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Drug Prices and Drug Pushers

Where healthcare is so unevenly distributed as in India, the common people's choice is distorted by the intrusion of pharmaceutical firms and their drug pushers.

Disastrous Management

The response that greets every successive disaster is typical. As seen in its reaction to the floods of July 26 in Mumbai, the government sets up more 'bodies' and 'authorities' to deal with the crisis. But such structures, such as the disaster management authority for the city, are already in place. What is absent is efficient management, administrative will and the lack of officers with adequate experience.

European Aid and Poverty Reduction

Reduction Do the Poor Matter Enough? A Comparative Study of European Aid for Poverty Reduction in India by Aidan Cox, Steen Folke, Lau Schulpen and Neil Webster; Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2002;

Theatre of War

War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7 edited by Daya Kishan Thussu and Des Freedman; Vistaar Publications, New Delhi; J B D'SOUZA This is a collection of essays by 25 contributors, a collection that tries to provide a framework for analysing the interplay between the media and its representations of war and conflict in an era of sophisticated information warfare and news management. The contributors are mostly journalists or teachers in the communications field, but there are also a couple of sociologists who have successfully concealed their thoughts from this unsophisticated reviewer at least in gobbledegook. Practically all the contributions were written before the US began its assault on Iraq. The contents give fascinating insights into how the conduct of war is presented and perceived.

Lament for Horse Carriages

Ripping the Fabric: The Decline of Mumbai and Its Mills by Darryl D’Monte; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002; pp 290, Rs 595.

Gujarat: A Civil Service Failure

The principal reason for administrative and police failure is the growing power that politicians, and ministers in particular, have assumed over civil and police officers directly and indirectly through encouragement and tolerance of inefficiency and misconduct, and by the means of punitive transfers of officials if they act against misbehaving politicians. If the horrific events of the recent past in Gujarat are to be prevented, a sense of the responsibilities under the law should be restored among officials of the state.

Politics, Religion and Our Ailing Public Institutions

It would, of course, be naive to imagine that the corrosion of our political life could be arrested simply by tightening up lawenforcement. And yet one can't escape the conclusion that the accelerating erosion of our public institutions, the apathy of the judges and the death of professionalism in the civil services - particularly the last of them - are matters of far more concern than the inroads of religion into the nation's politics.

Missing the Bus:Development in India

Development in India India: Human Development Report by Abusaleh Shariff, National Council of Applied Ecocomic Research and United Nations; Oxford University Press, pages 370,

Journalism: Profit over People

More and more editors today have turned their attention away from readers' interest in news and views to the promotion of their publishers' financial success. The sad effect is to make press coverage of news and views inadequate and shallow, to focus less on issues and more on personalities, to concentrate on today's sensations but neglect follow-up.
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