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Congress (I)- For All Seasons

THE key parts of the Congress (I) manifesto are in its first two paragraphs. The first paragraph pointedly draws attention to the 'instability' and 'uncertainty' at the Centre, the insufferable 'misgovernance' of the Janata party rule in the past two and a half years; and the second paragraph promises, in contrast, 'order', 'stability' and 'purposeful governance' The party knows that such an indictment and such a promise can gather a wide measure of support at the present juncture, though not anywhere as large as the proponents of 'order and stability' would like to pretend. It is altogether different matter that given the Indian reality, 'order' and 'stability', in themselves, have little meaning to the overwhelming majority of our people who have anyway been subjected to the most organised and even ordered kind of violence by the state apparatus as well as by urban and rural gentry. Nor is it material that the Congress itself, in all its various formations, has cheerfully exploited every kind of irrational fear and prejudice and has incited racial, communal and linguistic violence when it suited the party. What is more material is that such political irresponsibility and criminality has to be persuasively attributed to its political opponents who, in the present instance, happen to be in the Janata party; and the election manifesto of the Congress (I) does the job competently.

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