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Operation Barga A Further Note

Operation Barga : A Further Note Ratan Khasnabis IN an earlier comment [6] on the tenancy reform measures of the Left Front government, we had pointed out that the 'Operation Barga' (OB) as modified following the High Court judgment on the issue, has hardly anything new to contribute to the accentuation of class struggle in the countryside. The modified OB is nothing but a simple Revenue Court measure which had already been there as an element in the land reforms administration of the state. This view has been vehemently criticised by the supporters of the Left Front government. OB, they claim, "has taken the shape of class struggle and a great peasant movement in the rural areas of the state", so much so that it is serving now as "harbingers of fundamental change" 12; p 20531Such social democratic tendency of making much of certain pro-bargadar legislative measures can be best understood by examining the limitations of a state sponsored measure like the OB as an instrument for the development of class-struggle in the countryside. Pre- cisely with that end in view, in the first part of the present note, we consider the implementational aspects of the tenancy reform measures and examine their socio-political implications.

1981 Census Economic

1981 Census Economic K S Natarajan THE release of the 1981 Census provisional totals on workers and non- workers has kindled the interest of many research workers. A question which naturally arises among all the users of the census data is whether the data are comparable with the previous census data. The anxiety of J N Sinha ("1981 Census Economic Data

Nutritional Norms and Measurement of Malnourishment and Poverty

Nutritional Norms and Measurement of Malnourishment and Poverty Jaya Mehta Background THERE has been much controversy recently regarding Sukhatme's theory of nutritional norms and its implications for the measurement of poverty and malnourishment.1 Sukhatme et at Sukhatme and Margin 1978, Seckler

India-China Border

India-China Border IN his article 'India-China Border: A Review and Critique' (EPW, May 15, 1982), Parshotam Mehra refers to the concluding remarks in my paper 'Distortions in the History of the Sino- Indian Frontiers

Population Scene after 1981 Census

Population Scene after 1981 Census S Mukerji 'INDIAN Population Scene after 1981 Census, A Perspective', by Pravin Visaria and Leela Visaria (Special Number 1981, Volume XVI. Nos 44, 45, 46) is of great interest for the Demographers; and perhaps planners also can gain valuable guidelines from this informative article.

Company Meeting-The Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited-Chairman s Statement

The Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited Chairman's Statement Disturbing signs 7. Whilst the country's economic performance was thus gratifying, disturbing signs of change have begun to appear in the current year interpreted by industry and some economists as the beginnings of a deepening recession and by Government as merely a process of adjustment between demand and improved supply with no recessionary implication. Whatever the respective soundness of these two points of view, there is no doubt that, talcing advantage of the greatly liberalised import rules, such large quantities of some products including soda ash, aluminium, polyester and special steels were imported at such unfairly low prices as to create a glut in the market and compel Indian producers of the same products drastically to reduce production or even to close down their factories. It is natural that producers who can no longer sell their products or can do so only at a heavy loss should consider that, at least in their business, a state of recession prevails.

Agricultural Labourers and Poverty

Agricultural Labourers and Poverty K N Ninan JOAN MENCHER'S remarks (January 2-9) in response to my comments (September 19, 1981) on her article "Lessons and Non-Lessons of Kerala: Agricultural Labourers and Poverty" She accuses me of being oblivious of the context in which she wrote her paper, No, certainly I am not. But in the process of countering the praise showered on the Kerala model of development by Gwatkin and company, .Mencher swings the pendulum to the other extreme. Mencher charges me with hot having produced a single fact to warrant my less pessimistic assessment of the Kerala situation. In other words, we arc to accept her view that the situation of Kerala agricultural labourers has not only not improved, but has actually deteriorated considerably. To answer this as well as some of her other observations, let us discuss the following:

Financial Resources for Sixth Plan

Financial Resources for Sixth Plan G Thimmaiah IN their paper (October 3, 1981, pp 1619-1623), D R Gupta and Ram N Lal have presented the rationale for the Planning Commission's estimates of financial resources for the Sixth Plan (1980-85), They have also attempted to answer the criticisms levelled against the estimates (without, of course, specifying the critics). The purpose of this note is to show the unrealism of some of their arguments and also the methods which they report to have been used to estimate the financial resources for the Sixth Plan.

Patterns of Regional Development in UP

 paper Robotnik. LFEE, op cit 22 The Guardian, August 16, 1980, 23 See, Rethal, Zobn, "Intellectual and Manual Labour", MacMillan Press 1978; Bettleheim, Charles, 'Economic Calculation and Forms of Property'', Routledge.

Labour Legislation and Working Class Movement

In his article (Special Number, November 1981) Dick Kooiman has argued that the chief explanation for the weak and disorganized condition of the Bombay working class movement in the period 1934-37 was "the institution of the labour officer", which by appropriating the main function of the unions, prevented them from gaining strength. But even a vestigial acquaintance with the history of the Bombay workers' movement suffices to disprove this.

Estimates of Unreported Economy in India

Estimates of Unreported Economy in India J C Sandesara I PROPOSE to deal with Gupta and Gupta's reply1 to my comments2 on their paper3 in. two ways. I first take up their reactions to my comments, and then reiterate the significant points of my comments, which have not been attended to and finally consider the new data that have been introduced in their reply.

IMF Loan

Sanjaya Baru P R BRAHMANANDA'S reply (May 8) to my review of his monograph on the I M F Loan (March 27) is both provocative and amusing. In the first instance Brahmananda has replied in haste so that he has not only misread, and, therefore misrepresented, my points of criticism, hut he has also misled the leader once again which forces me to question again his claim to objectivity in this entire discussion. Brahmananda provokes and amuses also because he more often refutes my arguments with rhetorical questions than with hard tacts. Let me explain.


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