When the relationship of socialism and peasantry is explored, it is necessary to understand the peasant’s conception of development. It is, however, not easy to trace it. The peasant is not a very articulate being. He has not gone in very much for blueprints and master plans. His philosophy, because of his “soil wisdom,” is often a curious mixture of a narrow practicality and a diffused mysticism. The social ideology of a peasant is not something that can be read on the run. Our effort to sketch the peasant’s alternative is therefore tentative.
The peasant has a different sense of “income,” and a different conception of “development.” Income is not necessarily reducible to financial ...
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