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Nuances of the Left Debacle in Tripura

The electoral and political debacle of the left in Tripura is a culmination of long-term social churning. Discontent among the tribal population as well as the divide between tribal and Bengali communities were effectively utilised by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has led to precipitous erosion of the base of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

A ‘Reading’ without History: Questioning a Flawed Reading of Left Politics in Tripura

R K Debbarma’s reading of left politics in Tripura in the article “Where to Be Left Is No Longer Dissidence” (EPW, 27 May 2017) is ahistorical, inaccurate and one-sided. Two distinctive features of Tripura’s left-led political movement have been the safeguarding of the rights of the tribal people on the one hand, and maintaining democratic unity between the tribal and the non-tribal (Bengali) people on the other.

Objective Function in Economic Models of Decisions on Production

Analysis of shifting cultivation in Tripura in the 19th century indicates that the 'full belly' type of models - where the objective is considered to be a fixed target level of consumption - approximated realistically with the cultivators' production motivation. However, in the present day, due to the demands of the consumerist culture and dwindling land available for shifting cultivation, swidden agriculture, even if engaged in full time, is not able to produce more than the minimum acceptable level of output.

Tripura : Shadow of Hope

The spread of ethnic insurgency in Tripura follows a trajectory similar to that in the two other north-eastern states, Assam and Meghalaya. The festering issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who, facilitated by porous borders, have entered the region in ever increasing numbers since the 1980s, driving down the proportion of tribal population to just about 30 per cent and leading also to large-scale land alienation. In fact, Tripura’s first insurgent movement, the Tripura National Volunteers (TNV) took up arms on this very issue.

The Left after the Elections

Now that the dust of the elections has settled, several questions need to be addressed by the Left, if it is to seriously think of chalking out its future. After its debacle in Kerala, will the Left now remain content with its electoral power confined to Tripura and West Bengal? In the rest of India, will it reconcile itself to the role of a minor ally of various regional and centrist parties? Shall we see more of spectacles like the CPI and the CPI(M) tying themselves to the apron strings of the likes of Laloo Yadav and Jayalalitha? Will they be seen on the same platform as the Shiv Sena and the RSS-led Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh in anti-WTO agitations, as witnessed recently in Maharashtra?
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