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Labour History- Promise of Revival

Thomas J Mathew FOR a little over a decade the working class in India stood in grave risk of forfeiting both its future and its past, as the fortunes of labour and the retrieval of its history took a dismal turn, at roughly the same time. With the thickening of the state-capital articulation under a liberalising regime, the assault on labour and the deterioration of the conditions of its existence were only to be expected. On the other hand, why, barring a few mono- graphic exceptions, labour history so abruptly went out of currency still awaits explanation. Perhaps that explanation may well accompany the revival of labour history that the formation of the Association of Indian Labour Historians and the hosting of its First Annual Conference promise.

Subalterns and Subalternness

Subalterns and Subalternness Thomas J Mathew IT is with some degree of hesitation that I am making this intervention in the debate between Ramchandra Guha and Anita Chakravarty (EPW, August 19 and Decem- ber 23, 1995 and February 24, 1996). It is indeed unfortunate that Guha should have personalised what might have been a fruitful discussion. Strongly worded attacks, aimed at a particular linguistic-cultural group, foreclose the possibility of sustained discussion by hardening original positions. Personalising the argument likewise restricts the discussion by dissuading others from joining in.

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