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A Critique of the Approach Paper to Eleventh Plan

The Planning Commission should treat the approach paper to the Eleventh Plan as an instrument for conscientisation of the people's representatives to carry out people-friendly programmes rather than as a catalogue of spending projects to be dictated from the top. This critique is a piece of advocacy to prod the commission in that direction.

Indian Industrial Growth and Corporate Sector Behaviour in West Bengal, 1947-97

Behaviour in West Bengal, 1947-97 Debdas Banerjee The precipitous decline of West Bengal manufacturing from its prime position at the time of Independence has usually been explained by capital flight in reaction to labour resistance. This paper calls into question such views and looks through 'capital' to examine some aspects of economic as well as institutional factors and offers a tentative explanation.

Science, Technology and Economic Development in India-Analysis of Divergence in Historical Perspective

Development in India Analysis of Divergence in Historical Perspective Debdas Banerjee India is one of the most prominent developing countries where modern science from Europe came to dominate education as early as in the 19th century. Yet her economic development trail behind many of the developing countries, The colonial rule provides clues to the processes of disjunctions between pure and applied science and, between research and development. The weakness of the post-colonial state to politically resolve crucial economic issues and undertake strategic development policies gave way to the 'technocratic' solutions that entrench the earlier trend, The weakness of harnessing science to commercially viable and competitive technology is better explained by the 'receiving system' than the human capital formation as postulated in the 'New Growth Theory'.

Market and Non-Market Configurations in Rural West Bengal-Local Organisations and Silk Weaving

West Bengal Local Organisations and Silk Weaving Debdas Banerjee The current trend towards a diminished role of the state in third world economic activities including rural development has stimulated a 'new' paradigm which reasserts new opportunities for local organisations and institutions. This is a case study of silk production, a highly labour-intensive activity predominantly dependent on family labour in West Bengal. It examines the forms of organisation, the labour force, and various market and non-market configurations that determine the trend of development with particular reference to the role of local organisations and the state.

Interaction between Trading Capital and Productive Capital in Agriculture-An Unexplained Reciprocity

Interaction between Trading Capital and Productive Capital in Agriculture An Unexplained Reciprocity Debdas Banerjee Pabitra Giri AJIT K Chowdhury and Kalyan K Sanyal in a paper ("Interaction between Trading Capital and Productive Capital in Agriculture: A Theoretical Approach", EPW, Review of Political Economy, July 28) have made an attempt to explain agricultural stagnation in the Third World in terms of existence of relatively profitable trading activity in advanced, capitalist islands surrounded by a large, precapitalist sector.

WEST BENGAL- Detours of Stagnation

 have within their fold only the landless and the poor peasantry and agricultural labourers, should be organised. This is proposed in order that special poverty alleviation programmes actually benefit the intended beneficiaries and 'leakages' of the benefits to stronger segments in rural areas can be plugged. These ideas are being commended as the community or group approach towards con ception and operation of special anti-poverty and employment generation programmes which would improve the bargaining power of the poor.

Tidbits on Regional Disparities

Tidbits on Regional Disparities THE book, a collection of 22 papers presented at the All-India Conference on Regional Disparities in India, held at New Delhi in April 1979, has come out at a time when many economists are already engaged in studying the problem. There are many earlier studies, such as those by A K Bagchi, Yoginder K Alagh, S K Rao, to name only a few. Thus the editor's allegation that "most analysis of the national economies has been almost totally devoid of the spatial dimension" (p ix) has lost much of its relevance. What is important now is to form an analytical framework in the specific context of India. But that awareness is largely missing in this book. Nevertheless, the book at least brings out many important issues relating to regional disparities.

Industrial Stagnation in Eastern India-A Statistical Investigation

A Statistical Investigation Debdas Banerjee This paper tries to establish the empirical basis of the industrial 'stangation' in esalern India in general and West Bengal in particular. The analysis is carried out in terms of symptoms, such as a declining or decelerating rate of industrial growth, or an actual decline in output, or a decline in the share of output.

Industrial Stagnation in Eastern India-A Statistical Investigation

Industrial Stagnation in Eastern India A Statistical Investigation Debdas Banerjee This paper tries to establish the empirical basis of the industrial 'stagnation' in eastern India in general and West Bengal in particular. The analysis is carried out in terms of symptoms, such as a declining or decelerating rate of industrial growth, or an actual decline in output, or a decline in the share of output- Two important structural phenomena, namely (i) change in the relative growth of the large-scale and the medium-scale manufacturing sector, and (ii) change in the product-composition, are seen to have important causal relationships with the industrial stagnation in eastern India. On the other hand, labour disputes as the principal explanatory variable of stagnation fails to satisfy questions related to industrial stagnation and growth. However, further study will be needed to decide whether the problem is merely structural and regional or whether it is more directly linked to the lack of investment on cm all-India scale.
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