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Second Airport for Mumbai At What Cost

Sumanta Banerjee Runways Across Villages: Critique of the Proposed New International Airport for the City of Mumbai by Ritu Dewan with SandhyaMhatre; Himalaya Publishing House, Mumbai, 1997; pp 134, price not mentioned.

Amiya Rao A Tribute

Sumanta Banerjee What made Amiya Rao one of the most vigilant and conscientious leaders of the civil liberties movement was her determination and courage combined with a scholastic bent of mind.

ON ELECTION-EVE - II-Skin-Deep Politics and Thick-Skinned Politicians

ON ELECTION-EVE II Skin-Deep Politics and Thick-Skinned Politicians THE coming general elections provide us with some sort of a watershed from which we can take a close look at the end-product of a nearly half-a-century old uninterrupted experiment (barring the Emergency period) with democratic institutions in India. This is considered to be an impressive record by many political observers who are disappointed by the fluctuating ebb and flow in the history of parliamentary democracy in other parts of the subcontinent.

In Memory of Gobinda Mukhoty

Sumanta Banerjee Gobinda Mukhoty will be remembered for his success in hollowing out a foothold for the dispossessed in the solid conservative trunk of the Indian judiciary.

Flowers for the Illiterate

Flowers for the Illiterate Sumanta Banerjee The post-literacy scene in India is plagued by both 'waning energy' among the volunteer teachers and the absence of a learning ambience in the surroundings of the neo-literates. And the problem of relapse into illiteracy has been compounded by what the Expert Group set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development has termed as the "real fragility in literacy achievements".

Explanation and Prescription

Explanation and Prescription Sumanta Banerjee Five Lectures in Marxist Mode by Randhir Singh; Ajanta Publications, Delhi, 1993; IN an age, where non-committal ambivalence has become the sign of etiquette in debates in the academic beau monde, it is refreshing to find someone like Randhir Singh making his position clear at the outset without the post-modernist obligatory humming and hawing. What he said at a conference of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee in April 1991 (which is included in the present collection) is worth quoting, since it is the spirit behind that which inspires all the writings which make up this slim volume. While introducing the topic on which he was requested to address the conference (Terrorism, State Terrorism and Democratic Rights'), he said: "Mine will be in fact a straightforward political and partisan exercise in the sense that in a class divided, exploitative society like ours all worthwhile thinking is, inevitably as it were, political and partisan. In such a society, on all important issues, in philosophy as in real life, neutrality is an illusion. Here everything said or done, or left unsaid or undone, helps one side or the other".

Obstacles to Change

Sumanta Banerjee The Anguish of the Deprived by Lakshmidhar Mishra; Har-Anand Publications, UNLIKE the general run of bureaucrats who tend to view problems from the narrow requirements of their specific assignments, the author of this book has succeeded in introducing a holistic approach to the subject with which he had been involved for many years

The Beshya and the Babu-Prostitute and Her Clientele in 19th Century Bengal

In all its various manifestations, the profession of prostitution reflects the domination of the male over the female. This is particularly true in a capitalist society where, like other wage workers in a system that thrives on intensification of division oflabourand specialisation of skills, the prostitute is condemned to the exclusive role of a specialist in sexual entertainment. Stripped of all emotional and intellectual attributes, she becomes the female body. Reduced to a source of purely utilitarian needs, her body is required to produce the regular nocturnal fantasy of pleasure that deceptively fills up the vacuity of the soul of the alienated worker who comes to her as a client. This paper examines the transformations that the profession of prostitution and its clientele underwent with the introduction of new commercial and administrative relations in the 19th century colonial Bengal.

OBITUARY-Utpal Dutt

came into being in Calcutta in 1949(from its earlier incarnation of Amateur Shakespea- reans), could have continued successfully as a repertory company of bright young Anglophile thespians in the city

Sangh Parivar and Democratic Rights

What is the priority expected from the Indian state which is constitutionally committed to democracy and secularism? To protect its citizens from the onslaught of forces which make no bones about their anti-democratic and anti-constitutional objective of persecuting a particular religious minority and establishing a theocratic state? Or to allow these forces to consolidate their base and power under the benign umbrella of democratic tolerance ?

Revisiting the National Literacy Mission

Revisiting the National Literacy Mission THE recent decision of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development's Department of Education to set up a committee of experts for evaluating the Total Literacy Campaigns (TLCs) launched under the National Literacy Mission (NLM) since the period 1990-91, meets the long overdue need for a thorough stock taking exercise Both the euphoric claims about the success of the programme made by some of the districts and the misgivings voiced by a section of the press and educationists questioning those claims require a serious investigation.

Pressure Groups in India

Sumanta Banerjee Pressure Groups and Democracy in India by L P Misquitta; Sterling Publishers, New Delhi, 1991; pp 320, Rs 275. WHILE the state is indeed an organ of class rule, in India the motley and protean character of the ruling classes have invariably led to a proliferation of pressure groups from among various sections of them which seek to influence the state's decision-making in areas which affect their respective interests. Economic pulls and pressures, and contra- dictions among these different groups, are brought to bear upon the state which sometimes mediates between the conflicting interests, sometimes succumbs to a more powerful pressure group, and sometimes overrides another

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