21 October, 2020

Circus On Notice

The big national parties look lost in their own vortex. Will they wake up, do a rebound by 2014?

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Circus On Notice

Is it just a small crisis, a minor hump in the trajectory, or a full-blown existential impasse? Politics plays on but the reality is that the national parties of modern India are in perpetual decline. There is no leadership that inspires, no plan for revival as yet revealed. There is only arithmetic in this era of coalitions and currently the Congress managers are heaving a huge sigh of relief for finally crossing the bump of a presidential election that will soon have Pranab Mukherjee shifting to Rashtrapati Bhavan, barring unlikely mishaps. Meanwhile, the BJP has endured another brazen spectacle of fratricidal politics in Karnataka that increases the caste cleavage between the Lingayats and Vokkaligas, climaxing in the swearing in of yet another CM, the third in the last year.

Both must breathe a little easy after these by now commonplace contortions in their politics. Off the record, members of both parties agree that neither seems to be headed to any glorious position in contemporary reality. But a few things have changed, although...



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