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From 50 Years Ago: Over-Combative.

Editorial from Volume IX, Nos 51 & 52, December 21, 1957.

A Stronger Opposition has emerged out of the last general elections. In the Lok Sabha, the Opposition is now making its influence felt on some major issues that confront the country. In many States, too, the Opposition is now more vocal, though less effective. This developing political trend will be welcomed in the hope that the Opposition will become stronger and more powerful so that democracy can t hr ive. In t he main, however, t he Press and the private sector have been, and still are, performing the role of the Opposition in this country. This is a legitimate function which both have pursued with energy and vigour. But Mr Michelmore’s presidential address before the Associated Chambers of Commerce in Calcutta is a reminder that the private sector may have so behaved on occasions as to create suspicion about its over-combative attitude to the Government’s economic policy

Many will echo the Prime Minister’s appr ec iat ive mar g inal comment t hat Mr Mic helmore’s address was “unusual”. Mr Michelmore is not a “yes” man. He was provocative on many aspects of the Government’s economic policy. He is entitled to a sense of grievance that the manner in which the private sector has adapted itself to the “progressively socialistic trend of national thought and policy” has not received due recognition. He, as the spokesman of non-Indian business interests in t his count r y, is critical of many aspects of t he Government’s economic and industrial policies. It is only natural that he will emphasise “the tremendous non-Government developments” in industrial and economic spheres. But he has the grace to concede the compelling urges which have shaped and influenced the Government ’s basic economic policy.

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