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On Drinking and Drunkenness-History of Liquor in Colonial India

History of Liquor in Colonial India Indra Munshi Saldanha The extent of impingement of the colonial state upon what may he called the private, collective domain is well illustrated by the policy of the British government on indigenous liquor making and drinking. This article dwells upon two important legislations, the Bombay Abkari Act, 1878 and the Mhowra Act of 1892, and their effect on the customary practices of the adivasis in the Thana district of Bombay Presidency. It also discusses overt and covert resistance of the communities and the classes which were involved both for and against the policy.

Attached Labour in Thane-A Historical Overview

A Historical Overview Indra Munshi Saldanha This historical overview of bonded labour in Thane in Maharashtra leads the author to suggest that interventions, both from above in the form of legislation and from below as popular pressure, are not likely to succeed in the long run in making the labourer and the poor peasant independent unless the structural conditions which enforce dependence are removed and this does not seem to have happened. The paper attempts to look into the nature of the bonded labour system during the British period and the different forms of attachment that have developed and characterise the labourer-employer relation in Thane at present and to understand the content and implications of dependence from the point of view of the labourer and the poor peasant on the basis of field experience in one of the talukas in the district.

Tribal Women in the Warli Revolt 1945-47-Class and Gender in the Left Perspective

'Class' and 'Gender' in the Left Perspective Indra Munshi Saldanha The historiography of popular struggles has subsumed women under the category of 'man' thereby ensuring their invisibility even while creating the myth of women's passivity This has given rise to the belief (hat men alone were capable of militant action, of leadership, of changing the course of events and, in short, of making history. Women, when mentioned at all, have been portrayed as followers or supporters in these struggles.
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