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Contemporary Global Capitalism: Multi-pronged Crises

The grand failure of many a financial institution in the US is one of three such crises that have affected the world today; the others related to oil prices and food shortages. These in sum have broken the back of neoliberal triumphalism, and have resulted in a spatial shift in global capitalism. No wonder, it is time to address alternatives to this greed driven, unregulated and excess-motivated system. Such an alternative must be based on the principles of ecological sustainability, social justice and democratic participation.

Punjab's Electoral Competition

The assembly election scenario in Punjab is reverberating with calls to regional identities. All major political parties talk about the fact that development issues have overtaken the old divisive issue of religion and community. But none of them mentions the rapid commodification of life taking place in Punjab.

Heritage Appropriation: The Patiala Festival

Heritage is a contested arena - a fact brought out during the recent Patiala heritage week celebrations in Punjab. Patiala's heritage is evident in its rich tradition in the fine arts, patronised by its erstwhile ruling family. However, another aspect of its heritage - the politically oppressive rule by its royal family - has been entirely glossed over. Sagas of exploitation, however, are still preserved in folk memories and songs of the peasantry.

Punjab Terrorism: Truth Still Uncovered

Terrorism in Punjab: Understanding Grassroots Reality by Harish K Puri, Paramjit Singh Judge, Jagrup Singh Sekhon; Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, 1999; pp 200, Rs 395.

Economic Interests and Human Rights in Indo-British Relations-House of Commons Debate on Punjab

The discussion on the Punjab problem in the British House of Commons on November last brought to light some facts relating to the Punjab situation not known previously in public and highlighted several aspects of the political economy of Indo- British relations, the economic and political weight of the Indian immigrant community in Britain and the political economy of human rights.

Marxism in Punjab

Marxism in Punjab Pritam Singh WHEN we make an attempt to evaluate Marxism as an ideology/social philosophy/ world outlook and as a political tendency in Punjab, the following seem to emerge as some of the most prominent features:

Government Media and Punjab

January 12, 1985 however, will need some basic changes in policies and programmes as well as greater political commitment to population issues, both at the national and state levels.

PUNJAB- AIR and Doordarshan Coverage of Punjab after Army Action

justified. No practice has done more to create doubts in the public mind about public interest litigation than this. It has not promoted the cause, only harmed it. Letters should be accepted only in exceptional cases; for example, from detenues or prisoners in jail, the handicapped and the like. Most certainly not from the educated who can well secure free legal services in public causes


February 4, 1984 tives and financial manipulation. Commercial banks exercise little authority in ensuring efficient industrial management. Many questions remain unanswered: should industrial incentives (backward areas, investment allowance') apply to goods in sellers1 markets, like cement? Should credit for inventories of finished goods, even though these be with manufacturers, be treated as industrial advances (which is what the RBI allows) rather than as commercial advances? So also, if banks and finance institutions were to exercise their right of independent audit of their borrowers through detailed inventory and management audit, they would not only help improve management practices but also provide a check on parallel economy transactions. This should be the banking function

PUNJAB-Lessons of Panchayat Elections

PUNJAB Lessons of Panchayat Elections Pritam Singh BEFORE the declaration of President's rule in Punjab, the month of September saw the arena of political competitive struggle in Punjab shift to its rural areas. Elections were held for about 10,000 panchayats in the state after a j:ap of five years. The timing of these elections and some new developments associated with it are of far-reaching consequence for the nature of politics in Punjab. For the Akalis and the supporters of Sant jarnail Singh Bhindran- wale, the fundamentalist Sikh leader, it was a challenge to re-assert their supremacy in the villages. For the Con- gress(I), it was an occasion to re-affirm its support base among the Harijan landless labour and to sharpen factionalism among the land-owning Jat Sikh peasantry so as to wean away at least a section of these traditional Akali supporters. For the Left


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