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Legitimacy Crisis and Growing Authoritarianism

wards it was found that as many as 50 were captured by the Shiv Sena. The Con- gress(I) took 10, the BJP captured three, two were taken by the Janata Party and two by other major parties.

Construction and Reconstruction of Woman

in Gandhi Sujata Patel This paper traces the development of Gandhi's ideas on, of and about women. The author attempts to unearth and articulate the core assumptions underlying Gandhi's perspective on women. Gandhi's ideas incorporate assumptions and notions regarding the origin and nature of gender differences on the basis of which he models out social roles. Gandhi envisaged a significant role for women in Indian society

Defenders of Sati

new family code introduced in July 1987 was a definite advance over the older, conservative civil code and gave women several legal rights, e g, "a wife may now engage in a profession even without hei husband's permission" and "that her husband is no longer the sole administrator of the couple's property". There are more grounds for annullment of marriage and divorce, and common law wives are given rights to conjugal property On the other side of the political fence, Gabriela pointed out that liberal as the code seemed, its underlying motivations were the strengthening of the institutions of marriage and the family in which Filipino women are oppressed. Neither does it take into account of the conditions of the majority of poor, toiling, propertyless women and those engaged in sex tourism.

Contract Labour in Ahmedabad Textile Industry

Sujata Patel To the outside world contract workers do not exist. Despite the legislations enacted from time to time, neither industry nor the government keep proper records. Nor have the trade unions been overly concerned with this 'invisible' workforce.

GUJARAT-Golana Symptoms of Crisis

Golana: Symptoms of Crisis Sudarshan Iyengar Sujata Patel ON the eve of Republic Day, five members of Wankar community, weavers from the Scheduled Castes, were shot dead and 17 were injured in Golana, a village of about 3,000 population in Khambhat taluka of Kheda district, Gujarat.

GUJARAT- Violence with a Difference

more than achieving lessening of inequalities by differential taxation, giving debt relief or distribution of property owned by one to many who have none by imposing ceiling on holdings, both agricultural and urban or by direct regulation of contractual transactions by forbidding certain transactions and, perhaps, by requiring others. It also means that those who have been deprived of their properties by unconscionable bargains should be restored their property. All such laws may take the firm of forced redistribution of wealth as a means of achieving a fair division of material resources among the members of society or there may be legislative control on unfair agreements" (para 16, emphasis added). It is very gratifying to note the just, pragmatic and progressive views adopted by the learned judges in sharp contrast with the views of some social scientists mentioned earlier. The judgment will be a landmark in the history of socially progressive legislation in the country.

GUJARAT-Collapse of Government

into the incident by the government. Even the so-called post-mortem report was not made public. In the Kondapur incident too the bodies were not handed over to the relatives of those killed. All the five were cremated under police supervision. The collector who visited the village two days after the incident, while ordering a magisterial probe, hoped that the parents would prevent the children from participating in 'wayward' activities.

GUJARAT-Debacle of Populist Politics

GUJARAT Debacle of Populist Politics Sujata Patel THE anti-reservation agitation has reared its head once again in Gujarat from the middle of February. As the events unfold and the agitation gains in strength, a pattern seems to emerge. One, the government does not seem to want negotiations. Two, its ambivalent policy statements aid the growth of the movement. Three, police repression against the agitationists is help- ing the consolidation of the movement. Fourth, the agitation which was restricted in its earlier phases has deliberately been allowed to gather strength. Fifth, certain elements in the Congress and in the opposition, specially the BJP, are actively involved in the agitation. Any analysis of the agitation has thus to deal with the state's role as well as the contradictions of the Congress Party's populist rhetoric and lumpen political culture.

Class Conflict and Workers Movement in Ahmedabad Textile Industry, 1918-23

Ahmedabad Textile Industry, 1918-23 Sujata Patel Studies in the history of trade unionism have always treated the textile workers movement in Ahmedabad as unique with its origin in the Gandhian ideology. Its goal of peaceful industrial relations has earned warm praise from conservative studies, whereas studies from a Left perspective have heaped criticism cm it.


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