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The Material Expansion of Capital

Dislocation and Resettlement in Development - From Third World to World of the Third by Anjan Chakrabarti and Anup Dhar (Oxford and New York: Routledge), 2010; pp 256 + IX, Rs 6,213.

Unanchored Political Subject?

only changing the context, but not Unanchored Political Subject? p roviding any new argument, thereby exhausting its meaning. I have nothing to say on her complaint. I have long Ranabir Samaddar w ithdrawn from any sterile attempt at Sunalini Kumar

Globalisation of Politics

Politics of Globalisation edited by Samir Dasgupta and Jan Nederveen Pieterse; Sage, 2009.

Chronicles of the Ranks

The 1960s and 1970s were an exceptional time, an age of non-conformism, insurgency and rebellion, one of minor figures engaged in incessant battles to realise a dream. But, who writes of them? Who commemorates them? Who will mourn those who do not get gun salutes, guards of honour, official tributes, press communiques, costly garlands, and visits by high dignitaries?

Primitive Accumulation and Some Aspects of Work and Life in India

How is labour to be conceptualised in the present context? On the one hand, there are the claims of the new economy that old forms of labour are being transformed and reformed; on the other, there is the reality of informalisation, casualisation and dispossession. This article looks at the various forms of labour in the new economy and argues that the process of informalisation of labour can only be understood in terms of the concept of primitive accumulation. From this point it moves on to discuss the implications of such accumulation for democracy and citizenship.

The Limits of 'Lokniti'?

This is a response to Manish Thakur's critique (1 November 2008) of the article on JP and representative democracy (2 August 2008).

Jayaprakash Narayan and the Problem of Representative Democracy

Jayaprakash Narayan's enduring contribution to political praxis has been his articulation of politicising political democracy and his efforts to overcome the formalism and temporality of the representational format to make the practice of democracy direct, immediate and popular. jp's politics was all about establishing institutions of democracy that represented the "general will" of the people, going beyond the mere representative, corporatist state. His ideas and work for the institution of a "civil-political society" through associational politics open up strategic sites for researchers to conduct inquiries into the history of democracy in India.

Can Partition Be Undone?

Comrade Lal Khan’s account of Partition is welcome primarily because it thinks the unthinkable, “can Partition be undone?”. Comrade Khan, a political activist in Pakistan and a student and party organiser, who uses his nom de guerre to write this book, links his own reasoning of how the event of Partition finally happened with his other main argument of how finally we can get over the event. In other words, he writes as to how finally we shall undo Partition. On this point, comrade Khan remains consistent. He cannot be accused of invoking dialectics to suit a reason of convenience. He narrates the communist viewpoint in a rigorous manner, namely, from a class viewpoint. Thus he argues that class struggles were rising in the colony throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and constituted the national question as a social question as well.

The Refugee's World

Exile and Belonging: Refugees and State Policy in South Asia by Pia Oberoi; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2006;
RANABIR SAMADDAR This is one more book on refugees, and one more engagement with the refugee life and refugee condition. Even though the title speaks of exile lives and the belongings of the displaced, the book deals not with the lives and the desires of the displaced, but of state policies and practices, also of international humanitarian policies and organisational measures, with regard to the refugees. This disjunction of course does not take away anything from the quality of this welldocumented work, but it is only fair to point out at the outset the disjunction from which the book suffers. The title is only an indication, for at the end of reading this volume you may think, how much did the lives and the belongings of the exiled surface through the narration of the myriad of administrative measures and what are euphemistically called

The Historiographical Operation

Can a historical event, such as Partition, be understood as an action that "resulted" from complex, wide forces of history or also as an event continually brought into being by the play of subject memories? A relationship of complementarity exists between the problems internal to history and the demands and desires of memory, so much so that together they form integral parts of a single operation, the historiographical operation. Yet memory sometimes appears the obverse of history making. Human action, as this article remonstrates, sometimes overcomes the bounds of passivity imposed by memory and this is also what determines history.

Empire after Globalisation:Some Comments

Empire after Globalisation: Some Comments RANABIR SAMADDAR In the context of the revival of the imperial dream after the annus mirabilis of 1989, Partha Chatterjee


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