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Turko-Lingual States Make Common Cause

Common Cause R G Gidadhubli THE fourth high-level meeting of the heads of six states of Turkic group of languages was held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan on October 21. The six states are, Azerbaijan, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzia, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. This grouping is yet another effort by the former Soviet Central Asian republics to forge links and to assert their regional identity, to consolidate their independence and to integrate with world economies. This meeting coincided with the celebrations of the 660th jubilee yearof Amir Taimur, the great Uzbek emperor who conquered amd ruled a vast territory from Mongolia in the east to Turkey in the west and the border of Russia in the north to the border of India in the south.

Growing Regional Income Disparities in Russia

Yeltsin s free market economic policies have thrown Russian economy out of gear, resulting in increased unemployment, destitution and crime in the resource-scare regions of the country.

RUSSIA-Agriculture Problems of Transition

Agriculture: Problems of Transition R G Gidadhubli In the last five years agricultural production has sharply declined as a result of a combination of factors: declining subsidies and state investment in agriculture, confusing land regulations and a conflict of interests in the government.

Reshaping the Uzbek Economy

of placing restraints on enterprise, but governments cannot wither away: a positive role of the government is called for. They refer approvingly to the Panchayati Raj constitutional amendments that mandate elections, reserve seats for women and members of scheduled castes and tribes in panchayats, and devolve some decisionmaking to local authorities. But they arc again overwhelmed by their social diagnosis; " would be naive toexpect too much from them (the amendments) unless the other causes of this problem are also addressed". Decentralisation without social change is unlikely to work.

India s Exports to Russia-Complexities and Contradictions

India's Exports to Russia Complexities and Contradictions R G Gidadhubli In the context of the economic liberalisation taking place simultaneously in the two countries, the potential for expanding trade between India and Russia is very considerable. There are, however, a number of complexities and contradictions among them, the multiplicity of trade channels, the lack of transparency in the release of debt repayment rupee funds through so-called tenders, the uncertainties and irrationalities of Russia's import regulations and tax structure and the activities of fly-by-night operators out to make quick profits which come in the way of the growth of India-Russia trade relations on a sound basis.

Russia s Economic Relations with Asia

R G Gidadhubli AFTER the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, Russia is in the process of formulating its own foreign policy. While the policy parameters of the former Soviet Union with regard to political and economic external relations have been discarded, a stable (specific and identifiable) policy framework of the post-Soviet Russian government is yet to lake shape, External economic relations of Russia under the leadership of Boris Yeltsin are characterised by de-ideologisation, keen desire to integrate with international economic institutions, interest to use good will and gains in external relations for achieving politico-economic objectives in domestic sphere and so on. In this background it is important to understand where does Asia stand in Russia's foreign policy and, particularly, in its economic policy? Is there a continuity or change in policy towards India after the disintegration of the Soviet Union which was a major partner of India in economic relations? What are the prospects for Russia' s economic relations with Asia in general and India in particular in the short and medium term? An effort has been made in this article 'to analyse these issues.

Russian Economy Turning the Corner

utterance underlines the class function of the state; and is of particular relevance to the party, the party's commissars and the bourgeois state inherited and now managed so zealously by Chirac Inc. In the person of the new president, a rapacious French bourgeoisie has found an extremely vigorous, highly organised creature from among their ranks. The sheer driving power of that man and his handlers cannot be underestimated. His political accumulation has been massive and unprecedented. Still relatively young

Nuclear Pilferage in Russia

R G Gidadhubli Russia has become a fertile source for the illegal trade in nuclear materials given its large numbers of retrenched army personnel inadequate defence budgets and underpaid or unpaid staff.

IMF s Shock Therapy and Russia

At a seminar in Washington in February, the managing director of the IMF sought to defend the Fund's prescription of so-called shock therapy' to bring about the successful economic transformation of the former USSR and other countries of eastern Europe, How convincing were his arguments?

Economic Transition in Uzbekistan

R G Gidadhubli After the emergence of Uzbekistan as an independent state, it has become important for India to understand the problems of economic development and transition of that country for ascertaining the scope for and prospects cf establishing trade ond economic relations.

RUSSIA-Decollectivisation Drive

Decollectivisation Drive R G Gidadhubli While the leadership believes that the root cause of the problems of agriculture in Russia was the alienation of the farmers from land, substantial sections of public opinion fear that privatisation will lead to speculation in land and have adverse social consequences.


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