ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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West Bengal : Permanent Incumbency and Political Stability

The moderate performance of the government in West Bengal in the social sphere, together with the generally mainstream, somewhat conservative, social and political outlook of even those who voted for the Left in the state, create a picture of an awkward adjustment. The Left, it seems, has settled through all these years for 'permanent incumbency' in lieu of a social status quo. True, the prevailing social peace in the state has given its marginal population some breathing space, but a sweeping tide of cultural and economic forces is likely to pull down all such walls of protection if the Left fails to accept the challenge of mobilising the underclasses for a more equal, just and inclusive society.

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