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MAHARASHTRA-Shetkari Sanghatna Confronting Women s Issues

November 22, 1986 an easy outlet for their unaccounted wealth. They were not interested in films as such. They had no ideals and scruples. Their main objective was to make money at any cost. Unfortunately, the new generation of artistes, directors and technicians who entered the films at this stage also fell prey to this philosophy. The earlier institutions with ideals disintegrated before the flood of new money, independent producers sprung up, all values were thrown to the winds and films catering to prurient tastes began to be dished out. The government did little to arrest these trends. As in the times of the British, even after independence, films remained a part of the home ministry. No special attention was given to this medium despite it having so much power to influence people's minds, specially of the youth. The industry was allowed to function in a chaotic manner without any direction, eventually bringing it to its press pass. The only occasion when our government cast its eyes on the film industry in those days was when it imposed some new tax on it.

The Film Bandh and After

The 'Film Bandh' and After HC DURING the past few years a new type of business has made its appearance in the commercial field, that of leasing machinery to meet the requirements of a whole industry, the cost of which at times run into many lakhs of rupees. As lease is not sale, such transactions do not attract sales tax. To bring such transactions within the ambit of the sales tax, the Maharashtra government introduced an act called the Maharashtra Sales Tax on Transfer of Right to Use Any Goods for Any Purpose Act, 1985, and brought the film industry within its purview. The act became effective from October 1,

Deaths in Police Custody Whom and Why Do the Police Kill

Deaths in Police Custody: Whom and Why Do the Police Kill? K Balagopal WHEN a person is beaten to death in police custody, the very event, even without the need of any propaganda, generates an image which retrospectively justifies it: the victim would not be beaten so badly if he/she were not a 'desperate' criminal or an otherwise dangerous individual. The police usually add their flourish to the image by describing as the victim's crimes all the charges they have written down in the FIR, some of them even perhaps as an afterthought necessitated by the very death. And when a scholar like Upendra Baxi ("The Crisis of the Indian Legal System") manages to arrive at the conclusion, unsupported by any evidence on exhibit, that custodial violence is used not invariably but rationally or 'judiciously' (a particularly inept choice of a description) by the police in the course of the investigation of crimes, the image acquires respectable solidity: it would not be a very judicious use of torture that beats to death a mere drunkard or pickpocket or prostitute, would it?

NEW DELHI- Restructuring Indo-Soviet Economic Relations

NEW DELHI Restructuring Indo-Soviet Economic Relations BM INDIA has evidently become an arena for intense rivalry between the superpowers

PAKISTAN- Aftermath of MRD Movement

November 15, 1986 officers. This is why the biggest lobby against making Firozabad a district is coming from them. Factory owners also know that it is easy to terrorise the lower bureaucracy who are not even assured of the support of their superior officers, (To be concluded) Notes References to this are found in Chatterji, Debasish (1986), 'Child Labour in Glass Industry', Surya India, June, p 12; Pal, Bulbul (1986), 'Bangle-Makers: A Fragile Existence', Indian Express, May 4; and Barse, Sheela (1986), 'Fleecing of Hapless Labour:

Environment and Politics

November 15, 1986 Protecting the Cat from the Mouse The Lokpal Bill, 1985 Anil Nauriya IT is a matter of considerable relief that the Lokpal Bill 1985 was referred to a Joint Committee of the two Houses of Parliament. It is, however, to be regretted that the Committee's work has not proceeded very smoothly. At least a part of the interruption in its activities could have been avoided if a new Chairman had been appointed soon after the earlier incumbent became a minister. This was done only much later. Unless the Committee's work is speeded up, yet another opportunity for the establishment of the ombudsman machinery will be lost. As it happens, many Bills on the subject have lapsed in the past on account of inadequate legislative despatch.

WEST BENGAL-Engineers Agitation Some Larger Issues

November 1-8, 1986 WEST BENGAL Engineers' Agitation: Some Larger Issues Sujit K Das THE Federation of Associations of Engineers and Technical Officers (FAETO) have been agitating for the fulfilment of certain demands and the Left Front government, committed to pursuing established democratic norms, has persistently refused even to negotiate with the striking engineers since August 6. Meanwhile, not only the development works but the routine maintenance works have come to a standstill all over the State. Even many hospital wards had to be closed due to breakdown of water supply.

Deaths in Police Custody-Some Anatomical Considerations

Deaths in Police Custody Some Anatomical Considerations K Balagopal TO create a monster must be a fascinating experience, It is easy to imagine the thrill experienced by the gods of our puranas whose favourite sport it was to grant boons that made men into monsters and monsters into something worse. The thrill is in no way diminished by the occasional emergence of a Frankenstein's monster or a Bhasmasura out of this pastime. And even if one cannot create one, one can set free Nature's monsters and watch the fun: every child has enjoyed letting loose

PRICES- Inflation under Control

route to the hospital with the story that it was a stray dead body found by the way. At the hospital the post-mortem examination was performed the next day and the body was buried within an hour after the examination, without any efforts to get it identified, as was obligatory considering that it was supposed to have been a stray body. Photographs of the dead body taken prior to the post-mortem examination were deliberately spoilt and blurred pictures obtained. The police then quietly allowed the rumours to spread that it was Devara Nagulu who had died in lock-up. Knowing fully well that Devara Nagulu was alive and in their own custody, they allowed the public to think it was he who had died,, and the Press to run daily stories on what became known as the 'Devara Nagulu' case. Not only the SI of Macherla but the SP of Guntur district knowingly participated in misleading the people. Their bluff was almost called when a local Court gave an exhumation order to dig up the buried body and get it properly identified. The case had become so well known by this that thousands of people gathered on September 24 at Macherla burial grounds to watch the exhumation, To everybody's surprise, the body was missing from the grave. The SI had got it dug up the previous night, with the connivance of local Telugu Desam leaders, and thrown in the right canal of the Nagarjunasagar project which gives irrigation water to this part of Guntur. For good measure, the district SP then accused civil liberties people of having spirited away the dead body.


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