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Political Economy of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Budgets

The paper focuses on the changing trends in budget allocations of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, especially since the structural adjustment programme that came to be implemented from 1990 and how it has affected civic services, especially health and education. The paper concludes that it has increasingly directed public resources to the private sector and reduced access adversely access to both healthcare and school education for Mumbaikars.

Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray, the son of an anti-caste reformist, came from a background rich in learning and culture. Yet, he chose to use his learning and wit to destroy rather than create. Under his direction, the Sena resorted to intimidation and terror, first against south Indians, then communists and Muslims.

Maharashtra : In Poor Light

shot back at the state government by demanding an enquiry into allegations of corruption in the Congress-led municipal corporations of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Tinaikar himself In Poor Light has expressed the fear that his report may lead to political Committees and commissions of inquiry have often spelt trouble for political parties, more so if elections are near at hand. Little wonder then that in Maharashtra the reports submitted by the one-man committee of former Mumbai municipal commissioner, S S Tinaikar, have quietened down the Shiv Sena and its normally voluble leaders.
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