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Understanding Miners Worlds

Ranajit Das Gupta Workers of Another World: Miners, the Countryside and Coalfields in Dhanbad by Gerard Heuze; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1996; pp xiv + 442, hardback,

1998 Elections in West Bengal-A Major Setback for Left Front

A Major Setback for Left Front Ranajit Das Gupta Though the number of seats won by the Left Front in West Bengal in the 1998 Lok Sabha election has remained unchanged, what has happened is nothing short of a major setback. The results also indicate the utter failure of the LF leaders and grass roots level activists to judge the popular mood and the extent of their distance from their own support base. There is no doubt that there have been serious lapses in the functioning of the LF state government and administration and in that way incumbency has certainly been a factor. But this is only a partial explanation, The need is to reckon with the reality of the political setback suffered by the LF, probe into the deeper reasons and seek answers in terms of ideological and political factors. This paper is intended to be a modest contribution to this task.

Indian Working Class and Some Recent Historiographical Issues

Marxist and progressive-minded historians have undoubtedly made important contributions, particularly in the area of workers' struggles, trade unions and the influence of political and ideological movements on these struggles and organisations. But their writings have often ignored the complexities of the historical formation of the Indian working class and have not dealt with many critical areas and major themes, among them, labour process and labour forms, control over and subordination of labour, leadership patterns at different levels, the relationship between the workplace and the community life outside it and proletarianisation and class formation. Furthermore, larger themes of culture, ideology and mentalities, gender dimension, or protests and deference at the macro as well as micro levels and interrelations between these and the politics involved have been neglected.

A Labour History of Social Security and Mutual Assistance in India

Mutual Assistance in India Ranajit Das Gupta This paperprovides an account and assessment of the social security and insurance arrangements prevailing in India during the colonial period with regard to factory workers. Focusing on the uncertainties and adversities faced by the urban-industrial workers, the paper touches on some of the broader dimensions and distinguishing patterns of the processes of proletarianisation in India and other countries of the third world.

Sharecroppers Movement in Bengal

Sharecroppers' Movement in Bengal Ranajit Das Gupta Sharecropping and Share Croppers' Struggles in Bengal 1930-1950 by Adrienne Cooper; K P Bagchi and Company, Calcutta; pp 360, Rs 225, THE book under review is an important addition to the literature on evolution of sharecropping (barga system) and sharecroppers' (bargadars or adhairs) struggles in Bengal during the first half of the 20th century with special focus on the tebhaga movement of 1946-47. Adriene Coqper combines the methods of oral history, particularly interviews with leaders and activists of the movement, with conventional ones like consultation of archival materials as well as of secondary sources.

Oraon Labour Agitation-Duars in Jalpaiguri District, 1915-16

Oraon Labour Agitation Duars in Jalpaiguri District, 1915-16 Ranajit Das Gupta The agitation of the tea plantation workers in Jalpaiguri district having strong messianic overtones and an anti-colonial content had its origins in the Tana Bhagat movement in Chhotanagpur which reflected the aspirations of the Oraon peasants for deliverance from the exploitation of zemindars and mahajans. This paper studies the short-lived agitation in Jalpaiguri.

Popular Movements in Jalpaiguri District

Popular Movements in Jalpaiguri District Ranajit Das Gupta I AM thankful to Sharit Kumar Bhowmik for his critique entitled 'Tebhaga Movement in Dooars; Some Issues Regarding Ethnicity and Class Formation' (EPW, May 31) of my article 'Peasants, Workers and Freedom Struggle: Jalpaiguri 1945-47' (EPW, July 27, 1985). His sharply critical tone notwithstanding, I am sure his poser of certain important issues will contribute to a better understanding of the history of popular collective actions, processes of class formation and also of freedom struggle in colonial India, particularly during the crucial period

From Peasants and Tribesmen to Plantation Workers

Colonial Captialism, Reproduction of Labour Power and Proletarianisation in North East India, 1850s to 1947 Ranajit Das Gupta The plantation system, essentially an enclave economy, had some special requirements with regard to labour. These requirements led to the imposition of a particular mode of control and authority over its labouring population which in its turn imparted to the latter some qualitative characteristics which differentiated them from other segments of the wage earning labour force.

Peasants, Workers and Freedom Struggle-Jalpaiguri, 1945-47

Peasants, Workers and Freedom Struggle Jalpaiguri, 1945-47 Ranajit Das Gupta This essay makes a preliminary attempt to deal primarily with the stream of popular movements, particularly peasant and worker movements, in Jalpaiguri, a district in North Bengal that had a significant role during the climactic years of 1945-47 in India's struggle for freedom. It discusses popular participation and analyses the nature and significance of such participation in the national movement It also touches on the links and interactions between different streams of the national movement, different approaches to freedom struggle and, further, the interventions made by the major anti-imperialist political forces.

Emergence and Growth of Working Class-A Case Study

markets. This is a known route and corresponds to that of the General Theory. Logically speaking, there is no reason to suggest that there are no alternative ways of building up a micromodel leading to rationing. But about the more basic point we should reiterate our position

CAPITAL VIEW

Unions in Bengal, 1920-1924 Sonat Bose Barring a few exceptions, in most cases the labour movement in Bengal spontaneously emerged as an inevitable manifestation of class struggle, a phenomenon about which the political leaders participate ing in the labour movement did not have a clear idea.
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