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Ravinder Kumar: A Personal Tribute

One shudders to think of the colossal national waste which would have resulted in the absence of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library that gave Ravinder Kumar the eminent national space to shape both disciplinary and public dialogue on the future of Indian development. As its director, for well over a decade, Ravinder Kumar deployed that space to nourish forms of reflexive scholarship, in ways that many Indian campuses still unfortunately fail to do.

Saint Granville's Gospel: Reflections

Working A Democratic Constitution: The Indian Experience by Granville Austin; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1991; pp xix + 669, Rs 993.

Kar Seva of the Indian Constitution?

The review of the Constitution that has been instituted is a carefully planned political exercise. The oligarchic and patriarchal composition of the review commission is replete with authority figures and carefully excludes any imaginative voice from communities of social and human rights activism and independent scholars.

A Work in Progress-United States Report to UN Human Rights Committee

In March 1995 the United States presented its first ever human rights report to the Human Rights Committee, the body charged with monitoring the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It is a tormented text marked by caveats and contradictions which the US congress annually refuses to condone in its invigilation of the human rights records of other sovereign states. The US has not only subjected its ratification to many explicit 'reservations ', but it has innovated treaty practice by lodging a considerable number of 'understandings' and 'declarations', thus attempting to hold itself above the internationally agreed upon code of human rights.

Politics as Religion-Constitution (Eightieth) Amendment Bill

The logic of delinking politics from religion is directed to presenting the integrity of religious traditions from the contaminating impact of the sordid practices of power. No political party is likely to see it that way, so long as it sees legislation as a passport or as a threat to power. But conscientious citizens have no such alibi for not perceiving the deep structure of political development which has prompted the initiation of these constitutional and legislative changes.

The Recovery of Fire Nehru and Legitimation of power in India

Nehru's actions, read as political texts in this critical exploration of one, and hitherto unexplored, aspect of the Nehruvian discourse

Redeeming the University

imperialist government in India. Shinde argues that Phule's rejection of the early nationalists of the late 19th century because they were Brahmins cannot be justified. Phule offered no alternative programme. Secondly, imperialist exploitation could not be justified and supported on the ground that those who opposed the British rulers were conservative and socially undemocratic Phule also failed to recognise that the peasants and masses were the ultimate victims of colonial exploitation. The imperialist machinery was geared to the task of this exploitation. The very British legal system ejected the peasants from their land. In sum, British policies were against all that Phule stood for. Shinde concludes that "His [Phule's] thought reflected the pre-industrial situation and Phule failed to perceive the essential link between the existing property relations and exploitative socio-cultural set up and hence failed to give a viable philosophy to combat the formidable collaboration of the bourgeosie and the feudal classes on the one hand and British imperialism on the other:' Redeeming the University Upendra Baxi Redeeming Higher Education: Essays in Educational Policy by Amrik Singh; Ajanta Publications, Delhi, 1985; Rs 45, pp 229.

Caste, Class and Reservations-(In Memoriam I P Desai)

Caste, Class and Reservations (In Memoriam: I P Desai) Upendra Baxi I P DESAI (IP) passed away on January 26, 1985. His contribution on this theme (EPW, July 14, 1984) was thus to be a last one. But it had all the qualities of IP's exemplary scholarship: clarity of thought, meticulous grasp of detail, obstinate insight, a vision of India and unusual generosity to colleagues with whose views he disagreed. It is characteristic of IP that he should have invited, not just anticipated, Ghanshyam Shah's (GS) response, which appeared close to his demise (EPW, January 17, 1985).

Legal Assistance to the Poor-A Critique of the Expert Committee Report

A Critique of the Expert Committee Report Upendra Baxi This article discusses the report of the National Expert Committee on Legal Aid which was appointed to consider the question of making available legal advice and legal aid to "the weaker sections of the community.


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