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Accumulation and Labour Process in Tea Plantations in South India

Agolamooladhanavum Dakshinenthiyaile Thottamthozhilaalikalum (Global Capital and Peripheral Labour: The History and Political Economy of Plantation Workers in India) by
K Ravi Raman, translated into Malayalam by Rajendran Cherupoyka, Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Bhasha Institute, 2022; pages and price not indicated.

Sustainable Development Goals and Small Tea Growers of North-east Assam

Tea, the most popular beverage in the world, is also an important industry for the rural economy and acts as one of the contributors to the internationally agreed-upon Sustainable Development Goals. A number of small tea growers, who play an important role in the tea production process, are not registered under the Tea Board of India. Unlike these small growers, the big tea manufacturers have certain clauses and sections in their code of conduct that reflect their adherence to some of the SDGs like equality in wages, adopting sustainable agriculture methods, and more. Such a commitment to the SDGs was difficult for the small growers, who have now, however, channelised their efforts in this direction.

Towards an Alternative Indian Tea Economy

The Indian tea economy is undergoing acute transformations, with the divestment of tea companies from plantations leaving thousands of plantation workers jobless, and small tea growers struggling with a general lack of knowledge and their dependency on bought leaf factories and intermediaries. A review of the current trends in the Indian tea market and two alternative sites in Darjeeling indicates the potential of solidary enterprises and also exposes the difficulties these groups face to emancipate themselves from the colonial-style tea companies.

Despite Unionisation, Why Are Tea Workers Exploited?

Profits made by large tea corporations continue to increase at the expense of tea workers who are paid unfairly, and whose access to quality education, water, and other basic services is severely curtailed.

Sharit Bhowmik, 1948-2016

A fellow academic and comrade of 33 years writes about the labour studies scholar, much loved teacher, indefatigable trade unionist and writer who combined street studies with grass-roots work and organising.

Assam : Vote against Misgovernance

The tea labourers in Assam have always played a significant role in electoral politics. The recently held by-election for the Khumtai assembly constituency, dominated by tea tribes, has brought to the fore important issues - regionalism, intra-party, politics and most importantly, misgovernance - that will impact on electoral politics in the state, especially the Lok Sabha polls in 2004.

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