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Short Stories on Precarity

Field Notes from a Waterborne Land: Bengal Beyond the Bhadralok by Parimal Bhattacharya, New Delhi: HarperCollins India, 2022; pp 312, `499 (paperback).

The Many Faces of ‘Parivartan’

Between 2011 and 2021 West Bengal was dominated by the personality of Mamata Banerjee and the period can be described as the Mamata era. She destroyed the power of both the Maoists and Left Front after coming to power, introduced several populist schemes and appeared to be the undisputed ruler of the state by 2016. However, she committed a same-side goal in the panchayat election of 2018 and gave a fresh lease of life to the opposition. Ironically, it was not the left but the right that capitalised on it.


Poor Monitoring System

This is a response to Malini Bhattacharya’s essay, “The Lalgarh Story” (EPW, 15 August 2009). I agree with her that we need to have a close look at the uprising in Lalgarh.

Left on the Left

This is a response to Indraneel Dasgupta’s essay “On Some Left Critiques of the Left” (EPW, 1 August 2009). I agree with him that industrialisation is necessary for West Bengal and manufacturing units would create a certain number of jobs for the poor.

The Left Front in West Bengal

This is a response to Prabhat Patnaik’s “Reflections on the Left” (EPW, 11 July 2009). I have a different opinion as far as the Left’s debacle in West Bengal is concerned.

Kolkata 'Underworld' in the Early 20th Century

In the course of the 19th century, Kolkata had acquired a distinctly cosmopolitan 'underworld'. By the end of the century, new forms of urban disturbances had emerged in the city in the form of riots. This saw the emergence of the professional hoodlum or the 'goonda' as a manufacturer of violence in the city. At first they were largely 'upcountry' labourers, but in the course of time there was a wide variety of goondas in terms of origin and social background. By 1923, the Goondas Act had been promulgated ostensibly with the aim of controlling such hoodlums engaged in a range of 'criminal' acts, as defined by the colonial legislation.

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