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Child Labour in Tamil Nadu in the 1980s

This paper sifts certain important sources of secondary data, in its efforts to present certain broad descriptive features of the phenomenon of child labour in Tamil Nadu and its distribution across well-defined socio-economic groups classified by gender, sector-of-origin and caste, and its dispersal across space. As NSS data for 1987-88 suggest, the magnitude of child labour in Tamil Nadu appears disturbingly large, with nearly 11 children out of every 100 in the workforce. Tragically, this very large presence of orderly, systematic child labour and child illiteracy, together with their thorough dispersal across space, has rendered the phenomenon of child labour an unremarkable, everyday occurrence. The concerns of society and the state remain limited to certain specific occupations in certain specific locations, to the neglect of other occupations and locations which merit at least equal attention.

S Guhan A Personal Memoir

S Subramanian A LITTLE over three years ago, shortly after the passing of Malcolm Adiseshiah, Guhan and I found ourselves recalling him and trying to give expression to what he had meant to us and our institute. This was in the aftermath of a whole deluge of fulsome oratorical tributes that had been paid to him by numerous relatives, friends, colleagues and public luminaries. The cumulative effect was both exhausting and cloying; and the sheer unbelievableness of the picture of perfect and unblemished greatness we had been exposed to was also beginning to desensitise us to our loss. Guhan was both fond and admiring of Malcolm Adiseshiah, For this reason, he found the panegyrics which all of us had been subjected to annoying, distasteful and also constitutive of what he saw as a gross injustice to the man and his humanness. When he was vexed (as also, of course, at all other times), Guhan was given to being wicked; and in line with a common practice of his, he had a quote to hand in order to deal with the situation. On this occasion, he recalled what Harold Laski (if I have got it right) once said: namely, that the injunction nil nisi bonum was all too often interpreted to imply nil nisi bunkum.

ECONOMICS- The igNobel Choice

October'30. 1982 ECONOMICS The igNobel Choice S Subramanian EVERY year, as October approaches, speculation becomes rife in professional circles as to who is going to be honoured with the year's Nobel Prize for Economics. After a ritualistic counting of Big Heads (in which, of course. Joan Robinson and Nicholas Kaldor and other unmentionables have remained unmentioned quite naturally, since the discussion after all is about who might get the Nobel Prize and not about who will not), the speculators tend invariably to throw up their hands and say "one really cannot tell: it Theodore W Schultz, can get it, anybody can get it" -Schultz, to clarify, being to economics what Pearl S Buck was to literature. Given Schultz, this year's nominee, George I Stigler, should come as no surprise really.


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