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Economics of Opportunism

Economics of Opportunism (By a Special Correspondent) THE Prime Minister is at the moment at the crest of her political career. The uncertain fumbling beginnings of 1966 are now a distant memory; she has since travelled a lot. There can be no' question that it has been an astounding performance. The once tottering Congress party is now moulded in her own pattern and firmly rehabilitated. With the Jan Sangh at one end and the CPI (M) at the other trying hard to protect their flanks, the opposition in all its hues is in total disarray. Nobody, just nobody, can dare assert any more that the Centre cannot hold : even in his climactic days, Jawaharlal Nehru did not have, and could not therefore wield, as much authority over the entire spectrum of the polity as his daughter now has and does. The DMK is struggling hard to maintain a precarious toehold in Tamil Nadu; minor curiosities, such as Goa and Manipur, can be ignored; otherwise the states have once more been reduced to the role of acquiescent lambs. Recalcitrant West Bengal, too, has capitulated. Just as the Morarji Desais and the Nijalingappas have been despatched to oblivion, the Namboodiri- pads and the Jyoti Basus too find themselves played into an irrelevant corner. The consequences of Indira Gandhi have been ruinous for all those who took her to be a lightweight. Rammanohar Lohia's dumb doll has fooled all.

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