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The Two Cultures Revisited: The Environment-Development Debate in India

There is a continuing tension between those who espouse growth and those who call for environment protection. The two groups do not talk to each other - they are talking at each other and with every passing day, the gap seems to be widening. But the real conflict is not between conservation and development but between environment and the reckless exploitation of man and earth in the name of efficiency.

Self-help Groups Revolution: What Next?

Self-help groups, the major form of delivery of microfinance in India, have brought about dramatic changes in the lives of lakhs of women. In Andhra Pradesh, which has the largest network of SHGs and where the government has been a strong supporter, they have gone beyond provision of credit and assumed many non-traditional responsibilities. The Andhra model is one that other states should consider replicating.

Future of Uttar Pradesh: Need for a New Political Mindset

Unless the basic political mindset in UP changes and unless the political class there becomes more concerned with fundamental administrative, social and economic issues, there is really no hope for the state.

PAKISTAN- Importance of Dhodak Oilfield

January 29, 1983 Apart from public disgust over corruption, the farmers' agitation also seems to have played a part in the recent election. The non-party Ryota Sangha led by Rudrappa, Sundaiesh and Nanjundaswamy campaigned vigorously against Congress (I) though it did not field any candidates of its own officially. The Gundu Rao ministry did extend several concessions to farmers, but it did not go the whole way to accept their demands. More than that, there was a concerted attempt to see that fanners' power was represented more forcefully in the Assembly. The farmers' lobby may now press more strongly for their demands. Apart from 'remunerative prices', which in effect mean substantially higher prices than those announced by the Centie, the demands include writing off all loan arrears of farmers irrespective of whether they are small or big and abolition of betterment levies and water rates. Acceptance of these demands will drain away resources available for development and result in a credit squeeze on agriculture and inflation. It will certainly not result in an increase in wages levels in agriculture and could instead alienate landless labour and marginal fanners from the government.

JAMAICA-Sitting on a Powder-Keg

tion. And yet, there was a hue and cry about these acts because these acts were used by one section of the ruling class against another, But the Andhra Pradesh act is not the by-product of the power-play among the different sections of the ruling class. It is a class legislation by the ruling class as a whole against the peasants and workers who may rise in revolt against their oppressors.
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