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The current cultural approach which has dominated discussions on development models inevitably romanticises traditional/indigenous cultures, A fundamental theoretical error is the parallel being drawn between ecology and culture. 1846 Media and Politics Investigative reports appearing in the US media recently revealing past atrocities by American allies and client states are an indication of the role of the free press in the practice of realpolitik. 1838 From Green to Gold The West Bengal agrarian reforms of the late 1970s were clearly grounded in an earlier history of peasant struggle. To what extent has the government's emphasis on the implementation of sharecroppers' rights, land redistribution and sweeping local government reform contributed to agricultural growth and changes in the agrarian structure? What has been the impact of agricultural growth in the two Bengals on the livelihoods of poor rural people? 1862 Water Scarcity and Earthquakes The earthquake-affected areas of Marathwada are suffering from an acute water shortage which is likely to get worse with time. But this has less to do with changes caused by the earthquake than with distorted policies for rehabilitation of the victims and for groundwater use. 1826 For More Than Half the Sky There is no doubt that the Indian women's movement has changed the terms of political discourse in the last two decades. Today, however, this very change is affecting it in peculiar ways. Debates being actively promoted twist the very premises and values on which the movement has been based, with terms like empowerment, choice, reproductive freedom, spiritual autonomy, etc, being widely appropriated by forces inimical to the goals of the movement. Can the movement ensure the continued existence of fora to mount pressure for intervention in favour of more equitable gender relations? 1869 State Care for Children While provisions under the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986 certainly provide definite short-term relief to needy children, there is undue emphasis on custodial care and social control. Is it possible to enlarge the scope of poverty alleviation programmes to include the care of needy children in a more humane way? 1833 Vietnam and US Twenty years after the end of the brutal Vietnam war, the country is struggling to find its feet, especially with regard to its extremely complicated, but important relationship with the US. 1836 Price too High The Kochi backwaters in Kerala house a unique ecosystem which is today threatened by a development project designed to bring, among other things, a long sought after bridge linking the several isolated islands with the mainland. 1831 Employment Patterns A closer look at the 1981 Census data on the employment patterns of the tribal population of Orissa reveals interesting features which have implications for policy formulation. 1879 Monetarism and Globalisation A large part of the current fiscal malaise stems from monetarist policies in terms of steadily raising the rate of interest to absurd levels. And since these incomes are essentially in the nature of rentier incomes, the result has been a rise of rentier incomes in the economy. 1824 Vol XXX No 29

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