A River Sutra by Gita Mehta

By Gita Mehta

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The intention is precisely to fragment the benefit seekers and hence divide the potential opposition to the state. Third, this field of negotiations opened up by flexible policies of seeking and delivering benefits creates a new competitive spirit among benefit seekers. Since peasants now confront, not landlords or traders as direct exploiters, but rather governmental agencies from whom they expect benefits, the state is blamed for perceived inequalities in the distribution of benefits. Thus, peasants will accuse officials and political representatives of favouring cities at the cost of the countryside, or particular sections of peasants will complain of having been deprived while other sections belonging to other regions or ethnic groups or castes or political loyalties have been allegedly favoured.

This is probably the most significant change in the nature of peasant politics over the last two decades. It is important to emphasize that contrary to what is suggested by the depoliticized idea of governmentality, the quality of politics in the domain of political society is by no means a mechanical transaction of benefits and services. Even as state agencies try, by constantly adjusting their flexible policies, to break up large combinations of claimants, the organization of demands in political society can adopt highly emotive resources of solidarity and militant action.

It was marked by the centralization of control of the central leadership over the Congress party. But it was also the period of violent agitations in Punjab, Assam, and Kashmir, and there was a distinct deterioration in the communal situation all over the country. Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. The Congress (I) government of Rajiv Gandhi was defeated in the elections of 1989, and was succeeded by a short-lived National Front government. V. Narasimha Rao in 1991, and began a set of structural economic reforms that were to change the character of the economy and society.

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