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Press Performance on Election Forecasts

W H Morris-Jones ELECTIONS, because and insofar as they have about them an element of adventure into the unknown, naturally attract those people who are good at being wise after the event. If we listen to the boasts of the 'I knew it all along' brigade

SOUTH-The Stage of the South

SOUTH The Stage of the South Mohit Sea THERE has been a noticeable increase in the stridency of tone In some of the comments on the events in Ceylon and there has been more than a hint that in India, or certain parts of it, there may be a repetition of these events. And the advice of these commentators, of course, is that the Left in India should prepare for this eventuality by, best of all, precipitating it.

Bangla Desh Bungled

THE developments in Bangla Desh had promised to unfold a wide range of favourable possibilities for India. They threatened to cut Pakistan to size

NEW DELHI- Off on Another Holiday

else no amount of parleying is going to halt the tide of disruption. The backlog of problems, supplemented by the arrival of millions of refugees from East Bengal, creates an explosive situation calling for drastic measures.

Issues before the Pay Commission

V M Dandekar THE Third Pay Commission of the Central Government has been sitting for long and must one day make its report. It has to address itself to the same two basic questions which earlier Commissions had addressed themselves to: What should be the minimum remuneration for a Central Government employee? And what should be the maximum salary of a Central Government employee? However, even more basic than these two questions are two other questions: Can or should the Pay Commission try to answer these questions for the employees of the Central Government in isolation? Or do we need an integrated policy in respect of wages, incomes and prices in order to be able to answer these two questions? The Pay Commission certainly recognises the latter two questions. But it will probably leave them alone as being outside its terms of reference. If it leaves these broader questions alone and proceeds to deal with the pay scales of the Central Government employees in isolation, it will inevitably push the country further on the path of wagc- price inflation in which the employees of the Central and State Governments and the public sector generally have been leading for sometime.

Jan Sangh Hastens Slowly

Jan Sangh Hastens Slowly D P Kumar AT its recent General Council session at Udaipur, the Jan Sangh sought to give a fresh delineation to its class character by projecting itself as a middle of the road party rather than a Rightist one. It would not in future have anything to do with Rightist parties such as Swatantra. The Jan Sagh, it was stated with renewed emphasis, is a party of the common man and the poor, riot of the rich or the monopolists.

WEST BENGAL- CPM s Tactical Gains

JUDGED by short-term indicators, CPI(M) has scored a number of tactical successes. At least in the city of Calcutta, as the last elections showed, it has largely succeeded in blurring its image as a party of brutish murderers, which its opponents had been able to project with telling effects with the aid of powerful mass media. The murders of the veteran Forward Bloc leader Hemanta Basu and the Congress MLA, Nepal Roy, which were fastened onto this party With an air of' conclusiveness, have been revealed to have been the doings of others closer to CPI(M)'s enemies. Even the major newspapers which are all bitterly anti-CPI(M) have come out with a series of reports exposing the tie-up of the perpetrators of violence with ramifications in the police force and even in Congress(R). Thus, The Statesman was constrained to write editorially:

The Strangest of Situations

the Capital. Internally, we are being disrupted by an unending flow of refugees from East Bengal; the seven million who have crossed the border are likely to be joined by millions of others now moving in the direction of India. Externally, the whole basis of our foreign relations has been totally disrupted; our friends the Arabs do not allow us to publish even an advertisement in their newspapers which projects the Indian view on Bangla Desh, and the wooing of Peking by Washington completes the picture of a nation isolated and in the doldrums.
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