The Glad Tidings Cacophony
Do you get the feeling that things are falling apart, that the Centre cannot hold? The country appears to be directionless, rudderless, on the verge of collapse. Each day, our democracy suffers a further indignity, not in the here-is-one-more-crisis sense, but in the sense of all-round dysfunctionality. In these long, hot days, with tempers short, the nation seems to be in free-fall. When our rulers tell us “the fundamentals of the economy are still strong” or “the India story is still intact”, one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. They tell us: don’t worry, in six months, we will be back to double digit growth and inflation will be under six per cent. The rupee will recover to Rs 45 vis-a-vis the dollar, pending reforms will be swiftly ushered in, the new finance minister will restore investor confidence.
Perhaps, some of these good things may happen. That is not the point. What seems to have vanished is faith, the conviction which reassures the citizen that the situation is retrievable. Hope is the biggest casualty. The Congress is convinced that if it can stay in office till the very last day, some miracle will occur—in other words the BJP will self-destruct. That is the solitary expectation they are riding on. The BJP is convinced the Congress is unpeeling—which it undoubtedly is—and will hand over power on a platter. In the meantime, the name of the game is obstruction.
Take the ongoing presidential poll. Every party proclaims we should pick a person who best represents the whole country, an individual who is beyond party politics, a man/woman who is a...