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Green Revolution: In Light and Shade

Green Revolutions Reconsidered – The Rural World of Contemporary Punjab by Himmat Singh; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001; pp 302, Rs 595.

Leadership in Science and Technology

The evolution and development of science and technology institutions in India, involving some of the visionaries and pioneers of scientific development, have thrown up a wide range of experiences. This aricle traces in a historical perspctive the evolution of leadership styles in this area. The study provides some pointers for the development of an effective leadership style. Innovative organisations, such as those in science and technology, require strong personalised leadership. To develop institutions, it is important to place an individual at the centre of institution-building efforts. Leadership actions have to nurture trust, and create interactions within and outside an organisation. Importantly, leadership qualities cannot be acquired 'on the job'. They have to be developed and honed through participation in formal training programmes.

An Equal Music

Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India by Peter Manuel; OUP, Delhi, 2001; pp 301, Rs 595.

Strategies for a New Era

Securing India’s Future in the New Millennium edited by Brahma Chellaney; Orient Longman; pp 639, Rs 700.

Technology for All

Since 1990 the human development index, although much discussed and sharply criticised and despite its many problems, has become an accepted measure for determining relative development. Subsequent Human Development Reports (HDR) have introduced other measures, gender empowerment measure, gender-related development index, and human poverty index, each of which has provided a tool for assessing various components of social development.

ICTs in Rural Poverty Alleviation

Social structures are crucial in determining who is able to access any technology and use it beneficially. While making new information and communication technologies (ICTs) cheap will make them more accessible to the poor, there will be other factors which determine their impact. The current low penetration of ICTs is a reflection of the digital divide in overcoming which there is no way to bypass a confrontation of low educational levels, which itself is linked to landlessness.

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