ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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COMMUNALlSM-Policy of Appeasement

Cosmetic Changes IF the prime minister's speech at the International Population Conference is anything to go by, light has at last dawned on the population control lobby in government: He has magnanimously admitted the short-sightedness of a centrally-planned target-oriented policy which has contributed to the "cruel paradox" of high investments and poor demographic results. On the other hand, it would be naive to imagine that this admission is indicative of a realisation of the fundamental reasons why any population control programme, no matter how well disguised, is bound to fail. Clearly, in this election year there are several reasons why Rajiv Gandhi should wish to attempt to acknowledge the shortcomings of one of the government's most prestigious programmes and to give it the long overdue complete overhaul which he now proposes. Whether and what actual action will follow is another matter.

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