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Science, Progress and Posterity

Science, Progress and Posterity Arun Ghosh When new scientific advances are sought to be applied it is essential to take stock of their possible adverse effects and to evaluate who will gain and who will lose from their application. Will our scientific community respond by taking the responsibility for such evaluation?

Ferment in Eastern Europe

Ferment in Eastern Europe Lessons for Leftists in India Arun Ghosh EASTERN Europe has been in the news of late. The events in Poland and Hungary have been historic to say the least. And now the German Democratic Republic is also in for cataclysmic changes. One hears of rumblings in Czechoslovakia also. The ferment one sees in central Europe has doubtless been building up for some time: the opportunity for formal and visible protest has also doubtless arisen as a result of Gorbachev's perestroika in the USSR, and his reluctance to commit Russian troops to restore 'order' in central Europe, in the tradition of 1953,

Mystery of a Declining-Capital-Output Ratio

Mystery of a Declining Capital-Output Ratio THE Planning Commission, or at any rate some responsible spokesmen of the commission, have for some time lost no opportunity to highlight in every forum the findings of the Centra] Statistical Organisation (CSO) that of late the overall, aggregative incremental capital-output ratio (ICOR) has been declining. And

Science, Technology and Self-Reliance

Science, Technology and Self-Reliance Arun Ghosh The life story of Pandurang Khankhoje, whose researches yielded the revolution in wheat production in Mexico where he was director of agriculture but who when he returned to India after independence never got the slightest nod from his own countrymen, is illustrative of our general approach to the application of science and technology for our development.

State of Union Message from RBI

State of Union Message from RBI Arun Ghosh In its Annual Report RBI has drawn attention to the dangers facing the Indian economy. Where it has gone wrong is in understating the inherent fragility of the growth recorded in the past few years.

Technology Missions versus Peoples Participation

Technology Missions versus People's Participation Arun Ghosh The latest manifestation of the government's obsessive reliance on technology is the announcement by the prime minister of the constitution of a Technology Mission on Flood Control The move is indicative of total lack of any familiarity with the root causes of the recurrent floods in the northern and north-eastern plains.

Musing on Run-Up to General Elections

Musing on Run-Up to General Elections Arun Ghosh While Doordarshan mouths only the views of government spokesmen, most of our national news media reflect the views of one senior journalist or the other. There is little opportunity to know what is going on in the minds of the millions of our voters, interspersed through some 1.2 million square miles of territory (some of it outside our control).

Musings during a Debate on Panchayati Raj

Musings during a Debate on Panchayati Raj Pray do not sneer, hold back your frown, For every circus has its clown. You're all too serious, all too tense, But don't take leave of commonsense, What's a circus without a clown?

Delhi, the Imperial City

Delhi, the Imperial City Arun Ghosh Unlike other towns and cities of this country Delhi does not have to worry about where the money for its civic amenities comes from. There are some 800 million Indians to pay the cost of maintaining the nations show piece.

A Plea for Open Government-Case of Narmada Project

A Plea for Open Government Case of Narmada Project Arun Ghosh OF late, the science of governance appears to be increasingly oriented to secrecy in regard to the functioning of government, and efficient public relations (or PR for short) seems to have been perfected to an art, to replace open debate and to elicit support for government policies. Thus we find that the government budget today reveals less and less, even as government expenditure gobbles up an increasing share of the national product. The sources of routine, rudimentary data are denied to common citizens, not overtly but through non-availability and inaccessibility. Most official data are "for official use only"; and at times even elementary facts are held back under the Official Secrets Act.

Idle Thoughts on Idle Laws

Arun Ghosh OVER the years, in diverse capacities in the union government, I have had occasions to amuse myself by penning lampoons on various facets of administration, during long, desultory conferences with endless meaningless speeches made by all and sundry. The following piece, written in March 1981, is reproduced here in response to many letters 1 have received on the piece appearing on the history of economic thought. My apologies, in advance, to those who dislike frivolity.

The Panchayati Raj Bill

The Panchayati Raj Bill Arun Ghosh While the motives of the government in precipitately introducing the Constitution (64th Amendment) Bill may be suspect and while some of the provisions of the bill may be objectionable, the introduction of the bill is a highly desirable development, the full implications of which may not have occurred to those who have drafted it.


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