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Dams and Development

The dialogue principally aims at opening up the question of how decisions on dams, especially large dams, can be arrived at through an open, professional and innovative exchange among the diverse stakeholders and viewpoints. The dialogue also aims to address the social and environmental debate concerning large water projects.

Drought, Development and Desertification

they will discover that virtually all of their rescued indigenous wheat varieties can only be obtained from the United States. In fact, according to the US National Academy of Science, collection programmes are currently oriented to the needs of the developed countries." In fact instances have been reported, from Kenya and Libya for instance, of plant varieties being taken out to the developed countries, and later, when the indigenous varieties had become extinct in their home countries, these countries having to pay for obtaining their seeds in a commercial purchase.

Environmental Conflicts and Public Interest Science

Interest Science Vandana Shiva J Bandyopadhyay The emergence of public interest science is critical to a just resolution of conflicts over natural resources since, in its absence, partisan science is given the status of a neutral value-free, and independent tool for resolving con- flicts. However, since partisan science is cognitively rooted in special vested interests, it tends to bias public policy decisions in their favour and against public interest. In support of this argument, the authors review the role of public interest science in environmental action in the Boon Valley and in the forest struggles.

Eucalyptus in Rainfed Farm Forestry-Prescription for Desertification

Eucalyptus in Rainfed Farm Forestry Prescription for Desertification J Bandyopadhyay Vandana Shiva IN the countries of the South desertification is becoming an increasingly severe threat to human survival. The recently published UNEP report on desertification gives the estimate that about 3.5 million hectares of productive and fertile rainfed land is being lost to this ever-expanding threat. The contemporary food crisis in Africa is the most vivid experience of what desertification entails in human and economic terms. It is also a reminder of the fact that the economic problems of the poorest of mankind are rooted in the ecological destruction caused by the excessive resource demands of the elites of the world who manipulate the pattern of natural resource utilisation in the advancement of their economic privileges.

Planning for Underdevelopment-The Case of Doon Valley

Planning for Underdevelopment The Case of Doon Valley J Bandyopadhyay Vandana Shiva 'Economic growth' and 'development' are categories that are class-based, and their operation within a society leads to improved well-being for a minority while simultaneously denying the majority the access to basic resources for basic needs satisfaction, thus rendering them, underdeveloped. Underdevelopment is therefore one of the final states created by development plans and not an initial state on which such plans act.

Political Economy of Technological Polarisations

earlier draft of the paper. Above all she wishes to acknowledge the unstinted help given by several of her colleagues and friends at different stages in the preparation of this paper She alone, however, is responsible for the errors that remain.] 1 K N Raj, "Prospective Changes", Seminar, December 1979; S L Shetty and K A Menon, "Savings and Investment without Growth", May 24, 1980 and N A Majumdar, et al, "The High Saving Phase of the Economy, 1976-79" RBI Occasional Paper, June 1980.

Agricultural Economy of Kumaon Hills-Further Comment

payer may arrange to loose, say Rs 10 lakhs, to the lower marginal tax payer and the low marginal rate tax payer can spend the money on behalf of the loser. Both may report transactions correctly in the tax return and still there will be tax avoidance.

Agricultural Economy of Kumaon Hills

October 13, 1979 Agricultural Economy of Kumaon Hills A Comment J Bandyopadhyay WHILE we agree with Sri Madhava Ashish (EPW, June 23) about the ecological sensitivity of Kumaon area, we disagree with him on some major points regarding his interpretation of the causes of ecological crisis in the Himalayan forests. In Ashish's view, "The agricultural economy of one particular hill region
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