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National Rayon- Behind the Proxy War

 still-born, an alternative strategy could be an initiative from the Left. This could take two forms. The first would be to foment a Naxalite type of mass insurgency But, as should have been amply demonstrated by now, in view of the heterogeneity of the Indian polity, a Naxalbari kind of violent uprising can have only a limited run; any chance of its catching on is at the moment as good as negligible. A more modest variant could be a season of strikes and agitations paralysing the administration. As the experience of the railway strike bears out, even here the government will be in a position to worst the opposition parties, particularly since the latter are not quite united among themselves and the economic wherewithal for laying a long siege against the authorities does not exist. As long as the Leftists are divided in umpteen groups, the government will also find it possible to play some groups against others and get away with it; this would be so even were the CPI not around.

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