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Court Restrains Water Sale from Tamirabarani in Tamil Nadu

The Tamirabarani river is a part of the ecological and cultural landscape, and traditions of the people of Tamil Nadu. Unfortunately, public resources like the river water are sold at throwaway prices to corporations, who in turn resell the water either in the form of packaged drinking water or as aerated beverages. The political economy of the river and the state’s industrial plans, require radical rethinking.

Farmer Suicides in India's Breadbasket

Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides in North India by Lakhwinder Singh, Kesar Singh Bhangooand Rakesh Sharma; New Delhi: Routledge India;pp 229, ₹895.

Eviction of Landless Tribals in Ahmadnagar

In yet another incident that gives the lie to laudable pieces of legislation like the Land Ceiling Act 1961, and to other constitutional provisions that extend protection to weaker sections, several landless adivasis in two tehsils of Ahmadnagar district were evicted from land they had cultivated for some years now.

Industrial Policy and Performance since 1980: Which Way Now?

Since 1980-81, manufacturing sector output has grown at 7 per cent per year, with economic reforms making little difference to the trend in the 1990s. But growth has decelerated over the last seven years, after peaking in 1995-96. Why is this so? The reforms have narrowly focused on policy-induced restrictions on supply, ignoring the demand constraint due to the cut in public infrastructure investment since the late 1980s, and indifferent agricultural performance in the 1990s. These issues have to be squarely addressed to revive industrial growth, and to reap the benefits of the investment boom in organised manufacturing in the last decade.

New Capitalism and Politics of Care Work

The Commercialisation of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work by Arlie Russell Hochschild; University of California Press, Berkeley, 2003; pp 322, $ 16.95

Narendra Modi's One-Day Cricket

The horrific events in Gujarat early this year have been widely chronicled and extensively televised. But the explanations about why Gujarat should have suffered this fate are complex and not easy to understand. While Gujarat has contributed to our industrial economy, this has not been accompanied by the evolution of modernising and progressive forces in the state. The socio-political history of Gujarat offers some clues about why this has been the case.

Gujarat: The Riots and the Larger Decline

Over the last two decades Gujarat's once-pioneering contributions to the country's economic, social and intellectual life have seen a steady decline. The gradual decaying of institutions, neglect of development and drying up of opportunities have fuelled discontent, most palpable among the youth, and created readily identifiable enemies who become easy targets of hatred and violence.

Paradox of Development

Issues in Pakistan’s Economy by S Akbar Zaidi; Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1999; pp 462, Rs 595.

Barmicede's Feast

Effects of Globalisation on Industry and the Environment edited by Rajat Acharyya and Bhaswar Moitra; Lancer’s Books, New Delhi, 2001; pp 306, Rs 595.
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