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JAMIAT ULEMA-Sponsored Dissent

Biju Patnaik is the only politician in Orissu who can claim a following among the people. One can call it ehurisma, one can describe it as a built-up myth or see it as a reward ot large .scale obligation, but the fact remains that the only political challenge lndira Gandhi has had to face in the state since 1969 has been from Biju Patnaik, the greatest representative of Oriya national sentiments. A man with .short-lived passions, Patnaik has started and folded up as many industries as political parties. He backed the 'Syndicate' after 1969 but remained with Indira Gandhi for a year after the split. When he could not pull on well there, he propounded the theory that the future belongs to "provincial parties espousing hopes and aspirations of the people of their respective states". But today, when a powerful section within his old Lok Dal(K) favours a regional party Patnaik likes to be in the 'national mainstream'.

UTTAR PRADESH-Meerut Anatomy of a Riot

October 30, 1982 UTTAR PRADESH Meerut: Anatomy of a Riot Anees Chishti REPORTS of the recent violent clashes in Meerut have seen the dreadful events as a result of an unprecedented communal confrontation between the two major communities. A mid-October visit to the agonised town and a thorough investigation into the background of the tragedy revealed that the sordid affair signified this and much more.

UTTAR PRADESH-New Trends in Shia Politics

UTTAR PRADESH New Trends in Shia Politics Anees Chishti THE convention of the newly floated Shia Council of India, held in New Delhi recently, was an important development m north India's Muslim politics. The convention expressed "support of the Shias of the country" for the Prime Minister's 20-Point Programme and expressed its solidarity with the policies and programmes of the Central government.

UTTAR PRADESH-Some More Feudal Rivalries

worker shall be paid wages for the leave period at a rate equal to his average daily wages during the month immediately preceding his leave; that for the weekly holiday, the worker shall be paid at a rate equal to his average daily wage for the days immediately preceding the weekly holiday. However, the Beedi and Cigarette Workers Act remains a dead letter at Sinnar and the adjoining villages. This writer was told by representatives of beedi workers that workers get neither a paid weekly holiday nor paid annual leave. Women workers do not get any maternity leave, though the Act stipulates three months' maternity leave, Most women workers return to work within a fortnight of delivery. If they do not go to work in the 'karkhanas', they work at home. Women workers continue to work in the most unhealthy conditions throughout their pre-natal period, inhaling injurious tobacco fumes, They work in these conditions often with infants on their laps and huddled together with male workers.

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