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FAMILY PLANNING- Wasted Propaganda

novel about this liberalisation of the definition of 'excess capacity'. It is only a firming up of the policy initiated three years ago, when the unauthorised capacity of 65 industrial groups was 'regularised'. Flexible licensing procedures, permission for diversification of product-mix, facilities in supplies of raw materials, capital, and credit, and relaxation of price and distribution controls, have by now become the norms of industrial policy. This, combined with the discipline being inculcated among the labour force, should give considerable satisfaction and stimulus to the captains of industry and trade.

SCHEDULED TRIBES- Failure of Placatory Measures

to worsening industrial relations in the steel industry.
The objectionable manner of functioning of the SAIL management is further highlighted by yet another incident. This took place at the level of the SAIL board itself and concerns the meeting of the reconstituted board in April last. Here one need not go into the composition of the new board with the preponderance of bureaucrats and personalities from the private sector who really deserve no place in the board. The incident in question concerns the Vizag and Vijayanagram steel plants which have become a big embarrassment for the government as well as SAIL. The government is politically committed to building these plants. On the other hand, there are the questions about the economic viability of the plants and their cost. When the issue was discussed the SAIL board took the clear-cut position that it was not possible to go ahead with their construction at this stage. But in view of the political commitment, it was agreed that a proper assessment of steel demand and a study of the product-mix of the two plants be undertaken. It was also made clear that SAIL would go solely by tech no- economic considerations. If the government desired that certain overriding political considerations must prevail it could have its way, but in that case it must give a clear directive to the SAIL board.

THE PRESS-All Is Forgiven

September 22, 1973 THE PRESS All Is Forgiven! Sumanta Banerjee NEWSPAPERS owned by the large industrial houses are an interesting guide to the state of relations between these houses and the government. In 1969 these industrial houses, through their newspapers, were bitterly critical of the Prime Minister over the economic incisures announced by her, over the election of the President and, finally, over the split in the Congress. Today, in 1973, they have once again moved close to the ruling party. Their newspapers, which breathed fire against 'he Prime Minister in 1969, are conciliatory in their reaction to measures like the takeover of wheat trade or sick mills.

INDUSTRIAL LABOUR-Apolitical Opportunism

ministry excluding its present incumbents.
Barely a month before the Congress decided on contesting the Dindigul seat, its political conference (held at Dindigul) called for a third front in the state, to fight both the Congress(O) and the DMK. There was no more hope of a rapprochement with Kamaraj and the the Congress(O) and the ruling party at the Centre had decided to take the initiative for a new strategy. The obvious allies in the third front were to be the ADMK and the CPI. But as events proved, the front was a non- starter. The Congress thought that as the sponsor of the front, it would be its leader and qualify for the unconditional support of the two allies at the Dindigul by-election. Any compromise at Dindigul would deprive it of yet another chance to assert its identity and to attempt building an independent mass base.

Sino-US Togetherness Leftist Responses

Sumanta Banerjee THE responses of our Government and political parties to the thaw in Sino-US relations once again speak ill of our capacity to take an independent stand on important political issues

India and South Asia-Growing Economic Stake

India and South Asia Growing Economic Stake Sumanta Banerjee THE promptness with which India rushed to help Sirimavo Bandaranaike crush the Ccylonese insurgents might have disappointed the Leftist admirers of India's 'progressive' foreign policy. As Ashok Rudra rightly points out: "It ought to set a problem for those who genuinely believe Indira to represent... the progressive, anti-monopoly, national bourgeoisie of India." ("Spectre Haunting Indira", May 29, pp 1069-71). But it would not be quite correct to say, as Ashok Rudra does, that "there had not been any military expression of India's imperialistic ambitions up till now", A closer look would reveal that the Indian intervention in Ceylon was in keeping with our traditional attitude towards instability in neighbouring countries and the policy of protecting our economic stakes in these areas.

Many Fingers in the Pie

tional monarchy but that the "King's dictatorial policy and his reluctance to transfer power to the people are proving a great hindrance to the evolution of constitutional monarchy in Nepal. After all, the King has to play his part honestly for the success of constitutional monarchy. Then there is another question connected with this issue, viz, the question of sovereignty. I am a believer in the principle of popular sovereignty. The principle of kingship must be subordinated to the principle of sovereignty of the people.'' Koirala was saying, in effect, that the King was not prepared to accept the principle of sovereignty of the people

BANGLA DESH-Next Phase of the War

THIS is a suburban town in Khulna, Bangla Desh. The people are changing under the shadow of possible attack any moment by the Pakistan armed forces occupying Jessore which is 40 miles away from here.

Intimations of Inflexibility

after four revisions involving the putting off of completion of the project by over three years compared to the original schedule, is not likely to be kept. Considering the importance of this giant project and the huge funds committed to it, this is nothing short of tragic.

The Central Contradiction

The Central Contradiction Sumanta Banerjee THE political monopoly of the Congress was the main plank in the last General Elections. The emphasis this time has shifted to national economic policies. If Indira Gandhi sometimes seems to be the centre of attention, It is because she is identified with these policies.


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