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Development and Underdevelopment in Bengal-Castes, Communities and the State

in Bengal Castes, Communities and the State Willem van Schendel Abhijit Dasgupta A SEMINAR on 'Development and Underdevelopment in Bengal: Castes, Communities and the State" was held in Calcutta between December 19 and 21, 1991. The seminar was sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research under its Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development (IDPAD). Participants from Bangladesh, India, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands presented papers on colonial and post-colonial Bengal. The themes included movements among various communities (e g, Namasudras, Rajbangsis, Santals, Chittagong Hills people), the identity of Bengali Muslims, state development policies (e g, legislation and land relations, land reforms), and the effects of industrial stagnation on jute labourers.

Documenting Rural Change in Bangladesh

book on Marshall (essay 6: The Subversion of Classical Analysis: Alfred Marshall's Early Writing on Value'; essay 7: 'Marshall on Pigou's Wealth and Welfare'; and partly essay 10: 'Sraffa's Return to Classical 'Theory') which show how Marshall, despite his stated adherence to the foundation of the classical political economy, actually tended to almost subvert it by introducing concepts of equilibrium through demand and supply. The classical questions of the relation between profit and surplus if not totally lost sight of, at least got relegated to the background. These essays do not perhaps form the core of the central theme of the book but they demonstrate how the Mar- shalhian supply and demand approach came to be formulated by changing the questions. The last essay is a tribute to Sraffa. It is beautifully written; incidentally it also explains how Sraffa's work inspired Bharadwaj, among several others, to carry forward the classical line tradition of enquiry into the fundamental questions that the classical economists had posed originally.

No Easy Solutions

of humanity is governed by Marxist morality outside Europe. Besides, no matter what else might be wrong with China, it would be hard to argue that either Mao's or Deng's China is Stalinist, it would be harder still to argue that the "official communism" in China or Vietnam has posed the problem of 'dirty hands' in a way Stalin's Russia did. Or has it? One wishes Lukes had spent more time on Mao and Deng than on Rubashov and Gletkin.

Subculture and Superstructure-Interpretations of Rural Bangladesh

Subculture and Superstructure Interpretations of Rural Bangladesh Willem van Schendel Women, Pollution and Marginality: Meanings and Rituals of Birth in Rural Bangladesh by Therese Blanchet; University Press Limited, Dhaka,

A Village View of Hunger and Power

which we have no first-hand knowledge. Bangladesh provides an instructive case in point. Some fifteen years ago the country (then the eastern wing of Pakistan) hardly was noticed by the media. As a result, few outsiders knew what was happening there, and fewer caredToday Bangladesh is world-famous. Throughout the world, ' Bangladesh' has become a bv- word for mass poverty, famine, eco.. nomic stagnation and underdevelopment. From 1971 onwards the media have covered these aspects extensively, thus catapulting Bangladesh into the limelight and creating a global interest in the country and its problems. The media, with their penchant for the spectacular, have branded Bangladesh a 'permanent disaster' an 'international basket case' and a 'bhanga desh' (a shattered land).
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