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Death in Police Custody

We have watched with disgust and horror the brutal police assault on students during a peaceful demonstration organised by four Left students’ organisations on 2 April 2013 in Kolkata and the subsequent death of Sudipta Gupta, a participant in the demonstration, while in police custody. Sudipta was...

Celebrating Bhabatosh Datta s Work

essay in The Contents of Economic Growth (1977), where he laid bare the ways in which relative prices and hence the weights entering the usual measures of national income are influenced by initial distributors of assets or purthasing power or in his detailed comment on S L Kirloskar's viewsin 1981 (revealingly entitled,in English translation, "The Heaven of an Industrialist', and reprinted in Dristikon 1985), or in his dissection of the new economic policy propounded by Rajiv Gandhi's government, he never deviated from his view that it is the task of the government to govern honestly and that it is incumbent on industrialists as well as common mortals to obey the laws of the land. Tax forgiveness' or pampering the rich at any cost would not have found favour with him.

Economic Reforms and Macro-Economic Policy

The resurgence of conservative economic thinking in policy matters and the international pressures faced by the government in 1991 led to a thorough going revision of macro-economic policies. However, the task of stabilisation has been far from successful. Even without implementing the really painful prescriptions, demand and business expectations have posed problems. Uncertainties and shrinking employment opportunities have compounded the difficulties. Structural adjustments, in terms of institution building, organisational changes and redefining the role of government, particularly in actively easing infrastructural bottlenecks and creating basic capabilities for the large number of the underprivileged (in whose name all the reforms are being undertaken) have been patchy and hesitant. A quick and substantial integration with the world economy has, however, been attempted and is bound to have transitional costs in agriculture and the capital goods sector.
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