Hard times are a good occasion to demonstrate political resolve. For the United Progressive Alliance government now is such a time. High inflation, desertion by allies such as Mayawati and badgering by the Left are as hard as it gets. At this stage, the government has little to lose by way of showing political resolve. The first step in the right direction is to realize that people are not stupid. If painful economic decisions have to be made, that can be done with as low a political risk as possible: it requires a honest and effective communication strategy. It’s time the government put one in place.
On a larger plane, though, the demands of political conviction are more serious: It calls for realizing that reckless fiscal profligacy is dishonest as its ultimate aim is to hoodwink voters.
Political parties need to realize that efforts to outspend each other while in power will only bring grief to all. The damage inflicted on citizens (as the current round of inflation surely is doing) is the result of efforts to woo them politically.