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Listen To The People

If this deal is so indispensable, why can't the government get even a simple majority in its favour in Parliament?

Listen To The People
Listen To The People
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How did we arrive here? Barely two weeks ago, the UPA was sailing smoothly, uplifted by impressive victories in a presidential and vice-presidential poll. Politics was at once boring and predictable. In the UK, August (when the natives go en masse on chhutti) is the silly season. Newspaper stories about spotting the first cuckoo abound. So, too, it seemed in our blessed republic where completion of 60 years of freedom had resulted in an orgy of self-congratulation.

Governments, especially coalition governments, fall regularly in all democracies. In India, sometimes serious, sometimes less serious issues cause a government to go down. However, never in our chequered history has a foreign policy issue caused the death of a government. It is always a local issue—Advani's rath yatra, Rajiv taking umbrage at some IB men loitering in the wrong place—which has profound domestic implications.

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