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An Agenda for Gender Politics

Patriarchy in India starts with the control of women or men in the family but works in such a way as to perpetuate caste hierarchies; and the preservation of caste is the basis for the functioning of this patriarchy. Will the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill as it is, as a first measure, without a wide-ranging discussion of the underlying caste issues really empower women in the struggle against patriarchy in the social and political specificity of present-day India?

Connections Unperceived

Connections Unperceived THIS booklet presents in a collected form a substantial amount of useful information about the problems of women workers in Indian industry. The scope of the book is mainly restricted to the 'organised sector', though the author mentions that the conditions of large numbers of women in the 'unorganised' or 'household industry' sector are even worse. Drawing on official statistics (which, she observes, tend to underplay the gravity of these problems) and on her own experience as a trade union organiser among mines and plantation workers in West Bengal, Ranadive has covered the major aspects of the question: shrinking numbers, relative and absolute, of women workers in organised industry; wage and job discrimination; and the non-implementation of special protective laws for women workers. These three aspects are of course related; women arc often employed just where they can do the same job as men, for less pay. Where equal wage or minimum wage laws are brought into effect, women are retrenched, The laws providing for maternity benefits and creches are widely honoured in the breach; and employers cite these laws as the main reason for their retrenchments of women workers.

FAMILY PLANNING- Beyond the Arithmetic

many ways : the hamper crop due to better seeds, a generous monsoon, and greater use of fertilisers; the absence of the usual rush of consumers to buy their entire year's wheat requirements as a security against inflation; the absence, too, of any pressing demand by other states for the wheat. Indeed, today some UP wheat is brought to border markets in Haryana to get a better price. By this time last year, about 80,000 tonnes of Haryana wheat had been sent out while this year no exports have yet taken place. The farmers are anxious to unload their produce following their unhappy experience in the later months of 1975-76, when the stocks proved such a liability.

Labour Value of the Housewife s Work

september 14, 1974 SEVERAL welfare states in the West pay out family allowances. Among them is Britain where since 1949 a weekly sum has been payable by the state to every mother towards the maintenance of her children. This sum is to be collected by the mother and is expected to provide security against irresponsible husbands, especially in low- income families. In 1972, the Conservative government, in the course of a scries of measures attacking the income of the low-paid worker, proposed to transform this allowance payable to the mother into a tax credit for the wage- earning member of the family. The proposal was withdrawn following women's demonstrations of protest. The campaign for the continuance of the family allowance was greeted with abuse by many liberal men: "hysterical", they don't undertand the nature of the welfare state", etc. However, the campaign did succceed in" protecting the right to a measure of security for many women in a society where the family structure is slowly disintegrating and leaving them and their children most vulnerable.

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