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Fractured Mandates and Their Concoctions

The fractured mandates generated by the recent general elections reveal that both national parties, the Congress and the BJP, registered a decline in their vote shares. In a situation where results were largely decided by state level political alignments and considerations, allies and regional parties are now assuming a more important role.

Karnataka: Businessmen as Party Leaders

During the licence-permit raj, wealth creation being stigmatised in the public eye, the politician-businessman nexus operated behind the scene. But now successful businessmen owning huge enterprises, like Vijay Mallya and Vijay Sankeshwar, are making inroads into politics and even floating new political arrangements and parties. How will this affect the fortunes of established parties in the state?

Land, Language and Politics

The re-emergence of the border dispute over Belgaum between Karnataka and Maharashtra has had the effect of 'politicising' a recent Kannada literary meet, which became a rallying point for pro-Kannada forces. Amidst the monolingual fervour, bilingual upholders of the shared cultural traditions of Maharashtra and Karnataka may be ignored in favour of those who choose to tell only one side of history.

Politics of Language

Politics of Language MAHESH GAVASKAR This is in response to Santosh Kumar Khare

Bargi Dam Oustees Pay Price of Development

the SP and the BSP 16 and 10 seats, respectively, and where the SP was expected to do better on account of previous parliamentary performance, it was the other way around. In Allahabad, from where the BSP had won nine out of 14 seats, the party' s tally was brought down to three. But in other districts of the Lower Doab, Kanpur and Fatehpur, former strongholds of V P Singh where the Janata Dal and prime minister Deve Gowda had pitched up their stakes, it was the BSP which did well. The party also competed with the SP in giving a tough fight to the BJP in the saffron strongholds of central UP and Avadh. In Bundelkhand too, the BSP won 10 seats, pipping past the BJP (7) and the UF (3).

Subaltern Identities and Struggles-Agenda for Transformation

Agenda for Transformation Mahesh Gavaskar TWENTIETH century has witnessed tumultuous change in all spheres of life. Awesome technological strides under the aegis of capitalism have helped market forces to penetrate the remotest corner of the globe. Industry and agriculture, space and culture have been increasingly colonised for capital accumulation. But the colossal booty garnered has not reached everyone in equitable amount. Instead, the profit-seeking drive has endangered the life chances of many, rendering them peripheral in its historic march towards superabundance. These victims of progress have time and again thrown up incisive critiques of existing development paradigms and have appropriated histories to mobilise their respective identities as sites of resistance. The second 'Vicharvedh' convention at Latur focused on these subaltern identities, the transition their struggles have gone through and the issues that continue to riddle them. Raosaheb Kasbe, a noted dalit thinker, presided over the convention while Narayan surve, the president of the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan at Parbhani, was the chief guest. The conven-tion, organised out of the contributions of the toiling masses of the Comrade Krantisimha Nana Patil Trust, unanimously appealed for a multi-pronged approach towards social reality so as to avoid compart-mentalisation of transformatory energies.

Bahujans as Vanguards-BSP and BMS in Maharashtra Politics

In its bid to grab parliamentary power, the BSP has reduced the plural modes of contestation to a unidimensional offensive, failing to take into account regional variations. The BMS, in contrast, is attempting to give its movement a broader historical base through an exploration of negotiated patterns of cultural change.

Religion and Politics-A Progressive Intervention

A Progressive Intervention Mahesh Gavaskar With religion being increasingly linked to reactionary politics, secular and intellectual forces in Maharashtra have been making efforts to stop the communalisation of the public space. The recent convention on 'dharma' in Satara marked one such effort.


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