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

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Organised Power of Grain Merchants in Dhaka Region of Bangladesh-Comparisons with Indian Cases

Dhaka Region of Bangladesh Comparisons with Indian Cases Barbara Harriss The organised power of agricultural merchants in regions of Tamil Nadu and West Bengal is compared and contrasted with that of grain merchants in the Dhaka region of Bangladesh, There are similarities in opportunistic political alignments, in the predominance of such merchants in local government and social institutions, in predispositions to philanthropic display, and in the practice of lobbying the administration. There are dissimilarities in the finance of mercantile associations, in the development of bipartite negotiations with labour, in the degree of autoregulation administered through associations. But most strikingly, while law and order activities are rarely carried out by mercantile associations in India, they are routine and important functions of mercantile associations in Bangladesh and are thought to result from greater insecurity of property, contract and person.

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