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Rural Women Workers and Peasant Movements

historical and cultural studies, and by connecting the knowledge of that literature with literature of our own." Given the preponderant position of English language and literature, woven as they are into the very modalities of the educated Indian's thought and culture, and their reinforcement by the production of English textbooks "conditioned by the nexus that exists between academia, publishers and state policies", (as Urvashi Butalia points out in 'English Textbook, Indian Publisher'), one can well understand the predicament of those among the contributors who have tried to offer alternatives to the present system of English teaching. Even the most determined 'nationalist' knows, in his/her heart of hearts, that at best such alternatives could come about only after a long, gruelling struggle that has to move beyond the confines of the universities into the socioeconomic arena.

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