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In Search of Ahimsa

Nonviolence in Modern Indian History edited by David Hardiman, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2017; pp ix + 259, ₹ 1,095.

Development, Not Destruction-Alternative Politics in the Making

Alternative Politics in the Making Rajni Bakshi OVER the last three years several activist groups, who oppose the prevailing model of development as being inherently destructive, have come together on a platform called the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM). The leading Figures of this Alliance are undertaking a national tour from January 30, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom, to mid-March. "Equality, simplicity, self-reliance for proper development'' is the rallying call of the tour which is intended to seek a wider involvement in the Alliance. It is also an attempt to focus public attention on the NAPM's perspective on common public concerns like unemployment and inflation, during the forthcoming Lok Sabha election campaign.

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more of an exception than it should have been. An industrial firm needs trained managers who cannot only understand and implement the bureaucratic division of labour, but can also utilise the peculiar strengths (the less-than-perfectly liquid, idiosyncratic assets) of the firm. When we are talking about a group the firms of which are bound together in customer-supplier relationships, an ability of the managers of different firms to understand one another's needs would addto the synergy of the group. However, in India, partly because of the advantages taken of the legal immunities of the Hindu Undivided Family, the synergy has been confined only within a family group, and the centre of attention has become the development of the family rather than of the group. The Tatas were perhaps forced, by lack of legal immunities of a similar magnitude and by the lack of polyphiloprogenitive members within the nearest kin group, to develop a professional management cadre with loyalty to the industrial group rather than to a particular family in a narrow sense. Will the legal immunities of the Hindu Undivided Family have to be demolished before similar professionalisation takes place in other family-controlled conglomerates ?

A Year after Niyogi s Murder

Rajni Bakshi Even as the legend of Shankar Guha Niyogi continues to evolve in the bastis of Bhilai, the movement he created is facing new challenges.

MAHARASHTRA-Shetkari Sanghatna Confronting Women s Issues

November 22, 1986 an easy outlet for their unaccounted wealth. They were not interested in films as such. They had no ideals and scruples. Their main objective was to make money at any cost. Unfortunately, the new generation of artistes, directors and technicians who entered the films at this stage also fell prey to this philosophy. The earlier institutions with ideals disintegrated before the flood of new money, independent producers sprung up, all values were thrown to the winds and films catering to prurient tastes began to be dished out. The government did little to arrest these trends. As in the times of the British, even after independence, films remained a part of the home ministry. No special attention was given to this medium despite it having so much power to influence people's minds, specially of the youth. The industry was allowed to function in a chaotic manner without any direction, eventually bringing it to its press pass. The only occasion when our government cast its eyes on the film industry in those days was when it imposed some new tax on it.

BIHAR-Sampoorn Kranti Sammelan

November 1-8, 1986 BIHAR Sampoorn Kranti Sammelan Rajni Bakshi A CROSS-SECTION of Gandnian and socialist groups gathered at a national conference at Bodh Gaya, Bihar from October 2 to 4 to chalk out a programme for 'sampoorn kranti' (total revolution). The meeting was the culmination of a two-year effort to build a national platform for all the grassroots non-party political groups striving for radical change through peaceful means. The meeting was also the first major effort in the last eight years to give the ideas and work of Jayprakash Narayan, and his Gandhian-socialist tradition, a place in national politics.

LABOUR-Firing at National Rayon

February 2, 1985 colourful spoicesman as Devraj Urs' KBCC-l had in L G Havanur, quite apart from the fact that Havanur is very knowledgeable about the soeio-legal problems associated with reservations.

Changing Dimensions of Communalism

Rajni Bakshi COMMUNAL riots have become a way of life in Hyderabad over the last five years. As yet another round of communal violence swept through the old city of Hyderabad in September a group of activists and academics met there under the aegis of Lokayan to seek ways of countering the communal virus through a bet- ter understanding of its dimensions and characteristics. The Seminar was concerned with the 'Changing Dimensions of Communalism in India' and papers were presented on communal tensions in Nilackel (Kerala), Kanya- kumari, the Bangladesh border districts of Bihar and the Bombay-Bhiwandi riots. But the main focus was on Hyderabad. Since Lokayan, an informal group of people attempting to create a forum for concerned intellectuals, the principal aim of the meeting was to evolve an action programme for countering the influence of communal forces.
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