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Fix it, Forget it Norplant and Human Rights

government hat to ensure fair price to all agricultural produces by strengthening the marketing network. (4) Support services for the farmers to be built-up and strengthened: There has been no cold storage and other infrastructures in the district for which onions, potatoes and other vegetables and fruits of the district are procured by the traders at throw away prices and exported to Raipur to be imported later for sale at high prices in Kalahandi. The nexus between politicians, traders and the bureaucracy has to be destroyed. This entails a long-term process of political and social education of the people for this alone holds the key to development in the district. Without this, no development programme will have any impact on the district.

PUBLIC HEALTH- Small-pox Scare

August 6, 1983 passed the Land Reforms Bill in 1952. The Kheria-Shavaras of West Bengal are constantly being hounded by the forest-guards and the police and regularly evicted from homestead. The Lodhas of Midnapur lead a threatened existence. The Santals of West Bengal are constantly on the move in search of work. The Birhors and Paharias iive like paupers in West Bengal and Bihar. In my India children at seven are hired out as child-labourers just for a meal. Will eucalyptus help them? Are these people going to operate rayon, plastic or matchbox industries? Will they own and operate paper mills, or open furniture, shops?

WOMEN-Medicine and the Male Utopia

Medicine and the Male Utopia Vimal Balasubramanyan IN the current rather bitter condemnation of selective abortion after sex- selection by amniocentesis, women's groups and others have dwelt mainly on the threat to the female species. The emphasis has been largely on the low female status in this country that has made the procedure so eagerly sought after by those who can afford it Important though this emphasis is, there is the danger that such an approach may end up overlooking the basic philosophy that guides the medical- technical establishment.
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