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One Country and Two Prosperities - 2-One Phenomenon and Two Languages

One Country and Two Prosperities 2 One Phenomenon and Two Languages GPD The semantic exercises the Chinese engage in are fascinating. They used the characters hui gui (meaning 'regression') for what has happened to Hong Kong. It was a reminder that this was no British generosity, no act of 'returning' on their part. The cunning of History has worked out the hui gui of Hong Kong.

One Country, Two Prosperities

One Country, Two Prosperities GPD Will 'one country, two systems' work? Why will it not? For the truth of the matter is that they are two systems only in name. Both are capitalist systems and it is a case in effect of 'one country, two prosperities'.

Literary Heritage in the Dock

Literary Heritage in the Dock GPD What is being done to our languages is really pathetic. The Shiv Sena and BJP members of the Maharashtra legislative council have opposed the publication of a third edition of Mhainbhat's Leelacharitra edited by V B Kolte, an erudite researcher on the is a reason. Leelacharitra is a justly famous work. Many years ago a great researcher on the Mahanubhava tradition and literature, V B Kolte, edited and published this work. It was published by the Maharashtra government. It has gone through two editions already. It has been out of print for a while. Legitimately a third edition is due.

In Defence of Sitaram Kesri

consumers pay less then the subsidies have to be borne by the public exchequer Second, since the government needs foreign capital inflows for this purpose, it must make the policy environment for such foreign investment more favourable through a range of tax concessions, easier trade and labour restrictions, and the like. Third, the domestic capital market should be further liberalised to facilitate the generation of resources for infrastructure. In this regard the government also has to provide institutional support and guarantees to attract the kind of long-term funding that infrastructure requires. Fourth, the government should facilitate the mobilisation of resources for infrastructure investment by financial institutions, through such means as sovereign borrowing, liberalisation of the institutional finance market to allow private entry, launching of new schemes such as debt-securitisation and guarantees as part of a 'public-private partnership' in which the public sector effectively shoulders all of the risks with none of the benefits. The range of financial liberalisation measures proposed is sweeping indeed, goes well beyond the presumed brief of the Expert Group or even the conclusions of the Narasimham Committee Report which was explicitly devoted to the financial sector, and merits a separate critique in its own right.

Politics of Wheels

Politics of Wheels GPD The BJP and the BSP have demonstrated in UP that the ancient Indian term chakranemi kramena has an exclusively political meaning. Coming to think of it, the theory of politics of wheels can solve several problems nationally and internationally.

A Chinese Reading of China s History

It is quite often forgotten that Deng Xiaoping was one of those who had made the 1949 revolution in China. He did not suddenly rise on the Chinese horizon in December 1978. The famous third plenum of that month did not discover him. He was there. He had made a revolution. Now he was out to unmake it.

A Kind of State-Centre Relationship

Some myths are typical Chinese myths. One of them is that after a good half a century of virtual independence Taiwan can be and is a part of China. But is it possible that we are about to witness Act Two of the Taiwan Drama? The KMT government of Taiwan seems to be gradually giving up its pretension to being the government in exile of the whole of China.

Clintondum and Clintondee

Clintondum and Clintondee GPD It is all a question of the word and the world. American presidents give the word and the world has to follow it. For the rest, Clinton's second term will be much the same. What difference can there be between Clintondum and Clintondee?

Spelling Is All

Spelling Is All GPD Bal Thackeray knows (and so does Pramod Mahajan of the BJP) that the urban Maharashtrian response is overwhelmingly pro-Hindutva in the normal course. For them Thackeray's irresponsible utterances are an avoidable nuisance. But nothing more.

One Word Forward, Two Words Back

One Word Forward, Two Words Back GPD The Srinagar-Leh and the Srinagar-Jammu relationship is not any more equal than the Delhi-Srinagar relationship. That is one aspect of the politics in Kashmir which is more often than not ignored.

Deoras Dies

Deoras Dies GPD Deoras was the first man in the RSS leadership to recognise that in a situation of widespread indifference, consolidation of the conscious Hindu minority was the clue to political success and growth.

Riaz Khokar Opens His Mouth-(To Put Saffron into It)

Riaz Khokar Opens His Mouth (To Put Saffron into It?) GPD RIAZ KHOKAR is easily the most popular and the most talked about envoy in Delhi, the cily of Pandavas. (Indraprastha was founded by them,) He is also the most handsome and the most articulate. He has tlvat breathtaking ability that quite a few sophisticated Pakistanis have: to carry a fundamentalist soul in a modern body. An ancient Chinese book on literary criticism recommends that good literature must combine heaven and earth and create a pattern ('wen') in that process. Khokar achieves that excellence or nearly so. He does that time and again. He must have been in a similar mood the other day when he pronounced that the elections in Kashmir could not be just and fair. (He meant India-occupied' Kashmir,one takes it, because when elections are due in 'Pakistan-occupied' Kashmir one does not quite frankly know.) Khokar must have been reading our newspapers too seriously lately or watching the various news programmes on Doordarshan. How does one explain, otherwise, this bit of futurology or predicting of electoral behaviour? Our belief in Pakistani sanity was rudely shattered. They have always seemed to us rather sensible people, largely becausethey were sufficiently sceptical of Indian political processes, if not of their own. Obviously that does not seem to be right. Riaz Khokar has his own psepho- logical machine working overtime. The first area he chose to survey was naturally "India- occupied' Kashmir. Psephologist Khokar concluded that in that part of the world a psephological exercise was not possible by definition. There is no possibility of any sort of voter-behaviour at all. Everything is just unjust. Everyting is just rigged.


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