You say that Jyoti Basu lost ground.. where and when?
Jyoti Basu and/or CPM could not adjust their economic policy and make it relevant to the changing economy of India - either by fully participating in it [and offer the proper 'human face' as a social democratic party like CPM should do, as Prof. Amartya Sen suggested recently] or by offering a solid radical alternative to the neoliberal agenda.
You are mistaken again. Amartya Sen has lauded time and again the legacy of Jyoti Basu in providing a pro-poor and alternate model of development keeping the poor in the centre of it.
The Left Front government's long tenure in power based on popularity from the rural masses for more than 30 years now stands testimony to the people's acceptance of its alternate model of development, and Jyoti Basu's role in that was primal.
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