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December 10,1994 Employment Growth The unemployment situation in the country, be it in rural or urban areas, did not worsen in the 70s and the 80s. There has in fact been rapid diversification of employment and, while the structure of the labour force has changed leading to a significant rise in the proportion of the workforce depending on wage labour, the conditions of wage labour have not deteriorated as feared. The really serious problem, not so much in quantitative terms but in terms of its political importance, is that of growing educated unemployment. 3147 Tripped Though the TRIPS agreement is supposed to provide a transition period, the government of India is in fact required to amend the Indian Patents Act immediately to, among other things, grant exclusive marketing rights for pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical products in favour of foreign patent-holders. Since, for all practical purposes, granting exclusive marketing rights will be as good as granting product patent protection, parliament must defeat this amendment. 3127 Women and Modernisation Shifts and changes in the position of women within families and in definitions of domestic and non-domestic sexuality, especially as it was aligned with the access of women to property within and beyond the family, were one aspect of the modernising process in Mysore state from late 19th century. But in Mysore, as in the rest of India, modernity continued to be the bearer of patriarchal ideologies, no less than the traditions it supplanted or incorporated. 3157 Urban Services and the Poor How responsive are public service providers to the needs of the urban poor? Do the poor in our cities have access to infrastructure and civic services in their localities? What do they say about the quality and adequacy of these services? A comparative analysis of feedback from slumdwellers in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Pune. 3131 Blinkered The Reserve Bank's narrow monetarist approach to using open market operations for mopping up liquidity will aggravate the government's revenue deficit and raise interest costs for small and medium eriterprises precisely when the need was to tower interest costs to revive economic activity. 3120 Understanding Gandhi That even today Gandhi should be inscribed within the narrow confines of Hindu tradition, as it came to be constructed under the pressure of imperialist western discourse, is reason enough for an introspective look at our post-colonial predicament. 3142 Unanswered Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamod's strident views about Asia's role and its niche in global trade, without being an adjunct to the west's or the US's agenda, assures him both a high profile and the image of a Cassandra in western perceptions. But, as was evident at the second APEC summit at Bogor, his central questions remain unanswered. 3135 The Other Side It is important to be on guard against the trends of narrow regionalism and anti-dalit sentiment which have come to the fore at different levels in the Uttarakhand movement, 3130 Environment and Law The evolution of environmental law in India has to be seen as an interplay of state and society and interaction within the institutions of the state. 3138 Not Enough Evidence?

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