EDITORIAL

The ‘effective state’ syndrome

It was none other than L.K. Advani who originally propounded the theory of India being a soft state which needed to be hardened into an effective state. Within months, this man(iac) who would like to see himself as

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Nibbling away at democracy

In the 'world's largest democracy', it is often the so-called institutions of democracy, including its watchdogs as well as enforcing agencies, which nibble away at the feeble democracy. Spineless to confront even the slightest challenge from the right-wing and fascist

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Against Regional Disparity, Against Perpetuating Backwardness

It is no longer a secret that the decade of new economic policy has led to an alarming accentuation of regional disparity in this country. The reason is also not difficult to understand. Even before the new economic policy was

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Dangerous courtship

Some newspaper editorials have argued that Vajpayee's US visit should be assessed more for its symbolism than substance. Be that as it may, winning a nod of approval from the US for India's Pakistan and Kashmir policies has become the

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The ‘Historic Blunder’ Paves Way for A Redundant Farce

AS. WE write these lines, the much-awaited CPI(M) plenum is on in Tiruananthpuram. As plenums go, this is probably the third all-India plenum in the CPI(M)'s history of thirty-six years. In addition to the usual exercise of

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Towards a Winter of Mass Anger and Action

EVEN AS THE US was awaiting the denouement of the 'Kaun Banega Rashtrapati' drama, India played host to another president who came calling on a ten-day trip : President Wolfensohn of the World Bank. The Bank chief has apparently promised to

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Let’s Turn Ayodhya Into the Sangh Parivar’s Waterloo

THE NDA government has managed to win the Ayodhya motion in the Lok Sabha. Given the parliamentary arithmetic, an NDA victory was of course a kind of foregone conclusion. In spite of the noise being made by so-called angry NDA

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Garbeta and After: The Plot Continues to Thicken

WHAT exactly happened at the obscure Chhota Aangaria village of Garbeta block in Medinipur district of West Bengal on 4 January 2001? How many people were killed and how? What happened to the corpses? What prevents the state government from announcing a

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Rekindle the Revolutionary Spirit of Naxalbari, Prepare for a New Tide of People?s Struggles

As Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry get ready for the May 10 elections, the stocks of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre have begun to plummet quite rapidly. As if the tremors of Tehelka were not enough,

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Vajpayee government’s plummeting political stocks

THE BJP might have hoped to overcome the adverse impact of the assembly election results with some clever arguments. But the Manipur developments have precipitated a crisis within the party as well as within the NDA, between the BJP and

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What Agra should deliver

Though its implication for Pakistan’s democracy is very bad, Pakistan’s Chief Executive and military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s anointing himself hurriedly as the country’s president before his summit with Vajpayee shows that he has taken his visit

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The Agra Test and the Politics of Peace

LIKE A typical short story with a stunning end and lingering impact, the Agra story was not really over with General Musharraf’s midnight flight back home from Agra. There was no Agra accord after the summit, not even a

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