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The Popularity of 'Valentine Day'

Coinciding with the emergence of a liberalised economy since the 1980s, Valentine's Day has become a popular festival in India among urban youth, provoking hostile reactions from some. Instead of passing moral judgment over this festival, it needs to be objectively assessed within larger changes taking place in traditional Indian social life, more particularly the shaky arranged-marriage system.

A Heady Mix: Gujarati and Hindu Pride

The results of the December 2007 elections in Gujarat show that the declining role of tribe and caste identities and increasing cultural uniformity due to extensive urbanisation helped Narendra Modi hammer home the 'Gujarati asmita' (Gujarati identity) slogan and successfully counter the Congress' charge of communalism.

Universities in Western India

Knowledge production and knowledge inculcation are both essential aspects of the university and serious thought needs to be given to how these features can be strengthened in the current context of rapid economic and social change. An essay on the dilemmas in higher education.

Trade Unions and Class Mobilisation of Workers-Towards a Theory of Social Polarisation and Mobilisation

On the basis of a historically specific case-study of industrial relations in a manufacturing plant, this article attempts to extrapolate wider theoretical implications regarding two social processes, namely, social polarisation and social mobilisation. The social legitimacy of the employers gets eroded when workers, spread across different locations of a company, align to articulate their grievance of relative deprivation. Further deepening of social cleavage within the organisation takes place when the labour leadership takes up programmes to mobilise workers into collective action and remits support for its demands from macro structures like political parties.

Trade Union Participation and Development of Class-Consciousness

of Class-Consciousness Pravin J Patel This paper attempts to examine the assumption that the trade union is a school of class-consciousness. Two qualifications are added to the original Marxian proposition: (a) that the more active participation in the trade union activities the greater the class-consciousness, and (b) that the leftist/radical ideological orientation of the trade union is likely to generate greater class-consciousness than rightist/reformist ideological orientation.
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