Even though Indian socio-political scene has become more acrimonious, it’s time to think for a solution that would help people refrain from their partisan views and allegiances, and move beyond these barriers through open dialogue, cooperation and collaborative decision-making, focusing on strengthening the economy and development of the country.
For the first time since independence, a national party other than the Congress came to power in 2014, raising hopes that an era of new trend and style of functioning would begin. But within a short span, credibility of the now ruling party and the main opposition is seemingly falling apart, as the agenda of these political groups is not in sync with development. Other outfits owing allegiance to these political parties have their own axes to grind—be it communal, caste and agenda of corruption.
Over the years, it has been proved that bipartisanship based on negotiating between the right and the left, or non-partisanship, which aims to put party politics completely aside to solve problems, cannot be a solution to the problems being faced in a country with vast diversity. The solution could be trans-partisanship, a new concept, which is an alternative to the more widely understood bipartisan or non-partisan approaches.
This new concept advocates pragmatic and effective solutions to social and political problems, transcending and including pre-existing political ideologies. It also encompasses the idea that all systems are inextricably interconnected, and that successful outcomes can best be reached through inclusive, genuine, and respectful cooperation. Trans-partisan democracy, in part, seeks to reintegrate the public voice in identifying, debating, and shaping governmental policies.
Is it not the time at least to make a humble beginning this year? Modi Sarkar should realise that the mandate which it got in the elections is for coming up with innovative solutions to solve existing problems and trigger development by strengthening the economy. The mandate was not for anything else. For the Congress, the mandate was to function as a constructive opposition. As both the parties claim they were doing exactly as per peoples’ aspirations, the only thing that has come to the mind is that whether the present political system can really deliver and fulfil the fast growing development needs.
There has always been a talk about declaring a moratorium on all contentious issues at least for a specific period and focus on development. But in a system where development model itself is contentious, such thinking my not yield any tangible results.
What the country requires is a peoples’ movement to force the government and political parties to identify specific development issues, sort out the differences through a collaborative problem solving approach, and implement it within a specified time-frame. In the fast era of social media awareness, people will easily realise and identify the gap between the words and actions of political parties and parties coming to power with huge mandate may lose popularity faster than expected if they fail to ensure sustainable development.