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

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Unravelling the Verdict

WEEKLYECONOMIC AND POLITICAL Unravelling the Verdict The initial reaction of surprise and relief over the outcome of the 14th general elections to the Lok Sabha has obfuscated some of the deeper meanings embedded in the verdict of 2004. The surprise at the Congress alliance overtaking the NDA tally has made the Congress victory appear larger than it is. The sheer relief at the ouster of a government that has done more damage to the idea of a diverse and plural India than any other central government since independence has projected the verdict as a mandate for secularism. The exit of some of the icons of economic reforms, the evident failure of the

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