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Caste of Indian English Novel

Caste of Indian English Novel Makarand R Paranjape Though it may appear that brahmins have dominated the Indian English novel, what actually binds them together is not the incidental fact that they all belong to the same 'varna' so much as their repudiation of several of those structures and values, which are compulsory to their belonging to the 'varna'. What these novelists have in common is not that they are brahmins as much as that they are all de-brahminised.

Oligopoly in Oligarchy

Oligopoly in Oligarchy S R Sen What the world is really heading for is 'oligopoly in oligarchy', quite different from 'market economy in democracy' that the liberals wanted and 'command economy in a proletarian dictatorship' that the Marxists fought for.

Benefit-Cost of Tehri Dam Project-A Review Analysis

Benefit-Cost of Tehri Dam Project A Review Analysis B D Dhawan The time has come to view power as an input with wider ramifications in the economy at large, and thus appraise power projects on the basis of marginal value product of power. In other words, such projects need be appraised within the framework of economic benefit-cost analysis similar to that used in the case of major irrigation projects as may be well-illustrated in the case of the Tehri project.

Indian Development Strategy-An Exchange of Views

Indian Development Strategy An Exchange of Views T N Srinivasan We have to face up to the fact that our development strategy and the whole bureaucratic planning and control system that implemented it have failed. The failure is systemic.

Intellectual Property Rights and Agricultural Development

Intellectual Property Rights and Agricultural Development Usha Menon The negotiations on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights, by making it obligatory on the part of member nations to extend the scope of monopoly rights to plants, is forcing agricultural development to take place in a particular direction which will be in the interest of the multinational corporations.

The Price of Security

The Price of Security S R Sen Unless something drastic is done to arrest the growth in defence, police and other non-development expenditures, India is likely to miss the second technological revolution and world trade boom that seems to be in the offing in the Nineties, just as she had failed to take advantage of the enormous technological changes and world trade expansion of the Sixties.

Too Late, Too Little

'Too Late, Too Little' S R Sen Non-resident Indians in business or service, while working in other countries, are second to none in efficiency, but in their own country they are usually frustrated by the 'too late, too little' syndrome. Why?

Heartland and Borderland

Heartland and Borderland S R Sen If the contagion of the political upheavals caused by centripetal forces now convulsing the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia should spread to India, the results would be far worse since the divergence between the heartland and borderland and communal and caste tensions are so much more acute in India.

Muslim Women s Rights-Goals and Strategy of Reform

Muslim Women's Rights Goals and Strategy of Reform Iqbal A Ansari The premise for a uniform civil code for all citizens of India is the obsessive desire for uniformity rather than social justice and protection of women's rights. Moreover, deriving its legitimacy as it does from a monolithic view of the nation state, a uniform civil code would repudiate the pluralist model of a liberal democratic state where cultural autonomy is ensured to all religious, ethnic and other groups in the country.

Indigenous Social Science Project-Some Political Implications

Indigenous Social Science Project Some Political Implications Sarah Joseph THE notion of an indigenous social science, or sciences, which could serve as a successor science to Western, 'mainstream' social science with regard to the study of Indian reality at least, is one which has a natural appeal in contemporary India. Given the state of the social sciences in India and the fact that, with a few honourable exceptions, Indian social scientists have been able to make only a marginal contribution to the development of their disciplines, it is not surprising that the notion of an indigenous social science has gained many supporters. It is felt that an Indian social science would be more 'authentic' and relevant and would give greater scope for creativity and originality. It was probably in sociology that the debate regarding a social science for India was first inaugurated but subsequently many philosophers and social scientists have asserted their support for the project and it has been the subject of seminars and campaigns in the press.1 However, much of the support which the project has received has been of a gut level kind and there has been little critical examination of the political and theoretical issues raised by the notion of an indigenous social science. It is some of these issues which will be examined in this paper.

Communist Theory and Communist Parties

Parties Rajendra Prasad Can the task of interpreting Marx be left only to those who have become theorists by virtue of their control over the communist party apparatus?

Bangladesh Retrospect and Prospect

Bangladesh: Retrospect and Prospect S R Sen A time has come, after more than four decades of painful trial and error, for Bangladesh (and some other countries of this region) to consider very seriously whether to go on trying inflexibly and again and again only the two familiar but counter-productive alternatives, viz, the presidential system (without separation of powers) and the parliamentary system (without the basic codes of conduct) or to evolve a third alternative.


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