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In Defence of ‘Milavati Sarkar’

Every hoarse cry for purity coming from the BJP in fact signifies the contamination of democracy.


With the momentum for opposition unity building up, the unease in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp is becoming apparent. This is evident from the shrill statements that are being repeatedly made by its top leadership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently derided the opposition unity and its efforts to form what he called a “milavati sarkar” (adulterated government). Amit Shah also mocked at the prospect of a coalition government formed by these opposition parties by saying that such a government would have a new Prime Minister every day. In his speech on the last day of the parliamentary session of the outgoing Lok Sabha, Modi himself harped on the need to have a majority government for stability, which, according to him, has enhanced India’s global stature. The BJP and its supporters are defending the party’s claims of national leadership by constantly attempting to question who will be the leader of the opposition unity. This is also consistent with its political design to raise the bogey of a “milavati opposition” with the intention to put in the minds of the electorate that the BJP is the only homogeneous party that can offer a stable government to the country. Even though the message to the electorate to be aware of this milavati sarkar stems from the BJP’s failure to ask for votes on the strength of its own performance, its obsession with stability and homogeneity is fundamentally antithetical to democracy.

The opposition unity striving to form an alternative government has to be understood in terms of the political reality that the electoral process does involve multiple and disparate political parties, which will have to work together. This is the genuine political expression of the diverse, but legitimate aspiration of social groups. However, such democratic assertions against an authoritarian party make such government adulterated or contaminated according to the BJP. However, what is adulteration or milavat from BJP’s monolithical perspective is in fact a way to come to terms with the diverse and uneven social reality of India. The coming together of disparate political forces underscores the federal character of polity and the imminent failures of the current government’s centralising and homogenising tendencies. Various opposition parties that are coming together against the BJP/National Democratic Alliance (NDA) represent diverse social forces, regions, and identities that cannot be claimed to be represented by one single party. Therefore, a coalition government is necessary to accommodate multiple—at times contradictory—views and interests. The element of compromise that is involved in ensuring this process of accommodation is, in fact, a guarantee of stability at the centre, as against the unadulterated unilateralism practised by the current government which only widens social fissures.

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Updated On : 19th Feb, 2019
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