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Make - Belief Movement

According to it, "most of the so-called big papers print 12 pages or more a day using much more than half the space for advertisements. The greatest single advertisement source is the government itself ... A newsprint policy which does not impose certain proportions of space used for advertisement and reading matter respectively has helped the industrial houses that own these papers to make them sources of considerable profit while they are used to blackmail or cajole selected enemies or friends in the government and at influential levels of political life .. .'.

Not Available for Kicking Around

August 3, 1968 gramme of the State governments. Are these straws in the wind of cheaper money that is becoming the Reserve Bank's standard prescription?

Functioning Anarchy

Functioning Anarchy YES, we are functioning in some strange sort of way. Thousands of files await decision in the ministries of commerce and industry. The labyrinth that is the finance ministry still adopts a superior moronic view of every proposal that goes before it. The education ministry continues to sleep. The steel boys imagine that profitability is just a matter of making the Indian product the most expensive in the world. The railway experts have ready-made answers for all accidents and inefficiencies, even when food is rotting on platforms and in wagons. As for the electric supply authorities, they switch on and off the power, unaware of the damage they are causing. Our functioning anarchy has a special quality. It is dependent on rare individuals who still believe that they have a responsibility to the nation, that it is their job to do battle against their colleagues in Delhi and in the States, They know that at some point in time they will be arraigned before an investigating committee and charged with the gravest of all charges violation of rules and regulations which every literate and illiterate babu, sitting in his sweat-shop, uses to paralyse action. Political leaders, senior bureaucrats, ambitious careerists and a medley of supplicants tremble before the notings of the babus, A dedicated visionary, here or there, fights on. And the anarchy just about functions. When he is shot down, there is no commentThe babus and their patrons return to the old ways.

Turn of the Tide

 PUROTEMAX INDIA's sales in 1967 expanded nearly threefold to Rs 17 lakhs, but the outcome was a bigger trading loss of Rs 4 lakhs (Rs 2 lakhs). A change in the method of calculating depreciation has made the picture look a little better than it would have been. The total accumulated loss is now Rs 11 lakhs. The company produced 2.38 lakh metres of finished Alpro cable during the year. The range of cables and com- plementary accessories was also expanded. But margins shrank due to continued rise in costs of raw materials and fall in selling prices on account of slack demand, and unsatisfactory working of the annealing furnace.

Reshuffles and Repercussions

 in 1967 were 4 per cent lower compared with the preceding year, and gross profits slumped 15 per cent to Rs 5.01 crores. Net profit was lower at Rs 1.36 crores (Rs 1.54 crores), but the maintained 28 per cent dividend is still 1.4 times covered.

Obsessed with Peripheralism

tion relate to the year 1965-66 and the procurement price suggested by us is for the year 1967-68. During last two years the prices of draught animals and of inputs like seeds and fertilisers have increased by about 20 per cent. The agricultural wage has also increased by more than 25 per cent. Due to the increase of cost of inputs the cost of production of paddy has also increased considerably during 1967-68.

Challenge of a New Situation

 The Congress, in fact, has never been able to gain an absolute majority. In the 1951 and 1961 elections it was able to form a coalition only by depending on some group. The gamble- alliance with the Republicans this time has proved a flop, however, as the latter have been able to muster only 2 scats. The Congress position would have beui still worse had not the cumulative voting system been replaced by the 'one vote, one constituency' system and the Maharashtrian vote? been divided among the Shiv Sena, the Sampoorna Maharashtra Samiti and the Jan Sangh. The notable Congress casualties in this election have been the deputy leader of the municipal Congress party, and the chairmen of the Standing Committee, the Medical Relief Committee and the Markets Committee.

Economics to the Fore

April 6, 1968 THE sad demise of Professor D G Karve on December 28, 1967 removed from the Indian scene a distinguished educationist, an economist of high repute, a selfless worker in the field of co-operation, an able administrator and, above all, an inspiring and imaginative teacher. Some students and friends of late Professor D G Karve have felt that a suitable Memorial should be raised for him as a token of their deep gratitude and regard. A Committee has been set up with Shri G L Mehta as the Chairman and Professor R D Choksi as the Vice-Chairman to collect donations from the late Professor Karve's friends, admirers and numerous students, Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper we appeal to all of them to send their contributions to Shri P V Agashe, Treasurer of the Professor D G Karve Memorial Committee, Bank of Maharashtra, Bombay 1.

Reporting and Non-Reporting

April 6, 1968 THE sad demise of Professor D G Karve on December 28, 1967 removed from the Indian scene a distinguished educationist, an economist of high repute, a selfless worker in the field of co-operation, an able administrator and, above all, an inspiring and imaginative teacher. Some students and friends of late Professor D G Karve have felt that a suitable Memorial should be raised for him as a token of their deep gratitude and regard. A Committee has been set up with Shri G L Mehta as the Chairman and Professor R D Choksi as the Vice-Chairman to collect donations from the late Professor Karve's friends, admirers and numerous students, Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper we appeal to all of them to send their contributions to Shri P V Agashe, Treasurer of the Professor D G Karve Memorial Committee, Bank of Maharashtra, Bombay 1.

Mid-Term Madness

and confusion which now engulfs Europe, and conscious that there is a renewed interest in the apparent viability of political democracy in India, it is depressing to find after a two- week absence that a kind of mid-term madness has taken hold of various ambitious elements in the ruling Congress party. Whereas, generally speaking, the return to political normalcy in the context of the coming mid-term polls in the northern States is to be welcomed, the old rivalries at the Centre seem to have sharpened. These rivalries, an integral part of the Congress hierarchy for the time being, will have to be submerged to permit Indira Gandhi a choice of candidates and alignments without which only a demoralising and dangerous status quo result is likely from the mid-term polls.

Forgetting the Political Chatter

Forgetting the Political Chatter Romesh Thapar LET us turn away from the puzzling procedures of Governor Dharma Vira in Bengal which have finished off what little reputation he had, the naive pranks of Minister Dinesh Singh in absenting himself whenever the South African representative begins UNCTAD-ing, the resignation tactics of the mercurial Charan Singh in Uttar Pradesh which keep both friend and foe guessing, the double-talk in private and public of Annadurai on language and related matters, the apparent unconcern of Indira Gandhi to all the goings-on, the fundamental re-thinking which now engulfs both communist and socialist cadres, the trials and tribulations of managers who continue as the forgotten factors in a complex situation, and other such common chatter. Let us turn away from it all and for once focus on some of the new challenges which are developing and which we don't seem too anxious to highlight.

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