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Relations of Dominance

Bharat Dogra IF only one cause has to be singled out for the prevalence of large-scale distress in the world, then this is likely to be the persistence of relations of dominance. It has been a very widespread and enduring practice of human beings to try to dominate others, to get personal benefit at the cost of others, to try to get ahead of others, to impose their own viewpoint, This tendency may be rooted in greed (the urge to get more than others, regardless of one's needs) or in ego (the urge to impose one's own thinking and view points, without giving a patient and fair hearing to the other viewpoint), but its impact is always harmful This tendency can be seen in the relationships of individuals, groups and entire nations.

Burden of Dowry System

link between a black law and increase in lawlessness. It is clear that at every step the executive has tried to enlarge its area of authority at the expense of the people. Whatever system of institutional checks and balances that once existed has eroded over the years. For such a vast multi-national country, democratic governance alone can provide people access ON August 5, 1995 three sisters living in Kanpur 24-year-old Neelam, 22-year-old Binaand 18-year-old Arti tried to commit suicide. All of them were rushed to hospital where two of them were declared dead. These three sisters were the daughters of a widow Vidyawati and had an only brother Anant who worked as a peon in the education department. Both the mother and son had been desperately trying to arrange the marriage of the eldest girl in the family. At one place there was a good deal of hope but the negotiations had been broken when the demand for dowry was found to be beyond the capacity of this family. This had apparently set the three girls thinking about how their brother would be able to arrange their marriages. It is an indication of (he burden of the dowry system on our society that the only solution that occurred to them in their desperate state was to take their own life.

Right to Information-Hope and Despair

While people's right to information from the state in several areas of public life is accepted in principle, few states have made any efforts to operationalise the principle.

Protection of Wildlife-Working with People, Not against Them

Working with People, Not against Them Bharat Dogra Interests of human population as well as wild species will be better served if we give up the notion of parks as areas devoid of human intervention. A more rewarding approach would be to involve local people in the protection of biodiversity.

More Floods with Flood Control

Bharat Dogra Due to massive corruption, construction of embankments, instead of controlling floods, has resulted in more intense and destructive floods in east Uttar Pradesh and north Bihar.

Misery amidst Mineral Wealth

Bharat Dogra Rich mineral wealth has become a curse for many third world countries because of the highly exploitative and ruthless interests it attracts at the cost of people and environment.

Land Reforms to Fight Hunger

Bharat Dogra Although there is increasing evidence that a more equitable distribution of farmland actually leads to better productivity, third world countries, including India, have been reluctant to implement rigorous land reforms.

Uttarakhand Pawns in a Chess Game

Bharat Dogra While the BJP is championing the cause of a separate state of Uttarakhand far its own narrow interests and has gained the support of a number of chauvinist regional groups, there is the danger that the real issues of the people of the region may suffer continued neglect QUESTION: Which chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (among all the chief ministers of the post-independence period) has done a great deal of work for the formation of a separate state of Uttarakhand)?

TV and Violence

Bharat Dogra Society should intervene with tougher laws to monitor and control the use and portrayal of violence on television, which many psychologists believe is influencing the behaviour of child-viewers.

Banda Encounter Deaths Continue

has been so explosive. The pre-indepen- dence riots in Kanpur were also triggered by anti-social elements. After all it is an industrial city and every industrial city has its quota of anti-social elements who take refuge in one or the other political parties. Moreover, the BJP has created a communally explosive situation throughout India in general and in UP in particular. It goes without saying that there is plenty of potential for communal mischief.

International Debt Burden-In the Interests of Interest

While the governments of the developed countries are interested in the perpetuation of the debt-burden of the poor countries, the bigger share of this burden is shifted to the relatively low-income sections

Science and Superstition

Bharat Dogra Instead of pursuing farmer-friendly science, India has opted for research which will be of interest only to business. In the circumstances, it is not surprising that farmers, perceiving this as deception in the name of science have espoused superstition and non-science.

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