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BIHAR-Will It Work This Time

Will It Work This Time? Arun Sinha Jagannath Mishra's reinstatement in Bihar is an indication of Rajiv Gandhi maturing from a boy-statesman to a hardboiled politician. But to expect a man to transform popular mood in two or three months is to expect a miracle and Mishra, though a populist, is no miracle worker.

Elections, Parties and the Political Void

Elections, Parties and the Political Void Arun Sinha The major bourgeois parties with little of their own to offer are harping on issues provided by non-parliamentary sources like the press or the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. This is just one more proof that they are absolutely cut off from the people. Things at the grassroots happen independent of these parties.

Restructuring India-Nepal Relations

Relations WE better accept we have failed to intimidate Nepal. Nepal is small and rustic and has, because of this condition, been facing severe problems for over two and a half months since the start of the Indian squeeze. Yet there are all the signs that Nepal is set to prove that it can tell India off and bear all the risks involved.

Lessons from a Mass Movement in Bihar

collective bargaining on wage claims in the public sector are naturally queering the pitch on the industrial relations front in the public sector. There is naturally turmoil on this front in the wake of the government's provocative moves. If the government is counting on its political- penal powers to deal with the industrial actions of the workers it is going to make matters worse. The complacency arising from the relatively peaceful state of industrial relations in recent years, when more mandays in work places have been lost due to lock-outs by employers than strikes of workers, will be misplaced in this context. The capacity of the organised workers for action cannot be wished away by those in high places. They will have to reckon with the workers' response as attacks on workers' rights to fair wage and job security gather strength as part of the privatisation policy of the government.

Jharkhand Straining to be Heard in Delhi

The entire effort of the leaders of the Jharkhand movement seems to be directed to starting talks with the central government. So enamoured are they of the examples of the AASU and the GNLF that they cannot help betraying their eagerness to rush to the negotiating table.

The Plains Man s Burden

The question of tribal separatism is increasingly coming to the fore. Sometimes it is raised with a profound sense of alarm as if there were a revolt and the army ought to be marched in to crush it; at other times it is raised with voyeuristic amusement at the tribals

Recurrent Pattern of Jharkhand Politics

Recurrent Pattern of Jharkhand Politics Arun Sinha Siboo Soren, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader, seems bent upon repeating the disastrous experience of the once-popular Jharkhand Party of Jaipal Singh. For over two decades, the Mundas and other tribals had put their trust in Jaipal Singh, but suddenly one day he went over to the Congress. The tribals considered it a great betrayal. Jaipal Singh's explanation

BIHAR- Election in Gyaspur

BIHAR Election in Gyaspur Arun Sinha AFTER a quarter less than two hours' journey in two stages on racing auto- rickshaws when you come from Patna to the small bazaar at Maner, Gyaspur to the left is another forty-five minutes' walk. The twisting road to Gyaspur, originally six feet wide and asphalted, has shrunk to a strip along the middle, its sides cratcred with holes, the earth at the edges overreaching its sub-layers. But unlike the highway to Maner the road to Gyaspur is spared the overhead burden of cheap- cloth 'Vote X' banners stringed to tree branches on either side. On December 23 on the walls of occasional houses on the way one had difficulty finding a sign of election the following day. It was mid-day; many were out tending their jobs; a peasant arranging the ridges for his vegetable plants, a woman washing her cooking utensils at a well by the side of the house, a carpenter chiselling the edge of a plough beside the road.

DHANBAD-Dogs of Corruption

Dogs of Corruption Arun Sinha IT is heartening to find managements of Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL) point, ing it finger for the violence these days at the mafia', instead of at self-respecting workers. For nearly a decade after the government take-over, BCCI, had seen danger only in 'violent trade unionism', signifying the action of workers calling wildcat strikes at the collieries and occasionally beating up an officer. The picture of the violent miner at the throat of the officer was deliberately painted to make a scapegoat of the workers' Meanwhile, of course, miners continued to die in small accidents and major disasters, due to the inhuman carelessness of officers; they continued to live like pigs in old barracks and drink water from and taking bath in dark-green cesspools; hundreds of them continued as domestic servants of the officers while drawing .salaries from the BCCL; thousands of them continued losing their jobs which managers sold overnight to hribe-giverf; they continued paying a sizeable part, and in many cases even all, of their monthly earnings without a word to the mafia col' "ections; for years they went on witnessing the quick transfers of each and every Bihar government officer who sympathised with them, who tried to release them from mafia terror, and who. before being packed off, did not forget to denounce the BCCL for its contribution, to the mafia presence.

ORISSA-Opportunism Unbound

certain numbers. Gross domestic capital formation (GDCF) at current prices was Rs 37,277 crore in 1981-82; if we make allowance for price increases since 1970-71, for depreciation of assets, and for change in stocks, the figure of fixed assets formation at 1970-71 prices comes to Rs 7,000 crore; it had been at Rs 3,921 crore in 1970-71. As percentage of GDP, GDCF at current prices increased from 17.8 per cent in As against this, net domestic fixed

UTTAR PRADESH-Mockery of Reform

Review of Agriculture December 1978 UTTAR PRADESH Mockery of Reform Arun Sinha UTTAR PRADESH has become the first state to have fixed the price of a Harijan: If he is murdered his family is to get Rs 5,000. If he is not an earning hand, the recompense is only Rs 1,000. If he is only disabled, he will receive Rs 1,000 or Rs 500 according to, respectively, his earning or non-earning status. Chief minister Ram Naresh Yadav counts this provision to be an achievement of his government. The government's failure to prevent the landlords' attacks" on the Harijans is, however, sidetracked. The Chief Minister claims that crimes l/lst Harijans

BIHAR-Bajitpur Landlord s Violence

December 16, 1978 indigenous expertise and capability, with proven merit in setting up a line of large-sized public sector plants in the past and with capability admitted by even the World Bank in the setting up of some Bank-aided plants, which is being ousted and whose role is being gravely downgraded. Since it is not a case of a tussle between foreign rivals, it seems to have failed to receive attention from quarters which are otherwise so exercised over such matters.

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