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Interpreting the Creative Society

Interpreting the Creative Society Manoranjan Mohanty Region, Religion, Caste, Gender and Culture in Contemporary India edited by T V Sathyamurthy; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1996; pp 602, Rs 795.

ON ELECTION-EVE - III-Democracy Limited

Democracy is not majoritarianism, but there is an intriguing commonality between the ruling Congress and the BJP with an alarming adherence to majoritarianism. This alienates not only Muslims and other religious minorities but also adivasis, dalits and the smaller linguistic nationalities from the polity. The 1996 Lok Sabha election is all set to consolidate this trend of majoritarianism passing for democracy.

On the Concept of Empowerment

On the Concept of 'Empowerment' Manoranjan Mohanty FOR about two decades since the mid- 1960s there was a plea to put 'politics in command' and accordingly growth models and development strategics were assessed. Even though there was no consensus as to the political criteria for evaluating development policies, still certain values such as freedom and equality were put at the core of this exercise. While the preoccupation with growth was questioned political essence of progress' was emphasised.' With the upsurge of the women's movement and other social movements the pursuit of freedom and justice was put in more concrete terms and development process was scrutinised on the basis of such political parameters.2 It is in this process that the term 'empowerment', i e, giving power to a certain unprivileged section of society came to be used.

Changing Terms of Discourse-A Poser

An examination of terms of discourse assumes importance in establishing whether post-colonial societies have been able to alter the terms which were fashioned under colonial control The intellectual processes propelled by colonial regimes derided indigenous systems of knowledge and nurtured natives incapable of comprehending their own history and culture. Post-colonial states normally had little choice other than consolidating inherited systems.

For Socialist Freedom-Students Movement in China

For Socialist Freedom Students' Movement in China THE June 4 massacre at Beijing's Tiananmen Square has brutally exposed the fact that there are many Communists in the world today who refuse to see socialism as a preferred path to freedom. For them every opposition within a socialist system is a capitalist sabotage, every dissent is a conspiracy against the Party and every mass challenge is a counter-revolutionary uprising to overthrow the system. Such an obsession which is often justified to save the revolution and build the economy has sometimes actually weakened the socialist system. It has sharply divided the Communist Party and people at large.

For Socialist Freedom-Students Movement in China

For Socialist Freedom Students' Movement in China THE June 4 massacre at Beijing's Tiananmen Square has brutally exposed the fact that there are many Communists in the world today who refuse to see socialism as a preferred path to freedom. For them every opposition within a socialist system is a capitalist sabotage, every dissent is a conspiracy against the Party and every mass challenge is a counter-revolutionary uprising to overthrow the system. Such an obsession which is often justified to save the revolution and build the economy has sometimes actually weakened the socialist system. It has sharply divided the Communist Party and people at large.

Secularism Hegemonic and Democratic

The fight for secularism in India has to be oriented against the hegemony of the state and the ruling forces. Politics of hegemonic secularism has caused increasing alienation among identity groups and the oppressed and has given rise to authoritarianism in various forms. Only when secularism is a part of the overall process of democratic transformation, only when it is a part of the movement against social domination can it maintain its essential character.

ORISSA- Adrift Middle Class

ORISSA Adrift Middle Class Manoranjan Mohanty ORISSA recently crossed its fiftieth birthday as a separate province. Whatever little celebration the state government had organised was overshadowed by a host of distressing stories. People of Kalahandi were still reeling under drought-generated conditions. Report of the accident at the Salal dam construction site in Jammu in which 40 Oriya migrant labourers were killed in December came to light almost on the eve of the Orissa Day which was on April I. Tribals of the Gandhamardan Hills were agitating against the bauxite mining by BALCO which uprooted them, dried up the streams which were the only source of irrigation for their land and destroyed their unique eco-system, thus affecting the life of 50,000 tribals. On the east coast, people of Balasore had launched a campaign to prevent the establishment of a missile test range in BaliapaJ which displaces 1,25,000 peasants and fishermen and takes over 200 square kilometres of the fertile rice land of Orissa. The agitation continues as the government is determined to carry out the project. Add to it the bomb attack on the vehicle carrying the eminent editor of Samaj, Radhanath Rath, and the CPI leader, Gangadhar Paikray, which came in the wake of a series of assaults on journalists who were critical of the government.

Beyond Pluralism

September 1, 1979 Beyond Pluralism Manoranjan Mohanty Beyond Marxism: Towards an Alternative Perspective by Vrajendra Raj Mehta; Manohar Publications, New Delhi, 1978; pp 147, Rs 45.

Nation Building in the Confrontation Phase

Nation Building in the Confrontation Phase Manoranjan Mohanty All nationalist movements operate on a measure of consensus on the basic issues relating to independence. The consensus continues for some time after independence for the purposes of establishing a new image of the country.

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