Replacing parliamentary system with presidential form of government will not secure democracy. What’s needed are un-barricaded spaces for fearless discussion so as to inform the public and include them in the democratic process.
A majoritarian parliament is different from majority in the parliament. Majority in parliament gains legitimacy through deliberation but in a majoritarian parliament, numbers trump every other moral consideration.
Unlike some commentators who would want to believe that Opposition unity has been severely jolted, we are of the view that Nitish Kumar’s departure is good riddance. Moreover, you cannot cement a greater association with a snake in your bosom.
Whenever the political churning for Opposition unity gets momentum, the BJP machinery unleashes a campaign to malign the image of Opposition leaders. This is how the investigative agencies are being increasingly seen as a new instrument in the BJP’s politics, under the present leadership.
At another level, any voice raised against the ruling dispensation in Delhi has to now deal with not only the BJP, RSS and several of their other social-cultural affiliates but also government agencies such as Income-Tax authorities, the ED and the CBI.