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Islam in a Benign Light

Communal Rage in Secular India by Rafiq Zakaria; Popular Prakashan, Mumbai, 2002; Islam and Jihad by A G Noorani;
Islam and Jihad by A G Noorani; Left Word, New Delhi, 2002; Rational Approach to Islam by

Driving a Coach-and-Four Over The Village Cart and Gaav-Gada

T N Atre's Gaav-Gada has been justly celebrated as a Marathi language classic from the point of view of diction and style. Also, Atre must be considered the first author, after Jotirao Phule, to attempt to make the educated urbanite aware of the problems of the farmer by way of a full-length book. The core theme of Atre's book is the disastrous social and moral consequences of a medieval socio-economic system and mindset lingering on into the early decades of the 20th century. This moral degeneration, according to Atre, is the progeny of the vatan system and his book is an invocation to get rid of the vatan system and the hold of the vatan mentality induced by it and to embrace the modern economic order of the market.

A Matter of Definitions

GOPAL GURU (EPW, February 16) com- ments disapprovingly on the attempts of 'Hindu communal forces' to 'Hinduise' Ambedkar for the "subsequent assimilation of dalits into Hindu fold". Guru's discussion is based on a fundamental misconception about the connotations of the terms 'Hinduism' and 'Hindutva'.

Economics All the Way

THIS slim book contains two essays, 'Economic Approach to Village Community and Institutions' and 'Directions of Agrarian Change in Asia: Polarisation or Peasant Stratifiction?' Although small-sized, it packs between its covers many new and stimulating ideas and therefore deserves a more detailed look than would seem to be warranted by its physical "size.


Strategies for Equity Ifzal Ali B M Desai R Ramakrishna V S Vyas This paper attempts to focus on the prospects and problems of Indian agriculture by the turn of the century. Its emphasis is mainly on issues relating to distribution, and the increasing of the purchasing power of the poorest segments of the population.

Transforming Traditional Agriculture-A Delayed Critique of Theodore Schultz

A Delayed Critique of Theodore Schultz S H Deshpande The debate on Theodore W Schultz's theories about transformation of traditional agriculture, which appeared in the pages of EPW more than eleven years ago, did not extend to tracing the Schultzian errors to their source.

A Management Problem in Co-operative Farms

A distinguishing feature of the co-operative (joint) farm is that in it, along with land, labour is also 'pooled. In literature on co-operative farming, this particular attribute of the co-operative farm has generally remained ignored and consequently some of the vital problems affecting its working have received inadequate appreciation.

Mansions, Old and New

S H Deshpande Village Community Projects in India: Origin, Development and Problems, by V P Pande; Asia, 1967; pp x + 258, Rs 20.
THIS is a very useful contribution to the literature on rural development. Pande traces experiments in rural development way back to the sixties of the last century and carefully con- structs their history culminating in the in the nationwide community development programme of the present day. As he tells us in the introductory note, this is not a complete history because it has omitted to examine a number of experiments in rural development. However, this is far from being a blemish because the more significant cases have been studied and the facts relating to each have been marshalled with scrupulous care.

All-Sided Approach to Rural Development-How Valid Is It

All-Sided Approach to Rural Development How Valid Is It?
S H Deshpande According to the 'all-sided' development theory, it is futile to concentrate on any single aspect of rural development (eg, agriculture); all aspects, or at any rate most of them, have to be tackled simultaneously.

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