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The Drama Called GATT

The Drama Called GATT Amiya Rao GATT, which was to revolutionise the world's trading system and broaden opportunities for the third world by removing obstacles faced by them, has succumbed completely to the pressures from powerful nations and approved of anti-dumping laws

I Am the Judge and I Am the Jury-Report of Press Council on Kashmir

BIFR that the project was not viable They were, of course, proved wrong. The tea cooperatives had problems initially because the other plantations tried to isolate them. However, they were able to stand on their own mainly because in most co-operatives productivity is higher and costs lower than in the private sector units. Unfortunately it is not the private sector alone which tries to scuttle worker co-operatives. Public sector banks and financial institutions are equally responsible. The chairman of the BIFR has stated on several occasions that banks are reluctant to extend financial aid to worker co-operatives. It is surprising that while these public sector institutions are liberal in investing people's savings in private enterprise they clamp up when it comes to helping workers. The government so far has not deemed it necessary to reorient this approach.

All the President s Men

Amiya Rao The Iran-Contra investigations have drawn to a close and President Reagan has emerged virtually unscathed. But to those who watched live the telecast of the hearings, it was an incredible experience. Each one of the testimonies painted a vivid picture of an Administration in complete disarray. The Reagan Administration's seven big guns lied blatantly under oath, concealed truths and used numerous tactics to divert attention from the real issue of the vast network of covert activities funded by US arms sale to Iran.

MISRA COMMISSION REPORT-To the Government s Satisfaction

multinationals'. The dear old cliches are once more out; fulsome praise of the public sector has been resumed. Overtures are being sent even in the direction of the wretched communists, the same communists who were the butt of choicest abuses on the part of the prime minister during the assembly election campaign: will they not, please, join him to fight the fresh onslaught from 'right reactionaries'. Even in the midst of this state of panic though, the basics are not forgotten. In fact, the panic is occasioned because the basics are very much the centre of concern: the interests of the prime minister are indistinguishable from the general welfare of the nation, one is coterminous with the other; once the prime minister's position is in peril, the nation itself is in peril; please do not be silly, nobody ever asks for the proof of an axiom.

Cost of Development Projects-Women among the Willing Evacuees

Cost of Development Projects Women among the 'Willing Evacuees' Amiya Rao LAJWANTI sits dreaming while making her roti on the smoking chulha in her miserable jhuggi by the city's putrid drain. Back after the day's hard toil in the quarries of Suraj- kund, the stone-dust hurting her eyes, sticking inside her parched throat, clinging to her hair and her unwashed body Lajwanti is dreaming of the cool Ganga flowing by her village, the long swims, the big splashes in its clean water which one could drink to one's fill; here there was no water to drink, not even to wash, a small bucket of water costs Rs 5. But now there was no village for her to go back to. The village had to go for the development of the country and with it went the green fields, the golden corn, the deep forest on its border and her little mud hut whose walls she had decorated with home-made dye and whose floors she used to polish with oil from forest-nuts.

When Delhi Burnt

When Delhi Burnt Amiya Rao WITH all my resolution to take myself in hand and sit down calmly to write a coherent piece on the recent happenings in Delhi my mind has begun to wander and all that I am seeing is a long chain of fire growing into a massive blazing block of wall as it began to swallow up all the 85 trucks of my Sikh neighbours and their houses, hardly 800 yards away from my house. The taxis belonging to Lall Singh in the taxi stand at the corner of the road also began to burn almost simultaneously and but for the timely protection given to the taxi drivers by the BBC staff, they too would have been burnt along with their vehicles; in one corner of the sky over nearby Bhogal a huge column of smoke spread over a sky ominously red

Legalising Operation Demolition

September 8,1984 Legalising 'Operation Demolition' Amiya Rao 1984 might one day vie with George Orwell's 1984 and become known all over the world for its festival-of operations

LABOUR-How Relevant Are Our Trade Unions

keeper who does not take some remuneration from the tribals is an exception rather than the rule. In Rajpipla town itself one may find the residences of at least 10 village land record-keepers. A document which the citizens are entitled to get free of charge is not available to the tribals in their own villages according to the rules. They are made to spend approximately Rs 25 on travelling to town and back for the purpose of getting the document, Goitre is a disease common among tribals and it is caused by lack of iodine in their diet. The incidence of goitre may be prevented by using iodised salt in one's food. The high rate of incidence of goitre in Gadher, a tribal village 50 kms away from Rajpipla was brought to the notice of the health authorities in the district, more than three years ago. To this date iodised salt is not available in the village. In Mandod taluka alone, there may be about a thousand patients with very enlarged goitre. The health authorities are not very much bothered as the affected persons are mostly illiterate and poor tribals.

LABOUR-The Invisible Killers

duals. This book will serve as a good guide.
Also the interpretation of the rights guaranteed by the Europeaa Convention on Human Rights by the European Court of Justice and the European Comnvssion of Human Rights is not only interesting but relevant. One can cite it before the Supreme Court as a persuasive precedent. "European Human Rights Convention in Domestic Law'' by Andrew Z Drzemezewski (Oxford,


JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY Image and Reality Amiya Rao II THE seige of JNU in the evening of May 11 has to be viewed against this background. If reason had not fled giving place to venom, if the PhD student concerned had not been ordered to vacate his room but allowed to keep it for a few days more till his examinations were over or if the warden of the hostel had agreed to an enquiry as suggested by the students, the problem would have solved itself. "Why did you gherao the warden?" I asked a JNU student in Tihar Jail. "Because democratic methods do not work in JNU, only force, does; so gherao has become normal." As soon as the warden was gherao- ed in his house, the JNUTA butted in, threatening to boycott examinations due in early May. It was unusual for JNUTA to feel so concerned; it had remained completely unruffled when students under the SFI had gheraoed so many times so many professors, including the last vice-chancellor, Y Nayudamroa, and broken many locks and taken possession of the University's library. But this time it was SYS, not SFI. The Students' Union lifted the gherao, but put the Ph D student back in his room after breaking the lock. The teachers rushed to the vice-chancellor and pressurised him to expel the Students' Union president and general secretary together with the PhD student. The vice-chancellor did not want trouble from the militant teachers, knowing well their ability to intrigue which had driven his predecessor to resign in disgust; so he agreed.


Image and Reality Amiya Rao THE bizarre drama that was enacted in the evening of May 11 on the vast treeless campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, reminding one in its fury and hate of the blood and revenge English tragedies of the 16th century, was merely a symptom of the grave malaise the University has been long suffering from. All the four pillars a university stands on


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