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Hindutva Hegemony and Future of Democratic Struggles

In the absence of a strong socialist or leftist ideological alternative, various social fragments have organised independent protests and political strategies to defend their rights. However, in the absence of any sustainable social solidarity between the struggling groups, it becomes easy for the right wing to retain its domination over electoral politics. The varied democratic protests would be relevant if they also build a sustainable political alliance against the Hindutva forces.

Nepal: Triangular Balance of Forces

A retrogressive royal coup d'etat has been executed in the country and an autocratic monarchy has been restored by nullifying the limited democratic rights won after the 1990 people's movement. Whether the parliamentary political parties would be allowed to function or not and the 1990 Constitution would be formally scrapped or not, is just a matter of convenience and expediency to the autocratic monarchy.

Two Elections - Two Sides of the Coin

The resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue appears to have been hinged on the conduct of 'free and fair' elections in Pakistan as well as Jammu and Kashmir. Now, although the US has given both Vajpayee and Musharraf clean chits on that count, there appear to be no signs of new initiatives between the two countries. In fact in the post poll scenario, the influence of the hawks on their respective governments appear to be set to increase.
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