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

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Purge by Ballot

Purge by Ballot A Correspondent writes: THE ELECTIONS have put an end, not to Congress rule, but to the near*permanent political zamindari which the Congress acquired in 1947. The electorate has, in an unprecedented and remarkably disciplined turn-out, cleaned the establishment of politicians identified for long with power positions. The ballot box has saved the country from violent revolutions as well as from ossified party caucuses. And defeated ministers have respected the ballot box by handing in their resignations promptly. The first reaction to the election results, therefore, is that the masses have re-asserted their faith in the democratic mechanism. They have refused to tolerate all present rulers as inevitable or indispensable, and have also refused, for the time being at any rate, to usher in a new set-up by means other than elections

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