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For A Policy Umbrella

Since India can't be rid of party politics, it needs to evolve a new consensus around vital policy areas.

For A Policy Umbrella
For A Policy Umbrella
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SO we have seen the fourth government ousted from power in a three-year span. There were two general elections during this period, but the Indian voter did not elect parliaments that could underpin stable governments. All the arguments that coalition governments are good for the country and the logical choice for a federal polity have been proved wrong. Instead, we face the spectre of governmental instability, attended by fragmented national politics and frequently interrupted policies on vital issues.

A number of Delhi-based foreign correspondents and TV representatives abroad approached me after the BJP government's fall on Saturday, April 17. Almost all had the same questions: Will there be a change in India's foreign and defence policies? What will be the orientation of India's economic and investment policies?

As far as India's foreign and defence policies go, three categories of speculative assessment are relevant at this critical juncture. First, what does Indian public opinion want from the next government in terms of foreign, defence and economic...

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