Once a force to reckon with in the BJP, K.N. Govindacharya is credited with the party’s social engineering strategy. He talks to Panini Anand:
How do you slot Modi? His way of functioning, the claims he makes?
For a western state like Gujarat, with its ports, long history of trade and connections, exchanges with the western world, development was inevitable with or without Modi. I accept the fact that he activated the administrative machinery in his initial days as CM but today it’s morphed into a super-centralised monolith...which is unhealthy and creates an undemocratic atmosphere. There’s a picture of growth projected, but it discounts the common man’s socio-cultural prospects.
So you believe his style of functioning has damaged the BJP in the state?
I have mixed feelings about it. But the super-centralisation has stopped internal growth and democracy within the party, and this is damaging in the long run.
Why hasn’t the BJP dealt with the problem?
Well, earlier the organisation was always supreme. For the first time in the party’s history, this tradition was broken with Narendra Modi’s insistence that he would not participate in the BJP national executive if Sanjay Joshi was there. It’s the first time the organisation was brought to its knees by an individual. For similar transgressions, the action taken against Ram Jethmalani differed from the action against Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh. So the problem in the BJP is now not only due to Narendra Modi; the party leadership has been unable to tackle issues in a proper manner.
There’s been a beeline of leaders—from Sanjay Joshi to Keshubhai—leaving the state or the party?
There is disappointment in the RSS, VHP and even among state BJP workers. The BJP should have thought about the challenges ahead after the 2004 general elections. Ironically, they were unable to do that at the organisational level and now at the national level as well.
Why is no one raising their voice? From Advani to Jaitley to Sushma... everyone’s silent?
The ambitions of the self have bypassed ideology and party. That’s why there is opportunism, confusion and ignorance. They are behaving like ostriches with their head stuck in the sand.
Apropos Panini Anand’s interview with Govindacharya (‘BJP leaders are behaving like ostriches’), the right-wing ideologue is correct in warning against the overcentralisation of the Gujarat BJP unit under Narendra Modi.
Sadly, BJP is fast acquiring the traits of the rotten old Congress. The most detestable one is the son/daughter/son inlaw syndrome that has spread like plague. There are examples of that in most states. The other irritating trait is the promotion of celebrities in a party that once took pride in practising principled politics. What is the reasoning behind the likes of Hema Malini being given Rajya Sabha seat?
The party, in practising opportunistic politics, is on a downward spiral and is fast losing control of its destiny.
Govindacharyaji....have respect for him, but of late he has lost focus on ground realities! wish if he remained the same sharp person the world new about!
GOVINDACHARYA has been one of the sharpest political brains in the BJP. He is correct in warning against the over-centralization of Gujarat BJP into one person. Modi must beging to let his team become more visible and prepare the second-rung to take higher responsibilities.
India's 8 states have ports and direct contact with outside world,why have they not developed the way Gujarat has ?
Ramki i am not a supporter of sonia dynasty.
what i meant is same cult culture is adopted
by modi.Jyuthi basu also cultivated cult or caderculture
and gave a ruined west bangal. Indira Gandhis 'Cacus gave
Janatha party power to rule.Morarji and kanti ruined that alternative.
Now Modis ambition to become PM is spoilt by his cult culture
for that there is no takers in NDA.Any way I appreciate your post
though i disagree
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