EDITORIAL

Will CPI(M) Clinch the Issue Squarely?

In the wake of Jyoti Basu describing CPI(M)'s decision not to participate in the UF government a 'political mistake' and a 'historic blunder', the reaction from the official leading organs of the party was along predictable lines. The

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Let There be Mid-term Polls

THE STAGE IS ALL SET, AT THE TIME OF THIS writing, for a new government under a new prime minister but with a greater direct role for the Congress, to take over at the Centre. This may or may not

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The Dream Budget of the Bourgeoisie and The Doublespeak of the Left

P Chidambaram's budget for 1997-98 is unique for two reasons. One, it was a showpiece of holy consensus, an unquestionable and unalterable divine instrument elevated to the hallowed status of an object of supreme national interests raised above party politics.

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Overcome Anti-Pakistan Phobia and Stand Up to US Pressures

Fifty years of freedom should normally lend more self-confidence to a nation and bring about some basic change for the better in its foreign policy. Not so in our case. Two ugly underpinnings of our foreign policy came to the

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Laloo’s Departure — Victory of the Nationwide Democratic Opinion

Amonth or so back while making a speech at the Miller Ground in Patna Mr.Laloo Prasad mockingly said, “Well, here is this Miller Ground, and there are so many other grounds in Patna, but where in the earth is

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The Destiny that is Different

It was a Golden Jubilee without much of a jubilation. There was little cheer and virtually no stirring among bulk of that billion who constitute this great nation. It cannot but be so. They have no reason to be happy

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Saffron Hypocrisy

A chargesheeted person cannot continue in the office as chief minister — this was the clamour of BJP wearing the mantle of a moral crusader against the corruption of chargesheeted Laloo Prasad in neighbouring Bihar not so long ago. Hardly within

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The message of Varanasi

The Sixth Congress of CPI(ML), held in Varanasi between 20-26 October, was not only a significant milestone in the internal evolution of the Party as a major all-India party of the revolutionary left ever since its formation in 1969 and

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Light and Shadow

The new year dawns in darkness. With Bathanitola-Hybaspur-Bathe lurking behind and the threat of a saffron takeover looming ahead, 1998 comes as a big challenge to all progressive and peace-loving people. 1997 was the year that exposed the utter inadequacy of bourgeois

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Election and Beyond

With the longest-running chief minister finally throwing his hat into the ring for the heavyweight bout over premiership, the twelfth round of ballot-boxing is getting curiouser and curiouser. The gala show already had its attractions: the leader of the ‘secular’

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Repudiate Liberalism ## Uphold The Party’s Revolutionary Line

22 April 1969 marked the resurgence of revolutionary communism in India from the quagmire of revisionism. Since then the CPI(ML) has taken in its stride savage repressions, serious mistakes and major splits, to reorganise and reassert itself both at the grass-roots

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Big Bomb Politics

With the bellicose big blasts, the BJP government has triggered the worst phase of arms race in South Asia between India and Pakistan. The smaller SAARC partners have expressed their apprehensions, while India's relations with China – which had already sored

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