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A Passionate Teacher and Activist

Ilina Sen, teacher, author and activist has left behind a rich legacy of work and warmth that will continue to inspire women’s and human rights activists and students

M M Thomas

Remembering M M Thomas, a man who believed that every revolutionary situation was created by the relation between power as political expression towards justice, the opposition of the counter-revolutionary force of the established order and the misdirection and corruption of it leading to the betrayal of the end of justice by the revolutionary forces.

Feminist Perspectives on Food Security and Survival

The Village and the World: My Life, Our Times by Maria Mies (North Melbourne: Spinifex Press), 2010; pp 339, Rs 890.

Unacceptable Cost of Dams

Hussain Master, Suniti S R, Rajendra Ravi, Ramakrishna Raju, Anand Mazgaonkar, Vimal Bhai, Madhuresh Kumar National Alliance of People's Movements

Remembering Ajit Roy

Ajit Roy's tenacity in bringing out The Marxist Review under most difficult conditions and his drive to address the Indian Left of different shades and to interact with activists of mass organisations, had clearly to do with his "optimism of the will", which was like an inspiring contagion for those who knew him and loved him.

The March from Tarapur to Jaitapur

Living in a state of denial over the possibility of another Fukushima, the government has given a green signal to the six-reactor nuclear plant at Jaitapur. This article recounts the public meetings, demonstrations and arrests that were part of the three-day march from Tarapur to Jaitapur during 23-25 April, which brought together an ideologically diverse group of activists. A growing number of anti-nuclear struggles in various parts of the country are concerned as to how many more Chernobyls and Fukushimas will be needed to arouse our imagination to come up with less wasteful and less destructive energy options.

Detention of Dr Binayak Sen

A group of former bureaucrats, academicians, lawyers and social activists visited Chhattisgarh during January 18-22 in connection with the prolonged incarceration of Dr Binayak Sen.

Loss of Socialist Vision and Options before the Women's Movement

During the past decade, evaporation of ideological content has happened at the national, regional and local levels, and concerns not only the economic field, but also other areas of social emancipation. The women's movement too has been co-opted so much into the ideology of 'empowerment' that even the thinking of alternatives has become difficult. Seen in this light, the re-emergence of a 'socialist vision' calls for ideological clarity, selfreliance and simple living. Women, 'the last colony', have to ally with other internal colonies like dalits and adivasis to make the state answerable to their needs.

Nurture of Family

Shards of Memory: Woven Lives in Four Generations by Parita Mukta; Waidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 2002; pp 214, £ 16.99.

Sardar Sarovar Project: Braving the Rising Waters

With continuing work on the project more than 20 villages have been submerged this year and acres of standing crops lost while the new reservoir is filling up. The years of protest by the local people who have yet to be adequately rehabilitated remains unheard.

Dams and People

When a micro hydel project was inaugurated in the Narmada valley, it took the anti-dam struggle a step forward by pointing out an alternative to the dam. The fight for land rights continues alongside. Adivasis who live in forests have been deemed 'encroacher'. Their de facto ownership must be acknowledged.

Unfreezing Mira

Unfreezing Mira Gabriele Dietrich Upholding the Common Life: The Community of Mirabai by Panta Mukta, Oxford University Press, 1994.
THIS book by Parita Mukta is extraordinary in methodology and content, though the style remains within the confines of scholarly anthropological study.' Parita Mukta, brought up with Mira 'bhajans' herself, had set out during the 1980s to place Mira's memory in the socio-historical context of Rajasthan and Gujarat. What she had found at the outset was that Mira had not been sung in Rajasthan until recently, that her memory had been ostracised and suppressed as her life had been an open challenge to the Rajput ethos, that her name was used as a term of abuse levelling charges of promiscuity. This is in stark contrast with the image of Mira as a satyagrahi which Gandhi used in the freedom struggle, It also does not explain why a Mira mandir should have been built in Chittorgarh by the Sisodya ruler in the recent past. The suggestion that the Gujarat middle classes have promoted Mira 'bhakti' also does not explain how Mira's memory might have survived before this middle class came into being. The field work therefore focused on the Mewar region itself, the main site of social conflict provoked by Mira's life, then shifting to Marwar her environment of birth and Saurashtra, where she migrated and where her life ended under unexplained circumstances.


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