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

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THIRD WORLD DEBT-Need for Joint Action

Self-Images A RECENT pre-election survey came up with the unremarkable finding that most people do not even look at the election manifestos of parties and that this attitude broadly cuts across caste, sex and economic groups. It is nevertheless interesting to look closely at party manifestos to get a glimpse of the self- images they project and about their perceptions of issues, This is most revealing on issues which the parties themselves do not regard as 'major' or contentious matters, such as health, environment, status of women, population and science and technology. Because many of these have become the focus of mobilisation of people across class and caste lines in recent years, no party can afford to be uninterested in these issues. And yet the fact that these concerns continue to be dealt with in a piece-meal fashion in all the manifestos without being integrated within an overall development perspective shows that the impact of the mobilisation on these issues is yet to be felt as something calling for anything more than a token response.

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