ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Prafulla Sen Slept Here

Prafulla Sen Slept Here THAT Ajoy Mukherjee, West Bengal's brave new Chief Minister, has so far declined to move into his predecessor's premises inside what used to be Government House and is now Raj Bhavan is no more than a gesture. The reduction of ministerial salaries is as much a gesture, or stunt. To any student of political affairs going about in a small car without obvious security escort must be as unimpressive. Throw your mind back to 1937 and you will remember the twice told tale. But it is a measure of the Nehru regime, which in later years fell for pomp and grandeur, that Ajoy Mukherjee's symbolic gestures are greeted with such enthusiasm. The new Government of West Bengal has. believe it or not, generated an incredible amount of optimism for which the Government itself has Hone little. The Governor'sinaugural address could not have been shorter or more vacuous; Jyoti Basu's interim budget and assessment of the economic situation could not have been less revealing or relief-giving. The enthusiasm was unmistakable.

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