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Harassment of Ashis Nandy

We write to protest in the strongest possible terms against the charges of criminal offence levied against Ashis Nandy, a political psychologist, sociologist and an internationally renowned public intellectual of the highest calibre.

Scientific and Political Representations

This paper, in the context of various cholera vaccine trials during the present century, examines critical issues of vaccine research, and demonstrates how the movement from laboratory to field, and then to routine practice involves the complex interaction between science, state and the public sphere. Through narratives of scientists and administrators, the authors try to show the social negotiations through which knowledge either moves from laboratory to the field or is inhibited in this movement. Several questions of scientific management, organisational structures and scientific diplomacy are addressed, in addition to questions about notions of medical efficacy and of risk and its perception by the different social actors.

Disease Control and Immunisation

Understanding the processes through which immunisation comes to be institutionalised as a routine practice in public health management provides an interesting field of sociological enquiry. A wide range of issues may be examined in this field: processes of state formation in relation to public health, the practices of science in developing countries, the role of global institutions and policy formation, the construction of the notions of consent as well as of citizenship, the relationship between the politics of the day and research institutions, and so on. These dimensions of public health need to be seriously addressed at the policy level.

Sexual Violence, Discursive Formations and the State

While in the face of the disorder of collective violence the state seems to absent itself so that we cannot guess how the judicial discourse would have constructed pathological sexuality, we have evidence of how 'individual pathology' is constructed in the rape trial during normal periods. Further, in the dense discursivity of the state as it engages in separating the normal from the pathological, we get a production of bodies (male and female) that normalises sexual violence at least for the purpose of the law.

Dislocation and Rehabilitation-Defining a Field

Defining a Field Veena Das Three different but interrelated sets of issues in resettlement research in sociology/social anthropology are addressed here. The first set deals with the manner in which the disciplinary orientations of anthropologists have privileged certain questions. The second set addresses the relevance of research on questions of social policy. And the third set delves into the problematic area of priorities in research, and ethical issues influencing public policy.

Sociological Research in India-The State of Crisis

Sociological Research in India The State of Crisis RESEARCH in any field is sustained over a period of time not by the brilliance of a few outstanding scholars but by the patient building up of competence in the average researcher. What Thomas Kuhn called 'normal science' provides the backbone of research in any subject. While students cannot be trained to do brilliant research they can and must be trained to do competent research. One cannot plan for paradigmatic shifts in a discipline. When these occur they are, by definition, unpredictable. A result of the imaginative flights taken by unfettered minds these paradigmatic shifts are to be celebrated but they cannot be methodically replicated. What is a cause for dismay in the field of sociological research in India is not so much the lack of brilliance as the lack of competence.

European Research on India

primary task was resisting Indo-Soviet expansionism, created a breach within his own party and Abdul Huq, a very trusted follower, deserted him. Toaha later set up the Bangladesh Samyabodi Dal (M-L), but by that time he had lost a number of his active workers. The BSD (M-L) suffered a major setback when in January this year Nagan Sarkar, a senior member of the organisation requisitioned a meeting of the national congress and expelled Toaha for his "continuous factional and anti- party activities". Toaha was not present at the meeting, being away in China on a private visit. After he came back, he challenged Sarkar's authority to expel him from the party and described the latter as an anti-party adventurist.

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