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US-Soviet Trade- Getting over Afghanistan

sources, viz, the naxalite Left and some conservative middle class sections. Since the naxalites had been victims of the lawless terror let loose by the Congress(I) governments when Ray was either overseeing West Bengal as the Union cabinet minister in charge of this state or ruling it directly as the chief minister, a section of the naxalite Left decided to campaign against him in support of the CPI(M) candidate, A small segment of the middle class, on the other hand, seems to have veered round to supporting the CPI(M), having been impressed by Jyoti Basu's new industrial policy. It really seems to have sparked some optimism about new prospects of jobs and prosperity. In this sense, Basu's industrial policy has already started paying dividends electorally, and it has to be also added, in the short-run. But the so-called new policy is not new at all. It is really the policy pursued by the late B C Roy in essence. Even if it succeeds in matching Roy's achievements, the CPI(M) cannot expect much of a political reward. For, in the past B C Roy's success notwithstanding, the main Opposition in West Bengal in that period, the Communists, continued to increase their strength in the state assembly from 30 in the first general elections, to 46 in the second, to 51 in the third, to finally oust the Congress from the seat of power in 1967. This was so because the growth rate of unemployment and mass misery always outpaced the rate of 'development' achieved by Roy. And, there is nothing to warrant that Jyoti Basu would be able to achieve 'development' even on B C Roy's scale, given the deeper economic crisis in the country and the equation between his government and the resource-dispensing Union government ruled by the Congress(I).

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