27 January, 2021

The Mili-Juli Myth

Multi-party coalitions cannot last. Seven sour experiments are enough to trash the concept to the dustbin.

The Mili-Juli Myth

How often have we heard intellectuals and politicians say coalition governments at the Centre are the order of the day? That MPs must learn the culture of give and take that is needed for any workable coalition. That if states can run them successfully, then so should the Centre. And, finally, the ultimate western-educated liberal question: if the economy of post-war Italy could remain unaffected by the coming and going of innumerable coalition governments, then why should the annual chopping and changing affect India's reforms?

Fact 1: Coalitions haven't worked at the Centre. They've failed seven times. Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, V.P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar, Deve Gowda, Gujral and Vajpayee are evidence enough. Seven governments, each with an average life of nine months per mili-juli sarkar can make Italians proud. With a little difference. Italy's per capita income adjusted for purchasing power parity is merely 14 times that of India's, thank you very much. Italy is wealthy enough to afford myriad mili-juli sarkars; India can't.

Fact 2: The notion...



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