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SOUTH- Quiet in Kerala

rashtra, the per capita bank deposits increased from Rs 120 to Rs 203, and per capita bank credit there went up from Rs 97 to Rs 174. As for banking facilities, Bihar has one branch per lakh of population compared to one branch for every 42,000 people which is the national average.

SOUTH- For a New Offensive

IT will not do to forget that 25 years of freedom means, above all, that we can no longer consider ourselves as newly-independent. Our independence has passed the stage of being new, especially since we have lived through times when swiftness of pace compels a more rapid maturing. If India, as somebody said, is a hard country to grow up in much more is the world today a dreadfully demanding place for a nation to become itself. But if a nation succeeds, even though not in full measure, in meeting the trusts of these demands it is a resilient, supple and confident nation that it becomes.

SOUTH-New Configurations in Andhra

SOUTH New Configurations in Andhra Mohit Sen THE announcement that Brahmananda Reddy has been appointed Chairman of the Finance Commission was also the formal declaration that his faction had wound itself up in Andhra. What had seemed so powerful and pervasive proved to he utterly hollow, illustrating the superficiality of the view that there are omnipotent state bosses in the Congress. Indeed, there had been any amount of speculation that by unseating Brahmananda Reddy the Prime Minister was taking the top off a volcano. It was not, however, a dormant volcano that she was tackling but an ant heap that crumbled at a kick, the ants scurrying off elsewhere, too terrified even to bite.

SOUTH-New Trends in Tamil Nadu

SOUTH New Trends in Tamil Nadu Mohit Sen IT might have seemed that there was no state with greater stability than Tamil Nadu. Not only had the DMK a substantial majority hut its relations with the ruling Congress at the Centre were also quite excellent. Indeed, it could he said that Indira Gandhi was attempting to convert the Congress into an all-India DMK, what with the talk and action appealing to the semi-submerged sections, while the DMK was becoming an indistinguishable part of the mainstream of all-India politics.

SOUTH-Kerala Signals

of the Committee's report by the Agriculture Ministry, What is significant is that in spite of the sharpness of the controversy, very little of it has found expression on the floors of Parliament The controversy has remained within the lobbies and committee rooms of different parties. What this suggests is that issues have to be clinched within the various parties first since there does not seem to be a single party, whether of the Right or the Left, which does not have a strong farmers' lobby operating within it Even the Opposition parties have maintained almost total silence 011 the issue during the sessions of the two Houses of Parliament though the issue would have provided an excellent opportunity to embarrass the government. This speaks volumes for the real nature of the interests that all parties, including those that sport socialist and communist labels, hold close to their hearts.

SOUTH-Impact of the Wave

ment of people, largely veterans. Then be joined Coagress(R).
Siddaveerappa, a very old hand at the political game, is Urs' main rival in the party. In the bid to form a ministry he was supported by quite a few Vok- kaligas also, like M V Krishnappa, now an MP. Urs opposed the move. His logic was that a ministry then formed would largely consist of defectors and the party could never have a fresh team. Secondly, Urs must have seen in Siddaveerappa's haste an attempt at becoming Chief Minister. The support of some Vokkaligas for forming a ministry indicated the anxiety of the two major groups to block the emergence of a leader from a minority community. However Urs has always enjoyed the support of the High Command and has won the day.

SOUTH-Taking Stock

February 19, 1972 IT IS only Andhra and Karnataka that will go to the polls in the South but, after all, the political stock-taking throughout the country will not leave Kerala and Tamil Nadu unaffected. Nor, let it be remembered, would these two states fail to feel the impact of yet another revelation of the political mind of the nation.

SOUTH-Naxalites in Andhra

SOUTH Naxalites in Andhra Mohit Sen THE trial of the Nagi Reddy Naxalites drags on in Hyderabad. Almost completely unnoticed by the public in a small courthouse in Hyderabad

SOUTH- Loosening in Andhra

November 27, 1971 economies, namely the USA, the government recently chose to impose a total price freeze (covering, incidentally, also new models of ears incorporating technical and other improvements which would, on the basis of the Indian Supreme Court's judgment be entitled to a price rise on that ground). Such decisions of the government have not been challenged in any other country; in this country in future they would apparently he open to challenge before the judiciary.

SOUTH-Conflicts in Tamil Nadu

SOUTH Conflicts in Tamil Nadu Mohit Sen CONFLICTS are developing in Tamil Nadu. Though these are conflicts at present mainly centred on the question of the DMK's entry into the trade union field, in reality the issue involved is far more important. And a study of how this issue is shaping and is being accentuated as well as how it is sought to be resolved would be of use to those who believe that in India today we need a united front if the Left is to achieve its democratic victory.

SOUTH-Kerala s Features

October 30, 1971 SOUTH Kerala's Features Mohit Sen ON several accounts Kerala is considered a test case. It is so above all for the CM. Consequently, as has been noted by many commentators, it was no accident that the ninth congress of the party was to be held in Cochin, If the success of the congress and the public mobilisation for it are any indication, Kerala may be claimed to be a successful lest case.

SOUTH- Turn in Andhra

October 2, 1971 THE exit of Brahmananda Reddi gives Andhra a chance to maintain its identity and to continue as an integrated state. If this had come about many months earlier, the people of the state would have been spared so much of anguish and waste of energy. It is, of course, absurd to hold that the ex-Chief Minister was the main reason for the agitation and struggle for a separate Telengana, There were deeper economic and psychological factors behind this demand. But Brahmananda Reddi became the symbol of the domination of and the injustices perpetrated by the land- lords and the new rich of the delta areas of Andhra, And his attitude to- wards the movement made him the target of anger.


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