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Jangipur: Too Early to Read the Tea Leaves

The drastic fall in Congress votes in Jangipur parliamentary seat - vacated by Pranab Mukherjee on becoming president and contested by his son Abhijit Mukherjee - cannot be a bellwether for the larger political dynamics of West Bengal. Local factors played a role and it is too early to argue either that it indicates a communalisation of Bengal's polity or that the Congress has suffered from its break with the Trinamool Congress.

Vedanta Hymn: The Scion's Political Gambit

Rahul Gandhi claimed that he will represent the tribal people in Delhi's power corridors. It is good that he has decided to raise the issue of displacement and dispossession of the people, their lands and forests but Niyamgiri is not just one exception. While Vedanta has a terrible global track record, to live up to his promise the junior Gandhi will have to question the entire economic policy of his party's government which has foisted an anti-democratic and deeply inegalitarian strategy of development on the people, one which is drawing forth widespread resistance.

The Political Constitution of India: Party and Government, 1946-1957

An intense contestation between the "ministerialist" and the "parliamentary" wing of the party was a feature of Congress rule following Independence. This contestation started at a time when the Constitution-building processes were already underway. As the Congress Party attempted to transform itself from a movement-oriented organisation into a disciplined political party post-independence, the process coincided with some of its leaders in government attempting to prevent the party from interfering in matters of governing and in the "business of policymaking".
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