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From 50 Years Ago: New Unity in New Diversity?

Vol III, Nos 1 and 2 JANUARY 1968

Vol III, Nos 1 and 2 JANUARY 1968


New Unity in New Diversity?

Romesh Thapar

If hoodlums of various description seize upon the nearest train, railway station, post office, bus or tram to create a bonfire to symbolise their wrath over language racketeering, unprincipled political manipulation, profiteering in foodstuffs and other such familiar activities, the fact remains that there is little or no involvement with the essential kernel of these problems, only outbursts of frustration. If our MPs—some 350 of them—sign another petition for one more investigation into the death of Subhas Chandra Bose, they are acting more or less on a similar level of political boredom. If our ministers are out of focus, obsessed with inconsequentials, it is because they do not have the design or inclination to collate problems and remedies.

If the discussions at Congress Sessions and the get-togethers of other parties is peripheral, involved largely with the fate of this or that personality, it is because the nation at large has lost faith in the capacity of political leadership to produce a programme which makes sense, And, yet, it is widely accepted that there can be no movement in any direction without such a programme, only creeping paralysis punctuated by outbreaks of popular frustration.

The other day, I collected the statements which politicians of various hues have been making from time to time and came to the rather interesting conclusion that in fact a subliminal consensus does exist even today, that India is not as polarised as some would have us believe.

Updated On : 12th Jan, 2018


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