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Economics of Bride-Price and Dowry

Economics of Bride-Price and Dowry Rita Bhandari Sambrani Shreekant Sambrani AN immediate reaction to Indira Rajaraman's (1983) analysis of the transition from bride-price to dowry is that this is a subject worthy of urgent and extensive field investigation, as she rightly stresses. Even in the absence of such studies, the analysis under reference raises several questions, which could be discussed in view of admittedly casual, impressionistic, evidence. Two sets of the more important concerns are : (1) How extensive is the phenomenon of transition from bride-price to dowry? Is it possible to deal with it at such broad levels of disaggregation as organised and unorganised sectors, as attempted by Indira Rajaraman? (2) Is her framework of analysis adequate? Can this transition be sufficiently explained on the basis of economics alone?

On Sau s Revisit

My understanding of quotation 4 is that it implies a rising trend in the growth rate over a relatively long stretch of time

FROM THE CHAIR- Problems and Prospects of Sugar Industry

April 2, 1983 FROM THE CHAIR Problems and Prospects of Sugar Industry By Shri H C Kothari IN the productivity year 1982, as declared by our revered Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi, the sugar industry has achieved an all-time record output of 84.35 lakh tonnes as against the last year's output of 51.42 lakh tonnes, representing an increase of 64%. The capacity utilisation has been of the order of 130%. Such a large output has been far in excess of the requirement and consequently the industry has carried forward an unmanageable stock of 33 lakh tonnes as against a stock of 7.7 lakh tonnes brought in from the preceding season.

India Revisited

India Revisited Ranjit Sau IT is an established' practice that an article can, and does, make reference to works which are published elsewhere. My note in EPW, February 12, 1983, refers to, inter alia, an article of Amartya Sen that appeared in The New York Review of Books (NYRB), December 16, 1982, Reproduced below are the quotations, in the order they appeared in my note (emphasis was added and duly mentioned); page references to NYRB are now given against each.

Agricultural Trade and Rural Development

Agricultural Trade and Rural Development Barbara Harris EVERY reviewer has the right to choose what she or he wishes to comment upon and criticise. Normally reviewers also state the purpose of a book and summarise its contents as well. Since this has not been done, J have to respond to S S Sivakumar's review1 of my book on agricultural trade.2 The subject of my book is that of the title and subtitle : the nature and role of agricultural trade in rural development in a south Indian District. I did not set out with the 'central concern' of providing a solution to the problem of quantifying the extraction of surplus value through productive activities of commercial firms. Moreover, readers anticipating an extended treatment of relations between North Arcot's trade and 'the world capitalist order

Misadventures in Amniocentesis

Given the income distribution of the urban poor, it is essential that technical innovations suit the needs of different income groups. Starting from very inexpensive means of improving shelter (such as above examples), they could include, for those with relatively higher incomes, a range of building components which are easy to assemble. The emphasis need not be on long-term durability, with regular maintenance, which is the usual practice in habitable condition; also, changing age and family structure as well as income favour some flexibility in the design of houses.

Once More on Telengana

Once More on Telengana Barry Pavier I WAS interested to read the review by D N Dhanagare of my book "The Telengana Movement 1944-51" (EPW, . December 18, 1982). 1 was also a little miffed, as it seriously misleads the reader as to the whole nature of the book.

Theory of Administration

cuses of reformist parties. In Britain most such people, having fled the fast- disintegrating Communist Party, are now happily settled in the left wing of the Labour Party, with fairly peculiar consequences for some local authorities. In India they still orbit the CPI and CPI(M) arguing against working class politics in favour of the Popular Front Although he skirts the issue at great length, Dhanagare would seem to come down on the side of the Popular Front, and that is why he found my book so unpalatable.

Under-Enumeration in Indian Censuses

for other purpose. Hence, a balance must be found between security of supply from local sources and vulnerable dependence on imports. Perhaps, the unique experience with biomass in Brazil will be an example to other countries to attempt their own large- scale utilisation of biomass resources.

Misadventures in Amniocentesis

over the years, it had an incidence of as little as 15 per cent in 1961. 6 In "Status of Women", p 24, it is noted that, among some Scheduled castes and tribes of Uttar Pradesh, debts incurred for bride- price payment were reported to be sometimes cleared by sending wives for prostitution. It would be interesting to know in these cases what was the particular reason for the leak from the circulating fund.

India The Doing and the Undoing

February 12, 1983 of Agriculture, June 28. Raj, K N 1976; 'Growth and Stagnation in Indian Industrial Development", February. Reddy. V N 1978: "Growth Rates'', EPW, May 13.

Growth, Stagnation and Fluctuation in Indian Economy

Growth, Stagnation and Fluctuation in Indian Economy Ranjit Sau THERE are four alternative frames of reference for comparative assessment of the performance of an economy; (a) inter-temporal: Here the records of the economy for a given period is judged against those of another period, e g, India in the post-independence years vis-a-vis India in the preceding half a century.


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