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A Questionable Fact

The book review titled "A Palimpsest for Development" by Venu Madhav Govindu (EPW, 25 July 2015) has discussed, among other themes, community development (CD) as an "important component of American foreign policy." The origin of CD as a state policy is hardly known. It emerged from an experiment...

Policy Insights for Vidarbha's Economy

This response to "Generating Agrarian Dynamism: Saurashtra's Lessons for Vidarbha" (Tushaar Shah, Yashree Mehta, Vivek Kher, and Alka Palrecha, EPW, 28 June 2014) agrees in part with the authors but contests their claim that stepping up public investment in agriculture is not the only way of accelerating agricultural growth.

A Colonial 'Borrowing' from Africa

In response to Babu C T Sunil's article "Sociology, Village Studies and the Ford Foundation" (EPW, 28 December 2013), this article argues that to understand the true politics of the community development programme of post-Independence India, one needs to look at colonial Africa and the politics of halting the advance of communism. The failure of the community development programme also explains, partly, the success of Congress's continued dominance in Indian politics.

Death of Kalandar Bears

“One More Sloth Bear Dies”. So ran the headline of a news item in the Bangalore edition of Deccan Herald (1 February 2013, p 2). Ratnakar, as the bear was called, had been “rescued in June 2009 from Hampikatte, Bellary from Kalandars” and died because the Bear Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (BRRC...

Article 371(2) and the Receding Demand for Vidarbha State

The receding demand for statehood for Vidarbha in Maharashtra presents a striking contrast to the violent agitation in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh for a separate Telangana state even though Vidarbha's claim is older and backed by a favourable recommendation by the States Reorganisation Commission in 1955.

Politics in Three Villages

Village politics has shown considerable change since the 1960s when the panchayati raj system was introduced in Maharashtra. A study in Nagpur district shows that while in the early years caste considerations strongly influenced most panchayat decisions, by the 1990s institutional politics had a broader base including many caste categories. But it may be too early to conclude that the feudal ethos of power is indeed giving way to a more modern orientation.

Maharashtra Statehood for Vidarbha

The inability of successive governments has done little to alleviate Vidarbha's economic underdevelopment, despite the provisions made by constitutional and other pronouncements. What are the political and economic compulsions guiding demands for a separate statehood?

Scuttling Wardhas Steel Plant

Ajit Kumar VIDARBHA, in Maharashtra is known, if at all, for its 'backwardness'. But among its nine districts, one district, viz, Wardha enjoys a special status in contemporary Indian history. Wardha's claim to fame can be traced to Gandhi's decision to stay there during the last phase of the independence movement and particularly after 1936 it became the unofficial capital of India with Bajajwadi, the estate of Jamnalal Bajaj becoming the meeting place of the Congress Working Committee. Nationalist leaders like Nehru, Bose, Azad, etc, used to camp at Bajajwadi frequently to meet Gandhi. Inevitably, in the post-independence period, Wardha lost much of its earlier importance till Vinoba Bhave launched the Bhoodan movement. Even this short-lived importance would have ebbed away had it not been for Indira Gandhi's impromptu visits to Paunar for Vinoba's 'darshan The tradition of visits was continued by the present prime minister but the venue shifted from Paunar to Sevagram (in the interregnum Vinoba Bhave had passed away).

Empress Mills What Misstatements

which brought women out (and which launched Bhutto and brought him to power) were already there. This oversight by many scholars obscures a great deal of analysis on Pakistani society.

A Pyrrhic Victory-Government Take-over of Empress Mills

Government Take-over of Empress Mills Anuradha Ghandhy Ajit Kumar The story of the century old Empress Mills which was taken over by the government a year ago is a case study of how Indian industrialists have circumvented legislations designed to protect labour with impunity and have deliberately mismanaged and neglected an industry once it has ceased to be profitable. It is also a telling comment on the policies of Rashtriya Mill Mazdoor Sabha which followed a policy of 'close co-operation' with the management at the cost of workers' interests. The retrenchment of thousands of workers in the course of the take-over has badly affected areas like Vidarbha where Nagpur's Empress Mill had been a major source of employment.

ENVIRONMENT-Inchampalli-Bhopalapatnam Revisited

 ENVIRONMENT Inchampalli-Bhopalapatnam Revisited Anuradha Ghandhy Ajit Kumar its legal aid to those arrested and harassed, including local organisers, was reason enough to bring the armed force out on the road.
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