ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The State of the Working Class

The Indian Working Class: Size and Shape by G D Sane; All- India, Trade Union Congress, New Delhi, 1967; pp 72, Rs 2.50. PROMPTED by S A Dange, General Secretary, AITUC. the author, a retired trade unionist with a record of over 28 years of participation in trade union work, has brought together in this work statistical material covering various aspects of industrial labour. The brochure will prove highly useful as a handbook of labour statistics. But the author has hardly tackled the central task he had set himself, viz, answering the question: how far is the Indian working class ready to lead the struggle for socialism in the country? The prefatory admission that it does not bring out all the multi-lingual, multi-caste, multi-religious and multi-national complexities of the Indian working class is very much of an understatement of the work's deficiency. The fact is that it does not even touch these vital questions.

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