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Agricultural Labourers, the State and Agrarian Transition in Uttar Pradesh

Lerche, Jens (1998) 'Agricultural Labourers, the State and Agrarian Transition in Uttar Pradesh.' Economic and Political Weekly, 33 (13). A29-A35.

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Abstract

It is fallacious to conceptualise the differences in agricultural scenario of east and west Uttar Pradesh in terms of 'semi-feudal stagnation' and 'capitalist agrarian development', respectively, equating the former with the prevalence of strong oppressive structures. Rather, the post-independence land reforms have resulted in a split in the landowning class between the erstwhile thakur landlords and upcoming OBC peasantry, in east UP, thus providing space for the dalits to assert themselves in alliance with the OBCs. On the other hand, the capitalist development in west UP has maintained the monopoly of numerically stronger jats on landownership, thus negating any changes in rural social relations.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Depositing User: Jens Lerche
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2009 16:35
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/6112

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