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Closure of Primary Schools

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

Give Health Workers Their Due

Your editorial (“Evaluation of the Health Mission”, 23 January 2010) points out that in some states, pre-National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) data was not available before launching the mission thus making it diffi cult to measure its effi cacy. Preparation of a health plan at the state level is...

Population Programme- On Targets

disaster; and the environmental consequences of nuclear testing and nuclear waste disposal. MFC would also like to state its commitment to regional peace through dialogue. Our country's safety is of funda- mental priority, Gandhiji taught us to use non-violent means to obtain our freedom and security. Yet 50 years later we are asked to rely on weapons of mass destruction to maintain that freedom. What are the regional consequences? Already there is an exacerbation of regional tensions. Is the bomb going to provide us with greater peace or higher levels of conflict and greater armament. While we criticise India and Pakistan, we are against all nuclear weapons and against the nuclear hegemony maintained by the five nuclear states. WE advocate global disarmament and maintenance of regional peace through dialogue and not through nuclear deterrence.

Minority Status and Fertility

G B Venkatesha Murthy TRADITION ALLY, fertility differentials between groups or sub-populations have been correlated with differences in socioeconomic characteristics. Differences in family size across groups were thought to be a function of the variation in the composition of those groups on variables such as income, occupation, education and rural/urban residence. But even when differences in these characteristics are eliminated through standardisation or some other forms of control, the differences in family size across sub-populations still persist. It is in this context that the paper by Abusaleh Shariff (Socio-Economic and Demography Differentials between Hindus and Muslim in India', LPW, November 18, 1995) becomes relevant. Though this paper makes interesting reading it fails to offer any theoretical support to the observed high fertility among the Muslims in India.

Crisis in Sociological Research

follow the argument in our paper that India should not accept Dunkel proposals on TRIPS in toto. Finally, while we tend to disagree with the tenor and content of the discussion by Dhar and Rao on the grounds discussed above, we however feel obliged to thank them for pointing out the typing error of RCA expanded as ' Relative Competitive Advantage' in the tables though it has been correctly printed in the text as 'Revealed Competitive Advantage'; for pointing out the error that 'all developing countries' and 'not all countries' get a transition period of five years; for pointing out that the issue of 'pipeline protection' has been given in the Dunkel draft text; for making us realise that the patents of 'many' and not 'most' American drugs are expected to expire in 1990-95; and finally, for accepting our paper as an academic article.
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