The joint press conference after the Opposition parties’ meeting on June 23, 2023 in Patna, Bihar. | Getty Images

Well done Outlook. Aditya Nigam, formerly with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, is an independent political theorist based in Delhi.

Why Has Opposition Unity Been Elusive So Far?

The recognition is dawning slowly that without a programmatic basis, no Opposition unity can be effective. If Opposition unity is seen simply as an ‘anti-Modi’ front, it is once again likely to play into the hand of the ruling party — suggesting that issues really don’t matter and, in the end, it is simply Modi versus the rest.