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

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Public Sector Textile Mills

A review of the productivity performance of the National Textile Corporation in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry presents a disturbing picture of poor capacity utilisation, outdated technology and machinery, poor maintenance and excess humanpower. The situation calls for drastic restructuring to improve the economic viability of the Corporation

Lawyers' Agitation in Tamil Nadu

The lawyers' agitation in Tamil Nadu against the ordinance hiking court fees and the state government's eventual climbdown suspending it raises several issues on the citizens' right to access the justice system.

Tamil Nadu: Leather Processing: Role of Indigenous Technology

This article discusses a study of leather artisans in Tamil Nadu, which accounts for the lion's share of leather-processing in India. It looks at the effects of export-oriented growth, use of chemicals in tanning and the sidelining of the age-old local knowledge, on the survival of small village-based leather-processing units.

Work, Caste and Competing Masculinities

Notions and practices of masculinity are often reconfigured in the wake of rapid economic and socio-political transformation. This paper explores this aspect in a south Indian village across two dimensions. Changes in local economy have seen challenges posed to the long dominant position of the upper caste mudaliars based on their control on land, over the dalits. On the other hand, the entry of large numbers of women into the industrial work-force has played its part in modifying the relationship between caste, class and gender.

Labour, Market Linkages and Gender

This paper, through a study conducted in a village in Tamil Nadu, analyses the labour-use patterns and determinants of labour absorption in a mixed farming system. It looks at the inter-relationship between agriculture, labour and market linkages in terms of skills and wages. The strong role of hired women labour in agriculture, cropping patterns and market linkages have been given a gender perspective. The impact of the employment on the intra-household power relationship has also been discussed.

Voice of the Unorganised Sector

The march of thousands of unorganised sector workers in Tamil Nadu has brought to the fore the plight of this huge, neglected workforce and helped raise some of their long-pending demands.

Tamil Nadu: 'Samathuvapuram': Towards Spatial Equality

The concept of housing communities, where dalits and people of other castes live together in mixed neighbourhoods and share all facilities - focuses for the first time on social and cultural equality in housing programmes. The plan itself germinated in response to recurrent caste and communal clashes in the state and has received considerable acceptance among the public.

Discouraging Multiple Memberships

The Constitution is silent with respect to the holding of dual membership in local bodies such as the panchayats and municipalities and/or in state/union legislatures.

Vanniyar Separatism

The vanniyars' case for a separate state stands on loose ground. The movement, nevertheless draws attention to the current absence of a rallying point for a caste-based party in the context of the strengthening multi-caste, multi-party nature of electoral politics.

Economic Programmes and Poverty Reduction

This paper analyses the impact of the economic programmes of SHARE, an NGO in Tamil Nadu, on poverty reduction, with the help of data collected from the households of 84 women members. The economic programmes contributed to savings and income increase for the women. However, the member group was not found to be significantly different from the comparison group in terms of control over income and decision-making.

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