Pulwama Attack: Now is the Time For India’s Political Parties to Unite

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Pulwama Attack: Now is the Time For India’s Political Parties to Unite

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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fter the terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district that left 42 CRPF jawans dead, India’s political landscape was unrecognisably changed. Across the spectrum, from the BJP and Congress to regional parties, political leaders have been unanimous in their condemnation of the attack, agreeing with each other wholeheartedly for the first time in months. It’s unfortunate that it takes a tragedy on the scale of the worst terror attack of the century in Kashmir to unite India’s political class, but the development is a positive one, despite the dire circumstances that led to it.

This is an election year, and until the events of yesterday, all parties were observing it by waging hard-fought campaigns for electoral gains. The Opposition parties were sniffing for any weaknesses to exploit, as Rahul Gandhi continued hounding the government over the controversial Rafale deal, and Mamata Banerjee was organising sit-ins in Kolkata and New Delhi to cobble together an alliance to take on the BJP in the polls. But the attack in Pulwama has changed their tune, as it ought to.

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