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Agrarian Politics and Rural Development in West Bengal

Sunil Sengupta and Haris Gazdar

in Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198292043
eISBN:
9780191684852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292043.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter examines recent attempts to address the challenge of rural poverty in West Bengal. One distinguishing feature of the recent history of the said state is a significant change in the ... More


Refugees and the Indian State

Haimanti Roy

in Partitioned Lives: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens in India and Pakistan, 1947-65

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780198081777
eISBN:
9780199081875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081777.003.0007
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter examines the Indian state’s relief and rehabilitation policies in West Bengal to argue that, in addition to being a patchwork of contingent and ad hoc solutions, such policies and the ... More


Case Study. Regulating the Sharecropping System: Operation Barga

Uday Shankar Saha and Mandira Saha

in Access to Land, Rural Poverty, and Public Action

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242177
eISBN:
9780191697036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242177.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Although West Bengal is one of India's smaller states, it is perceived to be the most populous wherein more than half of its population — about 72% — reside in rural areas on 6.3 million fragmented ... More


 Does Tantric Ritual Empower Women?: Renunciation and Domesticity among Female Bengali Tantrikas

June McDaniel

in Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195177060
eISBN:
9780199785438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177060.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter explores the ritual practices of women active in tantric traditions in West Bengal. These female tantrikas tend to reject the traditional domestic values associated with women's ... More


Remembering Revolution: Gender, Violence, and Subjectivity in India's Naxalbari Movement

Srila Roy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780198081722
eISBN:
9780199082223
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081722.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

Remembering Revolution explores the gendered politics of leftwing cultures and practices of violence. It is a study of women’s role and involvement in the late 1960s radical left ... More


Inflation In India: What do the Data Reveal about Regional Dimensions?

P. Mohanan Pillai, N. Shanta, and K. Pushpangadan

in Growth, Development, and Diversity: India's Record since Liberalization

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077992
eISBN:
9780199081608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077992.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

In this study, the regional variation in inflation is examined using national income deflator, wholesale price index, and consumer price indices of agricultural labour, industrial workers, and urban ... More


Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen (eds)

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198292043
eISBN:
9780191684852
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292043.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia, Development, Growth, and Environmental

India is a country of great diversity. The commonly used indicators of ‘quality of life’ (such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and literacy) vary tremendously between the different states, ... More


Shakta Bhakti Devotion to the Goddess

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter looks at the subtypes of bhakti and examines some Shakta goddesses and their worship. The four types of bhakti—the folk type involving coerced devotion and obedience to a local goddess; ... More


Permanent Incumbency Shattered: Development Dilemma and Electoral Choice in West Bengal

Jyotiprasad Chatterjee and Suprio Basu

in Party Competition in Indian States: Electoral Politics in Post-Congress Polity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780198099178
eISBN:
9780199082988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099178.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

The political scene of West Bengal has witnessed a distinct wave of Paribartan (change) since the closing period of the last decade. Beginning with the 15th Lok Sabha Election 2009 followed by the ... More


Introduction

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The central concern of this book is the influence of bhakti, or the devotional attitude, in transforming perceptions of Hindu deities and their famous poet‐saints. Methodologically, this study ... More


Orissa and West Bengal: The SEZ Imbroglio

Partha Sarathi Banerjee

in Power, Policy, and Protest: The Politics of India's Special Economic Zones

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780198097341
eISBN:
9780199082865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198097341.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter analyses key differences in how the state governments of West Bengal and Orissa have gone about implementing India’s SEZ policy, the nature and outcome of anti-SEZ movements in these two ... More


Introduction: Perspectives and Problems

Rabindra Ray

in The Naxalites and their Ideology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077381
eISBN:
9780199081011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077381.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

In attempting a sociological interpretation of the ideology and practice of the ‘Naxalites’ in West Bengal, this chapter seeks to distinguish their ‘existential ideology’ from their ‘literate ... More


Parliamentary Left in West Bengal: Organizational Hegemony Established through an Ideological Churning

Bidyut Chakrabarty

in Communism in India: Events, Processes and Ideologies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199974894
eISBN:
9780199395460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199974894.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

This chapter narrates the story of the hegemonic presence of the parliamentary left in West Bengal partly for ideological reasons and partly because of the well-entrenched organization to support the ... More


Insulated Wires: The Precarious Rise of West Bengal’s Power Sector

Elizabeth Chatterjee

in Mapping Power: The Political Economy of Electricity in India's States

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780199487820
eISBN:
9780199093755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199487820.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

West Bengal had been in a low-level equilibrium characterized by low access levels but also, therefore, limited demands for subsidies. Nonetheless, declining finances prompted the long-standing CPM ... More


Conclusion: “Electricity for All”

Sunila S. Kale

in Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804787963
eISBN:
9780804791021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804787963.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

The conclusion extends the arguments of the previous chapters in two directions. The first and larger of the two tasks considers how well the arguments of the book travel to other states in India. ... More


Sadgati: Satyajit Ray's Deliverance of Premchand's ‘Sadgati’

Deepti Zutshi

in Filming Fiction: Tagore, Premchand, and Ray

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198075936
eISBN:
9780199081851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075936.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter explores Satyajit Ray's Sadgati (1981), a film adaptation of Premchand's short story ‘Sadgati’ (‘Deliverance’, 1931), in terms of Ray's handling of the dalit question. It analyses the ... More


Land Reform in Kerala and West Bengal: Two Stories of Left Reformism and Development

Anirban Dasgupta

in The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198792444
eISBN:
9780191834431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792444.003.0011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This chapter revisits the experience of land reforms in Kerala and West Bengal to provide a comparative analysis of the impact of left reformism on the nature of capital accumulation in these two ... More


An Ethnographer’s Journey through Land Grab for Capitalists by the Left Front Government in West Bengal

Abhijit Guha

in The Land Question in India: State, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198792444
eISBN:
9780191834431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792444.003.0013
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

This chapter attempts to construct a multisite ethnography of land grab by the government for private profit-making companies in Paschim (west) Medinipur district of West Bengal under the pro-peasant ... More


Locating the Politics of Reform: Labour Market in Subnational States of India

Zaad Mahmood

in Globalization and Labour Reforms: The Politics of Interest Groups and Partisan Governments

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780199475278
eISBN:
9780199090808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199475278.003.0003
Subject:
Business and Management, Political Economy

The chapter presents the case study and the research design. It presents India with its federal structure as a natural experiment to evaluate the political dynamics of labour market reform. It ... More


Mediating Conflict: Mobile Telephony and Politics

Sirpa Tenhunen

in A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190630270
eISBN:
9780190876562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190630270.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Social Psychology and Interaction

Chapter 6 provides an overview of the studies on new media’s role for political activism and then examines how mobile phones mediate political action by exploring activists’ use of mobile phones for ... More


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