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Tamil Nadu: Leather Processing: Role of Indigenous Technology

This article discusses a study of leather artisans in Tamil Nadu, which accounts for the lion's share of leather-processing in India. It looks at the effects of export-oriented growth, use of chemicals in tanning and the sidelining of the age-old local knowledge, on the survival of small village-based leather-processing units.

Marketing of Wild-Medicinal Plants

The extensive knowledge of medicine available from Indian forests lies only with the tribal societies that inhabit such regions. Ensuring an end to the age-old exploitation of tribal societies at the hands of intermediates and by the effective intervention of state governments and NGOs, the tribal economy based on sale and production of wild medicinal plants can truly thrive from its integration with the market economy.

Colonial Modernity

Lessons from Schools by Nita Kumar; Sage, New Delhi, 2000; pp 232, Rs 200. Constructing Post-Colonial India by Sanjay Srivastava; Routledge, London, 1998; pp 257.
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