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Development, Underdevelopment, and the Yardstick of Parity

The author of Erasing the Binary Distinction of Developed and Underdeveloped: A Comparative Study of the Emergence of the Large-Scale Steel Industry in Imperial Russia, Imperial Britain, Imperial America and Colonial India responds to the review of his book titled “Concept of Development and Hegemonic World Order” (EPW, 30 October 2021).


Patriarchy 101

Patriarchy by V Geetha; Stree, Kolkata, 2007; pp 212, Rs 240.

Relevance (or Irrelevance) of Subaltern Studies

Relevance (or Irrelevance) of Subaltern Studies Vinay Bahl Subaltern studies, while claiming to rewrite history from the perspective of subaltern groups as a prelude to creating a new emancipatory politics, has deviated from its original intent and become mired in post modernist debates about 'difference', A critique of this brand of history writing should start from a simple question: what is its politics, and whose interests may it serve? But as this paper demonstrates, the subalternist approach can be criticised on many other grounds as well, including its lack of a coherent theory of how subjectivity and agency are constructed within a concrete historical context, and its refusal to acknowledge how global capitalist forces are being worked out on the ground, including the generation of 'differences'.

Cultural Imperialism and Women s Movements-Sheila Rowbotham: Builder of Bridges

Sheila Rowbotham: Builder of Bridges Vinay Bahl The recent massive growth of multinational companies and their impact on women's conditions, the migration of women from former colonies and the emergence of movements amongst Third World women within the First as well as the Third World have brought into focus a new dimension of the women's question. Mere talking of individual identities and differences among First and Third World women will not help the cause of women's emancipation in either world. Instead we should start looking for linkages between different groups of women without undermining their specific histories or the distinctions of nation, race, gender, caste and class.

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