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Author Samāddāra, Raṇabīra.

Title Passive revolution in West Bengal : 1977/2011 / Ranabir Samaddar
Published Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications India Pvt. Ltd, 2013
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Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction: writing the history of contemporary Bengal -- Capital, labour and politics -- Decade of strike by capital -- A dying metropolis -- Does the left front favour the urban elite? -- Environment and employment : will the trade unions and greens join hands? -- The tannery workers of Tangra -- Lessons of Ayodhya : has the left lost its vision? -- The new right and the new left -- Party, mass organizations, and mass movements -- More on party and mass organization -- Votes and populism -- New issues, new perspectives -- Who is afraid of the migrants in Bengal? -- A library and an institution -- Hunger and the politics of life -- Rajarhat : an urban dystopia -- Dialogue and growth -- All die, but all do not die equally -- Chronicles of the ranks -- The fast emerging power vacuum -- Civil society and the politics of a society -- Is Bengal's restless spirit in decline? -- Contentious politics -- Claim making in the age of bio-politics -- That was revolt, this is civil war -- Elections in the time of a civil war -- Populism and peace -- Different ways of truth telling -- The idea of a front -- Elections and expanding our representative system -- Spring time in Bengal -- Their civil society, our civil society -- Stocktaking midway through the war -- Messy change -- Transitional challenges -- Governing the multitude/i -- Governing the multitude -- How to prevent a telengana type situation in West Bengal -- The challenge of building a non-corporate path of development -- A suggestion on Bengal's economic woes -- A square leading to many unknown destinations -- Early but inevitable errors in judgement -- A violent history of peace -- Political change is never for utopia -- Knight riders in Kolkata -- Perennial themes -- Eternal Bengal -- "It does not die" : urban protest in Calcutta, 1987/2007 -- Postscript -- The epoch of passive revolution -- Index -- About the author
Summary In the wake of the enormous interest across the globe in the fall of the Left Front in West Bengal, this book describes the Left era as one of passive revolution: limited reforms and changes, big compromises, corruption of the commissars and the failure of the Left in assessing popular discontent and anger; thus, it is the end of revolution even in passive form. A collection of articles by Samaddar from leading national dailies and journals between 1977 and the downfall of the Left in West Bengal, this books analyses the era of the Left rule, its political decisions and its social
Notes Includes index
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Subject Labor policy -- India -- West Bengal -- History.
Labor unions -- India -- West Bengal -- History.
West Bengal (India) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
West Bengal (India) -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
West Bengal (India) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
West Bengal (India) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1299585094 (ebk)
8132113292 (electronic bk.)
9781299585096 (ebk)
9788132113294 (electronic bk.)