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David Hardiman

David Hardiman is a founding member of subaltern studies group and written on modern history of India highlighting the impact of colonial rule on rural society .He has examined the power structure in the rural society where the money lenders exert their dominance on the peasantry and the role of the tribal against liquor dealers etc.

Hardiman’s work on Devi Movement showed their assertion against shaukaars (money lenders) and feeding the baniya brings out the exploitation and domination of usurers has had over the subaltern classes in India. His book reflects the integration of small-scale agrarian society with capitalist economy. He explores the nature of the domination and the changing world of villagers as they try to negotiate the changes faced by them in their surroundings.