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In Support of Solar Energy

ments of a point of view. The most successful of the former category is the essay by Ashish Bose on urban policy. Bose describes the evolution of policy in India since Independence and stresses the weakness in our implementation of measures to improve housing conditions of the poor. A similar survey by P N Dhar on policies regarding the promotion of small-scale industries is a lucid expose of misconceptions on which current policy is based and contains crisp prescriptions separating desirable and undesirable ways of promoting the growth of small-scale industries. Other noteworthy contributions in this category of essays are the ones by Cheliiah reviewing issues in Centre /state coordination of indirect taxation, Sinha on wage policy and Naik on primary education. These essays are pointed in their analysis of current failures but are less convincing in suggesting practical measures for improvement. On a more positive note, Madan describes the evolution of views on language in our political system and concludes that politicians and scholars have both gradually accepted the view that sub- national loyalties based on linguistic differences were not necessarily inimical to national interest. Singer's review of "Changing Thought on Development Problems" is mistitled. It merely describes the evolution of thinking in some international development agencies and continues the deplorable practice of treating relabelling as if it were really rethinking.

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