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A Capital Intervention

State and Capital in Independent India: Institutions and Accumulation by Chirashree Das Gupta, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016; pp xiv+315, ₹ 727.

A Visionary Policymaker

Shaping India’s Future—Essays in Memory of Abid Hussain edited by Deepak Nayyar and Rana Hasan, New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2017; pp 245, ` 995.

Freire and Experiments in Conscientisation in a Bangladesh Village

In the 1970s most NGOs in developing countries adopted Freire's model of conscientisation to help the poor take up group action against forces resisting their development. In the late 1980s, however, this approach was discarded in favour of a micro-finance based growth-oriented one. This paper discusses BRAC, an NGO that continued its work amongst the poor, adopting Freire's conscientisation model with some modifications.

Gujarat: Collapse of Urban Cooperative Banking Sector

The cooperative banking system in Gujarat, which was part of the larger cooperative movement in the state, began to be undermined when its financial resources became a means of dispensing political patronage. With the collapse of several banks, the delegitimisation of the cooperative movement in the state is complete, shutting out the possibility of wealth creation and social participation for marginalised communities.

Community Pressure for Higher Quality of Education

For achieving a higher quality of education in rural areas, in addition to providing for physical infrastructure and teachers, community participation is equally important. In case of Tirthahalli, a high literacy taluk in Shimoga, Karnataka, it is found that community provides not merely physical and human facilities, but also exerts pressure on the teachers to achieve higher quality of education. Therefore, it is not just sufficient for a community to have trust, networks and norms to form social capital, rather it needs an ability to visualise the importance of education and translate it into action for achieving a higher quality of education. In Shimoga this has resulted in community pressure on teachers to achieve higher quality of education. The reasons for the high levels of community pressure can be traced back to the participation of people in various spheres of activities such as intellectual, political and apolitical movements in the region, since times past.
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