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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
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A Mandate For True Reform

Given its commitment to equity, the United Front should deliver the radical reform its mandate expects

A Mandate For True Reform
A Mandate For True Reform
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THE din and clamour of the elections and the post-poll governance farce are now hopefully behind us. The worst fears of many of our senior editorial commentators have been realised, and we have a "regressive", "ragtag" government in office. If they are to be believed, then we cannot expect even a semblance of policy coherence from those in power. Kaliyug is here and all is dark, a darkness that will only be dispelled when the saffron rays of policy clarity sweep the incumbent government out of office.

The intelligent reader will recognise this as motivated or (charitably) illiterate ranting, but is understandably sceptical about the United Front Government. How can such a coalition of parties possibly have a coherent policy stance? What prevents them from attritively losing their mandate through splits and defections as was the case in the past?

Both questions are fair, the latter particularly apposite given the historical record of non-Congress governments. I am certainly not sanguine about durability....

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