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Elections and the Working Class-Puzzling Political Response

Puzzling Political Response A K Roy THE 11th Lok Sabha election was a crucial political battle for the working class. The major issues before the country were the new economic policy (NEP) and corruption. The working class was opposed to the NEP and the Left exposed corruption. It also came to light that while other parties like Congress( I), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janata Dal (JD) were involved in corruption the left parties remained free from it. These favourable factors created expectation that the Left would fare well in the election. But this did not happen. After having a United Front government at the centre with left participation and support barring BJP from power, though there is an attempt to present the subsequent events as a political success, the stark fact remains that the strength of the Left has decreased in the election and the working class has been further marginalised in politics. The UF government may have the number one from JD and the number two from CPI but is actually dependent on Congress(I) for its survival and is to follow its economic line. So the old NEP continues and the government's first budget advocates disinvestment, liberalisation and concessions to the multinational companies (MNC). Even the controversial Pension Bill has been passed which the previous Congress(I) government had failed to enact. With anti-working class policies continuing the Left is in a dilemma having one foot in the government and the other outside. Those who were delighted to see the right fragmented in the election are now finding themselves divided in the subsequent political process.

New Economic Policy and Old Trade Unions

To outraged protests from citizens the state government replies that it is the central government which is the ultimate authority and which does not want to withdraw the army. On the other hand, home minister Indrajit Gupta has assured a delegation of a youth organisation from the state, the AJYCP, that the centre is most unwilling to deploy the army in the Assam countryside and that it is being done under pressure from the state government. Reportedly he even urged the AJYCP to organise protest movements against the deployment of the army in the state against terrorists. This murky situation is made even more intriguing by the prime minister's applause of the army's role in the state during his recent visit One suspects that between them the state and the central government are not only passing the buck to each other; but also diabolically hoodwinking the people about their real intentions.

Hung or Hanged-State of Eleventh Lok Sabha

Hung or Hanged? State of Eleventh Lok Sabha A K Roy Contrary to the claims made on its behalf, the United Front government is neither a reflection of plurality nor a new stimulating model of federalism. It represents a fractured policy that threatens our country.

Gaslitand Disaster Accident or Murder

A K Roy Three distinct crimes on the part of the mines management can be identified in the Gaslitand mine disaster: the failure to prevent the waters of the river, swollen by unseasonal rains, from flowing into the mines, that to take expeditious action to rescue the trapped miners and, finally, the slow pace of dewatering of the mines which has extinguished all hope of any survivors among the trapped miners those fortuitously saved by air-pockets being rescued. These failures, in their totality, reflect the management's long-practised callousness towards miners' lives and well-being.

Industrialising Bihar The Options

A K Roy THERE is a well-entrenched impression outside that Bihar, even after having all the potential to become a leading industrial state, is destined to remain feudal, with its backward agriculture and awkward people However, after the Janata Dal's coming to power for the second time there have been moves to give industrialisation the first priority. An ambitious target of securing investment of Rs 15,000 crore in the state by industrialists has been announced and the chief minister has embarked on a foreign tour to attract capital.

BIHAR-A Vote for Social Justice

The term 'Social justice' which Laloo Prasad has made his own is not merely a sentiment, nor has it anything to do with the caste issue. It has today emerged as an ideology to mobilise the productive forces.

Election and Bihar s Fractured Polity

Election and Bihar's Fractured Polity A k Roy The assembly election in Bihar has laid bare the state's fractured polity. Every party is torn, every organisation is fragmented, every leader is suspect.

Kamani to Kanoria-Marxists and Workers Co-operatives

Marxists and Workers' Co-operatives A K Roy Workers' co-operatives have proved to be a viable alternative to the state's current response to industrial sickness: Left parties and their affiliates would do well to actively support these efforts.

Vaishali Verdict-Caste Politics Does Not Pay

Caste Politics Does Not Pay A K Roy The results of the Lok Sabha by-elections in Vaishali, one of the few upper caste-dominated constituencies in Bihar, seem to indicate that the days of caste politics may be numbered.

IISCO Privatisation The Real Issue

A K Roy The real issue in the privatisation of IISCO is not economic or technical, but political and so has to be faced politically as part of our struggle for economic independence against the neo-colonial assault in the new unipolar world.


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