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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 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''.

Industrial Relations from a Distance-Comment

Industrial Relations from a Distance Comment Sahab Dayal IN his review of my book Bagaram Tulpule (February 6) grossly and unfairly misrepresents the book via a careless and irresponsible use of selected sentences and statements, that are both out of context and distorted. Let me respond point by point.

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist-A Comment

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist A Comment Gail Omvedt AMALENDU GUHA'S defence of the left front' position on Assam (EPW welcome because it is the most detailed effort yet by a Marxist academic expert. If such a presentation cannot stand up to empirical evidence or logic, then I would think it is a good indication that the basic political position is itself indefensible.

Limited Interconnection

Limited Interconnection Hansavivek TA TA ELEC TRIC Companies' chairman, N H Tata, has urged formulation of a scheme for interconnection to ensure full utilisation of national resources to prevent the periodical local deficits caused by the vagaries of the monsoon and to effect economy by keeping the power costs to the consumers to a minimum. Interconnections were established by Maharashtra State Electricity Board with the power systems of Eastern Maharashtra, MP, Mysore and Gujarat, but Tata says that the assistance available was inadequate and much less than the optimum, apart from initial difficulties and limitations in the interconnecting facilities. On their part the three Tata companies had undertaken a programme of modernisation and rehabilitation of the thermal station at Trombay, Work on the third 62.5 MW unit was completed, and the station with a total capability of approximately 330 MW was consistently maintained at a high level of efficiency. Throughout the period of power-cut the 4 units were operated at the highest possible load factor. The Trombay thermal station generated 213 million units per month in May and June 1969 which was not only the highest generation at the station so far but represented 92 per cent of its capability. The companies have increased their rates by 20 per cent from September following increase of 33 per cent in bulk supply charges by MSEB from the preceding month. Government has recently set up an expert committee to recommend measures for optimum utilisation of national resources and improving efficiency of power systems in India. Tata Electric Companies, general manager, K M Chinnappa, is a member of the committee.


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