ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Nikhit Kumar AgrawalSubscribe to Nikhit Kumar Agrawal

Mobilisation in Vidarbha

The present dormancy on issues of agrarian distress in the farmer suicide-prone region of Vidarbha is perplexing. A comparison of the social, cultural and political conditions in Vidarbha and Telangana reveals that the relatively greater presence of traditionally exploitative social relations in Vidarbha; narrow agrarian and rural social base of the distress therein; marginalisation of the rural in mainstream media; and greater importance of urban votes in the politics of Maharashtra have hampered the growth of sociopolitical mobilisation in Vidarbha, in contrast to Telangana. This has consequently led to the receding demand for a separate state of Vidarbha.
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