Comments on: First, Second or Third (Front) – What’s the difference! Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: swathi Tue, 21 Apr 2009 19:51:04 +0000 well, it is quite an interesting piece and the point about third front allies having sided with other parties of divergent ideological spectrums is indeed well taken. however, one wonders if the dismissal of the third front is too harsh. i wonder if the coming together of these regional parties in this manner to stake claims on the nation and the centre is a historical process that is unfolding which must not be undermined for the potential it holds for the subaltern groups. also, perhaps having remained regional in all these years, the parties have perhaps not explored the larger ideological (economic, political) issues that animate the nation? and the process of staking claims on the nation will propel them to evolve deeper philosophies?

By: Vidya K.S. Sun, 19 Apr 2009 19:06:54 +0000 It is a well elucidated analysis. Guess one will have to wait and watch. Quoting from an EPW article ‘The Left and the Third Front’ by Pritam Singh:

“Although there is a positive potential
for building a viable third front in India,
there are also great hurdles in calibrating
the politics of the three currents of this potential
third front – the left, the regional
nationalist parties and the lower caste

If a progressive third front does
not emerge in India, and the BJP and the
Congress remain the only two alternative
poles of politics, the centre of gravity of
Indian politics will move towards more
Hindutva-oriented politics than it is today.

The task of opposing the BJP and winning
over some sections of the BJP support base
will force the Congress to adopt some elements
of Hindutva politics. From the opposite
side, the BJP – in order to expand its
electoral appeal – might moderate its Hindutva
agenda. As a result of this two-party
competitive political scenario, each party
will influence the other’s politics.

However,since the BJP is ideologically more
committed to a long-term vision of building
a Hindu India than the Congress is
committed to a long-term vision of secular
India, the net result of the Congress-BJP
competition will be a shift towards some
version of Hindutva politics in India.

A third front can subvert this scenario of
Hindu-oriented political culture. A third
front based on an agenda of egalitarianism
and decentralisation can decisively change
the terms of political discourse and mobilisation
away from this possible drift
towards Hindutva-oriented politics.

A third front in Indian politics is a historic
necessity and has a reasonable chance
of success in the present context of India.
Although the coming general elections are
important for all parliamentary parties and
the prospects of a successful performance
in these elections could be an important glue
for welding a third front, the potentialities
of a third alternative for shaping a progressive
politico-economic agenda for
India is of a long-term significance.”

By: shriya Sat, 18 Apr 2009 18:28:05 +0000 Good analysis. The third front exists only in name for power one way or the other. It does not even exist as of now.

By: Amit Daga Sat, 18 Apr 2009 08:09:34 +0000 Imagine a government PM as Mayawati and Finance held at Karat with Defense with Mulayam and Foregin Affairs Sitaram Yechury. Well what a beautiful wild Imagination for 3rd and 4th front and a nightmare for Congress and BJP (I think they both will commit political suicide after this)But tats not the truth infect they become more stronger from its past.

Some time i Thought in current Scenario India need a change as world is also looking for it US has proved that It need a change. Why .? Because only a change can spell that whether is it good or Bad. Let Us given them a chance and watch whether they can handle and administrate this country better than Congress of BJP. Let us see whether regionalism , caste ism, leftism really can help this country in any sense where a govt of many allies complies of regional parties had influence at their own state but rule the country at center as one.

May be this help country and its people at large extent growth reach to needy people and every region and individual get the share of progress cake. But if it not all happen what will be the next .??

Nothing Our people at least came to know that to rule a country we need a organization who spread across INDIA and think for INDIA Work for INDIA. At least for the Namesake they will come and unite and fight for this so called cause of casteism spread by lalu mulayam in south all parties and regionalism infected at core in south India spreading in eastern part and Jharkhand.

At least for the sake of this country let us try once this 3rd and 4th front so that picture must be clear about their goal and capacity rather than they become spoiler in every election.

2 option if they did well vote them if not threw them out from the system. And Think for INDIA not for region language caste or any new stupid idea of separatism.

I firmly believe congress forced to come politics of regionalism casteism otherwise core congress till Shastri Ji is think only for PAN INDIA. unfortunate BJP still not make good efforts to reach eastern part of country and open some account in south.

True speaking We need BOTH congress and BJP to Strengthn at Center so that at least they do some real business for the benefit of our land whom we called INDIA.

Believe me What Chaulikya (Chankya) Says -” AKAND BHARATA UTKRISTH BAHRATA” if happen there is no power in this world who can defeat us not even in OlYMPICS …..

By: scout Sat, 18 Apr 2009 06:04:37 +0000 Isn’t it also an open secret that the members of the Third Front are as corrupt as those of the other “fronts”? And I wonder how much real change their coming to power will bring about except probably bring the “real” India out to the world.

By: R.S. Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:49:04 +0000 Truly said, third front is just a marriage of convenience. And as far as ideology is concerned, does any political party in India has one? Ideology here is a direct derivative of vote bank which has roots in caste politics.

By: Marilyn Fri, 17 Apr 2009 16:51:12 +0000 Very interesting read. Given the history of the Third Front, it’s unlikely anyone would consider it a seriously contender in these, or any, elections.

By: Ayush Gupta Fri, 17 Apr 2009 15:32:54 +0000 Good analysis. The third front is a group with a checkered history, and your article makes the point quite well. Look forward to reading more from you here.

By: krishna Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:10:44 +0000 The manner in which the historical roots of the parties that constitute the Third Alternative is indeed lucid and helps place the present in context. An excellent analysis.

By: Seething Lane Fri, 17 Apr 2009 13:07:59 +0000 The difference between the Fronts is India may not trust the Third Front in power by itself. Pragmatism is a fine thing as long as a party is in coalition with a major player such as Congress or the BJP. But the Third Front on its own? Forget the slowdown, India has been a booming economy for years. It has healthy ties with the U.S. now and scored a big diplomatic victory with the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal. Some may shudder if a Mayawati, or a Prakash Karat, sends a rising world power into reverse gear.