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Crop Residue Burning

Are the ongoing debates on solutions to crop residue burning marred by policy confusion? While bio-compressed natural gas and ethanol producers want farmers to collect paddy straw from their farms to be supplied to plant locations, another lobby of machine sellers wants the straw to be processed in the fields itself. Would the success of one commercial proposition lead to the failure of the other?

Renaming Dyal Singh College

The decision to rename the Dyal Singh Evening College in Delhi to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya is a most unfortunate and uncalled for development, and we condemn it. This detachment of the name of a visionary person such as Dyal Singh Majithia is a disturbing, immoral, and unethical move by the...

Water Crisis in Punjab and Haryana

After the Green Revolution, Punjab and Haryana have become water-scarce states due to the introduction of paddy as the main kharif crop, a massive increase in cropping intensity, and rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. However, the real issue--of reverting to sustainable cropping patterns and improving water-use efficiency--remains unaddressed. An improvement of 15% to 20% in water-use efficiency from the present level can provide each state with the increased water share it is demanding.

Gun Culture in Punjab

A burgeoning gun culture in Punjab, aided by changes in the police administration that have made offi cers subordinate to full-time politicians, has led to meaningless violence breaking out every now and then. In the absence of mass mobilisation and welfare-oriented politics, this has furthered the growth of a politician-criminal nexus.

Reforming Agriculture in a Global World

borders. Capital can move to avoid such shocks, but most of the poor cannot move Reforming Agriculture out, and, therefore, have become far more vulnerable. Commercialisation has led to a decline in subsistence economy making in a Global World Poverty, Vulnerability and Agricultural Extension: Policy Reforms in a Globalising World edited by Ian Christoplos and John Farrington; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2004;

Punjab: Farmers' Movement: Continuity and Change

After a long lull, farmers in Punjab are once again mobilising over a range of issues, spurred by the need to change the situation that has been leading to the large number of suicides. Most importantly, the movement is seeing a broadbasing cutting across ideological barriers.

Small Farmers and Markets

Small Farmers and Markets Enabling Agricultural Markets for the Small Indian Farmer edited by Bibek Debroy and Amir Ullah Khan; Bookwell, New Delhi, 2003;

Punjab : Rural Health: Proactive Role for the State

Prioritising rural health care in the state policy by allocating additional investments for sanitary infrastructure and medical personnel in rural areas is essential for redressing the growing disparity in health care facilities between rural and urban Punjab.

Punjab Fiscal Crisis, and Non-Governance

The finances of the Punjab government are in extremely bad shape. A state, once known for its model financial management, is being bracketed with poorly managed states like Bihar and UP. The state is finding it difficult to discharge routine responsibilities such as paying salaries to its employees...

Global Market and Competitiveness of Indian Agriculture-Some Issues

Indian Agriculture Some Issues Sucha Singh Gill Jaswinder Singh Brar India's signing of the GATT agreements in 1994 and her joining the World Trade Organisation as a founder member have put Indian agriculture into the framework of global competition and rule of the global market. However, discussion of the issue of the competitiveness of Indian agriculture has been carried on in a narrow context, ignoring major questions such as global commodity prospects in terms of prices and their stability/instability and the movement of domestic and world market prices and of agricultural and non-agricultural prices within the country. The overriding issue of the structure of the global market has been hardly brought into the discourse.

Bihari Labour and Punjab Agriculture

Dubey's book. It was undoubtedly a correct strategy for the South to protect its nascent industries, and stave off competition from the advanced North. Was it logical in the same breath to call for free trade in textiles where the South could dominate, and for massive aid from the North to set up heavy industries that might in future compete with the TNCs from the North, and for a code of conduct for the TNCs that would emasculate their competitive strength in the long run? AH these proposals were in fact incorporated in the UN declaration on the New International Economic Order of 1974. Had the North faithfully implemented them all, it would tantamount to their committing economic hara-kiri. Except for philanthropists with a heart bleeding for the 'wretched of the earth', no significant social force in the North could possibly endorse such an agenda.

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