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

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September 16, 1995 Showing Labour Its Place Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital less than a century and a half ago, inspired by the ideal to serve the interests of the working class Arguing from the opposite perspective, and motivated by the final breakdown of the socialist economies, capital has now decreed how labour should behave if it is to attain a better future. The central message of the World Bank's capitalist manifesto, in the form of its World Development Report 1995 devoted to the theme of 'Workers in an Integrating World', is how a drastic restructuring of the balance of power in favour of capital is a precondition for the economic well-being of the developing countries particularly. 2294 Conflicting Moralities The policy of the British colonial government on the making and drinking of indigenous liquor, ostensibly directed at checking intemperance and safeguarding the people's morality, often came into conflict with another morality, that of the peasants, especially the adivasis, and illustrates the impingement of the state upon what may be called the private, collective domain and the resistance, overt and covert, of the affected communities. A study in Thane district of erstwhile Bombay presidency. 2323 Fiscal Reform The World Bank's Country Economic Memorandum on India for this year reviews the progress of fiscal reforms at the central and state levels, but as in the past the emphasis is on reducing fiscal deficits rather than on increasing public savings Moreover, the blanket assertion that there is no further scope lor compressing government expenditure can only encourage vested interests to seek and obtain large increases in budgetary allocations. This assessment goes against the avowed objectives of the economic reforms of stabilising the economy and improving the efficiency of resource allocation. 2317 Education and Mission Neglect of the socio-political context of Christian education has come in the way of realisation of the liberating potential of its ideals and purposes. 2332 Pedagogy in Action In the context of the present din over Total Literacy, a small effort by a social group from Calcutta at putting into practice a critical pedagogy should show our pedagogues how to stop canting and statraating. 2303 Gone Haywire The government's avowed objective of keeping the monetised deficit under check notwithstanding, the market's lukewarm response to its borrowing programme has pushed it into overwhelming dependence on the Reserve Bank. Unprecedented levels of monetised deficit in the current fiscal year so far have been the result. 2287 'Empowerment' in History While women's empowerment is a concept of recent origin in feminist theory, women's struggle for empowerment, latent or manifest, visible or invisible, symbolic or concrete, is as old as the history of collective protest and resistance. A study of peasant movements and grass roots mobilisation in Bengal. 2306 Missing the Real Village The concept of the revenue village was introduced by the British as the lowest administrative unit in the settlement hierarchy for revenue collection The adoption of the revenue village by the Census lor collection of data considered useful lor micro level planning and development, however, gives rise to many problems. 2301 Abdication by UN At the World Social Development Summit in Copenhagen the United Nations legitimised the role usurped by the Bretton Woods institutions, thus giving up its own powers and functions in the economic field mandated by its Charter 2304 Founder-Editor: Sachin Chaudhuri Narrow Vision 2279 Tamil Nadu VVIPs Are VVIPs

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