Clout of regionalism

This refers to the report “BJP keen on finding reason for defeat in Bihar” (Nov.18). Multiple reasons and judgments have been given by various political leaders, journalists and academics. However, the reality appears to be that the Bihar verdict is a reflection of the “regionalism vs. nationalism” battle. This can be proved by some of the statements made by the Grand Alliance leaders. Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad had portrayed the NDA representatives as baharis (outsiders), and appealed to the people to vote for “locals”. Regionalism has overtaken nationalism in States like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and the Punjab, where the strength of national parties has diminished. The growth of unhealthy regionalism is in no small part due to an unethical rivalry between the two national parties — the Congress and the BJP — one that has undermined the principle of good governance and national welfare.

N. Balasubramanian, Arulur, Tamil Nadu

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