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   Newsletter of the Indian Progressive Study Group, Los Angeles

                             August 1996


* Gail Omvedt talks on Economic Reforms *

New York, March 30: The well-known academic and social activist, Gail 
Omvedt, spoke at a meeting hosted by IPSG, New York. In her presentation, 
she said that liberalization and globalization will assist in breaking 
the elite-centered economy based on the state-regulated organized sector. 
In the process, women, dalits and other sections of society that had been 
marginalized in the old setup will be empowered, she asserted. She also 
defended the necessity to pass patent rights legislation in India, which 
is being opposed by many who fear that it will make small farmers 
increasingly indebted to multinationals like Cargill who have the 
wherewithal to acquire patents.

The hour-long presentation was followed by a vigorous often sharp 
question-and-answer session. Many participants said that they failed to 
see how globalization could empower the "weaker sections" of society, 
since the experience thus far has shown the exact opposite to be true. 
Many participants also discussed the inadequacy of the cold-war era 
"market versus state" paradigm of economic development, and of the 
necessity to go beyond these terms.

* Standing Conference Of South Asians (SCSA) Begins Its Work *

Over the past few months SCSA has been active in organizing a series of 
Regional meetings at New York, London, Winnipeg. The conference is 
primarily intended for activists and all those interested in seriously 
addressing the concerns facing South Asia and people of South Asian 
origin abroad. It is now preparing for an international conference in 
Toronto in November. 

The regional conferences have brought together local activists to develop 
discussion on a number of topics such as: the crisis of parliamentary 
democracy in South Asia, Identity, culture and racism: problems facing 
second and third generation South Asian Youth, and the problems facing 
women and minorities. 

What is the alternative?

Macgowan Hall
University of California, Los Angeles
August 24, 1996
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
For further information of this & other activities, please call (310) 
391-0692 or email ipsg@ucla.edu


New Mechanisms To Overcome Political Marginalization Discussed

April 13, 1996: A central concern at the conference was the growing 
disillusionment of people around the world with governments, politicians 
and political parties, and of their yearning for change in the way 
political power is organized and executed. A energetic discussion took 
place on what has to be done to change this, and facilitate people's 
participation in politics. A call was given to begin the work of bringing 
together the Indian student organizations and other such groups to put 
forward a vision for India at once.

* State Terrorism And The Murder Of Jalil Andrabi *

AIPSG issued a statement on March 31, 1996 which points out that Jalil 
Andrabi has become of the yet another victim of the six-year old central 
rule in Kashmir. The statement raised the demand that the problem of 
violation of rights of people and the nation of Kashmir cannot and must 
not be solved by military occupation, state terrorism and "black laws". 
Besides punishing those guilty of human rights violations, an immediate 
withdrawal of the military and paramilitary forces, the repeal of all 
"black laws" and the release of those detained under these laws will 
create favorable conditions for finding a solution to the problem of the 
rights of Kashmir and its people. 

The statement concluded that "There is a need for all people to come 
together to find ways to become effective in ending the use of state 
terror against any struggle for rights in India.