Monday, March 23, 2009

A Grand Governance

The present situation of Indian politics is a conglomeration of confusion and vacillation. There is no definite agenda through which a political party can be understood whether it belongs to NDA or UPA or Third Front or even Left Front. The people of India are by and large wise enough to distinguish the nature of the party by watching who it is hobnobbing with. If the party is having good relations with the Congress, it means the party is a UPA partner. Likewise, if a party is close to the BJP, then it indicates that the party belongs to NDA. If any party spat venom at both the Congress and the BJP, this surely indicates that it would go to form a Third Front, if there is an election in the near future. Every Third Front is born before the general election and dies after the govt. is formed, if they do not make it. And for Left Front, it is the CPI(M) who decides the colour and side of the other parties, which are vetted by CPI(M)'s spoonfed brother parties CPI, RSP and the Forward Block.

In NDA, all parties are free to vacillate except the BJP. Likewise, the Congress remains at the helm of affairs of the UPA, and CPI(M) and its three spoonfed brother parties are the real flag-bearers of the Left group. The remaining all other parties of India are free to travel with any group they wish to join at any time of the hour. Once LJP, Trinamool Congress, DMK, PDMK, TDP, National Conference were part of NDA, but after licking the cream between 1999 and 2004, they have now become integral parts of UPA. The BSP had many a times formed its government in Uttar Pradesh with the help of BJP. In 1989, the Janata Dal headed by V.P.Singh managed to form its government with the formal support it had taken from both the BJPand the Left block.

It sounds ridiculous when these smaller parties including the Left, call the BJP a communal party. They call it when they do not need the services of the BJP. This communal terminology suits these parties very much, as it attracts the minority votes. It is ironical that our voters are clever enough to identify which block their favorite party belongs to, but they cannot see beyond the smoke screen created just before the election. It's time now to understand the real character of the political parties. The Congress and the BJP have more common features than they differ on. Both are national parties having nationalist approach, they rule in most of the states, they have the same economic agenda, their approach to foreign policy do not vary and they are federal in nature.

If these two main political parties, the Congress and the BJP work hand in glove between each other, we may perhaps get a favorable verdict in the formation of a government. They may fight each other democratically during the election. After the election results come out, the party having more seats in the Parliament would form the government with the support of the party getting lesser number of seats. That way, they may prevent the forming of a miniscule government by parties having 20-25 seats, discouraging motley crowd to fulfil their ambition of becoming the Prime Minister, and setting up of a new and modern democratic norms of forming a government. They do not need to create UPA or NDA and obey the dictum of few vested interest groups. An agreement to this effect between the two nationalist parties is the need of the hour. If the leaders of the Congress and the BJP sit together and decide between themselves, it could pave the way for a stable government which seem to provide a grand governance.

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