"Starting from 1953, when the Jan Sangh was founded, we have reposed our faith in liberalisation," says Atal Behari Vajpayee.
Clear commitment, right? But what about the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and its radical economic agenda, which sees foreign investment even in hi-tech sectors, as unnecessary? "The process of economic reforms is a continuing one; it can never be a stop-and-go situation or a one-time exercise," says External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
But then why does the Congress election manifesto not mention the word 'globali-sation' even once?
"We no longer believe that nationalism is a panacea. We are for liberalisation, but our concept is different from that of the Rao-Singh duo," says Janata Dal General Secretary Jaipal...