After a series of strikes in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu today saw a general strike called by traders and other outfits. This comes shortly after regular transport and public life has just resumed in Karnataka. Despite a few mishaps, the administration was able to control the overall law and order situation in Karnataka. So are we veering towards an era of competitive activism where strikes are a means of symbolic retort?
The strike in Tamil Nadu seems to have been more a case of competitive activism by the political opposition. Over 12000 police personnel were deployed for providing security in various parts of Tamil Nadu. This means the state had to bear the cost of unhealthy political spitefulness by the opposition parties. Strike or no strike, we need to strike out this attitude of competitive activism from our democratic system.