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Human Rights and the Third World-Towards a Reassessment of Ideological Dynamics

Towards a Reassessment of Ideological Dynamics M Shiviah In the aftermath of the failure of the Soviet Socialist experiment, the victorious social liberal (capitalist) camp led by the US is taking a narrow view of 'human rights ' in the third world, policing the observance only of civil and political rights. The affluent countries accept social and economic rights for their citizens via the welfare state but deny the same to the rest of the world. Third world countries should struggle for an international declaration and programme of human rights in the broader sense, including rights to resources, food, education, health, and a clean environment IF democracy is meaningless without civil and political rights, so is socialism with any credible claim to the deeper humanistic moorings of Marxism. The tragic failure of the Soviet experiment on this score seems to have eclipsed its historic achievements in furthering the cause of economic and social rights. Among their global spin-offs, not the least important one was the transformation of the old, laissez-faire, liberal state into the new, social liberal (welfare) state.

New Realities, New Utopia-A Perspective on Convergence of Radicalisms

New Realities, New Utopia A Perspective on Convergence of 'Radicalisms' M Shiviah One of the core meanings of Utopia is transcendence arising from a creative response to realities. However, in the conventional understanding of Utopia the element of speculation is held to be far higher than that tolerated by a given social reality. Given this conflict between the realistic and the imaginative components in utopia, who is to determine their relative limits? Should such a determination be exceedingly difficult, which of the two should get a higher dose of benefit of doubt ? In the context of the emerging 'new realities ', this paper attempts to provide glimpses of a new utopia.

Behind Hindu Growth Rate-Glimpses of Upper Class Statecraft

mode and scale of irrigation. The research effort suits only the requirements of the construction of head works and canals of surface-water based major or medium irrigation projects. The analysis of the research base in the field of irrigation brings to light the inherent bias of the Indian irrigation establishment towards major irrigation projects, especially the construction of large dams and canals. The selection of these projects, without an adequate assessment of the supply and demand of the resources implies a technological prejudice in Indiar irrigation establishment that the most important activity in providing irrigation is the creation of big dams and canals.
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