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Punjab Communalised beyond Politics

Punjab: Communalised beyond Politics It is now becoming apparent to many Hindus in Punjab that the Sikhs in general have no common cause with the terrorists. The Sikhs too have made it apparent, through their response to Operation Black Thunder, that the extremists do not speak for them. If New Delhi is seriously interested in bringing to an end the sufferings of the people of Punjab then the present popular mood in the state offers it yet another opportunity.

Indian Express and the Paternal Triangle

Recent developments connected with Indian Express raise important issues of civil liberties: the freedom of proprietors to bring out the newspaper at whatever cost, against the freedom of the workers to strike for higher wages; the freedom of journalists to select news against the freedom of others to gain access to the press to publish their part of the story; the freedom of the public to have access to information against the freedom of the government to suppress news.

One Step Forward... and Backs to the Wall

The CPI and the CPI(M) will have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions before they can dispel the serious doubts in the minds of their own members as well as college and university teachers all over the country about the motives of the functionaries of these two parties who signed the agreement with the government ending the teachers' strike.

Bogey of the Bawdy-Changing Concept of Obscenity in 19th Century Bengali Culture

Suppression of the voices of the lower orders has taken many forms, ranging from administrative intervention to ideological manipulation by the elite. In 19th century Bengal, the educated Bengali gentry's campaign

VIETNAM- To What New Shores

munity who serve as distribution agents rather than paid employees. At present there are about 850 depot holders in the community, the more common being private practitioners, CHGs, teachers, pharmacists, etc. The depot holders distribute lubricated condoms (Sona), oral pills (Mamata), foam tablets and also packets of medicines for common illnesses. Contraceptives were free, the medicines were priced, a fixed percentage of it going to the depot holders as the commission.

History from the Police Torture Chamber

sisting in the matching of national resources with needs on a priority basis, can only succeed if the resources are freed from control by vested interests. Unless resources are so freed, and made available, no planning can take place despite the organisational and ceremonial paraphernalia. Hence the crucial question in the present situation is as to how far the elected rulers are prepared to curb the powerful vested interests. Thus, whether the nation becomes technologically self- reliant or dependent will be decided by our preparedness to grow new knowledge according to needs and to compete on the basis of the quality of our products. However, if our entrepreneurs try to fulfil their narrow short-run interests rather than the long-run national ones, they will rather buy technology from abroad than invest in research and development, and this is what they have been doing: "Efforts have been made to link various streams of industrial production with institutions imparting technical education in order to obtain not only the mandate for the direction of technical education but also mobilise some resources for at least R and D work in technical institutions. There is enough evidence to show that the expected response has not been forthcoming from entrepreneurs either because their expectations of returns from investment are not very high or because it is cheaper to buy modern technologies from abroad" (p 107). In other words, buying modern technology from abroad makes our research institutions redundant, leading to even more need to buy from abroad. This vicious circle of dependency is a serious problem; dealing with it requires struggling against international monopoly capital and its collaborators within the country. Trying to deal with it by methods such as distributing 2,000 computers in schools in 1984-86 "to demistify the computer" (p 71) is like treating cancer with aspirin.

Not in the National Interest

'Not in the National Interest' Sumanta Banerjee IN the new Indian political vocabulary, the word 'clean' has apparently become synonymous with suppression of truth and shielding the guilty.

Contradictions with a Purpose

Contradictions with a Purpose Sumanta Banerjee WHAT happened in Delhi and several other parts of the country in the first week of November, epitomised in an exacerbated form the all too familiar record of brutalisation of the political system and corruption of civil society which marked Indira Gandhi's regime. We found the incinerator's love of bride burning escalating to mass burning of living beings. The brigandage of Congress(I) students at Nagpur in September graduated to the organised slaughter of Sikhs in Delhi in November. While the callousness of the administration and the police towards the security needs of the citizens sank to the level of utter immobility when Sikh houses and shops were in flames, their communal partisanship reached the climax with their active particiption in looting of Sikh shops and killing of Sikh youth. Even after her death, the tradition of ostentatious display of pomp, set by her, continued to hold sway: The clamour of grandiose international gatherings like ASIAD, NAM and CHOGM, found a magnified echo in the demonstrative arrangements for the foreign dignitaries at Teen Murti house, where the nation's entire security force was being concentrated to protect a single dead body, while thousands of living beings were being allowed to be butchered. The flourish of protocol at Shantivan was as irrelevant for the widows and children of the slaughtered Sikhs as the pomp of ASIAD was for the bonded labourers who built the stadia and hotels in Delhi.

The Communists, the Congress and the Anti-Colonial Movement

able that the widely scattered nature of the distribution gradually becomes concentrated through the years 1951, 1961 and 1971.
In 1951 (graph F), three distinct clusters are evident, one in (e), where the primary sector predominates, another in (b), where the secondary sector is dominant, and a third in (a) where the tertiary sector increases in importance. The units in (d) indicate that three components contribute less than 50 per cent to the total working population.

PUNJAB- The Best Lack All Conviction, White the Worst Are Full of Passionate Intensity

PUNJAB The Best Lack All Conviction, White the Worst Are Full of Passionate Intensity Sumanta Banerjee AS the caravan of reaction rolls on in Punjab

Peasant Consciousness

Peasant Consciousness Sumanta Banerjee Elementary Aspects of Peasent Insurgency in Colonial India by Ranajit Guha, Oxford University Press, 1983, pp 361, Rs 140.

Communists and the Congress Party

Communists and the Congress Party Sumanta Banerjee The Indian Left: Critical Appraisals edited by Bipan Chaudra; Vikas Publishing House, 1983; pp 452, Rs 150.


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