Unity is the need of the hourOur political parties have separated between behavioral issues and position issues that are divisive and could have distinct preferences.
In the US, political parties were ready to sink their disputes in the aftereffect of the 2008 financial crisis. President Barack Obama maintained the banking and auto industry rescue begun by the previous administration. Still, his generous American Taxpayer Relief Act also extended the George W Bush government's tax cuts. It was passed by a vast majority in the Senate, with Democrat and Republican backing. In the Indian context, communal peace and economic growth (GDP) are valence issues.
At times like today, political parties in India should drop their discords and work together. First, to improve our broken social fabric, and then to change the sharp fall in growth.
Growth is a remedy to many ailments, but unity and communal harmony are a necessity. They will not accompany growth. Sadly, because we are still a growing democracy, our political parties remain opportunistically to the core. It was as valid for BJP when in opposition as Congress now. The outcome is that even valence concerns have been seen as the government's responsibility only in power. It must change.