The government should ease the minds of the people by passing a parliamentary resolution that the 13th general elections will be democratic, free and fair, writes John Inbaraj. The resolution must further include a clause that the Barisan shall concede power graciously should the opposition win.
The fact the social democratic left have lost the political offensive in the context of the class struggle in India also finds reflection in their over-emphasis on electoral politics, to the virtual exclusion of all non-electoral struggles, observes Deepankar Basu.
A bill is before Parliament to amend the Education Act 1996. Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj expresses regret that the Education Minister has not taken the opportunity to make the Act more open and democratic. Instead, its provisions have been tightened.