EDITORIAL

A Puppet Government on Congress Strings

Gowda who as the dark horse suddenly emerged the frontrunner for premiership was not in the race at all in the first lap. The only solid reason why he was pitchforked into prime ministership was his track record in zealously

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All Genuine Communists! Rally Behind CPI(ML)!… ## The Only Sincere Communist Opposition Today!!

Critical turning points in the political development of a country bring out the true colours of its parties. It has taken a hung parliament to expose, beyond doubt, the social democratic character of CPI and CPI(M), something which we

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The Bathani Tola Massacre

Aheinous act like the Bathani Tola massacre causes waves of revulsion among all civilised sections of society. But it takes a tragedy of this magnitude to remind the bourgeois commentators of the backwardness of feudal Bihar. They invoke this argument

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Gowda in Thackeray’s Lair

The United Front Prime Minister Deve Gowda is in the habit of making himself visible at the door steps of every questionable political character scrounging for support for his hotch-potch of a government. But even his bitterest critic within the

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Rao’s Exit

It is a poetic justice of sorts. The chief architect of liberalisation and the man who brought about such a far-reaching change of course in the Indian economy and who held the Congress party in his vice-like grip for so

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Saffron Surge in Left Citadel

The rapid strides made by ABVP in the Jawaharlal Nehru University by winning three of the four office-bearer posts in the JNUSU elections calls for a deep introspection. It is not just a defeat for AISA but a big blow

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Gowda’s Winter of Discontent

In all likelihood the current session of parliament will show Gowda how severe the coming winter of discontent is going to be. The chill in his relations with his Congress mentors might touch sub-zero levels when the invoking of Article 356

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New Year Message

The year 1997 poses for us immense challenges as it also offers termenous opportunities. It is essential to grasp the qualitatively new element in the bright new prospects that unfold before us. After five decades since independence, the Indian ruling classes

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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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