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To Manage a Willing Press

To Manage a Willing Press Nireekshak NEWS management has come to stay. It used to be the monopoly of big business who own the high-circulation national dailies and periodicals. A telephone call from the owners was enough to black-out a news item or to get another played up. There was nothing subtle or sophisticated about the way this was done: all that the Sethji had to do was to order the flunkeys in the newspapers he controlled.

Lost Battles

him your liaison officer with the relevant wing of the defence establishment. Even otherwise, there is a certain affinity in culture and attitudes fostered by the fact that key defence personnel belong overwhelmingly to a number of specific geographical locations. Thus while at one end the Government considers introducing fresh projects and schemes for narrowing down the regional disparities in incomes, at the other end a contrary force continues to operate via the artifice of defence expenditure.

The Party Is Over

The Party Is Over Nireekshak TWO expensively organised journalists' conferences were held in New Delhi recently at an interval of some nine weeks. In December there was the international seminar under the aegis of the Forum of Financial Writers and earlier this month there was the One Asia Assembly financed by the controversial Press Foundation of Asia.

Let the Pups Drown

Let the Pups Drown! Nireekshak EVER heard of governmental action against a journal for advocating President's rule in a state where law and order appears to he in shambles? One normally credits governments, central or state, with better sense. But it is not always so. The action taken by the Manipur government against a Delhi weekly, Point of View, is a case in point.

Their Finest Hour

November 25, 1972 into holy matrimony with the son of a leading importer-exporter, and this trader has a couple of his own daughters married to the offspring of this cabinet minister or that president of the state congress committed. It is an intricate network, but duly equilibrated by the various forces that are at work. These forces 'define the boundary conditions of nationalisation; they define the content of socialism. If some prices rise, it is because the commission charged by one set of relatives has to go up. If some supplies disappear from the market, it is because the profits of one of the inlaws have to be jacked up by a certain percentage. If the housewife has to pay today one hundred per cent more for sugar or vanaspati or something else over what she was paying some months ago, it is perhaps due to the fact that one hundred crores or thereabouts worth of election funds had to be handed over to a select group of politicians. If, suddenly, a new import item is canalised or a new textile mill is taken over, look into the meaning of meaning: either somebody's brother-in-law is being bailed out, or sombody else's son- in-law is being provided with extra gravy.

What Is Sauce for the Goose...

What Is Sauce for the Goose... Nireekshak CALL it self-imposed censorship or Voluntary control' as the current president of the All-India Newspaper Editors' Conference, Sudhanshukumar Basu, prefers to call it, but the thing very much exists in the Indian Press. Take, for example, the recent language riots in Assam. The All-India Newspaper Editors' Conference directed Calcutta and Delhi newspapers to "exercise utmost caution in dealing with news from Assam", As a result, no one knew for days what exactly was happening in that eastern state. When this self- imposed censorship broke down, the government stepped in and imposed pre- censorship on all Calcutta and Delhi newspapers.

Not So Secret

Not So Secret Nireekshak WHY is New Delhi hesitant to tell exactly how the CIA is interfering in our internal affairs and souring our relations with Bangladesh? While the involvement of a powerful espionage agency like the CIA may be too pervasive to he neatly defined, New Delhi is certainly in a position at least to expose CIA's network in this country. Yet there is a discreet silence on this count. Which leaves the national Press with nothing to go on save the utterances, of the Prime Minister and the Congress President.

On Foreigners of All Kinds

nowhere, you have no redress. There is a feeling that there is nobody, not even the Chief Minister, who would dare utter one word in protest against the depredations of the Congress youth: and if the police were neutralised during a phase of the United Front regime, it has now become an integral part of the ruling party's bulldozing apparatus.

Inevitable Slide-Back

Wanted: No-Cost Reforms Romesh Thapar THE current craze in the GOI for holding companies

Press Freedom for the Few

a foundry or forge plant. Calcutta's assortment of young people will have to be written off. Sorry, the banks cannot do anything for them. Their products will not be underwritten by any worthy and, therefore, they can have no finance for survival Misfits par excellence, they can perhaps try

Government Pressures

September 9, 1072 (India Office Library) 'Preliminary Sur- vey.. of the Statistical Materials in the India Office Library and India Office Records', which, though 'selective', according to the author, "is the first attempt to survey the statistical resources'' of these two havens of India-lovers over the world. As for the reliability, "at the moment it appears that insufficient use has made of these statistics to permit any general statements to be made". But studies conducted on the basis of trade, population, and sociological statistics have already indicated the nature of corrections necessary. On population, in particular, recent studies have indicated that "pre' 1871 estimates and the post-1871 full censuses are all subject to various errors". Among the many sources, still largely unused, according to Bingle are: (1) 10,000 volumes of European manuscripts consisting mostly of reports of civil servants and army officers, covering the period 1750-1950; (2) the papers of the Surveyer General of India (Mackenzie Collections: 1753- 1821) relating to the history of South- India and South East Asia, mostly relating to agriculture and trade; (3) Buchanan- Hamilton collections (1762-1821) consisting of the survey of seven districts of Bengal and Bihar; (4) Papers of Robert Clive and members of his family (1718-1831) and those of Warre Ma- let (1752-1815), and John Gross (I7tt3- 1771); these are important sources of private trade and "the way a 'nabob' amassed a fortune"; (5) Commercial Reports from India and the records of the Accountant General's department. Administrative reports, annual departmental reports, and ad hoc reports are among the three groups of reports that have not been much used for statistical purposes.

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