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The Ones Who Stayed Behind

This essay contrasts two traditions of social science research. One, conducted within India, goes back several decades. The other, conducted within the North American academy by diasporic scholars, is of more recent origin. These discourses have different inflections and different purposes. One responds to the questions thrown up by society itself, while the other tends to take its cues from intellectual fashion.

Environmentalist of the Poor

For more than two decades Anil Agarwal was India's most articulate and influential writer on the environment. His work was marked by his striking ability to synthesise the results of specialised scientific studies; his knack of communicating this synthesis in accessible prose; and the insistence that it was not enough for the environmentalist to hector and chastise, but offer solutions as well even if the state was unwilling to accept them as yet.

The Absent Liberal

This essay explores the rise and decline of liberal thought in modern India. It argues that Indian liberalism is a sensibility rather than a theory, a product of empirical engagement rather than an elaboration of principles laid down in canonical texts. Where liberals dominated the intellectual landscape in the 1950s and 1960s, more recently they have become an endangered species. Liberals have been squeezed out by the identity politics of the left, which holds that caste is and should be the fundamental axis of Indian society, and by the identity politics of the right, which assigns a hegemonic role to religion.

Dharma Kumar

Some years ago, Dharma Kumar wrote a letter to the EPW protesting against the increasing ‘hegemony’ of Marxist subjects and themes in this journal. As one who had been associated with the EPW, and its predecessor, for a very long time, she worried that a previously liberal forum, open to all points...

Between History and Biography

Ramachandra Guha The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama by Sanjay Subrahmanyam; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997; pp xxiii + 400, special Indian price Rs 495.

Social-Ecological Research in India-A Status Report

Focusing on the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology, but noting contributions by economists and historians and by socially sensitive scientists as well, this essay studies the contributions of social science to the environmental debate in India. The emergence and consolidation of social scientific work on the natural environment, its strengths and its silences, are explained with reference to broader political and intellectual processes in the history of independent India.

Savaging the Civilised-Verrier Elwin and the Tribal Question in Late Colonial India

Verrier Elwin and the Tribal Question in Late Colonial India Ramachandra Guha In the huge collection of the records of the All India Congress Committee, housed at the Nehru Memorial Museum in New Delhi, one is hard put to find a reference to tribals this in contrast to the attention paid to women, untouchables and religious minorities. Curiously, this absence in the official nationalist archive is reproduced by the radical historiography of our times, which like the Congress nationalists it sets itself in opposition to has had scarcely a word to say about tribals, this in contrast to the dozens of exegeses, scholarly and polemical, it has provided on the prehistory of the communal question, the caste question, or the women's question.

Beyond Bhadralok and Bankim Studies

Beyond Bhadralok and Bankim Studies Ramachandra Guha To problcmatise is to parochialism Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak (attributed). The next time I see the word problematise I shall vomit.

Subaltern and Bhadralok Studies

Subaltern and Bhadralok Studies Ramachandra Guha Subaltern Studies VIII: Essays in Honour of Ranajit Guha edited by David Arnold and David Hardiman; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1994; pp 240, Rs 340.

Practice of Sociology in India

Themes and Perspectives in Indian Sociology by D N Dhanagare; Rawat Publishers, Jaipur, 1993; pp 203, Rs 200. IN his book What Is History? published in 1961, E H Carr hud remarked that the more sociological history becomes, and the more historical sociology, the better it is for both

Forestry Debate and Draft Forest Act-Who Wins, Who Loses

A careful reading of the government's draft new forest act, to replace the Indian Forest Act of 1927, shows that its real aims are (i) to restrict people's rights in reserved forests, which are owned and managed by the state; and (ii) to sharply limit the area or extent of village forests in which local communities could exercise more effective and independent control.

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