ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Welfare State through a Haze

Postmodern Welfare: Reconstructing an Emancipatory Project by Peter Leonard; Sage Publications, London, 1997; pp xvi + 187, £ 37.50 (cloth), £ 12.95 (paper)

Vision of All-Round Development

Understanding Development: People, Markets and the State in Mixed Economies by Ignacy Sachs; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2000; pp ix + 204, Rs 450.

What Works Best

Monetary policy had veered quite some time ago in many countries towards a What Works Best Perspectives on Indian Economy: A Collection of Essays by C Rangarajan; UBS Publishers Distributors, New Delhi, 2000; pp xxxii + 320, Rs 395.

Globalisation, Media and Culture

Market and media act symbiotically to produce culture. Economic globalisation also means a global culture. Economies of scale apply here too, and the movement is towards uniformity and regimentation. Cultures of minorities are lost and the trivial gains at the cost of the serious.

State Government Subsidies

Competitive populism of political parties has led to a distortion of the subsidy system in India. This article examines the nature, causes and consequences of the growth of subsidies in Tamil Nadu. Any study of subsidies has to take into account the political economy of their structure and functioning. Besides statistics, there is qualitative evidence to show that the subsidy system in Tamil Nadu is wasteful, corrupt, regressive and counter-productive. The two major political parties are locked in an unhealthy Nash equilibrium of inefficient populism.

Ethics in Business

many developing countries have yet to think through the dimensions of competition laws that would adequately serve their efficiency needs. There is also a lack of regulatory authorities that can effectively implement these laws.

Colonialism and Industry in South India

Colonialism and Industry in South India S Ambirajan Colonialism, Chemical Technology and Industry in Southern India 1880-1937 by Nasir Tyabji; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1995; pp x+242, Rs 395.

TAMIL NADU-Politics of Wedding and Wedding as Politics

excise revenue is very high for Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. (iv) The share of country spirit in states total excise revenue is very high for Karnataka (74 per cent) and Kerala (67 per cent).

Planning Kerala s Irrigation Projects-Technological Prejudice and Politics of Hope

The political objective of achieving self-sufficiency in rice production in Kerala supported the planning of major irrigation projects in alt the river basins of Kerala. The irrigation engineers who planned these projects showed a technological prejudice as they rarely sought alternative methods and scales of irrigation in each of these basins. This prejudice is of serious concern in a high rainfall area like Kerala, where the dam and canal-based system is 'naturally' costly and where there is a possibility of meeting the relatively small requirement of additional water through less expensive means. The objective of achieving self-sufficiency in rice and the policy of having major irrigation projects in all the basins seem to be based on the neglect of the specific agro-climatological and agro-ecological features of humid-tropic Kerala.
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