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Two-Child Norm and Panchayats

The Haryana legislation, now upheld by the Supreme Court debarring those with more than two children from contesting panchayat elections, is a serious misreading of the relationship between population and resources and an egregious assault on the process of democratisation. The law selectively affects socially and economically deprived groups, given that it is they who register higher fertility rates.

'Scientific' Racism : A Tangled Skein

Ideas of race have insidiously entered the construction of communalism in our country, while ideas of eugenics, the `science' of race, inform a number of policies related both to population programmes and reservations for the dalits and backward classes. How has this come about?

Population Policies: States Approve Coercive Measures

With states evolving independent policies which appear to be contradicting the National Population Policy's core statement regarding the government's commitment to a target-free approach to family planning, the World Population Day saw the launch of a broad-based campaign of protest.

Politics of Reproduction

for all men and women? Or do they tram- Politics of Reproduction mel the poor, shackling them in newer New Reproductive Technologies, Women

National Population Policy 2000: Re-examining Critical Issues

With many states now having evolved and announced state population policies, there is a need to examine their links with the central policy and also to take a closer look at the experience of implementing the policy. While there has been some change in the content of the policy the blinkered vision on population and people's needs continues to be evident.

Family Planning Programme

A paradigm shift in the family planning programme strategy of the Indian government is under way. The new programme places emphasis on the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) approach to the complete neglect of primary health care. This article focuses on the context that gave birth to the new initiative and, analysing epidemiological data on women's health in the country, undertakes a critique of the RCH approach.

Sanctions Kill Children in Iraq

A recently released UNICEF survey shows that the health and wellbeing of children, the most vulnerable section of the population is being severely affected by the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq.

Apocalyptic Visions: Hunger, Inequality and Population Growth

and Population Growth Mohan Rao The Malthus Factor: Poverty, Politics and Population in Capitalist Development by Eric B Ross; Zed Books, London and New York; pp 264, price: unstated (paperback).

Restating the Case for Development

Mohan Rao Health and Development: Intersectoral Linkages in India by K V Narayana; Rawat Publications, Jaipur, pp 197, Rs 220 (hardcover). WHAT is the nature of the relationship between health and socio-economic development? Are historical lessons valid when it is claimed that history is at an end? What are the insights the history of health offers for health policy in developing countries today? Are favourable health outcomes related to economic growth alone or to egalitarianism? These are some of the questions that propelled the investigations in this brief book.

Quinacrine Sterilisation Trials-A Scientific Scandal

the local bodies within their jurisdiction. The context had to be much broader, namely, from the centre to the states and from the state to their local bodies. Whenever he wrote or spoke on the subject of decentralisation in general or in the particular context of planning, EMS made it very clear that he was strongly opposed to the way the centre had, since independence, taken on functions and powers that should belong to the states.

Fetishistic Celebration

Mohan Rao Girl's Schooling, Women's Autonomy and Fertility Change in South Asia edited by Roger Jeffery and Alaka Basu; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1996;

Myths of Reproductive Profligacy of Poor-Evidence from Mandya District

Muslims were sore with him ever since his failure to prevent the BJP from riding back to power. They were doubly ruffled when he decided to join hands with the Congress in response to the BSP-BJP tie-up. Previously in the 'AJGAR' combination, the Muslims completed the equation by adding the necessary ,M' factor. But now Mulayam Singh sits uncomfortably with a political equation that originated against the Congress with the backing of the same party and the not so enthusiastic support of the Muslims.

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