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Teaching and Research

Let me congratulate Maithreyi Krishnaraj for pointing out the quality of teaching as the chief determinant of the quality of research in social sciences in India (“Quality of Teaching and Research”, EPW, 27 August 2011).

Growth sans Development

Growth sans Development M K SUKUMARAN NAIR The development trajectory of Botswana, a country which had an unparallel record of sustained economic growth for nearly three decades, has not attracted the wider international attention that it deserves. In this context, the efforts made by Mohanan Pillai (June 10, 2006) to analyse the growth process of the Botswanan economy and its impact on social development deserves special attention. Pillai argues that through prudent macroeconomic management, Botswana has succeeded in transforming the diamond boom of the 1970s to sustained economic growth without a

Global Commodity Chains and Kerala

An international seminar on 'Agro-Industrial Global Commodity Chains: Implications for Business Strategies and Policies for Kerala' in Kochi in September sought to understand the emerging patterns of social and economic organisation of production in the context of rapid internationalisation. In relation to Kerala it was recognised that there was much scope for upgrading agro processing activities with a view to enhancing productivity and competitiveness in the stagnating commodity producing sectors.

Rural Labour Market in Kerala-Small Holder Agriculture and Labour Market Dynamics

The pattern of land distribution and the nature of the crops grown are, inter alia, two key determinants of rural labour market dynamics. Most of the existing literature on rural labour markets have the skewed distribution of land and the predominance of annual crops as their behavioural assumptions. It is argued here that the theories developed on these assumptions are unable to explain the labour market behaviour in rural Kerala where agriculture is characterised by the predominance of small holdings and perennial tree crops. These two characteristics have substantially altered the structure of the labour market from the stylised model and hence theories based on the dominant norm fail to explain the labour market behaviour in Kerala.

Institutional Economics and the North-East-Report of a Seminar

momentum in the period ahead. The high incidence of excise duty and sales tax also added to the bullish sentiment in edible oil prices.
As there was no major upward revision in administered prices, the price rise for this group of commodities was nominal at 1.1 per cent. The increase was mainly because of the upward revision in electricity tariffs by 4.9 per cent.

Constraints on the Development of a Land

Market in Meghalaya M K Sukumaran Nair In large parts of India the penetration of colonial markets and the emerging bourgeois property relations have led to extensive alienation of tribal lands reducing the tribal people to wage labour. In the north east however, more particularly in Meghalaya, the traditional kinship-based land relations have largely been preserved. Even though private ownership has emerged to some extent, especially in urban and semi-urban areas, only comparatively rarely does land appear to be acquired or disposed of through purchase or sale. The paper looks at the precise nature of this process of preservation of traditional land relations as they have unfolded in Meghalaya.

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