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On the So-called Fund Misutilisation under MP-LADS

This response to the article "A Scrutiny of the MP-LADS in India: Who Is It For?" by Rupayan Pal and Aparajita Das (EPW, 9 January) criticises the authors' arguments on the misutilisation of Lok Sabha members' local area development fund. It argues that interpretation of cumulative data is marked by unqualifi ed and biased statements and considering the extant norms and guidelines of the scheme, since Lok Sabha MPs are not a fund controlling, sanctioning or reviewing authority, any reference to fund utilisation under the scheme should be applicable to all stakeholders like the district authority or state nodal department.

Exploitation and Injustice in Marx s Theory

Exploitation and 'Injustice' in Marx's Theory Mohinder Kumar I READ with interest Vidhu Verma's article 'Exploitation and Justice: Should We Be Interested in a Theory of Exploitation?' (January 17). The very formulation of the problem, from the beginning itself, goes wrong. The link between the two concepts exploitation and Injustice' is mistaken by the author The author, under some false and impressionistic reading of Marx's labour theory of value, has tended to identify/equate 'injustice' with exploitation, and simply opted to use these two concepts inter- changeably, without distinction. As a matter of corollary, this fallacy of substitution leads Vidhu Verma to commit another important theoretical mistake, that is, to perceive Marx's theory of exploitation as a political theory on distributive justice (p 115), rather than viewing it as an empirical economic analysis of capitalism, In essence, Marx's theory of exploitation (or labour theory of value) is least a political or legal discourse on 'injustice' (unlike Vidhu Verma's mistaken view). It can be safely argued that Marx, in his theory, had left untouched the question of justifiability (or otherwise) of class-exploitation. Therefore, it is surprising to find the way Vidhu Verma has attempted in vain to draw inferences about injustice' from Marx's theory of exploitation in her article.

Trends in Farm Land Prices in Haryana

Mohinder Kumar IN a recently published article (EPW, September 28,1996) Kailas Sarap has drawn some interesting conclusions about the behaviour of farm land prices in Haryana during 1960-91 which approximately corresponds with the green revolution period. He has concluded that farm land prices in Haryana (1) did not rise during the decade of 1960s; (2) rose only moderately during the 1970s; and (3) started rising again after the mid-1980s. These conclusions he seems to have drawn from his graphic presentation of farm land prices. His conclusions, therefore, are merely impressionistic and may not be very reliable. He seems to have done no systematic statistical analysis of the trend, as the results of any such analysis are not reported by him in the paper. Only a systematic statistical analysis of time series data can reveal the nature of trends in farm land prices in Haryana during the three sub-periods between 1960 and

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