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NAGALAND-The Generation Gap

NAGALAND The Generation Gap M R THE three-member mission of the former Naga underground federal set-up to London aims at involving the exiled leader A Z Phizo In a settlement that would secure the implementation of the 1975 Shillong Agreement between a section of his supporters and the Indian government. Neither Phizo nor the Burma-based Muivah-led group which. unlike those who have signed the accord, has refused to lay down arms, recognises the agreement.

McCarthyism, Indian-Style

January 25, 1975 McCarthyism, Indian-Style M R AGAINST the background of Haryana Government's reported decision to refuse employment in its service to students who participate in political activity, a recent judgment of the Andhra Pradesh High Court stands out in sharp contrast. The judgment held the termination of the services of a Posts and Telegraphs employee repugnant to the Constitution because the action was consequent to police investigations into the employee's political antecedents.

PARLIAMENT-Where Opposition Should Tread

So far as the larger economic, social or even moral considerations for restricting imports go, Boothalingam sheds no tears over abandoning them. He wants the hard facts to he faced. However, it is not that people of the other line of thinking are unaware of the hard facts, only they are in favour of facing these hard facts much more toughly than has been done in the past, so as not to have to abandon the larger economic, social and even moral considerations which ought to inform government politics

Prisons Are for Riddance

the collaboration agreements and if so whether the rigour of the restrictive clauses has been softened over time. It is a pity that the study does not show even an awareness of the need to analyse such valuable data with reference to an examination of the government's policy intentions in relation to its practices as revealed in the approvals granted by it for collaboration agreements. This is among the most important shortcomings of this study on foreign collaboration.

POLITICAL PRISONERS-New Uses of a Colonial Law

as an advance to be adjusted against future earnings or as payment in lieu of their earned leave. The practice helped enormously to restore normalcy after a strike. The new proposal is that such adjustments should not be allowed if workers are to be 'disciplined' and strikes are to be effectively prohibited. On the contrary, more stringent procedures are to be laid down for managing industrial disputes. Already, the concept of the 'essential services' in which strikes may be prohibited has been freely applied by the government. It is now proposed that this provision should be used more liberally in the blanket concept of the 'core' sector.

RAILWAY STRIKE-The Fall-Out

on the wholesale price of wheat and the UP Chief Minister launched his much- advertised dehoarding drive under which the limits for the stocks of both the farmers and the traders have been lowered. These measures will certainly mean a vast spurt in unauthorised transactions and a further shrinking of arrivals of wheat in the open markets. The consequences of this are indeed frightening to contemplate. A few demonstrative raids in villages to seize the stocks from fanners will be hardly adequate to meet this situation.

LAND REFORM-When, How and By Whom

 LAND REFORM When, How and By Whom? M R A REAPPRAISAL of the CPI(M)'s stand on land reform is reflected in General Secretary Hare Krishna Konar's report to the 22nd session of the All- India Kisan Sabha at Sikar in Rajasthan in the second week of April. Basic land reform

RAILWAYS-Pre-emptive Strike by Government

 RAILWAYS Pre-emptive Strike by Government M R THE government and the Railway Board had three whole months in which to negotiate with the unions to avert the strike called for May 8. But those in charge of the negotiations with the unions chose instead to make the absence of a formal strike notice the pretext for not holding substantive negotiations. When, however, the notice was formally served on April 23, it was promptly declared that such a strike would be illegal The DIR was invoked for this purpose. And, even before the suspended negotiations could be resumed on April 27, a preemptive strike in fact came from the government in the form of cancellation of a large number of passenger trains, The unions, on the other hand, had made it clear that they would like to avoid the strike if a negotiated settlement could be arrived at before the May 8 deadline. The unions did not seem averse to extending the deadline

BANGLADESH

March 2, 1974 POPULIST regimes in South Asia owe their existence to the aroused expectations of the masses. But almost as a rule, the regimes have overplayed their gimmicks and the Left-of-Centre slogans have proved counterproductive. The popularity of the regimes has gone hurtling down and the popularity of the leader has plummetted though less steeply than that of his or her regime. All of them now confront a high tide of popular frustration.

UTTAR PRADESH-Low Key, High Stakes

Low Key, High Stakes M R THE Prime Minister's blistering attack on the Opposition at Mathura on October 2, was for all purposes the beginning of her crash campaign to win the Uttar Pradesh elections. The ragtag Opposition had organised a feeble black-flag demonstration, and that perhaps was the provocation for the strident tone of her speech. But her style of campaigning has changed vastly since. On January 2. she bad to abandon her meeting at Nagpur where the audience was sullen and a section of it hostile. It is significant that she has chosen to ignore the Nagpur incident in her subsequent speeches, though 40 over-enthusiastic Congress MPs rushed to the Press with a statement suggesting that the Nagpur disturbances were the beginning of some sinister 'Rightist plot' against the Prime Minister.

Foreign Policy Platitudes

is progress comparatively tardy, disparities are becoming more glaring. The wheat revolution for instance, has, not touched the state and the yield per acre is little more than half the national average. On the other hand, credit and other facilities have been used mostly by the rich farmers and the orchard owners, who are also exempt from agricultural income-tax and are more affluent than the erstwhile zamindars who were dispossessed in 1950.

BREZHNEV VISIT

December 8, 1973 keeping with their past performance. Nevertheless, the distinction is an important one. There are countries which adopt helpful attitudes and others which do not. That is one of the points rubbed in hy Brezhnev's trip. India is 'adopting 'helpful attitudes' while some others arc being 'unhelpful'. The two have? to he differently treated. The helpful ones will get their crude, steel, rescheduling of debts, and loans. It is to be seen what the unhelpful ones have in store for them

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