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Interpreting MP Voting Patterns

Congress politicians during British rule. Not being a liberal democrat, I do not attach much importance to the charade of representative politics that the British enacted in the central provinces and refuse to characterise the political climate there as having been more progressive than in the princely states. The very fact that the princes and the Congress politicians got together after independence to pursue patently anti-people policies by putting to use the experience of repressive governance gained under British tutelage proves that there was not much of a difference between them. CJ quotes me partially where I talk about upper class Congress politicians from Chhattisgarh being traditionally dominant in state politics as a consequence of their experience from British times, while ignoring the lengthy discussion that follows about their subsequent marginalisation to being reduced to being almost nonentities today. The 1996 Lok Sabha elections have as never before brought out the resurgence that has been taking place among the oppressed classes in Madhya Pradesh over the past decade and the progressive decline of the degenerate princes and sundry other upper classes. My analysis of the voting behaviour across the last few elections since 1984 according to my "map" of Madhya Pradesh in my later article clearly brings out this development. In the circumstances I fail to understand why CJ wants to persist with the traditional division of Madhya Pradesh which reflects to obsolete reality of a bygone reactionary era instead of creating a new one in tune with the aspirations of the masses many of whom would be only too happy to sec it breaking up into smaller states.

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