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Editorial – edit epw. Skip to main content. Communal Violence in Kozhikode Village Vol.

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We strongly condemn the unprecedented communal violence at the end of Januaryin Tuneri, Vellur and Kodanjeri villages, Nadapuram in Kozhikode, Kerala, in which more than a hundred Muslim families and homes were singled out, attacked, and crores worth of property destroyed. But they have not tendered End of the Left in India? Even at the best of times our news channels tend to avoid serious Metamorphoses of Agrarian Capitalism Vol. Review Of Industry And Management.

Jairus BanajiRohini Hensman. Conflict is seen as belonging not to the plant itself but to its experience and the space described is phenomenological and not objective. Consequently there is no determinism which can explicate a pattern of conflict and the diversity of available choices does not bind workers to set responses.

Likewise even if management behaviour conforms to certain determinisms even managers have choices. The study concentrates on plants in manufacturing sectors which may be called ‘modern’, that is, whose evolution was a product of the industrial expansion of the s.

Institutional Bases of Rural Poverty. He banaj without questioning the neo-classical doctrine on the accounting price of labour; but in the matter of the so-called social price of capital, he prefers to lean on the consumption- investment nexus. To start with, there is his popular reputation, shaped by the attacks launched on him and many others when Stalin broke his alliance bamaji the Buk- harinists and turned to the policy of forced collectivisation.

According to this, Chayanov was the theoretical fountainhead of a revived Narodnism, a eulogist of the petit-bourgeois producer, who sought to provide a scientific facade for the viability of small-scale production units in agriculture. There is, secondly, the widespread notion that Chayanov’s theory of a ‘specific peasant economy was proposed, more or less consciously, as an alternative to classical Marxist positions on the peasantry argued in his own genera- social genesis of dead labour is conveniently left unmentioned.


If, while living labour is surplus, capital or dead bnaji is scarce, it is not necessarily because capital per se is in short supply, but because it has not been made available: This is true as tion by Lenin and several other Marxists.

The popular prejudice can easily be exposed as a mixture of crude simplification and bannaji fantasy, a product of the Stalin school of falsification. The notion that Chayanov sought to present an alternative to Marxist conceptions of the peasantry is less easy to dispose of. It is, however, in essence, a conception no less erroneous than the other.

Since for Marxists the validity of any historical analysis is a function of the concepts on which it is built, it is more important to concentrate, tobegin with, on what we regard as basic theoretical weaknesses in the article.

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These weaknesses spring from a profound confusion as to the meaning and nature of Marx’s categories. Alavi is not exceptional in this respect, for a purely empiricist conception of the categories of historical bamaji has become the hallmark of the current of modern ‘Marxist’ writing that rims from Andre Gunder Frank to Samir Amin and their epigones. The necessary result of this empiricist mediation of Marx’s categories is a certain metaphysical scholasticism which builds its conceptions of historical development on a series of forced abstractions, EMPTINESS OF ‘FEUDALISM’ A discussion of the nature and tend- encies of colonial economy in India would not be the most appropriate place to bring up the question of feudalism as a ‘mode of production’ were it not for the unfortunate fact that whether we turn to the international fraternity of neo-populists Frank, Amin, etc or to our own theoreticians of ‘semi-feudalism’, we cannot escape this mode of production.

It is the favourite forced abstraction of modern scholasticism, In the imaginary and perverse world of such abstractions it matters little that Europe did in fact- live through such an epoch of production for several centuries, that we pos- sess today a mass of detailed historical literature about the productive jairrus of this epoch, about the characteristic cycles and circuits of reproduction of feudal economy, about its specific accounting conceptions and the role of peasant labour within hairus process of production.

Alavi’s conception of the feudal mode of production can be summarised in his own words: At the cost of stating what to many Marxists would appear aImost obvious, the reply can be brief.


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Farmers Response to Prices Vol. A Study in Deci- sion-Making by D S Tyagi; Heritage Publishers, Delhi; ; Ks 40, grown which deals with the responsiveness of peasants to prices’ Although the particular statistical techniques used in these studies have differed, certain common premises jairuus been basic jajrus all, or most, of them. Nationalism and Socialism Vol. The national question that faced Marx and Engels was shaped by the political framework of Europe at that time, by a balance of power which opposed the ‘revolutionary democratic’ nations of the west to the ‘reactionary’ nations of the east centred on czarism and the small- nation movements sponsored by it.

Marx and Engels favoured Polish independence and the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in the interests of european democracy, showing thereby that “the interests of the liberation of a number of big and very big nations in Europe rate higher than the interests of the movement for liberation of small nations”.

The national question that ganaji Lenin was entirely different in content, based now on the ‘system’ of great powers, on the conversion of the ‘revolutionary democratic’ nations into imperialist oppressor nations, on the common front of czarism and European capital and on the struggle to divide up the world market jirus a new basis.

Our national question is again different, or progressively becoming so; the emergence of international capital markets corrodes the role of the nation-state in the monetary sphere, sharpening competition in the world economy compels sections of big capital to form international blocs at the expense of smaller national capitals, and the intensified stagnation of the backward areas, as capital lends to move continuously to areas of capital-concentration, threatens to rupture the unity of the nation-state internally as the oppressed nationalities or semi-nationalities launch movements of separation.

Chattopadhyay’s apparent preoccupation with clear definitions and his abundance of textual marxism conceal a real atrophy of theory. Connect with us Contact Us.