[lg policy] India's political parties must focus on North-South convergence

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 10:51:16 EDT 2018


he South. And this often means that citizens cannot often relate to it.

So here we have a paradox.

There is an almost hegemonic party ruling the Centre and in power in 21
states. Yet, it is not in power in any of the five southern states and one
Union territory - and we have to wait till the Karnataka elections to see
if it changes. This is a party that has very strongly appropriated the
nationalism platform. But it is facing a potentially strong sub-
nationalist political reaction from south.

If the implications were just confined to the fortunes of one party or the
other, it would not have mattered. But India cannot, and must not, forget
how deep identity cleavages have often jeopardised its growth and
stability. If the divide between the Centre and the South, or the North and
South, grows, it will have implications for the federal structure, for the
constitutional order, for political stability, for economic growth and for
national unity. Instead of divergence, India’s parties across the divide
must focus on convergence.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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