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International Economic Disorder-An Action Programme for the South

Any talk of an international economic order (or disorder) of any kind is an exercise in futility without concerning oneself with economic order at home. And internal economic order would necessarily call for an egalitarian society.

End of Socialism

End of Socialism?
Arun Ghosh The gains of socialism, in terms of social security, of education and health and housing for all citizens, of reasonable equality of opportunities, have all evaporated. It is now a free for all, the rule of the jungle in eastern Europe, without either the organisation of production or the western world's own form of social security.

A Rejoinder

data of the smaller surveys carried out in 1986-87 and 1988-89. There is indeed a wide choice in the menu on offer by the NSS today: who chooses what? who is inclined to go for blends and adjustments? and in what manner? are open questions at the moment. One, nevertheless, hopes that the room for manipulations and manoeuvres by the adjusters has been sufficiently cramped. Fanciful picture of the stark reality of the human condition in today's India and its misty future would need to be validated against large and live bodies of scientific data on levels of living and the employment/ unemployment status of this vast population. NSS has been doing its job with great regard for the scientific integrity of the data it collects. Although one might fault the NSSO for incompetence and inefficiency, I AM grateful to Bagich Minhas for having favoured me with an advance copy of his critique on my comments on the 'Mystery of a Declining Capital: Output Ratio' (EPW, November 18, 1989). I am more than grateful to him for also having brought out certain facts which arc not in common knowledge of the readers of this journal.

Ferment in Eastern Europe Global Implications

Ferment in Eastern Europe: Global Implications Arun Ghosh IT is good once in a while to lock oneself up in one's 'ivory tower' and to reflect on what is going on around the world. Perhaps it is no exaggeration to say thai the attention of the entire world today is riveted on Eastern Europe. That the developments have been cataclysmic would be accepted by everybody. But what is not equally clear is the impact of these developments. What are the likely consequences of these developments on the domestic policies of the developed market economies, and the fallout effects of t hese on developing countries? Inded, what are the likely effects of these developments on international relations in general?

Planning Horizons

Planning Horizons Arun Ghosh Two principles which ought to inform the planning effort in India are, first, that we need to strive to attain a genuinely self-reliant economy; and, second, that this concept of self-reliance applies not only to the economy as a whole but to all citizens.

Science, Progress and Posterity

Science, Progress and Posterity Arun Ghosh When new scientific advances are sought to be applied it is essential to take stock of their possible adverse effects and to evaluate who will gain and who will lose from their application. Will our scientific community respond by taking the responsibility for such evaluation?

Ferment in Eastern Europe

Ferment in Eastern Europe Lessons for Leftists in India Arun Ghosh EASTERN Europe has been in the news of late. The events in Poland and Hungary have been historic to say the least. And now the German Democratic Republic is also in for cataclysmic changes. One hears of rumblings in Czechoslovakia also. The ferment one sees in central Europe has doubtless been building up for some time: the opportunity for formal and visible protest has also doubtless arisen as a result of Gorbachev's perestroika in the USSR, and his reluctance to commit Russian troops to restore 'order' in central Europe, in the tradition of 1953,

Mystery of a Declining-Capital-Output Ratio

Mystery of a Declining Capital-Output Ratio THE Planning Commission, or at any rate some responsible spokesmen of the commission, have for some time lost no opportunity to highlight in every forum the findings of the Centra] Statistical Organisation (CSO) that of late the overall, aggregative incremental capital-output ratio (ICOR) has been declining. And

Science, Technology and Self-Reliance

Science, Technology and Self-Reliance Arun Ghosh The life story of Pandurang Khankhoje, whose researches yielded the revolution in wheat production in Mexico where he was director of agriculture but who when he returned to India after independence never got the slightest nod from his own countrymen, is illustrative of our general approach to the application of science and technology for our development.

State of Union Message from RBI

State of Union Message from RBI Arun Ghosh In its Annual Report RBI has drawn attention to the dangers facing the Indian economy. Where it has gone wrong is in understating the inherent fragility of the growth recorded in the past few years.

Technology Missions versus Peoples Participation

Technology Missions versus People's Participation Arun Ghosh The latest manifestation of the government's obsessive reliance on technology is the announcement by the prime minister of the constitution of a Technology Mission on Flood Control The move is indicative of total lack of any familiarity with the root causes of the recurrent floods in the northern and north-eastern plains.


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