Ross Mallick's Development Policy of a Communist Government: West Bengal PDF

By Ross Mallick

ISBN-10: 0521432928

ISBN-13: 9780521432924

West Bengal has the longest-ruling democratically elected Communist govt in global historical past. considering that 1977 the Left entrance has ruled a inhabitants of sixty eight million humans and has bought massive world-wide awareness as a favorable instance of 3rd global improvement and alter. during this publication, Dr Ross Mallick convincingly demanding situations this view of the Left entrance govt, arguing that it's been a failure by way of redistributive improvement reform.

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The structural reforms that might have altered this situation were not undertaken, partly for fear of central government intervention, but mainly due to the influence of this new middle-class landed elite on the Communists who feared loss of their electoral support. Land reform is potentially the most significant program the Communist government might be expected to undertake. As it is a state subject under the Indian constitution it is within the jurisdiction of the Communist government. Though court challenges are open to plaintiffs and new legislation is subject to Presidential approval, the legal and extra-legal powers open to a state government are considerable.

Nevertheless, they have an intellectual tradition of the Bengal Renaissance which would more naturally lead to a Communist rather than a communal orientation. The traditional industries of Bengal such as jute, cotton, coal, tea, steel, and paper tended to employ rural migrant labor from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. 30 In contrast to the traditional peasantbased working class in Bengal, these refugees had acquired skills through the expanding educational system. While half of jute workers were peasants or sons of previous employees, only l/5th of engineering workers came from peasant stock.

This has helped maintain a Left Front lower- and middle-class voting bloc in which the lower-class influence has remained decidedly subordinate. The structural reforms that might have altered this situation were not undertaken, partly for fear of central government intervention, but mainly due to the influence of this new middle-class landed elite on the Communists who feared loss of their electoral support. Land reform is potentially the most significant program the Communist government might be expected to undertake.

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