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AGRICULTURAL LABOUR-In Bonded Freedom

against the same forces as the rest. Unlike the well-off Muslims, they do not have to have a .seat in official bodies. Indeed, West Bengal's Chief Minister, S S Ray, pointed this out: "A vast number of minority community belonged to the poorer sections of society. They did not want high posts." The resolutions of the convention thus smacked of the hackneyed and demogogic as the privileged sought a larger share in the privileges. One resolution said: "While fully appreciating the national economic policy aiming at a fair deal to all, this minority convention cannot help taking note of the fact that certain lacunae, coupled with other factors in its implementation, have resulted in the continued deterioration in the economic conditions of sizable minorities, particularly the Muslim community which constitutes the largest minority in the state." With regard to the 20-point programme, Mohammed Astnanvi said: "Lakhs of acres of land have been distributed among harijans and adivasis. The landless Muslim tillers are yet to avail of it." Also, under the apprentice training scheme, the representation of scheduled castes and tribes had "con- AGRICULTURAL LABOUR siderably" gone up while that of Muslims was yet to improve. Yet, all this only underscores the illegitimacy of treating Muslims in isolation from the common masses. After all, did not the convention president, Jamilur Rehman, himself declare that "what is not generally understood is that the solution of their [Muslims'] problems is not peculiar or sectarian; only through a common mass action the uplift of our people, Hindus, Muslims and others can he brought about".

A PATNA DIARY- The One-Week Nightmare

September 27, 1975 istry is getting ready in particular for such lines of credit as the World Bank's offer of aiding rural credit agencies and farm development, and similar loans which not only augment foreign exchange resources but also provide domestic budgetary support. It is time A PATNA DIARY the planners understood that the assessment of the role of foreign aid prevailing in the Finance Ministry (which is what matters in terms of operational policy) are very different from those that figure in the academic essays of the planners.

BIHAR- Murder to Landlords Order

Arvind Narayan Das WHAT is happing in Bhojpur and Patna districts of Bihar is nothing new. It has happened over and over again

BIHAR- Struggle of Workers and Tribal Peasants in Chhotanagpur

feasible, The third point of. difference is, of course, the assessment of the revolutionary forces. Nehru would have been content to describe the other development as the assertion of emergent Afro- Asian-Latin-American nationalism. Chou En-Jai evidently has more than emergent nationalism in mind when he refers to the factors of revolution. Barring the notable exception of Indo- China, where precisely Chou En-lai sees the factors of revolution on the increase is not at all clear, unless 'the great disorder' itself is interpreted so vaguely or loosely as to include the third world leadership's apparent challenge of the two super powers.

BIHAR-Revolt in Slow Motion

Revolt in Slow Motion Arvind Narayan Das BIHAR is passing through a nightmare. Events happen; programmes are taken up; there is mass involvement in the agitation; and the repressive state machinery meets the situation with the utmost brutality. All this for a few days every month. Then life reverts to its usual routine

BIHAR- A Flood of Doubt and Hope

of 200 mn sq metres in the quarter April-June 1974, actual production is estimated to have been 80-90 mn sq metres. Under-production of controlled cloth is not the only way in which industry has tried to sabotage the scheme

BIHAR-Misleading Quiet

August 3, 1974 scope for economies in non-Plan expenditures is non-existent, the cut will have to be mainly in the Plan expenditures. The definition of the 'core sector' has accordingly been made narrower than before : it is now to consist of only power and fertilisers.
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