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The Legal Eye

Dunu Roy All fact may not be stranger than fiction, but most fiction is based on some fact. This piece, in two parts, has borrowed heavily from the experiences of an activists' group working in four industrial towns of Madhya Pradesh.

Railways Tracking the Truth

The challenge before the railway planners is a unique one of how to design a productive organisation which would motivate large numbers of active workers to make optimum use of scarce resources. The current assumption that the introduction of modern technology automatically achieves this objective is simply not correct A FEW days before the Railway Budget, the ministry of railways issued a Status Paper on the Indian Railways which was supposed to be "an effort to tell the truth... to find... how to fulfil people's expectations and aspirations". The truth

Shibboleths,Shenanigans and Shamans

Shamans Dunu Roy If there is to be a genuine and mutually useful dialogue between the activist and academic roles, those performing the academic role will also have to adopt partisan and committed attitudes.

Paper Mills, Pollution and Scientific Bias

equation with the central leadership. The induction of Chiten Jamir as the deputy chief minister despite opposition from Hokishe Sema is enough indication that the underground factor within the Naga- land Congress(I) is gaining ascendance. It would be relevant to note here that only recently Chiten Jamir as Nagaland Con gress chief had reiterated his plea for 'functional autonomy' for the state Congress units. He had first raised this issue at an election meeting in 1982. It remains to be seen what shape this demand for 'functional autonomy' will take after agreement is reached with the underground and even larger sections of the NSCN come under the Congress umbrella.

Environment and Politics

November 15, 1986 Protecting the Cat from the Mouse The Lokpal Bill, 1985 Anil Nauriya IT is a matter of considerable relief that the Lokpal Bill 1985 was referred to a Joint Committee of the two Houses of Parliament. It is, however, to be regretted that the Committee's work has not proceeded very smoothly. At least a part of the interruption in its activities could have been avoided if a new Chairman had been appointed soon after the earlier incumbent became a minister. This was done only much later. Unless the Committee's work is speeded up, yet another opportunity for the establishment of the ombudsman machinery will be lost. As it happens, many Bills on the subject have lapsed in the past on account of inadequate legislative despatch.

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