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

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Agricultural Labour under Colonial, Semi-Capitalist and Capitalist Conditions- A Case Study of West Bengal

Semi-Capitalist and Capitalist Conditions A Case Study of West Bengal Biplab Dasgupta Two kinds of issues concerning agricultural labourers have excited the interest of academics recently. First, the question how far the growth of agricultural labour is equivalent to a growth of capitalist relations in agricultural production. Whether they are free wage-labourers with the option to choose employers and having no particularly strong 'association with the individuals employing them or whether they are tied to their employers by a variety of pre-capitalist relationships is an issue on which an interesting debate has been going on. Second, the programme of the Left Front government in West Bengal with respect to this class too has become a subject of debate. The question has been raised of the immediate and the long-run perspective of the government's programme to improve their wage, employment and living conditions and the relevance of such reform for other sections of the peasantry.

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