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RUSSIA-Winter Woes of Yeltsin

in these elections, but a new process has begun with very interesting implications. Mulayam Singh reflected both the class position and the short-sightedness of the socio-economic forces represented by him, perched between an attempt to gain access to the upper echelons of power and the desire to keep the lower classes at bay. His position remained midway between the BJP and the dalits a kulak leadership could have taken the dalits under its wings for a fight against, or an adjustment with, the upper classes. But this did not happen because of Mulayam Singh's short-sightedness and vacillations. But Mulayam Singh's vacillations, his antidemocratic acts and his anti-leftism and, at the same time, his failure to get accepted by the ruling classes reflect the failure of the kulaks to emerge as the ruling class, in political terms, in UP.

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