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Innocenti Deal- Loss of Innocence

and the CPI pooling their resources together. Consider the further incongruity of the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, ever worrying about the niggardly resource-raising efforts of the states, gleefully blessing a movement to force the Government of Tamil Nadu to rescind its decision to enhance power rates, which were hitherto inordinately low and, in many instances, even below cost. Also consider the fact of that great party of the toiling masses, the CPI, mobilising its cadres from all corners to defend the economic inter- eats of the up-and-coming kulaks. Finally, consider the wonderlandish phenomenon of Congress(O), CPI and Swatantra party stalwarts leading joint processions and issuing joint statements condemning police violence and all that. Karunanidhi, with his defences to the wall, must be currently in the mood to invoke Shakespeare dilating on the ingratitude of human beings, in this particular case, of one belonging to the female of the species. For what appears as a macabre farce is, after all, the dance of the marionette: the strings are being arranged and pulled from New Delhi. However compliant the DMK might try to be, there is, it is now obvious, no place for it in the Prime Minister's vision of things. They also indeed serve who stand and wait, but only for a time. Thus Jyoti Basu served in West Bengal, as much as Annadural and Karunanidhi did in Tamil Nadu. For Basu, the tenure was over in early 1970; maybe for the DMK the bell will toll finally even as the autumnal harvests arc being brought in around October of this year.

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