ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Bharat JhunjhunwalaSubscribe to Bharat Jhunjhunwala

Voluntary Work as Countervailing Power

Voluntary Work as Countervailing Power Bharat Jhunjhunwala The Framework ONE common feature of the series of the three articles that appeared in the EPW in February 1984 by Rajni Kothari, D L Sheth and Harsh Sethi was their perception that although the voluntary work movement was significant, it lacked a theoretical framework in which to understand its role, Kothari calls it a "theoretical lag"' and Sheth mentions that they "suffer from the absence of a relevant theory of transformation".2 This note is an attempt to make some suggestions towards such a theoretical framework.

A Muddled Conclave

A Muddled Conclave THE West Bengal conclive of economists (BM, "Economists' Concern at Economic Policy Drift", EPW, October 26) has made some very pertinent recommendations: devolution of resources from Centre to states; use of of surplus food stocks to finance employment generating schemes; encouraging afforestation; selective imports of technology and an increase in indigenous R and D efforts, including in the agricultural sector, and creating an environment that fosters innovativeness; and expansion of home market by the implementation of land reforms and increased outlays on irrigation. However, the conclave leaves much confusion on three basic issues

KARNATAKA- Limits of Student Mobilisation

Good Collaborators! VEHEMENT denials by Punjab's Chief Minister Zail Singh and PPCC chief N S Talib of the existence of factions in the state Congress have merely confirmed .suspicions about their existence. Declarations about the smooth functioning of the party machine and the claim that the recent reports to the contrary are just malicious talk have merely underlined the dismal state of things in the ruling party. With the hiatus between the party and the people constantly widening because of the poor performance of the Zail Singh ministry over the past three years, a campaign has begun to dislodge men in key offices

Population and Poverty

Population and Poverty CENTRAL to Mamdani's analysis is the understanding that motivations originate in social experience, not in "education" which often negates the reality of social experience. People will be motivated to limit the size of (heir family only when the social conditions become conducive to such an activity (p 20), Therefore, the roots of the problem, and the reasons for the failure of the current family planning programmes have to be found in the reason why many men and women, particularly amongst the poorest half of the population, feel no compelling motivation to limit their fertility.
Back to Top