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Operation Flood From Issues to Quotations

Operation Flood: From Issues to Quotations Shanti George IN the normal course, contributions to a discussion terminate once the author of the article which has provoked reactions replied to the points raised. By such norms, the recent discussion on Operation Flood in these pages should now close. K T Achaya and Vinod K Huria's article 'Rural Poverty and Operation Flood' (EPH\ September 13, 1986) drew a reaction from B S Baviskar and Shanti George in 'Operation Flood: A Different View' (EPW, November 8, 1986), which was in turn followed by Achaya and Huria's rejoinder 'Operation Flood: A Realistic View' (EPW, December 20, 1986). However, in their rejoinder, Achaya and Huria went beyond the scope of the earlier discussion, which centred on various studies of the impact of the programme Operation Flood. They devoted several paragraphs to explicate a statement: "Words used out of context are of course dangerous" As illustrations of this danger, they used a number of quotations on subjects other than rural poverty cited in my book (George 1985). Discussion was thus extended from the impact of Operation Flood to the procedures used when analysing such programmes, 1 may therefore be justified in continuing this discussion with a brief response to Achaya and Huria on the subject of quotations and context.

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