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Tax Sharing in India

work outside the home in hospitals and Air Force offices? Why not remove sexist Mat by showing that theirs no such thing as womens work? And what better way than by stressing that it is perfectly normal and respactable for men to be doing housework? Sums should be able to demonstrate precisely that. Like: "A man has one hour to cook rice, vegetables and dal before his wife returns for dinner from relief work in a slum devastated by communal riots. If both rice and dal can be pressure-cooked together in IS minutes, how much time should he allow himself for the vegetables if he also needs 20 minutes to nip down and buy bread and eggs for the next day's breakfast?" An article, in a recent issue of the Illustrated Weekly (To Bad to be True,' January 9-15) refers to a question in a BJP maths textbook for primary school children in MP: "If IS kar sevaks demolish the Babri Masjid ;n 300 days, how many kar sevaks will it take to demolish the masjid in 15 days?" The author describes this as an indication of the absurdity' of Hindutva ideology. Personally, I would say that it is not absurd so much as shrewd and clever Diabolically so. The truth Is that textbooks can be designed to be dynamite. Or they can remain dull and innocuous. NCERTs quadratic-equation style of promoting status of women seems merely pathetic Tax Sharing in India G Thimmaiah S GURUMURTHI has presented an alternative system of tax sharing in India (EPW, March 20-27, pp 525-30) in which he has suggested that the central govern- ment should share 33.33 per cent of the gross revenue from central taxes, inclusive of those levied under Articles 268 and 269 and also additional union excise duties. If we study his proposal carefully it becomes clear that the state governments are not going to gain much under his sug gested alternative compared to what they are already getting.

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