All political parties, irrespective of their ideology, try to maximize their stay in government to secure another round in power.
In this quest, few, if any, governance issues remain immune from partisan interests. There are some issues, however, that transcend party politics and lie at the heart of national interest. The fight against terrorism is one such issue.
The recent statement of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh about a conversation between him and the slain chief of the anti-terror squad in Mumbai, Hemant Karkare, in which the latter purportedly spoke about a threat he faced from Hindu extremists, militates against this goal. Karkare was killed in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Such statements only embolden those who say that Indian politicians are not above using national tragedies for petty political ends. The Congress has done well to distance itself from his statement.