The Imperial Elite

cultivation, deforestation would have been much more. Nevertheless, the major reason for pressure on forests and CPRs today is not so much to raise the supply of food, as it is to provide a source of livelihood; If according to Rao himself the new technology was disappointing in terms of labour absorption, it cannot by itself have a very significant impact in preventing deforestation. This is so particularly if landless labour do not benefit much from the new technology. Moreover, the pressure of industries in seeking raw material from forests is another independent factor behind deforestation. There is thus no cause for complacency on the front of environmental degradation and the government should spare no effort in preventing it. Similarly, even if "at the present state of development", 'chemicalisation' in agriculture is no major threat compared to deforestation, the former has already shown its adverse potential, both in regard to fertilisers and pesticides. There is need for abundant caution on this front too.

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.

Women and the Politics of Class by Johanna Brenner

Explorations in Pragmatic Economics Selected papers of George A Akerlof

The Past at Every Corner Delhi: Ancient History edited by Upinder Singh; Social Science Press, New Delhi,
Shonaleeka Kaul Delhi: Ancient...

This paper re-examines the monetary aggregation procedure in India in the context of the new monetary aggregates proposed by the Third Working...

characterisations, and it must be admitted that his writing does smack of overkill, the problem remains. How do we explain the continued...

Harsh Sethi Development, Ethnicity and Human Rights in South Asia by Ross Mallick; Sage Publications, Delhi, 1998; pp 375, Rs 425.
MOST...

on the part of the Bengali middle class to de-class their identity through the praxis of the stage has its thrills, even as the tragedy it...

Ashok Mitra The Mirror of Class: Essays on Bengali Theatre by Himani Bannerji; Papyrus, Calcutta, 1998; pp 240, Rs 200.
IT would be an...

Central Banking in Developing Countries by Anand Chandavarkar; Macmillan Press, UK, 1996 and St Martin's Press, Inc, US, 1996; pp xiv + 289, THIS...

Back to Top