THE PRIME Minister is keeping a stoic silence, the Opposition is baying for blood. That is also nothing new, the Opposition is wont to do this, it has always done such clamouring in the past. It has never taken defeat in the right spirit. Instead of working with the ruling parties to sort out all tangles the Opposition has always played the shouting game, amidst a crescendo.
The main opposition is the NDA, the others, like the Leftists, do intervene, make a noise, but we do not have a single united opposition, which can conjoin with each other and sit with the ruling coalition for a consensus. Our political parties do not believe in consensus, they believe in the politics of accusation and counter-accusation. They believe in only finding fault with the ruling party and in the process the decorum of the upper and lower house of parliament are never maintained. In the process, the unity of the country is at stake.
An example is that of Assam. When the supposed riots started in the Bodo areas ostensibly against a minority religious group, one political party and its cohorts, took the opportunity to instigate the local population against that religious minority. The fallout - there were counter-threats in different parts of the country against the people of North East who were in no way associated or remotely connected with the trouble. This seriously threatens a backlash in the North East India, but it is to the credit to the people of this region that nothing untoward happened. This was a potential crisis threatening the entire country. A particular political party and its allies did this not towards love for the people of North East India but because they thought they could point at a common enemy - the minority religious community.
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