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Politics of Education in Maharashtra

The agenda of the Maharashtra government is to further tighten its hold on the universities in the state. Another unstated item on the agenda is to increase the presence of private college managements on university bodies.

Dilemmas of Dalit Movement in Maharashtra-Unity Moves and After

The latest attempt, abortive once again, to unite the different factions of the Republican Party in Maharashtra raises two questions. Should the dalit movement narrow its focus to the problems of the socially mobile/articulate elements among them or should it, even at a price, give precedence to the more backward among the scheduled castes? Second, should not the dalit leaders now aim to broaden their horizons even further and take up questions affecting the rural poor as a whole?

The Meerut Holocaust

reform. But there are three types of questions which will bother the reader of the book: First, the political feasibility of peasant-oriented land reform; second, the need for considering the growing contradictions of the agrarian sector not only in relation to dualistic agriculture, but also in relation to the nature of integration of the agrarian sector with the non-agricultural sec- tor; and, third, the growing gap between the value-systems underlying a humane and just society and those which are influencing the behaviour of the elite class both in rural and urban society. On the first, notwithstanding the growing unrest in some areas, the political feasibility of radical land reform appears to be uncertain within a gradualistic frame. Further, the farmers' lobby is much more powerful now than during the Nehru regime. Moreover, the industrial bourgeoisie, who had a stake in anti-feudal land reform earlier, is not now inclined to support a radical land reform.

Election Studies

December 8, 1979 Election Studies R S Morkhandikar India at the Polls: The Parliamentary Elections of 1977 by Myron Weiner; American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research,

Muddled View from the Top

Muddled View from the Top R S Morkhandikar Changing India by Sankar Ghose; Allied Publishers, Bombay, 1978; pp 290, Rs60.
WHEN a politician with some claims to scholarship, especially one who occupied ministerial positions during the critical years of 1972-77, writes a book on India's changing political and economic scene, one hopes to gain some insight into the decision-making process in the country, or at least to read an analysis of the political and economic crises that the country went through. Any one who takes up Sankar Ghose's "Changing India" with some such expectation is bound to be disappointed. She book is old matter in a new jacket. Three-fourth of the book contains material taken from the author's three other books published earlier.1 Whole paragraphs, with a few sentences dropped or added, from these books have been incorporated under new chapter titles. Since the book does not carry a preface or an introduction, one is at a loss to Understand what prompted the author to compile this book when he had so little new to say. A few paragraphs about the policies of the Janata government have been added wherever necessary.


MARATHWADA RIOTS The Background R S Morkhandikar ONE of the first acts of the Janata and Rebel Congress coalition ministry in Maharashtra was the decision to rename Marathwada University (Auran- gabad) after Ambedkar. The rationale of the decision is easy to follow. The Janata party had earned a bad name for being socially reactionary, and had apparently lost the sympathy of the scheduled castes. The reverses it suffered at the 1978 election, and the victory of the Congress (I) in Vidarbha, were widely attributed to this factor.

The Shiv Sena

Though its overt appeal is to the economic interests of Maharashtrians, basically the Shiv Sena is an expression of sub-nationalism. It represents a 'sub-nation

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