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On Measurement of Poverty

nuclear scientists has only encouraged lite adoption of such an attitude, CONCLUSION Nuclear energy has raised in its wake a host of problems which need he solved before a nation can proceed to adopt it for power generation on a large scale. The peculiar characteristic of nuclear power, effects of which have to he considered for accounting even for periods when the nuclear plant has long ceased to operate, vitiates comparability with competing energy resources like coal-based power. Overplaying the promise of nuclear power has been at the cost of the development of coal technology.

Company Meeting-The Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited

The Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited Chairman's Statement THE following is the statement of Mr J R D Tata, Chairman of the Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited, for the year 1980-81.

Retention of Profits and Stock Markets-A Comment

Retention of Profits and Stock Markets A Comment L M Bhole IN his reply (December 27, 1980) to my comment ( July 19, 1980) and Patil's Rejoinder (June 21), Chitalc has attempted to defend his earlier proposal of lowering the retention ratio and increasing the dividend payout ratio by Indian joint-stock companies as a means of activising and developing stock markets.

Yes, Zia Can Be Our Friend

Yes, Zia Can Be Our Friend Dev Nathan Vasanthi Raman THE question of supply of arms (whether America:) or Chinese) to Pakistan is last becoming a central question of Indian politics. Not that arms to Pakistan themselves are so important, but the attitude taken to this issue is dependent on one's attitude to what are the central issues in Indian politics today, viz, the attitude to Indian expansionism and its backer, Soviet social- imperialism. The CPI and the CPI(M) have exposed the sham nature of their opposition to Indira Gandhi by welcoming her stands on Pakistan and other related foreign policy matters.

Challenge of Women s Studies

does not Pakistan have the right to defend itself? That a more popular regime in Pakistan would certainly be far more effective in mobilising the people against any external threat is undeniable. But that is a matter for the Pakistani people to work out. It is not inconceivable that the Pakistani people will struggle against Zia to wrest democratic rights and at the same time co-operate with Zia to defend the country.

Peasant Organisations in South India

Peasant Organisations in South India K C Alexander M S S PANDIAN {EPW, January 31) has raised certain issues on my paper 'Emergence of Peasant Organizations in South India' (EPW, June 28, 1980 Review of Agriculture).

Storm over English in West Bengal-A Comment

Storm over English in West Bengal A Comment Jasodhara Bagchi BHABATOSH DATTA's thoughtful article on the language controversy in West Bengal (EPW, April 4) has cleared a number of cobwebs and raised certain important points which are worth emphasising and remembering whenever a society gets embroiled in such controversies. The most important of these is the grave warning Bhabatosh Datta sounds against wanton experimentation with the education of children. Children .should not just be treated as pawns in the game of adults. Since Independence they have often been handled as shuttlecocks, so that thirty-four years after Independence, education in the country has generated a noxious combination of cynicism and competitiveness among the adolescents going up for higher education.

Food for Work Programmes Beyond Roads That Get Washed Away-A Comment

"(with the absurd proviso that they must not teach Bengali or any other second language)". Is the proviso so absurd after all? If primary education has to be unilingual, there must be some parity maintained between the schools. One of the healthy points behind the government's stipulation about the one-language formula is to see that students' energy does not get diverted towards learning a second language, Parents who choose English as the medium of instruction must take full responsibility for their decision

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist-A Summing Up

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist A Summing Up Amalendu Guha IN continuation of my reply to Gail Cmvedt (EPW, April 25), I may inform that the left's concern for Assam's acute underdevelopment and immigration problems goes back much beyond November 1980 and is, in no way, a by-product of "pressure from the movement". As demanded by her, some relevant facts of the post-independence period regarding "what the CPI and CPI(M) were saying about the issue years earlier" are presented below in Section I. Sanjib Kumar Baruah's comment (EFW, April 11) is examined in Section II. My final position, in its immediate operational aspects, is restated in Section III.

Productivity Aspect of Wages in Food for Work Programme

Productivity Aspect of Wages in Food for Work Programme Manoj Kumar Panda THE wages paid in the food for work programme (FWF) have recently raised some controversy. Basu (1981) argues for "as low a wage rate as is passible without running short of labour". He criticises the earlier recommendation of Dandekar and Sathe (1980) to increase the prevailing wage rate on the ground that this would lead to concentration of the benefit of FWP on a lesser number of people. In making this criticism, however, Basu completely ignores the effect of the wage rate on the productivity of the worker.

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist

Little Nationalism Turned Chauvinist Hiren Gohain SANJIB KUMAR BARUAH (April 11) duly wins our admiration for his full- throated raptures at his own discoveries, but I see no reason to accept his qualification of my self-criticism as only 'half-hearted'. Since the point however is neither trivial nor personal, I feel bound to correct him here.

Studying Society and Social Change

Studying Society and Social Change Sanjaya Baru Amitabh Dasgupta C T KURIEN's review of Krishna Bharadwaj's "On Some Issues in the Analysis of Social Change" (January 24) was less than fair to the author. While missing the basic thrust of the three Lectures delivered by Krishna Bharad- waj at I he University of Mysore, the review does not give a proper appraisal of her argument. We wish to draw attention to the former and make some observations on the latter.


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