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Levels of Development and Migration

Levels of Development and Migration S M Vidwans IN their paper (EPW, January 7) 'Levels of Development and Migration: Case of South Konkan' K Sita and K Seeta Prabhu (KSP for short) set out to (a) identify intra-regional variations in levels of development in South Konkan; (b) identify major areas of out-migration; and (c) find out whether there is a relationship between the level of development and migration. Thinking that they have suc- ceeded in the pursuit of these objectives, they conclude the paper with a clear vision that " .. the development of South Konkan does not rest with any readymade single solution such as the west coast railway. It has to be viewed in the totality of the physical and human environment of the region and the strong economic pull of metropolitan Bombay.'' The statistics used and the statistical analysis done by them are supposed to have provided them with the bases to achieve their three objectives and draw their final conclusions. l shall attempt 16 show in what follows that KSP's statistical exercise does neither.

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