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Calcutta Diary

Have your choice. Treat this as a status report; alternatively, as the point of exit. IT all depends on which turf you choose for yourself. The chief election commissioner can be invested with accolade for being the Great Saviour, engaged in a last- ditch effort to salvage whatever remains of parliamentary democracy in the country. Or he may, with legitimacy, be regarded as a top secret agent working on behalf of, first, the Liberation Tigers of "Runil Eelam, and second, all who would like to make a comprehensive bonfire of the Indian republic The rest of the country can have elections, Tamil Nadu does not quite belong; if Christ stopped at Eboli, the ambit of the Representation of the People's Act, the nation is being confidentially informed, is assumed to stop at about where North Arcot perhaps begins. There is of course scope for differing with this formulation. When the chips are down, every Tamil citizen, it could be maintained, will turn into a desiccated calculating machine; the external economies of being a part of the great spoils system which is India are not to be scoffed at. Does not such an argument however sound excessively elitist? Has not the romantic imagination spawned by Gemini Studios succeeded in convincing the faithful masses to steer clear of self- serving pragmatism? The millions enchained by this imagination might behave much like the young men and women in the north-cast are currently behaving. Or like the young men and women

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