IMAGINING INDIA The late. Professor Ralph Turner, Professor of history at Yale University, used to remark around the ‘fifties that he wanted to read Indian History written by an American scholar because the existing writings on Indian History, mostly by the British and Indian historians’ were so warped by their own preoccupations that, one could […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE These abstracts are prepared by the author of each book/article sent to us voluntarily in response to our invitation through the Economic and Political Weekly. These cover publications -after 1st January 1986. Only abstracts of books/articles so received are published The index therefore is not exhaustive and complete. The limit of 250 words […]

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The Asiatic Mode of Production, Oriental Despotism, Historical Materialism and Indian History, by Brendan O’Leary, Basil Blacket, U.K., 1989, Pp. xiv+394, Royal, Price £ 35. Philosophy used to be defined, in the old days, as the search for a black cat in the dark which is not there. After reading this heavily scholarly book one […]

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The two most important inputs affecting the production potential of Indian agriculture are seed and water. The isolation and development of improved seeds, with higher productive capacity as well as greater resistance to drought and pests, suitable for different soil-climate regions of India, has a long history. The development of the high-yielding and hybrid varieties […]

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During lean season the flow of Ganga at Farakka falls to about 55,000 cusecs. India requires minimum 40,000 cusecs to save Calcutta port from siltation and Bangladesh needs about 50,000 cusecs for her economy. Their needs of water far exceed its supply. Hence the conflict. Short-term arrangements of sharing the scarce Ganga waters are mere […]

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The Market Research Wing of the Textile Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, has been conducting, since 1969, a sample survey of purchases of textiles by households and publishing its results on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. The purpose of this paper is to bring this wealth of data to light and present […]

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A Directive Principle of Stale Policy as entered in the Constitution of India is to provide, within a period of ten years from the commencement of the Constitution, for free and compulsory education for all children until they complete the age of fourteen years. The paper reviews the progress in this respect in the past […]

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In recent years the Government has attached high priority to oilseeds and targeted to achieve self-sufficiency in oilseeds within a short period. In its attempt to do so, it has raised the incentives for oilseed cultivators primarily through a steep increase in their prices. Such a policy, which relies more on the price instrument, may […]

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To a large extent, instability in the sugar economy is policy-induced, and can be moderated considerably through a well-formulated stabilization scheme. The paper outlines the details for working out such a scheme, and advocates continuance of the present system of partial decontrol with a statistically determined size of the buffer stock level. Read More.

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Railway construction began in India in the 1850s; the first line to be opened to traffic was in 1853 between Bombay (VT) and Thane. By 1924 over 60,000 kilometers of railway tracks had been completed. During the Second World War, some tracts were dismantled and railway workshops were utilised for the War effort. In the […]

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