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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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January 22, 1983 Statements by the state government authorities indicate that they have realised that the problems of Bombay cannot be solved at local levels and that there is the need for planning at the regional level The organisations of industrialists have come out in open with problems that they are currently facing in managing the industries. Militant trade union organisations with their determination to continue with their agitation will help in hastening the action on the declarations of the government and the industrialists. One should not be surprised, therefore, if the UN projection of population of Bombay of 17 million for year 2000 does not come true and if one notices in the future out- migration from Bombay as is already noticed from the City proper. And this will not be a new phenomenon since it has been already experienced in Calcutta Metropolitan area.

Greying of Milton Friedman

Greying of Milton Friedman Mahesh Bhatt IN his review of Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman book "Free to Choose" (October 30, 1982) Kaushik Basu, while criticising the authors of using 'shoddy' arguments, has himself resorted to shoddy arguments in his attempt to demolish some parts of the excellent analysis and policy recommendations emerging from this powerful and persuasive book. Looking to the development performance of many centrally planned economies, one is surprised as to how one could maintain that Friedman's views as expressed in this book are those of "a person pushed against the wall by an increasing pile of evidence which does not support his theories". If anything, the development performance of most countries that have resorted to the centrally planned systems (including our own country) provides increasing evidence in support of Friedman's theories.

On Agricultural Prices

December 25, 1982 would overwhelm the budgets of Bangladesh or Nepal). INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL VS INDIA'S RICH PEASANTS? At its barest and simplest, the current dispute between India and Bangladesh over the sharing and augmentation of the River Ganga is no longer simply about the Ganga but is a battle between international capital and India's rich peasantry for river development in pursuit of their respective interests. To reduce the dispute to these ultimate determinants is to ignore or at least underestimate the strength and coherence of the rival nationalisms in the conflict. Bangladesh may be reeling from the incompetence of successive military masters but it cannot simply be relegated to the role of a proxy for the interests of American, Japanese and British construction, consulting and merchant capital. Nor, clearly, is the Indian interest in the Brahmaputra simply a reflection of the needs of rich peasants. There are other classes, other interests, strong nationalisms, geographical constraints, other uses than irrigation for water, but it does seem to me that we are watching the beginning of the battle for the Brahmaputra and, thus far, India's rich peasants have scored against international capital.

Agricultural Prices and the Left

Agricultural Prices and the Left Indradeep Sinha THE disregard for facts and prejudice against the left, particularly against the Communist Party of India (CPI) and personally against me that is evident in your correspondent's dispatch ('Remunerative Prices and the Left' by B M, EPW, October 23, 1982) has compelled me to send this contradiction.

Measurement of Undernutrition

Measurement of Undernutrition P V Sukhatme OANDEKAR's recent paper [1] based on the Gopalan Oration delivered at the 14th Annual Conference of the Nutrition Society of India at Pune, will certainly restimulate keen interest among economists and planners. In this note, I will deal mainly with the major points raised by Dandekar; but in doing so, I will also ensure that I reply to the points raised by Krish- naji [2], which remained unanswered in my preoccupation with replying to Dandekar's Kale Memorial lecture [3, 4], Comparison of Calorie Inadequacy on Household and Individual Basis The first major point raised by Dandekar [1] concerns the comparison of estimates of calorie inadequacy of household and individual, based on National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau data. This comparison is presented in Table 2 of his paper [1]. The comparison shows that the two estimates of the incidence of undernutrition are around 40 per cent. If anything, the estimate based on the individual as the unit of observation is higher than the estimate based on the household as unit. He concludes that agreement between the two fully confirms the Dandekar and Rath estimate of rural poverty.

Stabilising Primary Commodity Markets

November 27, 1982 making would make greater impact of the assistance programmes. Notes [This paper is based on the studies on Efficacy of Incentives for Small Industry. These studies are based on the field investigations of small industrial units located in Bombay, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Jaipur. They were funded by the Industrial Development Bank of India, Bombay (IDBI), and carried out as a research project at the Department of Economics, University of Bombay. In all, we submitted five reports to the IDBI, one on each city. The fifth report comprised the salient findings of the three city reports, and the explanations and the implications of these findings. In view of the very poor response from Bangalore units, the results of that city were not included in this report. The fifth report is being published by the IDBI.

The Island of Dr Marx

The Island of Dr Marx Ashok K Upadhyaya SUMANTA BANERJEE's article (January 23) is a welcome indictment of the 'theory' and 'practice' of orthodox marxism and the 'socialist' countries embodying them. Too long has the task been monopolised by 'western' Marxism; that a vocie from the Third World, and specifically India has opened the political cupboard, is only to be appreciated, all the more so since the 'revolutions' have occurred principally in backward countries. We fully concur in the need "to challenge the accepted shibboleths of the Communist movement and seek alternative strategies and tactics to achieve the goal of a classless society. . ." but Banerjee falls to challenge the shibboleths because of his fundamentally ambivalent perspective of the history of revolutions.


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