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Chomsky in India-An Interview

An Interview Jean Dreze During his visit to India, Noam Chomsky, speaking on a wide range of subjects from democracy and human rights to the role of intellectuals in society, captivated his audiences with his lucid challenge of accepted political analyses, his commitment to social equality and individual freedom, the breadth of his scholarship and the engaging style of his lectures.

Literacy in India and China

Literacy in India and China Jean Dreze Jackie Loh This paper examines recent census-based evidence on literacy achievements in China and India. China is found to he far ahead of India in the field of basic education. In particular, China is close to the elimination of illiteracy in the younger age groups, while India is nowhere near achieving that goal Educational disparities follow similar patterns in both countries, but tend to be sharper in India. China's lead in basic education was established during the pre-reform period, based on a strong commitment to the widespread and equitable provision of schooling facilities at an early stage of development. This contrast in educational achievements in China and India is crucial in assessing their respective development experiences and reform programmes.

Recent Research on Widows in India-Workshop and Conference Report

The concerns of widows cannot be dissociated from those of other single women, or indeed from those of women in general. Widows do experience special difficulties and deprivations, connected, inter alia, with the restrictions that are imposed on their lifestyle and the persistence of negative social attitudes towards them.

Nutrition and Health in Rural India

Nutrition and Health in Rural India THIS book brings together the results of two recent empirical studies of nutrition and health in rural India. The two studies are respectively based on (1) a detailed survey of Devarishikuppam panchayat in North Arcot district (Tamil Nadu), carried out in 1984-85 and covering a little over 600 households, and (2) a survey of 112 children under the age of five, and their families, in four tribal hamlets of Warangal district (Andhra Pradesh). The first study focuses primarily on adult health and nutrition, the second on child nutrition. Throughout the book, a valuable and scholarly effort is made to relate these two case studies to recent debates about nutrition and health in the developing world, as well as to other empirical studies.

Widows and Health in Rural North India

Marty, Chen Jean Dreze The north Indian widow tends to be a highly marginalised person. She typically receives very little support from persons other than her children, and even when she lives with one or several of her adult sons she remains highly vulnerable to neglect. Further, her ability to engage in income-earning activities of her own is severely restricted, partly due to various patriarchal norms such as patrilineal inheritance and the division of labour by gender. The consequences of this social and economic marginalisation are manifest in poor health and high mortality levels.

War, Sanctions and Human-Well-Being in Iraq

the short-term debt can be paid off but what of the longer-term debt climbing at compound interest rates? Maxwell's tragedy put simply is that which besets hundreds of corporations

Poverty in India and the IRDP Delusion

This paper presents some fresh evidence on the performance of the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) and, in the light of this evidence and of the findings of earlier studies, provides an assessment of the functioning of IRDP. The author's concern is not primarily with the nitty-gritty of the implementation of the programme, but with what are the central questions about IRDP: does this programme reach the poor and to what extent does it enhance their living conditions? The last section of the paper briefly discusses alternative avenues of action.

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