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INDIAN DEMOCRACY IS VIBRANT ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND BOTH COERCION AND BRIBERY

December 17, 2013
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The year 2013 is coming to a close. An important poll battle has just ended. A crucial battle is to be waged in the coming year. Before the first half of next year ends, the fate of the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh regime would have been decided. Newspaper headlines have called this last Assembly battle ‘a rout for the Congress.’ M.J. Akbar’s article in the Sunday Times (December 15, 2013) is captioned: ‘Post-poll lessons for the winners, and whiners’. The last three sentences of the article sum up the piece thus: “India seethes when every Indian is angry.  We have got a glimpse in 2013.  We will see the full face of anger in 2014.”   The prospects for the Congress in the coming encounter therefore may not be very different. Till before these last Assembly elections, I used always to recall the post-Emergency Lok Sabha elections of 1977 to caution … Continue reading INDIAN DEMOCRACY IS VIBRANT ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND BOTH COERCION AND BRIBERY

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