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Triangular Competition and Bipolar Politics

Given the localised form of the recently held municipal and zilla parishad elections the results may not be seen as a verdict on the state government. However, a statewide election stretching over three months is bound to generate debate on many public issues and to prompt considerable mobilisation of public opinion tapping the potential for further political configurations. An analytical view of the issues that emerged through the campaign in the context of the emerging volatility of the political process in the state.

Triangular Competition and Bipolar Politics

Given the localised form of the recently held municipal and zilla parishad elections the results may not be seen as a verdict on the state government. However, a statewide election stretching over three months is bound to generate debate on many public issues and to prompt considerable mobilisation of public opinion tapping the potential for further political configurations. An analytical view of the issues that emerged through the campaign in the context of the emerging volatility of the political process in the state.

Why We Must Oppose Review of Constitution?

While it is public knowledge that the Sangh parivar never celebrated the republic day Why We Must Oppose and thus registered its dislike of the Constitution, the Ayodhya agitation gave them the courage and space to openly float Review of Constitution?

Maharashtra : Manipulative Politics Continues

Though the present ruling alliance of the SS-BJP has not endeared itself to the electorate, sections of the traditional maratha following of the Congress which are not prepared to accommodate the dalits or the OBCs, have become vulnerable to the appeals from the Shiv Sena and the BJP. In such a scenario, the task before the Congress leadership would be to disintegrate the mythical maratha vote and to seek to build new alliance of the poor maratha with other nonmaratha castes including the dalits. This will virtually mean writing a fresh text in the politics of the state.

New Avatar of Caste Challenges before-Sociologists

New 'Avatar' of Caste: Challenges before Sociologists Suhas Palshikar Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar edited and introduced by M N Srinivas; Viking, New Delhi, 1996; pp xxxviii+306, Rs 300.

Gandhi and Ambedkar

Gandhi and Ambedkar Suhas Palshikar IN response to my piece 'GandhiAmbedkar Interface; Where Shall the Twain Meet?', (EPW, August 3, 1996, pp 2070-72). Anupama Rao ('Arguing against Inclusion', EPW, February 22, 1997, pp 427-28) has found fault with my argument mainly on two grounds. Firstly, she accuses me of "historical amnesia regarding the various challenges to a homogeneous national identity..." (p428) and secondly, she complains that my piece is based on an abstract notion of emancipation (p 427) and as such does not ask concrete questions for the present (p 428). I am grateful to her for bringing to the fore complexities involved in both the question of nationalist identity and the emancipatory project.

Mapping the Sites of Contestation

Political Theories and Social Reconstruction: A Critical Survey of the Literature on India by Thomas Pantham; Sage, New Delhi, 1995; pp 230, Rs 265.

Gandhi- Ambedkar Interface-...when shall the twain meet

Gandhi-Ambedkar Interface ...when shall the twain meet? Suhas Palshikar Gandhian and Ambedkarian discourses are not antithetical. Both are concerned with the issue of emancipation. At present when the legitimacy of the emancipatory discourse is being challenged and the dominant discourse upholds capitalism, it is all the more essential to broaden the scope of Gandhian and Ambedkarian discourses.

MAHARASHTRA: Capturing the Moment of Realignment

This paper, based on an attitude survey of the Maharashtra voters two weeks after the voting took place for the 1995 assembly elect ion, argues that in terms of the social base, the BJP or Shiv Sena, singly, does not compare favourably with the Congress Party. Their alliance, therefore, is inevitable. In this background, the state politics is likely to witness a two-fold competition: The alliance will try to win over the remaining social base of the Congress. Simultaneously, the alliance partners will be silently engaged in usurping each other's following in a bid to replace the Congress.

Assessing Dalit Movement

At Crossroads: Dalit Movement Today edited by Sandeep Pendse; Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, Bombay, 1994: pp xiii 4132, Rs 100. THE caste issue occupies a central position in any discussion of social transformation in the Indian context. To a large extent the credit for focusing attention on caste goes to the dalit movement. The dalit movement hammered the point that emancipation of the ex-untouchables is not an isolated task. Similarly, social transformation cannot ignore the various layers of caste discrimination.

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