If there is one thing our political leaders excel at, it is never letting an economic crisis go waste. The best example of this is the way in which P V Narasimha Rao used a dire economic situation in 1991 to slyly begin dismantling the licence raj. As a Congress prime minister he needed to execute this historic economic reform sneakily because he could not denounce Nehruvian socialism openly.
Is it time to stop, take a breath, and consider if yet another false narrative is being created? It is true that the economic slowdown has become Narendra Modi’s biggest political problem and he must take urgent steps to rectify the things that have gone wrong. But he was right to warn last week against the miasma of pessimism that is being created around his government. The campaign to defame him is not new.
First, allow me to mention a milestone in the life of this column. The Fifth Column began its existence in September 1987, so it has just turned 30. I consider this an achievement because when I first started writing it, I was advised by male colleagues to stop bringing ‘human interest type stories’ into a political column. A political column should be just about politics, they said, so if you want it to survive then you should stick to political analysis.
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Selecting a term
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