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From 50 Years Ago: Right and Left.

Weekly Note from Vol X, No 15, April 12, 1958.

While the Congress party is getting debilitated by a deepseated internal malady, the other major political groups of the extreme Right and Left have been girding up their loins for a fight with unconcealed glee. The Jan Sangh and the Communist party have both found some basis for optimism in their present political position so that they can think of enlarging on their gains and filling in the vacuum the emergence of which they regard as certain. The Communists have now to their credit one year of successful control of state power in Kerala under a democratic system. It has given them the courage to think more in terms of capturing power through free elections...all this shows a measure of faith in the fairness of the ballot box. Their confidence has also grown to the point at which they find no need for an alternative political programme to that of the Congress; not only do they endorse the country’s foreign policy but they also support the Plan and for the most part, the policies that have been adopted to implement it. From all this it looks as though their only objection to the Congress is on the ground of its political weakness and the continuance of reactionary groups within its fold. They are, however, also quick to realise that the disintegration of the Congress, it it comes about, may not necessarily be to their advantage and that communal or non-progressive elements like the Jan Sangh, the Ganatantra Parishad or the DMK may be strengthened.

The Jan Sangh may have less reason for satisfaction but in the first flush of victory in t he Delhi municipal elections, it has chosen to think in very large terms. Its intellectual appeal is destined to remain ineffectual since the parallels it has invoked for undoing the partit ion will appear rat her a cr ude at tempt to just if y or rationalise its basic communal outlook.

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