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Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist-A Summing Up

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist A Summing Up Amalendu Guha IN continuation of my reply to Gail Cmvedt (EPW, April 25), I may inform that the left's concern for Assam's acute underdevelopment and immigration problems goes back much beyond November 1980 and is, in no way, a by-product of "pressure from the movement". As demanded by her, some relevant facts of the post-independence period regarding "what the CPI and CPI(M) were saying about the issue years earlier" are presented below in Section I. Sanjib Kumar Baruah's comment (EFW, April 11) is examined in Section II. My final position, in its immediate operational aspects, is restated in Section III.

Productivity Aspect of Wages in Food for Work Programme

Productivity Aspect of Wages in Food for Work Programme Manoj Kumar Panda THE wages paid in the food for work programme (FWF) have recently raised some controversy. Basu (1981) argues for "as low a wage rate as is passible without running short of labour". He criticises the earlier recommendation of Dandekar and Sathe (1980) to increase the prevailing wage rate on the ground that this would lead to concentration of the benefit of FWP on a lesser number of people. In making this criticism, however, Basu completely ignores the effect of the wage rate on the productivity of the worker.

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist Hiren Gohain SANJIB KUMAR BARUAH (April 11) duly wins our admiration for his full- throated raptures at his own discoveries, but I see no reason to accept his qualification of my self-criticism as only 'half-hearted'. Since the point however is neither trivial nor personal, I feel bound to correct him here.

Studying Society and Social Change

Studying Society and Social Change Sanjaya Baru Amitabh Dasgupta C T KURIEN's review of Krishna Bharadwaj's "On Some Issues in the Analysis of Social Change" (January 24) was less than fair to the author. While missing the basic thrust of the three Lectures delivered by Krishna Bharad- waj at I he University of Mysore, the review does not give a proper appraisal of her argument. We wish to draw attention to the former and make some observations on the latter.

Impact of Plautation Economy and Colonial Policy on Sri Lanka Peasantry-A Post-Script

factory workers, small peasants, agricultural labourers and migrant: workers is equally a political relationship, and for those concerned with Society as a whole it is a more important one, I have called this a relationship of classes, a term which seems to Infuriate Baviskar, but the fact that class struggle took an, open and even violent turn only after his research was completed (In the' cane-cutters' strikes and the farmers' agitations) does not mean that class struggle did not exist before, only that Baviskar was unwilling to Observe' its forms in a period in which the rural poor remained effectively suppressed and the rural elite was maintaining a fairly comfortable alliance with the urban bourgeoisie. Yet his methodological appendix makes it quite clear that his own relationship with the rural poor was highly defined in terms of power and influence.

Obsession with Class Politics-A Reply

Obsession with Class Politics A Reply Gall Omvet B S BAVISKAR's vitriolic, response (April 18) to my review of, his book on sugar cooperatives (February 14) raises a number of important questions about sociological methodology and class interest I am grateful to have an opportunity to refer again to his book on some of these Issues.

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist-A Reply

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist A Reply Amalendu Guha IN his 8-point critique (EPW, February 21,) Udayon Misra evades discussion on the basic issues I raised in my original article. He concentrates his fire, on the contrary, on some minor points, not of much significance for upholding or demolishing my stand.

Unequal Exchange Continued-A Comment

Unequal Exchange Continued A Comment Ranjit Sau WE adopt the following procedure. Each section begins with a clear statement of the problem; the views of V M Dandekar are given under the .sub-title VMD, citing clue reference to his earlier works; likewise our position is presented under RS.

Obsession with Class Politics

 Given thai the maximum eigenvalue . is less than unity (for the viability of the system) the von Neumanm-Leontief balanced growth rate g is derived from . as Per (7), and the corresponding eigen vector gives the relative proportions of outputs. Now, what about the Standard commodity of Sraffa?

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist-A Comment

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist A Comment Sanjib Kumar Baruah AMALENDU GUHA's 'Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist' (EPW, Special Number, October 1980) is a welcome contribution towards an understanding of an issue which continues to elude a solution and on which left opinion in the country remains far from unanimous. Guha is a pioneer social and economic historian of medieval and modern Assam, No student of Assam can avoid a debt to his writings. His article on the Assam movement raises some important questions on how Marxists and progressives should approach the nationality question in India in general and the Assam issue in particular.

Reply

Reply Bagaram Tulpule SAHAB DAVAL is angry at what he considers to be my 'harsh and indelicate comments' and, by implication, at my not using proper language and not avoiding personal overtones. It is a matter of opinion whether my words quoted by him towards the end of his rejoinder constitute any linguistic impropriety or indelicacy when used by a reviewer in relation to the book he reviews, But there is no question of any 'personal overtones' being involved. It is usual for a reviewer to refer to the author by name in his comments, but the comments themselves are about what the author writes in the book and not about the author himself personally. My only acquaintance with Sahab Dayal is through his present book and there is no reason whatsoever why I should make any adverse remarks about him personally.

Movements for Higher Agricultural Prices-A Comment

April 4, 1981 have no wish to comment on the 'grudge' I am alleged to bear towards Indians settled abroad; on the excel- lence or distinguished quality of the work they are stated to be doing, oh the extensive research Dayal claims to have made for writing his book or on the ''principles of scholarly scrutiny widely shared by the intellectual community''.

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