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

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To the Highest Bidder

THE chorus of praise for the presidents decision accompanied by the equally vociferous demand for the governor's removal over the UP affairs has drowned the rumblings about the other serious ramifications of the recent developments in that slate. We should surely welcome K R Narayanan's timely intervention to compel the government to reverse its earlier decision to impose president's rule, as well as regard with deep suspicion the role of Romesh Bhandan (who has earned a notoriety for his politically partisan role, in Tripura in the past where he toed the line of the ruling Congress at the centre, and more recently in UP where he appeared to be too eager to please Mulayam Singh Yadav, the defence minister of the ruling United Front.) But all this should not blind us to the basic crisis in the system a total collapse of ideological commitments (of any brand), not to speak of social morality, that is paving the way for the emergence of the type of politicking (for purely personal gains) as distinct from politics, that we witnessed on the floors of the UP assembly.

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