Social Scientist. v 13, no. 144 (May 1985) p. 57.

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5 For example see the detailed cover feature as well as Sidhansu Mishra "Tilonia Social Works Centre—A campus in Darkness," Link, September 2, 1984 pp 20-26.

6 Rajni Kothari, "The Non-party Political Process", Economic and Political Weekly, 4 February 1984, p 217.

7 The Seventh Plan approach paper talks of coopting voluntary agencies in rural development/social welfare programmes. Yojna, November 1984 issue, is devoted to a discussion of the probable role of these agencies in implementing various development programmes. Even in the case of the limited role to be assigned to these formations in the present socio-economic set-up, there are serious reservations expressed by authors like Kamal Nayan Kabra and Mohit Sen.

8 It is clear from the Bunker Roy-Upendra Baxi dialogue in the pages of Mainstream that these organizations are basically meant to create people-oriented professionals and then have nothing to do with structural changes. Rajni Kothari, however, insists on the revolutionary role of these formations by creating an artificial distinction between non-political and political formations operating at grassroots level. For details of professionalization bids through these organizations, refer Upendra Baxi, "For Bunker Roy, a Word of Advice", Mainstream, 6 April 1985, pp 28-31. For a more interesting contribution, asking for liberalization of various legal obligations for these voluntary agencies, refer to contribution of Tara Ali Baig Times of India dated 9 April 1985. One is almost struck by the similarity of pleas for concessions for voluntary agencies and free trade zones.

9 Harsh Sethi, "The Immoral 'Other'—Debate between Party and Non-Party Groups", Economic and Political Weekly, 2 March 1985, p 379.

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