You have to say this much for members of the UPA: they are real troopers in the cause of democracy. It has now become clear to them that the BJP is slacking in its role of tripping up the government.
This, when issues like price rise and foreign policy have been served up to it on a platter. All right, we understand that BJP chief Nitin Gadkari is more keen to show the world that the party has a right regular bunch of lads who are not averse to a sing-song and a bit of self-deprecating humour now and again. But that is not nearly enough to keep the government on its toes.
So the UPA has had no choice but to evolve its own unique method of checks and balances. And leading from the front is the doughty Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh. Where would we be without his succinct comments on various issues from the new education initiatives to the government’s ‘alarmist and restrictive’ policies on Chinese investment in telecom and infrastructure? Earlier we had
Mr Tharoor’s incisive interventions on the government’s policies. Now this is admirable and a sign that our democracy has really matured. Do you think that, even by a long stretch, you’d see the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton try and get a few whacks in at Barack Obama on his healthcare plan, unless she was looking at tending the petunias in Little Rock, Arkansas?
If only people followed our policy of letting it all hang out, the world would be an easier place. Now we are not suggesting that the UPA worthies are keen on this role of doubling up both as the party of governance and the Opposition. But with the Yadav duo busy trying to formulate future roadmaps to nowhere, the Left in a bit of a lurch and the BJP in musical mode, things will have to go on this way. A career in Bollywood may be waiting for some in the UPA where the same actor often plays double, triple, quadruple… roles.