000 women and three to four times that many men for the open session, the "women's session" of the Shetkari Sanghatana marked both a new phase in the women's movement and the first organisational turn of the Sanghatana away from its One-point programme of higher crop prices.

The Untouchable Apart

The Untouchable Apart? Gail Omvedt The Untouchable as Himself: Ideology, Identity and Pragmatism among the Lucknow Chamars by R S Khare; Cambridge University Press, 1984;

Ecopolitics, Left and Centre

Ecopolitics, Left and Centre Gail Omvedt Ecodevelopment: Concepts, Projects, Strategies edited by Bern hard Glaeser; Pergamon Press, 1984; pp 246.

Matriarchy in Ancient India

Matriarchy in Ancient India? Gail Omvedt Dasa-Sudra Slavery: Studies in the Origins of Indian Slavery and Feudalism and Their Philosophies by Sharad Patil; Allied Publishers, New Delhi; pp viii + 344, Rs 150.

Marx, Marxism and Revolutionary Theory

Marx, 'Marxism' and Revolutionary Theory Gail Omvedt "Late Marx and the Russian Road: Marx and the Peripheries of Capitalism'; edited by Teodor Shanin; Routledge and Kegan Paul, London,

Ecology and Social Movements

Ecology and Social Movements Gail Omvedt IT has become fashionable in India among established Marxists of the big communist parties to characterise ecology movements as 'petty bourgeois'. This kind of stamping has also been done in Europe and North America. But the conception is wrong. Ecology movements from the beginning have had their social base in peasant or farming communities and among tribal peoples. Even in the 'advanced' capitalist countries it has not been middle class vacationers longing for nice scenery but the people who live in the mountains and forests and whose whole materially-based cultural tradition gives them a living relation to the land who have fought the hardest, from German and French farmers opposing nuclear power to American Indians who have fought the devastation of their reservation lands. Middle class intellectuals, joining these movements, have helped to articulate their ideologies, though sometimes giving them a reformist and anti-socialist direction. Factory workers, alienated from the land as from all means of production, have been slower to move on these issues

Bihar Rural Struggles

Bihar Rural Struggles Gail Omvedt Agrarian Relations in India, (ed) Arvind Das and V Nilakant; Manohar, Agrarian Movements in India: Studies on 20th Century Bihar, (ed) Arvind Das; Frank Cass, 1982; pp 152,

Sharecropping History, Theory and Practice

Sharecropping: History, Theory and Practice Gail Omvedt Sharecropping and Sharecroppers edited by T J Byres; Library of Peasant Studies, No 6: London: Frank Cass and Co, 1983; pp 283.

LABOUR-Textile Strike Turns Political

Three hundred thousand workers marched in pouring rain in Bombay on August 1, bring Bombay's strike of 250,000 textile workers, the largest in history, to a new level of political confrontation with the Congress(I). "Without destroying the anti-working class power of Congress, the basic problems of textile workers and other sections of workers cannot be solved", declared the workers' leader, Datra Samant. Other union representatives, women's organisation representatives, and activists of the Lai Nishan Party called for workers' take-over of factories, recalled China's 'long march' and stressed the transformation of the workers' struggle into a political one.

SRI LANKA- Tamil National Question

Tamil National Question Gail Omvedt LAST year a major wave of guerilla struggle broke out in Sri Lanka, followed by widespread rioting. It was just ten years after the youthful JVP insurrection shattered forever the peaceful image of an island which had achieved its independence without any major mass struggles at all Now once again a youth-led armed struggle is brewing, only the struggle now centres not for an immediate social revolution but for the national liberation of the Tamil minority. As economic crisis, social clashes and political repression intensify, over 30 years of discrimination and riots by the majority Sinhalese Buddhists against the Tamil Hindus have resulted in a growing movement for a separate Tamil nation of 'Eelam' in the northern part of the island.

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