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Discussion Map

In this feature, we map the discussion around Partha Chatterjee’s 2008 article “Democracy and Economic Tranformation in India” on the operation of the civil and political society. This debate took place in the wake of the violence at Nandigram, West Bengal in 2007.

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Partha Chatterjee

Democracy and Economic Transformation in India  

Chatterjee writes that there is now a new dynamic logic that ties the operations of “political society” (comprising the peasantry, artisans and petty producers in the informal sector) with the hegemonic role of the bourgeoisie in “civil society”.

 

 

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Mihir Shah

Structures of Power in Indian Society: A Response  

Shah expresses disappointment with Chatterjee’s article and writes that his characterisations of structures of power appear strangely out of line with large facts of contemporary Indian society.

 

 

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Mary John and Satish Deshpande

Theorising the Present: Problems and Possibilities  

John and Deshpande, in their article, find that the most important question to ask of a theory such as Chatterjee’s, is not whether it is accurate or comprehensive, but whether it is useful to think with—or against.

 

 

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Amita Baviskar and Nandini Sundar

Democracy versus Economic Transformation?  

Baviskar and Sundar, while agreeing with many of Chatterjee’s observations about contemporary Indian political economy, express concerns about his overall analytical framework.

 

 

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Partha Chatterjee

Classes, Capital and Indian Democracy  

Chatterjee responds to the questions raised by Shah, John and Deshpande, and Baviskar and Sundar. He says, “The question posed in DET was: are we seeing the dissolution of the Indian peasantry? The answer was: because of the politically regulated process of the reversal of the effects of primitive accumulation, the peasantry is not likely to be dissolved.”

 

 

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