ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Waste and the Permanent Settlement in Bengal

in Bengal Vinay Krishin Gidwani An idea acquires political potency when it is displaced from a category to a norm; in other words, when, in addition to describing the object it claims to be designating it also takes on an ascriptive and/or moral quality that then guides conduct. 'Waste' is one such idea with an ascriptive dimension, and is therefore politically power- ful The Permanent Settlement in Bengal was deeply concerned with the issue of 'waste'.

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