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Tenancy Inefficiency

While several attempts have been made to explain the inefficiencies of sharecropping systems found in developing economics, they have been marked by certain definitional flaws. A more rigorous analysis of sharecropping that incorporates 'size-class' differences among owners and tenants thus becomes necessary. Earlier studies had also stressed on land productivity and intensity of farm resource utilisation as indicators of efficiency, but they are seen as measures of relative efficiency only under restrictive assumptions. This study stresses on the availability of irrigation resources as a factor that increases efficiency - for both owners and tenants.

Agrarian Backdrop of Bengal Violence

Rural violence in West Bengal seems for the moment to be contained within the three districts of Midnapore, Hooghly and Bankura, but if the CPI(M) and the state government continue to throttle protests through use of muscle-power and the police and the administration, the killing and mayhem will spill over into the rest of the state. The clashes look set to intensify after the next assembly elections.

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