A+| A| A-

Cement-Public Distribution Is Not Enough

of the Arunachal Freedom of Indigenous Faith Bill, 1978, adopted recently by the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly, appear unexceptionable. Forcible conversion or conversion induced by fraudulent means is indeed most reprehensible and there cannot be anything; objectionable about a measure which seeks to provide for the punishment of those who indulge in such conversions. After the Supreme Court ruling (January 17, 1977) which upheld the constitutional validity of the Madhya Pradesh Dharma Swatantrata Adhiniyam, 1968 and the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1967, the legal validity of the Arunachal measure too cannot be questioned. It might even be that the Arunachal administration has a point when it argues that fraudulent means have been used to entice relatively unsophisticated tribals away from their indigenous faiths.

To read the full text Login

Get instant access

New 3 Month Subscription
to Digital Archives at

₹826for India

$50for overseas users

Comments

(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

EPW hopes the list is complete and apologises if the name of any referee has been excluded. Errors will be corrected on the web site.

NEGOTIATIONS arc under way between some leading units in the soap industry, the Government of India and an American firm, Atlantic Richfield, for...

Kalyan Sanyal's magnum opus, Rethinking Capitalist Development, can be seen as a contribution to the project of reimagining political economy in a...

Kalyan Sanyal was trained as a trade theorist in the mid-1970s and initially made many signifi cant contributions in the fi eld. But he later...

The Supreme Court's verdict directing the Government of India to implement the interlinking of rivers seems to have overlooked the regional and...

The idea of a national interlinking of rivers needs to base itself on the past six decades' experience of river and fl ood control measures. A...

The proposal for addressing the twin problems of fl oods and water scarcity by interlinking rivers is based on an outdated and dangerous idea of...

The Government of India, acting through the human resource development ministry, is actively considering a series of drastic changes to the...

Looking ahead, the big macroeconomic policy question for India is whether or not it should emphasise greater self-insurance with a necessarily...

Back to Top