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Nutrition Programmes Face Fund Crunch

At a time, when there is widespread concern about the very high levels of child malnutrition in India, important nutrition programmes may be badly threatened due to budget cuts.

Political Accountability for Outbreaks of Communicable Diseases

The political and bureaucratic "leadership" of India's public health services and programmes, unqualified and untrained for this role, has allowed foreign and international agencies to set the country's health agenda. In the process, while massive amounts are being pumped into health programmes, the health services have deteriorated and the poor continue to suffer.

DPEP and Primary Education

issue? In addition, can the issue of para teachers be reduced to the crisis of DPEP and Primary Education regularisation of para teachers in govern- ROOPA JOSHI This note is not to be construed as a rejoinder to

Social Science Research in India

Your editorial and A Vaidyanathan’s essay on social sciences in India (January 13) are informative and should form the basis of an extended discussion on this important issue. The editorial suggests that in pre-independence India much of the “trail-blazing” research was conducted within the domain of universities that were ill-funded. I am not sure this is not the case even now. Despite the lack of basic resources, which are taken for granted in most western universities (e g, research assistance, computers and professional development funds for each faculty member), the most significant research in sociology, anthropology, political science and economics, to name a few, is still conducted by scholars who work in universities in India. Their contributions are the bases on which new generations social scientists are trained and foreign researchers working on India depend. For example, without the research by G S Ghurye, M N Srinivas, V K R V Rao, K M Kapadia, Andre Beteille, T N Madan, Deepak Nayyar, Prabhat Patnaik, and T K Ommen, to name a few, there will be little of social science that is to be applauded in India and respected abroad....

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