13 April, 2021

Crisis = Opportunity

Hemmed in by the Left and the Right, Manmohan stands at the crossroads

Sandeep Adhwaryu
Crisis = Opportunity
Now we know what it's like to be caught between the devil and the deep sea, between a rock and a hard place. The Indian polity is trapped between the BJP, the sore losers, and the Communists, the sanctimonious winners, between the obscurantist Right and the obstructionist Left.

The confrontational politics of the BJP is matched only by the agitational approach of the Communists. Which government would want to take the unpopular decision of hiking oil prices unless global prices forced it to? But both the Left and Right are stomping the streets, competing to win the hearts of the common man that was never theirs in the first place. It is a curious situation. The Communists have power without responsibility. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has responsibility without full power. And the BJP has neither power nor responsibility. What a mess!

Given what the Communists have done in Kerala, Tripura and especially West Bengal, their protests against the fledgling government appear hypocritical, even farcical. Certainly it isn't fair to dismiss all their objections. They do act...

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