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Shahu Chhatrapati Facts and Prejudice

Shahu Chhatrapati: Facts and Prejudice M H Jadhav G P DESHPANDE (GPD) has commented on the controversial fresh assessment of Shahu Chhatrapati of Kolhapur in the new edition of the Maharashtra government's District Gazetteer ('Modern History and Unmodern Minds', EPW, July 6-13). On the basis of new material which is supposed to have become available after 1960, the editor of the Gazetteer has made the profound discovery that Shahu Chhatrapati had collaborated with the British rulers in disclosing to them the activities of freedom fighters. According to the editor of the Gazetteer, Shahu Chhatrapati could not have acted against the British power since he would not have remained king of Kolhapur otherwise. GPD has noted how some newspapers in Kolhapur had instigated the people of the city to go on a rampage and organise a bandh to protest against the alleged malign- ing of Shahu Chhatrapati in the District Gazetteer and has concluded that we are living in times in which we will only invite wrath and agitation if we criticise leaders such as Mahatma Phule or Ambedkar or Shahu Chhatrapati. According to him, "this is a dangerous situation. We are systematically destroying the 'modern' elements in life and culture".

Loyalty to Ambedkar Reaffirmed

with production or productivity. The computerisation besides being used for keeping pay-rolls and other such office work, will otherwise be used for inventory control. In this field inefficiencies can be reduced and both the working time of equipment and unnecessary holding of parts can be reduced. This can shorten the circulation time of capital and thus contribute to increasing productivity. But this can at best be a very limited contribution to increasing productivity, as productivity will be constrained by the nature of the technology being used. Inventory control can help to bring actual productivity closer to the limits set by technology employed. It cannot, of course, extend the limits of productivity, something that can be done only by the introduction of a superior technology. Electronification, too, does not have much to do with production and productivity. Electronic weighbridges, for instance, may improve financial results but cannot affect productivity, or the contribution to the economy.

Maharashtra Zilla Parishad Elections-Stage-Managed Postponement

population below the poverty line LACK OF LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE A stark weakness of the Seventh Plan which the planners themselves were aware of but which they did not have any means of overcoming at the stage of making the plan was that the plan did not have a longer term perspective, the strident talk of a triumphant march to the twenty-first century notwithstanding. The reluctance of the political authority to mobilise adequate resources for development pre-empted resources in sight for investment only in ongoing projects in the public sector which were expected to give returns during the Seventh Plan period itself and there was nothing left for new starts, not THE prospects of the elections to the zilla parishads in Maharashtra taking place have receded. The elections seem to have been put off indefinitely following the judgment of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on January 25, which struck down the Zilla Parishad (Electoral Division and Reservation of Seats) Rules, 1985 framed by the Maharashtra government. The court directed the state government to reframe these rules to increase the number of seats reserved for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, taking into account the rise in their population after the 1971 census. The court also ruled that the expression 'population' means the population figures of 1971 census in regard to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes as notified by the census authority on August 8, 1977 under section 5 (3) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Orders (Amendment) Act, 1976.

Anti-Caste Movement in Maharashtra

Anti-Caste Movement in Maharashtra M H Jadhav Dynamics of Cultural Revolution: 19th Century Maharashtra by J R Shinde; Ajanta Publications, Delhi; pp 188, Rs 80.
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