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Towards Consensual Politics

Towards Consensual Politics SOME of Ajit Roy's remarks (June 15) have proved to be prophetic. There is no one party or coalition with an absolute majority. The largest single party, Con- gress(l) has been invited by the president to form the government which of course is a minority one. A firm parliamentary majority is no more there. A basic shift in the existing correlation of forces is very much on the agenda. The idea of a socialist revolution, according to Roy, is far in the offing and for the present what we can think of is a neo-Nehruvian model. But he has not developed the idea any further even as he has sketched a strategic conception and then the tactical tasks. He has talked about a broad centre- left alliance which would address the neo- Nehruvian model of development. Further, he says, "the main tactical tasks should be to isolate the BJP and its sympathisers on the one hand and to mobilise the bourgeois democratic elements as far as possible on a wide platform ideational- ly motivated by the left, on the other". I strongly feel that if BJP is isolated by non- BJP opposition making an alliance with the Congress(I), the ruling party, the consequence would be that all the negative votes in the next election will be cast in favour of BJP, strengthening the BJP in the process. Another important point is the weakness of the analytical method by which one first identifies the main enemy, then becomes part of the mobilisation against it and then, stage by stage, deals with ail the enemies. This 'stagist approach* does not really address the diverse world views and realities of the Indian context which demand the 'simultaneous operations and interactions of number of factors and processes'.

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