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Kashmiri Muslims in Delhi

Kashmiris who travel to Delhi each year in pursuit of a livelihood report a sense of insecurity and vulnerability during their stay, apart from ceaseless harassment by the police.

Sociology Curriculum:Old Problems, New Approaches

What are the demands made by technological advancements, the ever-changing contextualities of the subject, inter-disciplinary influences and changing consumer demands on sociology as a discipline of study in Indian universities? A workshop conducted by Pune University's sociology department tried to probe these aspects and sought to come up with answers and solutions to the problems posed.

Massacres of Adivasis

Adivasis of Jharkhand's Ranchi district have for long been agitating against the Koel-Karo hydel power project, that threatens to displace most inhabitants - mainly the tribal groups, from the region. The recent unprecedented police firing on a group of peaceful protestors; followed by the state government and the police's nonchalance and the largely, one-sided press reports have not deterred them in its resolve to continue its struggle, firmly espousing the path of peace and democracy.

Namrup Fertiliser Plant

Development projects in Assam have been grossly neglected while insurgency and political issues have claimed centre stage. The Namrup Fertiliser Plant is a prominent example of such neglect. Political opposition ensured that in spite of the viability of the Namrup plant, its fate was tied to the economically sick Hindustan Fertiliser Corporation (HFCL). It is time politicians realised that the struggle to separate the Namrup unit from the other units of HFCL is part of a larger movement to promote development, which, in turn, could prove to be the best check on insurgent politics in the region.

Pollution Control

A fitting tribute to India's pollution control boards on their 25th anniversary would be subsume them under environment protection agencies. This is not to belittle the boards - inadequate as their performance has been - but to emphasise that protection of the environment today goes far beyond control of water and air pollution a quarter of a century ago.

Kashmir : The Negative Vote

For the bulk of the population of the Valley electoral participation in the current context of a political impasse only symbolises support for the legitimating structures which have been called into question and form the basis of the militant movement. The verdict, not surprisingly, is given through non-participation.

Chechnya A Triumph for Russian Orthodox Civilisation

Orthodox 'Civilisation' A Correspondent I answer for everything Boris Yeltsin, speech at Perm
WHERE else in the 'civilised' world

Defamation Bill: High Political Status

THE prime minister's dramatic and unscheduled appearance on television to announce the temporary shelving of the 'Defamation' Bill pending 'in detail' and 'in depth' discussions between the opponents of the proposed law and the panel of union ministers named by him for the purpose is quite uncharacteristic of his haughty and supercilious style. This climb down has without doubt been forced on him by the widespread and snowballing protests against his latest and extremely provocative attack on the democratic rights of the Indian people. Indeed, although he has been fast losing his initial popular appeal and credibility for quite some time, never was Rajiv Gandhi so isolated and cornered as he is at this particular time and on this particular issue. Not only is the entire press ranged against this atrocious piece of law unceremoniously rushed through the Lok Sabha in violation of all democratic and legislative norms, not only is the entire opposition united firmly in resisting it, not only is the president of the republic known to have indicated his disapproval of this move, but also, and much more importantly, even many Congress(I) MPs who as a lot are not distinguished for either their commitment to democratic principles or their readiness to stand up and be counted have this time made their uneasiness clearly known to their 'Supremo'.

Corporate Survival over Justice to Victims

The agony of Bhopal is the continuing suffering and neglect of the 2,00,000 victims of the worst industrial disaster in history. In the months since then the company has tried numerous tactics to minimise its liability including an attempt to deny its responsibility for its Indian subsidiary It has stalled court proceedings, obstructed relief measures and mounted a painstakingly designed public relations campaign. This article is condensed from the report of the International Coalition for Justice in Bhopal which has documented the activities of Union Carbide and the Government of India since that awful night on December 2-3, 1984.

A Common Future for Whom-How Norway s Labour Party Manages Capitalism

fates is high inflation, since interest costs build into the price structure. Graph 4 traces the recent path of inflation in Mexico. After peaking at the start of 1983, inflation gradually diminished to about 50 per cent annually. However, the reduction of supply, together with high interest rates and increased rates and taxes helped accelerate inflation after 1983.


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