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SOUTH-Continuity in Kerala

MINERALS Keeping Up Appearances Magnus JUDGING by the tone of its Report for 1973-74, the Department of Mines seems to have lost all vitality. Since the reorganisation of the Ministry of Steel and Mines, the Steel section has stolen the show; the Department of Mines has lost control over Bharat Coking Coal, National Mineral Development Corporation and Manganese Ore India. It had lost Pyrites, Phosphates and Chemicals three years ago. The Coal Board and the Coal Controller's organisation under the Department are also likely to be wound up. Coal, of the non-coking variety, is therefore now the principal concern of this Department.

SOUTH- Andhra Rests

government has also relied heavily oil the 'conspiracy' provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Sections 104 and 107 of the Criminal Procedure Code have been used systematically to crush attempts to organise the peasantry and the tribal population.

SOUTH- Alignments in Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore, the Rajya Sabha election, and the dissolution of the Pondicherry Assembly, have all been contemporaneous with important changes in political alignments in Tamil Nadu. The coming together of the two Congresses in the state is only the most important manifestation of this change; but it is not the on]y regrouping that has taken place.

SOUTH-Delicate Balance

Mohit Sen AS Andhra settles clown temporarily after its storm, some of the rumble from Gujarat reaches the South. Of course, the character of the movements in the two states was entirely different; above all, the nature of the contending sides. But there is a similarity as well as the difference; and that is the sameness of the Congress collapse. The Congress in the Gujarat Assembly had as enormous and comfortable a majority as it had in Andhra. But this proved to be of absolutely no avail. This is something that all of us have to ponder over.

SOUTH-Twists in Tamil Nadu

December 22, 1973 There is a pat on the Government's back for being "a consistent and ardent supporter of the liberation movements of the peoples of Asia and Africa " and for "urging, in the United Nations General Assembly, that racial discrimination in the Union of South Africa and for that matter anywhere in the world in any form is a violation of the fundamental human rights". Is it patriotism, one wonders, that has forced our historian to withhold mention of the inhuman discrimination against and brazen exploitation of the untouchables in this, our own Bharat? The capsule glories over the virtues of non-alignment

SOUTH- Andhra s Waiting

November 24, 1973 IT is scandalous but characteristic that the unanimity in the Congress in Andhra over the six-point formula for the maintenance of the integrity of the state has not produced anything like a majority opinion on who should be the pilot for the implementation of this formula.

SOUTH-The Achievements of a Centre-Left Coalition

November 17, 1973 tical of Indira Gandhi to remain credible with its own cadres and to ward off criticism that it is Hailing' the ruling party. But anything of this kind would be within reasonable limits, falling far short of the CPI(M)'s anti-Congressism. The CPI might have to attempt a limited united front with the CPI(M) on peripheral issues, as it did in West Bengal, and more recently for the lack-lus tre Delhi' bandh Having taken on itself the task of preventing Indira Gandhi's drift to the right (a far cry from the days when it wanted to give her polities a leftward push), the CPI is stuck at the dead-centre now, which is a cynical anti-climax to the left-of- centre politics which has never been more than a convenient fashion in the capitals of this subcontinent.

SOUTH- Only a Base to Start from

SOUTH Only a Base to Start from Mohit Sen IT seems so long ago, but it is not even a year since almost all the so-called observers of the Andhra scene had confidently forecast that the state would be split. And now the six-point formula finds overwhelming support, the basis of which is the maintenance of the integrity of the state, the removal of some anomalies, and the retention of safeguards for the backward districts most of which are located in the Telengana region. This marks a big change in the politics of the state.

SOUTH- Food and Politics

Food and Politics Mohit Sen THE food situation is quite desperate in Kerala. The next few months are going to be agonising. But there is courage enough to face this agony

SOUTH-Challenge of Instability

SOUTH INSTABILITY is likely to be India's condition of life for some time in the future. It is not a condition of life with which one has to learn to live but one which has to be changed in a specific direction. There were some radical commentators who had looked forward to instability as the best milieu for revolutionary advance. They forgot that instability is of many kinds and the specific type of instability we are now passing through has dangers and challenges and is not particularly conducive for democratic, let alone revolutionary, advance. It is instability produced by a failure to redeem radical pledges and the consequent inability to contain factions which manoeuvre in the midst of majorities without a concrete programme. This is not a process calculated to increase radicalism but one likely to produce a kind of despondency and even aimless discontent. Of course, there is a way to make this radicalism more radical; that is by organising for the implementation of the radical programmes.

SOUTH- Brahmananda s New Game

evenly poor. Himachal Pradesh's per- formance in wheat procurement lias been the poorest. While Punjab hopes to meet three-fourths of its target of 34 lakh tonnes and Harvana fears a shortfall of about 10-50 per cent in its 13-lakh tonne target, Himachal has been able to achieve only 5 per cent of the taget

SOUTH-Moves in Kerala

SOUTH Moves in Kerala Mohit Sen THE relatively greater political stability in Kerala should not be taken to mean that the state has become an Indian version of Dullsville. On the contrary, precedent-setting events continue to take place, which a crisis-fed national press often chooses to ignore.


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