Peasant Movements in Post-Colonial India: Dynamics of by Debal K. Singha Roy, Debal K. Singharoy

By Debal K. Singha Roy, Debal K. Singharoy

This is often an research of the anatomy and inner dynamics of peasant activities in India. It makes a comparative research of the Tebhaga (Bengal, 1946-47), Telengana (Andhra, 1948-52) and Naxalite (North Bengal, 1967-71) routine to review the ways that grassroots mobilizations rework and institutionalize themselves, forge new collective identities and articulate new concepts for survival and resistance. the writer makes use of empirical information and secondary examine to argue that radicalism in peasant hobbies is in inverse percentage to institutionalization. As spontaneous expressions of discontent opposed to oppression and marginalization develop into institutionalized events, the gap for radical problem shrinks. accordingly, in Bengal, the co-option of the peasant circulate through the ruling communist get together and the country has principally killed the scope for radical motion. In Andhra Pradesh nonetheless, the relative independence of the grassroots mobilization procedure (along with logistic and ideological inputs from NGOs and radical social and Naxalite teams) has allowed the peasantry to workout a number of strategies for collective motion. even though, in either circumstances, the grassroots mobilization has resulted in a metamorphosis of the social id of the peasant, and created a social surroundings during which problems with dominance and resistance have a big position. The research of the Indian adventure is positioned within the context of theories of peasant identification and resistance to oppression. the 1st bankruptcy of the e-book is dedicated to the summing up of sociological views on peasant societies, identities and pursuits. It comprises references to the works of Marx and Lenin, Redfield, Chayanov, Wolf and Gramsci, and, within the Indian context, Beteille, Byres and a number of other others. The e-book reexamines difficulties that experience bought fairly much less value in recent times. It seeks to appreciate concerns which are of putting up with relevance within the Indian geographical region that maintains to simmer with unrest at the same time it involves grips with a brand new monetary state of affairs. The publication can be of as a lot curiosity to researchers and policymakers as to the clever basic reader.

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It mobilized peasants, workers and middle-class women (Sen 1985: 198). But, this organization was not built on class leadership. Its cadres mostly hailed from middle-class or well-off peasant families (Cluster 1986: 101). Kisan Sabha Movement in Dinajpur District Dinajpur was one of the big zamindaris of undivided Bengal. In 1939– 40 the district witnessed the discontent of the sharecroppers against the jotedars in the form of the short-lived bhagchasi (sharecroppers) movement. This movement was, however, quickly defeated.

Alavi (1965) highlights the crucial roles played by the middle peasantry in the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Alavi holds that it is the middle peasantry, and not the small peasantry, who gave the major stimulus to peasant rebellions. However in his observation on the peasantry in South Asia, Alavi (1973) pointed out that the backwardness of the poor peasantry was only relative and not absolute. : 333–34). Barrington Moore (1966) while recognizing the revolutionary role of the peasantry in the radical movements, points out that such roles are dependent on the structure of power and the class alignments within a society.

It is also argued that (in the context of medieval Europe) the capacity for organization in pursuit of social and political demands arose naturally from the day-to-day experience of peasants (cf. Arnold 1984: 170). The subaltern autonomy also has an important historical dimension in the context of the long-term transition from feudalism to capitalism. … In an environment of relative isolation peasantry held a substantial measure of autonomy. 38 ✵ Peasant Movements in Post-colonial India However, during the period of transition to colonialism and capitalism, the peasantry experienced a time of disorientation and uncertainty, unsure of its old identities and leadership.

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