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Bombay s Health

THIS small book on the health problems of Bombayites has many unusual features. It has arisen from a group of social science researchers who, unlike many other academicians, decided to share the insight and knowledge gained through their research with common, educated people. Secondly, their overall attitude is that of looking at health-problems in its totality; of taking into account economic, social and political dimensions of health-problems of Bombayites, along with the medical-scientific aspects. Thirdly, their perspective, as reflected in the book, is not that of looking down upon people for their

Science and Sustainable Development

Development Anant R S Phadke It is time that the Left addressed itself to reshaping its politics around a hegemonistic programme of sustainable people-based development. The recently-concluded 'vidnyan yatra' through 10 villages on the banks of the Krishna river set out to initiate such MUKTI SANGHARSH, a group well known Tor its anti-drought movement in the eastern part or the Sangli district in Maharashtra and for its tiny 'Baliraja' dam with its principle of equal distribution of water and an experiment in sustainable agriculture, has now taken up the issue of degradation of agriculture and social life in the irrigated part of the Sangti district. A beginning has been made by organising a 'vidnyan yatra' in 10 selected villages on the banks of Krishna river on the issue of sustainable agricultural development as an alternative to the current green revolution strategy.

Left Response to Drought in Maharashtra

in Maharashtra Anant R S Phadke THE current drought in Maharashtra has begun to evoke a new response from the left in Maharashtra. As a sequelae to the meeting on drought organised by the Shramik Mukti Dal in October, a broad left platform, Lok Vidnyanik Dushkal Nirmoolan Vyasapeeih' (People's Scientific Drought Eradication Platform) has been formed, consisting of left-parties or their front-organisations and other left and pro-people organisations, and a few intellectuals. The 'vyasapeeth' (platform) had its first major meeting on December 15. at Aurangabad, in Marathwada region, where the current drought is the most severe.

Baliraja Mini Dam Unfinished Struggle

the conduct of the institutions and the nominee directors in the L A T affair. However, he should be concerned with an objective evaluation of their performance. It is not enough that the financial institutions' loan sanctions have increased more than six times within a decade Ever larger outlays on gigantic projects have become a national obsession. The institutions pursue with single-minded devotion the cult of wasteful expenditure which makes a mockery of the central concepts of planned development

Multinational Malpractices

Anant R S Phadke Inside Ciba Geigy by Olle Hansson; International Organisation of Consumers' Union, Penang, Malaysia; pp 240, $ 7.95. CONSIDERABLE literature is now available on the profiteering and the sales gimmicks of the multinational pharmaceutical companies. Inside Ciba Geigy is not just one more addition to the list but is uni que in having been penned by a specialist doctor who lead one of the most heroic and sucessful struggles against the pharmaceutical giant, Ciba Geigy. In the first part.of the book, Olle Hansson, Swedish neurologist and paediatrician,gives an account of the successful struggle of the Japanese and other victims of the hazardous drug-

Setback to Womens Right to Abortion

Most reformers have come to doubt these hypotheses and suggest instead competitive markets in land and capital which they believe will ensure a more rational use of fixed assets for most of the economy. The extension of markets from products to factors naturally implies a considerable level of privatisation and this is again a problem which reformers in Poland and Hungary seem aware of. The low credibility of central control over investment and current output decisions has clearly influenced reformers to make a case for such an extension. Among other consequences, this has prompted reformers to explore better means to motivate producers to make optimum use of fixed assets by linking rewards to the earning power of the assets they manage. The establishment of a capital market is one such option which many reformers hope will help in releasing competitive pressures which the earlier reforms failed to generate.

A People s Dam

Anant R S Phadke The recently-inaugurated dam at Balawadi in Sangli district is the first success of a broad-based people's movement for an . ecologically sound policy for preventing drought THE inauguration of the first gate of the 'Baliraja Smriti Dharan' (Baliraja Memorial Dam) at Balawadi, Sangli district (Maharashtra), on March 5 marks the victorious culmination of the novel, unique struggle of the people in the drought-stricken villages of the Khanapur taluk. Hundreds of people in the surrounding villages and representatives from neighbouring taluks and different people's organisations had gathered at Balawadi to witness the function of the returning of the loans taken from sympathisers and the felicitation of the representatives of different organisations who helped the successful movement to build this 'people's dam'..

Bourgeois Prescriptions

portfolio version of the monetarist approach, the stress on stock-adjustment of financial assets (national and foreign currency bonds) indicates the significance of the magnitude, composition and relative prices of the different financial assets. Finally, the structural parameters of the prevailing pattern of commodity and capital flows are, in some analysis, of crucial importance in explaining the turn of events in the world economy (as is evident from the writings in the structuralist tradition dwelling on North- South relations or on the inbuilt pattern of imbalances within the North. A good example of the latter is the de-industrialisation thesis advanced by some Cambridge economists in recent years. The recent stagnation in the British economy can be explained, in terms of this reasoning, by the prevailing structure of world trade and payments).
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