Opposition: United we stand, divided we fall

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Ashutosh Nayak, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Ever since a government emerged which had complete majority, it did not bode well with many parties who had got the hang of a government which made compromises for the vexed interests of its allies. This was a government which did not have to compensate with anyone else for all the good or bad it did. It had complete accountability and authority.

So what happens when power is no more a shared entity? It is what we see in our current bureaucracy. A one-versus-all government. Earlier on any issue, one faction would compromise while other would gain. But everyone stayed contended feeling their interests will be honored in some way or other considering they had (however small it might be, but still,) a stake in the government and without them the system would collapse. It was a symbiotic relationship. Well, not anymore. And so, now being factions with no amount of say which can matter anyhow, these factions have become frightened of losing power. And this is the fear, which has brought each and every one of the opposition together into a bond of mutual agreement.

This unusual alliance has been seen in many forms. For any action taken by the ruling party, we can see each and every opposing faction joining hands in bad-mouthing the actions taken. At some places, this initiative has proven to be successful too. A recent example would be Bihar elections, where two parties set aside their differences and joined forces to overthrow a larger threat towards their claim at power. Now an important question arises. Within all this commotion, would the government be able to function properly? And if yes, would its actions be in the people’s interest or its own? My fingers are crossed.

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