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'Lived-in Experience'

This is with reference to Ajay Guda­ varthy’s ‘Gandhi, Dalits and Feminists: Recovering the Convergence’ (May 31). What is this socio­political category of dalit­bahujan? Dalits are anti­caste and bahujan “other backward classes” are casteist. Neither dalits who are ex­ untouchable castes nor the...

In Pursuit of Enlightenment

My hearty congratulations to Meera Nanda for her ‘Case for Indian Enlightenment’ (EPW, July 7, 2001). Though she is correct in criticising Marxists in India and outside for their total neglect even of class enlightenment, her criticism of Marx on the same point is not justified. He had given relatively the most advanced philosophical and methodological tool to Marxists and communists world over to develop and innovate, in order to make it capable of revolutionising their respective societies.

Adivasis and Gynocracy

This is with reference to David Hardiman's review of Ajay Skaria's book. I had read Hardiman's 'The Coming of the Devi' in 1988-89. The devi Sala-bai occurs in the very beginning of the autobiographical novel Trsna (1999) by Com Najubai Gavit, who is the first adivasi woman novelist of India. I am...

Renaissance and Enlightenment

Sharad Patil Critique of Hinduism and Other Religions by Tarkteerth Laxmanshastri Joshi; Popular Prakashan, Mumbai, 1996; pp 202 + xi, Rs 150. The notion that materialism is immoral and mysterious spiritualism is moral is utterly false. In fact mysterious spiritualism contains in it a vulgar and base materialism, while scientific materialism is full of ideal spiritualism... (p 134).

Real Challenge before the Sikhs

suffering for hundreds of years, with the unambiguous sanction from sacred books and religious heads, and at a time when the oppressed arc coming to fore to demand their minimum human rights, such as dignity and equality of opportu very notion of equality' with highly sophisticated arguments.

Should Class Be the Basis for Recognising Backwardness

Castes were the building blocks of Hindu social structure in precolonial India. But with the introduction and development of the new capitalist forces of production these blocks have undergone a fundamental change. From being a hereditary unity of caste and occupations they nave become a unity ofthisvld contradiction plus the new contradiction of caste and class. This basic contradiction in Indian society can be resolved neither by subjectively subtracting the old contradiction from the new one nor by excluding either class or caste from the new set of opposites.

Mobilising Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Mobilising Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Sharad Patil The victory of the total Indian revolution that will abolish caste, sexual and class inequalities inextricably linked to the revolutionary mobilisation of the SC and ST masses.

PERSPECTIVES

Nalini Pandit Classes in Marxist theory are not mere economic categories. They are living social groups whose attitudes and responses are determined by historical and cultural factors. The materialistic interpretation of history does not imply an exclusive emphasis on the economic factor to the comparative neglect of others. The purpose of formulating a social theory is to understand the attitudes and responses of different social groups to particular programmes.

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