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

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Agriculture-Cumulating Imbalances

in calling for boycott of the elections. What they, and other groups like theirs, are moping towards is a political process entirely different from the one to which this country has been accustomed and in which neither the electoral process nor the established political parties represent anything like a democratic method of formulating issues and making choices. The opposition parties' failure to articulate the distress of the mass of the people, not to talk of providing a credible alternative (or its ivdrefial, has left them as discredited as the Congress. But that failure is endemic to their situation, if the Opposition cannot mobilise the people it is because, given the contradictions in which these parties are caught, they can only mar- giiuilly represent the people's interests. Mobilisation requires a consistent and coherent formulation of issues within an ideological framework. Framed in poll politics, the organised parties have necessarily to compete for loyalties whether these be on caste or feudal bases, as well as for financial .support from the more wealthy. Both these require serious compromises inconsistent with the social, democratic goals too easily professed by these parties. Is it at all surprising, then if the Congress governments at the Centre and in the states have decided that they need not lose much sleep over the activities of any of these parties?

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