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

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Distorted Criticism

THE government of India's (GOI) final withdrawal from the World Bank (WB) is a logical culmination of a process which began when Morse-Berger Inquiry was instituted in mid-1991 at the behest of the executive directors (EDs) of northern Europe and America. This was a result of highly distorted and misinformed criticism of the SSP unleashed by some environmentalists in the North and the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA). The government of Gujarat did little to counter these propaganda blasts. The Morse-Berger Report itself is full of factual and logical errors, methodological flaws, significant ambiguities and distortions and suppression of vital facts. The R and R environment situation as depicted by Morse-Berger is grossly fallacious. Unfortunately, the northern EDs uncritically accepted the major portions of the Morse-Berger Report. The EDs, for instance, accepted that the bank had, from the very beginning, not even appraisal the resettlement component of the project

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