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The Pesticides Dilemma

groups rather than by laws if they are to succeed. How this is to be achieved remains an open question. One possibility would be to mobilise workers' and consumers' organisations, but unfortunately they seem to be stuck in their own ruts. Many of the issues taken up by consumers' movements in India relate to issues and grievances of the middle and upper classes, perhaps because they are more articulate. Issues of the poor, like corruption in IRDP, pollution of drinking water in villages, etc, need to be take up and fought more vigorously. In the same manner, trade unions must stay away from the trap that pits them against workers in the informal sector or against rural landless labourers. Once such consciousness grows, these organisations may be able to take up a watchdog role effectively.

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