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Redevelopment of Mumbai s Cotton Textile Mill Land-Opportunity Lost

The decline of textile industry heralds the de-industrialisation of Mumbai, manifested in the exodus of workers from the city's mill areas. The mill-owners in order to earn bigger revenue are resorting to subterfuge in disposing of their land, workers and assets under the pretext of 'modernising' their mills. None of the agencies involved, from central government to state government institutions and the municipal authorities, appears to be unduly concerned about this major change in industrial heartland of Mumbai In order to retain the social heritage of Girangaon, and most importantly, to retain as many jobs as possible, the state government instead of permitting piecemeal, haphazard growth through clandestine plot-by-plot sale of mill land, should actively intervene to bring together lands belonging to different mills in a particular area, so that they can be put to best possible socially relevant use.

Resource Illiteracy

Resource Illiteracy Darryl D'Monte The Bad Earth: Environmental Degradation in China by Vaclav Smil; Zed Press, 1984; price not mentioned. JUST as the Soviet Union earned itself the euphoria of the liberal-intellectual world after staging the first political revolution ("I've wen the future end it works!"), so too does the progress made by China in protecting its natural environment meet with uncritical applause The admirers cover a wide spectrum: from the late Barbara Ward, the guiding spirit of the 'environment and development' movement, to the socialist Francis Sandbach, author of "Environment, Ideology and Policy" (Blackwell, 1980; reviewed in these columns by Ramchandra Guha in the issue of December 25, 1982).

How Concerned Citizens Tackled Delhi Riots

November 17, 1984 once the strike was called off, they refused to comply with it. Furiated people burnt down three lots of leaves belonging to contractors.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT-Great Expectations

West Bengal (1975), Orissa, Haryana, Hima- chal, Punjab (1976). Nothing happened. Meanwhile statistics of dowry fatalities started piling up even as many protests took place in different parts of the country. And so now this Amendment, which does not even have the merit of attempting to do the best, legally speaking, that is possible.

IRAN-Regime of the Well-Oiled Gun

Regime of the Well-Oiled Gun NOTHING illustrates the contradictions within Iran better than the state of its capital. The northern part of Teheran, just short of the snow-capped mountain ranges, is new, modern and aggressively western'; to the south of the city, however, people still live in 'oriental' chaos and squalor. Six years ago, I had stayed free in a gurdwara in .south Teheran; when I recently revisited the city, this time as an Iran government guest attending an international film festival, we were housed in a luxury hotel in the northern sector, safely insulated from realities.

Bhiwandi The Anatomy of a Riot

 achievement of the revised Fourth Flan power target". For, in the final Plan presented to Parliament, the target for installed capacity has been raised from 22 million kW to to 23.1 million kW. This is a significant hike since total installed generating capacity at the end of 1968- 69 was just 14.3 million kW and the addition to the generating capacity in 1969-70 was only 1.2 million kW, compared with an annual addition of 1.37 million kW in the preceding three years. With total installed capacity thus at 15.5 million kW at the end of the first year of the Fourth Plan period, another 7.6 million kW would have to be brought into commission to realise the Plan target of 23 million kW. Of the additional 7.6 million kW installed capacity to be added during the four-year period 1970-71 to 1973-74, according to the Irrigation Ministry 3 million kW are to accrue from imported sets for which orders have already been placed. The balance for 4.6 million kW are to be obtained from indigenous sources. Will HEL and BHEL be able to adhere to promised delivery dates to help realise this target?

The Management of Men

on them. These powers are seriously abused. What of the welfare of workers? We have to look at the progress made by labour welfare officers, who are required under the Factories Act of 1948. Judging from this study of Bombay factories, there is a vast gap between the welfare officers official duties as on paper and his performance of duties. Pillai observes that what welfare officers do is to solve problems as and when they arise, and that they do not try to prevent problems from arising in the first place. In other words, they deal with specific complaints only, not with general improvements. Further, Indian managers do not bother to implement welfare measures in the order of urgency of the needs of their employees. For instance, the author mentions one firm which had provided a reading room for its night-shift workers even before it had provided toilets.

Illustrated Shades

Illustrated Shades Darryl D'Monte The Coloured Worker in British Industry by Peter L Wright; Oxford University Press for Institute of Race Relations, London ; 1968 ;
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