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Industrial Relations from a Distance

Industrial Relations from a Distance disposes of it in no more than about 25 pages in all in a book running to cover 250 pages. The only industrial Bagaram Tulpule relations law he really takes notice of Industrial Relations System in India: A Study of Vital Issues by Sahab Dayal; Sterling Publishers, New THE blurb tells us about this book that "unlike other books on Indian Industrial Relations System which lack analytical depth and are repetitive and pedestrian in their treatment, this book is rich in both substance and analysis1'. Similar disparagement of other books and high claims on behalf of his own are also made by the author at more than one place both in the Preface and the Introduction, although he piously asserts that he has "no intention of disparaging the many fine books which have been written..." on the subject, Unfortunately, Dayal's book offers little to justify the claim made in its behalf. Almost half the bulk of the book is devoted to the topics of wages, dcarness allowance and bonus and most of the points sought to be made are the familiar ones: that there is no 'rational' wage policy in the country (whatever that may mean), that linking of dearness allowance with consumer price index has aggravated inflationary pressures, that high wages inhibit development, that the bonus system is not rational, and so on. In the name of 'analysis', a word which Dayal is evidently very fond of, the same points and arguments are gone over at least twice or thriee in a facile way. Dayal is not unaware that the theme of wage policy has been under serious exami nation by the government, the planners and the employers and trade unions ever since independence. That something which academics would accept as 'rational' has not been evolved out of these endeavours is not because all those who were engaged in it lacked intelligence or motivation but because the inherent complexity of the problem is formidable. Most other countries which have tried to evolve a satisfactory wage policy have done no better than India although some at least of these countries have much more organised economies than ours. Sanctimoniously deprecating all that has been done as irrational is of no help, for, even what Dayal has to suggest arc woolly generalisations such as "...establishment of a proper wage-price relationship..."; a wage policy which would have "...a social as well as an economic aspect..."; "...the need-based Delhi; pp 268, Rs 80.

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