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India after the By-Elections Bhabani Sen Gupta Apart from consolidating Narasimha Rao's leadership of the Congress government, the by-elections have only confirmed the deep and durable fragmentation...
Power-Shift Bhabani Sen Gupta The aftermath of the election has left all parties, except the BJP, exhausted in body and mind. The Congress(I) is ready to fade away as the leading political force...
CALL it 'electionitis' or 'electionics': when a democracy is forced to go in for two elections in 18 months, it is sick; when even the second election does not promise a stable government, it is...
Transitional Turmoil The current political disarray and the social turmoil in large parts of the country are the signs and consequences of the tensions in India's multinational, multicultural...
Power, Peasantry and Poor Bhabani Sen Gupta V P Singh's political thinking is still a great deal blurred, and there is the irresistible temptation to indulge in wayward populism, to be pleased with...
After the Crisis: Taller or Smaller? Bhabani Sen Gupta The apocalyptic view of the July crisis and of V P Singh's 'failure' to provide leadership springs from a basic lack of understanding of how...
The 'Melting Pot' That's Pakistan Bhabani Sen Gupta It is not the army that poses the biggest threat to democracy in Pakistan; it comes from some of the long-term malevolent impact of the Afghan...
Punjab and Kashmir are, of course, problems inherited by the National Front government. But how depressing is the sight of the government trying to deal with them with inherited means and ideas.
Supping with Neighbours Bhabani Sen Gupta Unless South Asia resolves its regional conflicts and gets down to work together for mutual and collective development, the economy of this region will...
particular state, small ethnic groups exist next to the dominant group, they too must have a place in the sun; they could be barely six hundred thousand, as in the hills of Darjeeling, or four...
G P Deshpande Words like 'class' and class struggle had been out of fashion in China for quite some time. They seem to have, been banished now. It is now the economic interests of China which have...
Change Bhabani Sen Gupta Given political will and time, the National Front coalition should be able to bring about visible change in different aspects of Indian social and political life. The...
Delhi versus Bharat Bhabani Sen Gupta United, the opposition has thrown the Congress(I) on the defensive. It is a role that just does not suit the party. It can never act or behave like the underdog...
The Sails Have but Poor Winds Bhabani Sen Gupta The political-tactical line of Rajiv Gandhi, who is going backward in search of his political future, is that driven to a deep sense of insecurity,...
Thrust into the Storm After the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections a big change came over the political scene in Delhi as well as in the country. In the camp of the ruling party anxiety was...
Ice on Summer Seas Bhabani Sen Gupta Deprived of a wave, denied a leadership shine, unable to fire the imagination of the poor masses with anything more than gimmicks and rhetoric, the ruling...
they do. We seem to have lost our sense of 'accountability
Laying Out of a Rose Garden LANGUAGE speaks the political man. Face to face with the national election, prime minister Rajiv Gandhi has found a new language which now speaks him rather than he...
Flexible Power-People Equation Bhabani Sen Gupta India comes at the head of third world developing countries where the cleavage between power and people has not so far turned into direct, frontal...
The coming general election promises to be the dirtiest in the forty-year history of our democracy With all that, the election will probably produce a weaker prime minister who will not find it easy...
Trapped in the Sinking Titan Bhabani Sen Gupta The defeat of Rajiv Gandhi at the hands of the entrenched power structure in Bihar will now have a series of repercussions all over the Congress(I)...
With the Lok Sabha polls drawing nearer ana an electoral breeze already blowing over the country, political attention is focused on whether or not there is a TINA factor. Will the voters march to...
Decline and Fall? Bhabani Sen Gupta The bleeding wound inflicted on the body of the Congress(I) by its rout in Tamil Nadu will not heal in the months between now and the Lok Sabha poll. An...
too realises the worth of the lobbyists as organisers of vote banks. Rewards follow quickly--cash flows, a lucrative contract, allotment of a constituency for contesting the state assembly or Lok...
freedom of speech and expression, and, therefore, necessarily, of ideas ? Legal experts will argue it out, and interpret what is or is not a reasonable restriction on the right to freedom of ideas...
From Bofors to Boforitis The prime minister no longer denies that kickbacks have been paid, but not, he contends, to any Indian. Only he cannot offer proof. V P Singh's allegations about payments to...
Politics of Irregular Verbs With inflation at the kilting double-digit level and still rising, with the rural people getting the wrong end of the enclave development strategy that he has pursued for...
A Different Script Bhabani Sen Gupta In northern India, especially in the Hindi belt, a great number of people do seem to fear the passing of political power at the centre after the next polls to '...
about that and praises Gorbachev's decision to rehabilitate these people. Yet when one asks the question if this would lead to rehabilitation of Trotsky the answers are neither forthcoming nor clear...
heavy instruments on their head in front of Hotel Russia. There are better means available (in a European state) for transport of packages and goods. This is an eye-witness account that we picked up...
Election Wars, Mini, Midi, Maxi In all probability the opposition will not capture power in 1989. But it can and must snatch away at least two Hindi belt states from the loosening jaws of the ruling...
The Dagger of the Mind Later rather than sooner the nation will realise that the 'dagger of the mind' will find no solution to the Punjab crisis. The only solution that can and must work in a...
moment as very much a part of the establishment on this side. He belongs, the west European right, along with their peers across the Atlantic, have almost come to cultivate a fraternal feeling...
Rajiv Gandhi and His Forty Horses Bhabani Sen Gupta It is not easy to govern India any wore without radical programmes of structural reforms, of which the Congress Party, by its very social...
Crisis of the Indian State Bhabani Sen Gupta There are symptoms of a crisis of a real generational change in the political process: the passing of the hegemony of the Congress Party But this is in...
Pressure Cooking in Punjab Bhabani Sen Gupta If the prime minister's 'total plan' for Punjab has at last begun to unfold, is it a combination of a very long spell of presidential rule, dissolution...
Budget as a Political Statement Bhabani Sen Gupta As a political document, the union budget for 1988-89 has two central messages. First, the ruling party is making a determined effort to gain back...
Opinion polls may show the prime minister to be popular with the majority of the electorate, but the image is at best fragile and Rajiv Gandhi is unlikely to gamble his and his party's political...
Building a National Alternative Bhabani Sen Gupta In a fairly large number of states the electorate has found credible alternatives to the Congress(I). The opposition regimes are not deviant...
Never have central ministers been so uncertain of their portfolios as in the last three years, never have ministries or departments been under so rapidly shifting leaderships. This has damaged not...
'Socialism's' Ebb and Flow Bhabani Sen Gupta As the Chinese are building socialism with Chinse characteristics, so is India building capitalism with Indian characteristics. If you insist on calling...
We have left behind a time when a political crony coined the crude acme of sycophancy: 'Indira is India'. But we still have a prime minister who can roar that he will 'dismiss' a state government if...
In Sri Lanka everybody is waiting, what for nobody is clear. The killings go on in the north and the east and with each day, much to the sardonic delight of the Sinhalese gentry, the IPKF finds...
The Fourth Year At the beginning of his fourth year as prime minister, much of the Rajiv Gandhi who had rainbowed the imagination of the 80 million Indians who can buy consumer durables has faded...
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