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Paranoia Masquerading as a Review

for empowering women, along with a well- defined gender development index to monitor the impact of its implementation in raising the status of women from time to time. The plan document, time and again, speaks of capacity building. However, at the operational part, it speaks only of invigorating some of the traditional programmes like 'Rashtriya Mahila Kosh'.

Environment and New Economic Policies

Environment and New Economic Policies Ashish Kothari The current overarching objective of the government to integrate India into the global market has meant that Indian natural resources are being made available to outside markets, the vast Indian middle class as a market is being opened up to foreign corporate sectors and natural resources, painstakingly conserved and sustainably utilised by Indian communities, are now up for grabs.

Structural Adjustment vs Environment

More than a year and a half after the adoption of the new economic policies and the structural adjustment programme, there has been almost no serious analysis of their implications on the living environment of our citizens. While it is no doubt difficult to predict their impact with accuracy because of the complex interplay of various economic, social, political and ecological factors, it is possible to make some assessment based on past developmental trends in India and the experiences of other third world countries under similar programmes.

Frogs, Activists and the Question of Ethics

Frogs, Activists and the Question of Ethics Ashish Kothari VIMAL BALASUBRAHMANYAN's tirade (EPW, December 14, 1991) against animal rights activists, Narmada activists, militant environmentalists, the ministry of environment, and all other brands of irrabonaT and 'fanatic' ecologists is amazingly naive and misinformed. The writer has obviously based her views on some news reports, and not bothered to actually understand those she raves and rants about.

Politics of Biodiversity Convention

Politics of Biodiversity Convention Ashish Kothari The proposed Convention on Biological Diversity has the potential of becoming a genuine instrument for the conservation of the earth's biological wealth and the equitable distribution of its benefits between and within nations. But only strong, radical public opinion can ensure this, and halt its conversion into another weapon in the hands of the rich and the elite of the world.

The Press and Jan Vikas Sangharsh Yatra

Sangharsh Yatra Ashish Kothari A clear link between the government of Gujarat and the Gujarati media was revealed not merely by the fact that the latter periodically parroted everything that Chimanbhai Patel or other politicians said, but also by the similarities between official press handouts and the news reports in various papers.

Delhi s Chemical Monster

 Delhi's Chemical Monster Ashish Kothari A MASSIVE gas leak took place in Den!' on the morning of December 4,1985. Several hundred, perhaps several thousand of people were injured by the leak, three of whom have by now succumbed to their injuries. Coming as it did on the morning after the first 'anniversary' of the Bhopal disaster, the leak was yet another grim reminder of the dangers posed by chemical industries all over India. And though vastly different in magnitude, the Delhi leak told the same sordid story that was narrated in the case of Bhopal: the total absence of social responsibility on part of an industrial company, the indifference of the authorities to public safety, the lack of any system of emergency health and safety measures, the attempts at covering up the people and agencies exposed by the leak. And once again, it was a tragedy which was entirely avoidable, which in fact could have been avoided if the warnings of some individuals and organisations had been heeded.

Narmada Valley Project-Development or Destruction

Development or Destruction? Ashish Kothari Rajiv Bhartari This report is based on the findings of a team of university students which covered the entire length of the Narmada, largely on foot, in July and August 1983 with a view to studying the likely environmental impact of the massive hydel and irrigation complex and documenting the existing natural and cultural facets of the river.

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