Interview
‘BJP Leaders Are Behaving Like Ostriches’
Once a force to reckon with in the BJP, the man who called Vajpayee a mukhota
COMMENTS PRINT
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The Gujarat strongman does it thrice in a row. More modest than he’d have liked, but he’ll no doubt make a play for India’s top job.
Saba Naqvi
gujarat polls
Will the Congress finally ask itself tough questions now?
Cover Story
The hill kingdom was only cause for cheer for Congress
Prarthna Gahilote
opinion
The Congress is left to count its gains; Modi’s success infuses a certain piquancy into the choices the NDA has to make in the run-up to 2014
Harish Khare
rss and modi
Modi’s big bang victory has neutralised, at least for now, the Sangh’s opposition to him
Prarthna Gahilote
opinion
By plotting a development course, Modi created pro-incumbency
Nirmala Sitharaman
victims
Amidst all the cheer for Narendra Modi, dissenting voices—not just Muslims, but Gujaratis of all backgrounds.
Panini Anand
muslims
A climate of fear combined with Congress ineptitude drove Muslims to Modi
Pragya Singh
Interview
The director of Final Solution, a searing documentary on the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat
Namrata Joshi
women/youth
Modern, city-dwelling women of Gujarat adore Modi and seem to think he can do no wrong
Neha Bhatt
women/youth
Why Modi is a powerful magnet for young men and women
Priyadarshini Sen
opinion
Only one voice in Gujarat, said the visiting prince. How wrong he was.
Shiv Visvanathan
the middle class
Arch-deliverer of progress: Modi fits the bill. The middle class wants nothing more.
Debarshi Dasgupta
Modi & india inc
Big industry, Modi feed off each other in win-win relationship
Lola Nayar
MEDIA
Modi made it impossible for the media to ignore him
Anuradha Raman
Cover Story/ opinion
Anti-Modi crusaders run their rabid campaigns blindfolded
Madhu Purnima Kishwar

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.

COMMENTS PRINT
gujarat polls
The Gujarat strongman does it thrice in a row. More modest than he’d have liked, but he’ll no doubt make a play for India’s top job.
Saba Naqvi
gujarat polls
Will the Congress finally ask itself tough questions now?
Cover Story
The hill kingdom was only cause for cheer for Congress
Prarthna Gahilote
opinion
The Congress is left to count its gains; Modi’s success infuses a certain piquancy into the choices the NDA has to make in the run-up to 2014
Harish Khare
rss and modi
Modi’s big bang victory has neutralised, at least for now, the Sangh’s opposition to him
Prarthna Gahilote
opinion
By plotting a development course, Modi created pro-incumbency
Nirmala Sitharaman
victims
Amidst all the cheer for Narendra Modi, dissenting voices—not just Muslims, but Gujaratis of all backgrounds.
Panini Anand
muslims
A climate of fear combined with Congress ineptitude drove Muslims to Modi
Pragya Singh
Interview
The director of Final Solution, a searing documentary on the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat
Namrata Joshi
women/youth
Modern, city-dwelling women of Gujarat adore Modi and seem to think he can do no wrong
Neha Bhatt
women/youth
Why Modi is a powerful magnet for young men and women
Priyadarshini Sen
opinion
Only one voice in Gujarat, said the visiting prince. How wrong he was.
Shiv Visvanathan
the middle class
Arch-deliverer of progress: Modi fits the bill. The middle class wants nothing more.
Debarshi Dasgupta
Modi & india inc
Big industry, Modi feed off each other in win-win relationship
Lola Nayar
MEDIA
Modi made it impossible for the media to ignore him
Anuradha Raman
Cover Story/ opinion
Anti-Modi crusaders run their rabid campaigns blindfolded
Madhu Purnima Kishwar

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