Against the Few: Struggles of India's Rural Poor
By: Arun N. Sinha (author)Hardback
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The struggles of the rural poor against those that exploit and dominate them too often goes unreported. This book, authored by the man who first exposed the deliberate blinding of villagers on trial in Bihar, India, is an unforgettably moving account from the heart of a veritable war being waged in India's rural areas. After introducing the village of Bihar - its history, caste system, class structure and tribal communities - Arun Sinha describes the very different struggles taking place there. He demonstrates the complexity of the economic interests which divide Indian villagers; their lack of a sense of solidarity as peasants; the difficulties they encounter in building effective popular organisations; and their persistent manipulation by the authorities.
Arun Sinha was formerly the news service chief for The Times of India in Patna. He completed this book while holding a Reuters Foundation fellowship at Oxford University.
* Foreword - Terry Byres* An Introduction to Bihar* Part I: Myth and Reality*1. A Thriving Trade*2. The Decline of Caste Society* Part II: Under the Raj*3. The Rising of the Chiefs*4. The Wrecking of the Countryside*5. Farewell to Bows and Arrows*6. On the Move* Part III: Roads to Freedom*7. The Jesus Path*8. The Abbey in Bodh Gaya*9. The Battle of the Sharecroppers*10. How the Thakurs Were Contained*11. A More Radical Line*12. The Santhals' Struggle*13. Life After Death for the Hill People* Some Conclusions* Notes
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