22 years of Jyoti Basu

The Left Front may win another election, but the time has come to look beyond Basu.

The communist government of West Bengal may have managed to become the longest-serving popularly elected government in the world, but if the lack of enthusiasm among the common people for its 22nd anniversary is any indication, longevity is probably the only distinction it has managed to achieve. Spontaneous celebrations were absent both in Calcutta and elsewhere in the state in the month of June which marked the completion of 22 red years in West Bengal. The festivities remained confined to receptions and get-togethers hosted by the government. The masses were left to despondently contemplate an uncertain future.

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