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Indian Labour Movement: Colonial Era to the Global Age

This paper attempts to situate labour movements of 20th century India - agrarian and industrial - in the context of the changing contours of the country. Many scholars have focused exclusively on industrial labour, ignoring the fact that the overwhelming proportion of labour in India is predominantly agrarian. The prospect of a unified labour movement is unlikely because of the many categories and internal differences within each. This, however, does not mean that labour mobilisation and struggles will cease. Sectoral mobilisation against deprivations specific to each group will continue, and along with equity, identity, security and dignity will be important for the labour movement(s).

Development Policy and the Nature of Society: Understanding the Kerala Model

The quality of life is usually measured by three interrelated dimensions such as the human development index, the human freedom index, and the human distress profile. In Kerala, in spite of high HDI, the rates of suicide, crime, drug addiction, unemployment, etc, are high compared to other states. This essay argues that a high quality of life should register a high HDI, the maximum HFI and minimum HDP. It is necessary to work towards this complex objective if Kerala wants to sustain its claim to a high quality of life.

Kerala Agrarian Movement

period and harvested during November- February. Normally, irrigation is needed for early auiumn paddy and late winter pady. Otherwise, state rainfall is adequate for both autumn and winter paddies, which constitute the main monsoon season crops. It is the summer paddy for which irrigation becomes a necessity because rainfall during its growing period is much less than its water requirements.

Agrarian Legislations and Movements as Sources of Change - The Case of Kerala

Agrarian Legislations and Movements as Sources of Change The Case of Kerala T K Oommen That the routes to social change can be many is widely recognised in social science literature. In this article, the author discusses social legislations and protest movements as sources of social change. But whether or not the desired goal

Green Revolution and Agrarian Conflict

T K Oommen The prevailing explanation of agrarian conflicts and unrest in (he countryside may be summarised as follows: The strategy of agricultural development adopted so far has been mainly production-oriented and the problem of distributive justice has remained unattended to; the fruits of the 'green revolution9 are pocketed mainly by the rich and prosperous farmers and the disparity between them and the have- nots, particularly landless labourers, has increased; the increased disparity has led to a sense of deprivation among the weaker and poorer agrarian classes and their frustrations are manifest in agrarian tensions, occasionally leading to eruption and violence.

Data Collection Techniques-The Case of Sociology and Social Anthropology

 see their role as that of an airplane pilot who does not have to "know the location of every house and footpath". 9 They cannot afford to get lost in the "underbrush of facts" and in the "savage disputes about whether the underbrush is a pine forest or a tropical jungle''.10 Those who deal with detailed case studies also apologia for "exclusive preoccupation with historical particularism" (p 9), as it is "inimical to the growth and refinement of theory, particularly theory arising from comparative studies and knowledge" (p 9). They justify their attempt by asserting that their contribution lies in "providing insights and instances for new and more valid general theory" (p 9), and in reminding the theorists that not only are they far from arriving but that they arc going astray.

Strategy for Social Change-Reply

Strategy for Social Change Reply T K Oommen S SHUKLA's comments (December 14, 1968, p 1918) on my article, "Strategy for Social Change: A Study of Untouchability", are interesting and important. However, some of his observations stem from an inadequate appreciation and/or understanding of my arguments. And these should not go unclarified.

Strategy for Social Change-A Study of Untouchability

T K Oommen An effective strategy for social change calls for identification of the change-prone areas in the social system and of the social groups which are likely to put up the least resistance to the changes that are sought to be introduced.
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