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WEST BENGAL LANDSCAPES-III-Comprehensive Area Development in Tamluk

Comprehensive Area Development in Tamluk Arun Ghosh The Comprehensive Area Development Corporation, an organisation with well-paid personnel, has certainly helped to improve agricultural productivity, supply of farm credit and the marketing of farm products. But it has not been able to bring about integrated development even in the limited areas of its operations.


Panchayat at Work Arun Ghosh The development of communications and the spread of education have played a crucial role in making the panchayati raj a reality in some districts of West Bengal. Even while worrying about decentralised planning it is these prerequisites to the process of involving people in development activities which must be created.


The inhabited part of the Sunderbans is forbidding, hostile with enormous practical hurdles in the way of the men who have settled there. But these hurdles can be overcome; and the overwhelming impression one gets is that the Sunderban Development Board is both working on the wrong lines and much too slow.

Centrism, Decentralisation and Democracy

the assumption. If the administration itself takes the lawless road, everyone else will. The sudden upsurge of tribal emotions in different parts of the country is another indication of how things might yet develop. In the beginning, much of this may appear as part of a chiaroscuro of chaos. The chaos however will be following a pattern already laid down. The resources of this nation are limited. These are up for grabs, the message has gone down, by whoever can grab them in pre-emptive operations. Disperse from your mind any notion that, when such mayhem occurs, the government will to its last breath protect the interests of the weak and the hitherto deprived; the government, nearly everybody has learnt by now, is no arbiter or adjudicator equidistant from the combatants, it itself is an interested party, with an eye always on the main chance.

Popular Participation and Decentralised Planning

a problem arose. The loyal landlord, the affluent businessman, the top civil servant, each learned how to adapt to the imperial mould, not so different from the old feudal one. What was called for was only a change in externalities. Forget such minor details as that the British were, primarily, predators and exploiters. We were, after all, shaped into a nation by them. For decades on end, in elite Indian households. Empress Victoria was the emblem of charity and piety; affluent Indian breasts would swell in pride, pride engineered by the thought that they were a part of the great empire over which she presided.

Living Beyond Our Means-The External Angle

Something more cogent than continuous depreciation of the value of the rupee is needed to get us out of the position of stagnant exports, a large trade deficit and the prospect of an even larger future payments deficit. We have been living beyond our means not only at home but also externally. The two are related.

Living Beyond Our Means-The Modern Philosophy

the constituents of the Hindu pantheon. The obscurantists whom the system has nurtured over the years want their Ambedkar only in distilled measures; they would love to admire the Hindu expansionist after editing out his frivolities. It is however later than the system managers think. 'Subaltern' is a precious appellation, and an inappropriate one. Vivian Richards is no subaltern, nor does he intend to be one. He has imperial claims. So too is the case with those who have raised their voice of protest at the government of Maharashtra's dissemblings over the editing of Ambedkar's works. The protest has violent contours, a sure sign of the times. And it is only an overture. The real troubles are going to follow.

DDI Disquieting Disorientation of India

Planning has no relevance today except as an annual ritual within a five-yearly ritual. The government has no economic programme. It need not have one any longer, for the Doordarshan network is always there to divert the attention of the people from problems.

India at the Cross-Roads of Economic Policy

Apologists of government policies, both in the government and outside, have been saying that what the economy needs today is a consumption orientation which is likely to provide the required impetus for further economic growth. And it is this philosophy which has informed government policies of late. It is in this context that the twin problems of (a) the possibility of inflation and (b) the financing of development need to be examined.

The World Bank and the Attack on World Poverty

see reason and observe the terms of the agreement, so he, president Jayewardene, was welcome to take whatever measures he chose to take. But, despite the opposition parties, with tails demurely between their legs, supporting him, our prime minister had no business to indulge in the exterminating operation he has at the moment embarked upon.

Education and Environment-Contribution of the Paper Industry

The impressive growth of the Indian paper industry conceals that the industry has been a major contributor to the increasing denudation of our forest wealth; that it has also contributed heavily to environmental pollution through its effluents which have killed marine life and rendered river waters generally impotable; and finally that it has not been able to save on imports of paper which have been rising rapidly of late. At the same time prices of white printing paper have been raised to levels which have put exercise books and textbooks beyond the reach of the majority of primary school children.

Tyranny of Education System

Tyranny of Education System Arun Ghosh Our educationists have shown a singular lack of cohesive thinking when planning school and college curricula. Not only are teaching practices uninspiring but often the textbooks prescribed are inappropriate, badly-written and confusing.


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