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Learning to Live in the Colonies and Camps

Involuntary migration of Tamil repatriates and refugees from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu began in the late 1960s and continued for several decades. The relief and rehabilitation offered to them by the Government of India was far from adequate, and life in the camps and colonies was hard and often unbearable. The unsuitable living conditions forced the migrants to learn how to deal with adversity and to assert agency in the midst of despair and hopelessness. Although life in the camps and colonies was difficult, migrants managed to carve out a space for themselves.

T Scarlett Epstein (1922-2014)

T Scarlett Epstein, who pioneered development studies in India, passed away on 27 April 2014.

On the Margins: Muslims in West Bengal

The marginalisation of dalits and backward Muslims in West Bengal has brought into focus the issue of affirmative action for Muslims in the state. Despite indicators pointing towards backwardness, as many as 56 different castes, communities, and occupational groups are included in the Other Backward Classes list in the state, while deserving dalit and backward Muslims have been excluded. There has also been a change in the contours of local level politics in the state, resulting in more community-centric mobilisations of Muslims, which has prevented the continued mainstreaming of the community in West Bengal.

Agrarian Studies Revisited

theme, the author showed how the new vision of the peasant as a labourer, harm- Agrarian Studies Revisited Agrarian Studies: Synthetic Work at the Cutting Edge edited by James C Scott and Nina Bhatt; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2001;

Repatriation of Sri Lankan Refugees

The success of the planned repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees from India depends on resolving several issues left over from the two earlier rounds of repatriation. The issue also brings to the fore the importance of having formal guidelines in India to deal with the problems of rehabilitation, repatriation and resettlement of refugees.

Scientific and Political Representations

This paper, in the context of various cholera vaccine trials during the present century, examines critical issues of vaccine research, and demonstrates how the movement from laboratory to field, and then to routine practice involves the complex interaction between science, state and the public sphere. Through narratives of scientists and administrators, the authors try to show the social negotiations through which knowledge either moves from laboratory to the field or is inhibited in this movement. Several questions of scientific management, organisational structures and scientific diplomacy are addressed, in addition to questions about notions of medical efficacy and of risk and its perception by the different social actors.

Development and Underdevelopment in Bengal-Castes, Communities and the State

in Bengal Castes, Communities and the State Willem van Schendel Abhijit Dasgupta A SEMINAR on 'Development and Underdevelopment in Bengal: Castes, Communities and the State" was held in Calcutta between December 19 and 21, 1991. The seminar was sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research under its Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development (IDPAD). Participants from Bangladesh, India, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands presented papers on colonial and post-colonial Bengal. The themes included movements among various communities (e g, Namasudras, Rajbangsis, Santals, Chittagong Hills people), the identity of Bengali Muslims, state development policies (e g, legislation and land relations, land reforms), and the effects of industrial stagnation on jute labourers.

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