ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Whir of Words

Whir of Words Nireekshak HAD the belief been widespread that the election manifestoes of the various parties would decisively influence the forthcoming mid-term poll, the Press might have been expected to devote considerable attention to examining the different manifestoes. But either the general belief in the. political significance of manifestoes is minimal, or the Press itself regards them as little more than an unavoidable electoral ritual. Consequently, the journalistic effort devoted to the study and analysis of the manifestoes has been very light indeed. There have been isolated attempts to analyse the .manifestoes in detail but, generally speaking, they have met with a run-of-the mill treatment. The general approach to the manifestoes was probably most eloquently summed up by the Free Press Journal when it said that the manifestoes "appear like a wild whir of words". A common comment on the Jan Sangh manifesto was that it was a "pie in the sky"

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