What is taking place now is a reconstruction of Indian politics. We are moving towards a period of coalition Governments. After an initial period of confusion, things would settle down. For a people who got their freedom cheap, this period of confusion is the price they have to pay. And, there will be one immediate good emerging from this: for the first time, many of our arrogant politicians will learn the meaning of the word HUMILITY. Hitherto, unquestioned power had gone to their head. While "intellectuals" and urban people had some sort of insulation from the effects of this power madness because of more vocal public opinion, people in smaller places and villages were entirely at the mercy of party bosses: in most places, these party bosses were not the same decent, god-fearing people who had fought for Independence under the Congress banner, but rowdy elements whose main virtues were obedience to party bosses at state level and ability to mobilise voters at elections. Anyone running across the path of local Congress bosses had to drink the cup of bitterness. All this flowed from the monopoly complex in which there is no scope for humility.
The second fear, viz., communist takeover, has been induced by the propaganda of the rulers. The fact of the matter is that there is very little difference between a communist government and the present Indira Gandhi Government. In domestic and foreign affairs of the Government, especially Mrs. Gandhi and Foreign Minister Dinesh Singh are careful not to offend the Soviets and active in promoting their line with the necessary polish. Indian Ocean is becoming a Soviet sphere of influence with reportedly facilities for Soviet warships having been given in the Andamans. The so-called Asian Security Plan has no greater champion in the Kremlin, than India's Dinesh Singh. The External Affairs Ministry virtually functions as a wing of the Kremlin. The move to establish an Embassy at Hanoi in spite of the consistent hostility of that regime to India, is another concrete instance of a foreign policy mortgaged to Soviet Russia. As regards Soviet arms aid to Pakistan the Government has no guts to raise any question in national interests. The Defence and Foreign Ministers shuttle back and forth between Kremlin and Delhi like errand boys. Mrs. Gandhi does not miss any created opportunity to pay homage to the Soviet Premier!
Mrs. Gandhi's economic policy bas aIl the vowels of the alphabet of economic policy of communists. The so-called ten point programme of AICC, which will lead the country to State capitalism as in communist countries, can be traced in earlier communist party programmes if anyone cares to go through the old files of New Age, CPI official organ. Her close advisers and enthusiastic supporters are communists. CPI's Dange, Moscow's reliable mouth-piece in India, has openly declared support to Mrs. Gandhi, and from time to time publicly warns her on the deviations to be avoided.