EDITORIAL

Towards Forging a Third Alternative

THE key questions that have dominated the Indian politics, questions that are supposedly of the past, are seldom settled for good. At every major turn of events they resurface for sure. Take the Congress(I) crisis, for instance. It evokes

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The Congress Crisis and the Left

AS the interval in the unfolding drama of internal crisis in the Congress(I) draws to a close, the steadily pouring in reports point to another roundof poll reversals awaiting the party. The party would only be pushed to the

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Refurbish the Party Organisation ! ### Revitalise the Ties with the Masses !!

THIS 22nd April, Party will be celebrating its 26th anniversary. It is surely an occasion to reiterate our commitment to the basic principles and the general orientation of the Party. But if we merely confine ourselves to this 'reiteration' , commemoration

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Political Process in Kashmir

IT seems that what Rao government did in December 1992 in case of Babri Masjid by way of omission, it did the same thing in case of Charar-e-Sharief by way of commission. Not only is it a popular belief among Kashmiri

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In Search of A Third Front

COUNTDOWN for the '96 parliamentary elections has begun. In fast moving political developments men and events seem to be repeating themselves. The dialectic of the situation, however, makes them look farcical and even comical. In line with the currently fashionable

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The Left on the National Scene

IN the pre-election year, Congress(I) is benumbed by its own crisis, BJP is heady with its own ambition and the centrists are caught in a web of their own internal intrigues. But where does the Left stand? Have they,

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Begusarai Butchers Must be Punished

THE carnage in Begusarai is unprecedented, even in Bihar known as the land of cold-blooded massacres. A posse of armed policemen storm the office of a political party, the CPI(ML)-Liberation. Ruthlessly spray bullets on the people gathered there

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Murky Deals — The One and the Many

EXITS Enron, at last, as its Dhabol Power Project landed into the eye of a powerful political storm. Call it whatever you like, a cheap pre-election gimmick by the pro-liberalisation B JP or a one-time publicity exercise by pseudo-S wadeshiites

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The Farcical End-game

IF the break-up of BSP-BJP bonhomie did not spring any surprises as the earlier SP-BSP coalition did, then there is no wonder to it. In fact, it was nothing more than a sheer opportunistic stop-gap. The minimum common objective was

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Call Off the Military Offensive against the Tamils

THE resumption of hostilities between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE has now developed into a full-scale civil war in the northern peninsula of the country. Reports indicate that the normally busy town of Jaffna now wears a deserted

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Flip Side State Secularism

IN disposing of the petition contesting the election of Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi, the highest court in the land has put its judicial imprimatur to liberal Hinduism which has hitherto passed for official secularism. The foremost institution of the

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The Need for a Revolutionary Opposition

MUCH has been said about the last five years of misrule of the ruling party at the centre. But the sordid track record of the opposition in the parliament too deserves to be put under scrutiny. In fact, for the

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