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A Gem of Economic and Social History

Exploring India’s Rural Past: A Gujarat Village in the Early Nineteenth Century by A M Shah; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002; pp 296, Rs 525.

Bt Cotton: Confusion Prevails

'Magical' Bt cotton seeds from Gujarat have flooded the market and the government is yet to begin any sort of education or information campaign to explain the problems with the seed and the precautions that need to be taken.

Putting Gujarat in Perspective

Overshadowed by the recent horrific events in Gujarat is a wider shift in Indian politics that is likely to reduce the country's level of communal violence: growing party competition in the states increases the incentives for politicians to offer minorities protection in return for their political support. High levels of party competition have long been effective in reducing violence for this reason in southern states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The rise elsewhere in India of parties such as the BSP and SP also creates intense competition for Muslim votes, which in turn leads to politicians promising - and delivering - greater security for minorities.

Banning NBA?

The Gujarat High Court has asked the central government to consider banning the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) based on a suit filed by an NGO (that ironically champions civil liberties) that alleges that NBA is indulging in anti-national activities with the help of foreign agencies, by preventing...

Economic Reforms and Productivity Trends in Indian Manufacturing

This paper analyses the trends in growth and efficiency in the utilisation of resources in the Indian manufacturing industry before and after the introduction of economic reforms. It uses a comparative analysis of all-India figures with Gujarat, one of the most industrially developed states of the country. The study shows that both the organised and unorganised sectors in Gujarat seemed to be doing better than the all-India average in terms of growth of value added. Growth in the manufacturing sector in Gujarat was also more efficient than average all-India growth after the reforms were introduced. Gujarat's strategy of physical infrastructure development, leading to industrialisation, has been the main reason for the growth of the state's manufacturing sector.

Gujarat : Cosmetic Makeover

In almost an exact replication of events that took place in Uttar Pradesh over a year back, Gujarat saw a change of chief ministership, with a failure-ridden Keshubhai Patel being replaced by Narendra Modi. As in UP, the changeover has occurred at a juncture when the assembly elections are due in the state in a year and a half’s time, and there is an urgent need to boost the party’s sagging image.

Wildlife Protection : Lions and the State

The government of Gujarat, the only state where the Asiatic lion now survives, has opposed the central government's Rs 68-crore plan to move the lions in the Gir forest to a new home Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Gujarat's intransigence may well put in jeopardy a longterm plan, approved in the international wildlife conservation circles, to repopulate old habitats with species that were native to it thereby allowing for further healthy and secure growth of the endangered animal populations....

Weak at the Base

More than 15,000 are feared to have perished in the earthquake which spread across Gujarat and neighbouring areas from an epicentre near Bhuj on Friday morning. And the count has only just begun. As we go to press less than 48 hours after first tremors were felt, all systems are only just getting out of the stunned stupor. But it is already evident that the magnitude of destruction far exceeds the devastation caused by the Latur earthquake in 1993. Measuring a disputed 6.7 on the Richter scale (foreign meteorological laboratories have registered a higher intensity), the earthquake has almost razed entire districts to the ground. Bhuj, the worst hit, has been completely isolated, with no communication links working. While there will eventually, sooner rather than later, be put in place a management plan and programme for the rescue and reconstruction work, as yet the scene is one of utter confusion and desperate hope.

Communal Riots, 2000

The year 2000 witnessed several communal riots in diverse parts of India. These remained localised and did not result in the largescale devastation that had marked the riots of 1992-93. However, their occurrence should serve as a continual reminder that very often, innocuous incidents like a property dispute can easily take on communal colour; communal divides too can be easily stirred up by vested interests. More unfortunate has been the response of the civil authorities - who have either been accused of sheltering miscreants or else their response has been seen as belated and reactive.

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