Apropos Arun Jaitley’s interview (‘The BJP must learn to live with inner-party democracy’), what the BJP needs to do is get more aggressive vis-a-vis the Congress.
Mr. Jaitely says ... "We must learn to live with the inner-party democracy."
Why just learn to live with it .... you need to institutionalize it and improve it?
Sure you are not a family affair, or a one man/woman show or caste based party BUT you do have too much opaque involvement of the RSS and a not so obvious way of finding your "first amongst equals". Post Vajpayee you are struggling in your current system as noone seems to have the stature/credibility to be the Bhishma Pitamaha nor is one in the making either. You will either have to adopt one of the western models of inner party democracy to come up with "first amongst equals" or you will need the more Indian concept of Bhishma Pitamaha to either be the "first amongst equals" or nominate one. Right now you can claim to be different than others and that is fine but not clear whether "better than others" is the case.
To any keen outside observer, and of course as an insider you have to spin it right, the BJP is floundering in the post Vajpayee era. LKA may have been Vajpayee deputy but post Vajpayee he unable to be the alternative to Vajpayee. Though I am not a big fan of the BJP personally, it's health to me is important for Indian democracy to progress/mature.
>> The issue of whether BJP or Congress is stagnating or not is a minor one. The issue is not BJP or Congress per se but the kind of system we have.
When Congress stagnates, it is the fault of the seculars. When the BJP stagantes, it is the fault of the system!
Parliamentary democracy, in its current form is highly unsuitable for a country like India. It will work well for small countries like Britain. What we need is a system propounded by Tagore and Aurobindo-with borrowings from US.
Aurobindo said we need to go thro' the parliamentary process before moving to something better. We have gone thro' this and now we need to replace it with something better.
The issue of whether BJP or Congress is stagnating or not is a minor one. The issue is not BJP or Congress per se but the kind of system we have.
I feel bad for Arun Jaitley (how did you manage to make this spelling of your surname? It should be Jetali in Hinglish).
See, this guy is considered in a company of Kapil Sibbals and Manu Singhvis, for being a "prominent lawyer". Although he isn't. He is active in politics since school/collage days in ABVP.
I warn you sir, this "prominent lawyer" tag might become a liability in this race of top job. In the end "mass leader" is what do the trick.
One more thing, stop eating greasy food. I heard that you are a foodie, but I can clearly see that there is some problem in breathing,
The MINORITIES will never ever vote for BJP. The earlier BJP realise it woos the HINDUS whole heartedly, the more seats BJP will win- ELSE BJP will remain the third group as it happened in UP.
BJP should become more aggressive vis-a-vis Congress.The party should stop going on the defensive when charged as a communal party,while it should expose Congress party's continued role in encouraging minority communalism.
Arun Jaitley is matchless. Indians like average ordinary politicians who they relate with not an intellelctual one. They relate well with morons.
To add to his many attainments, Arun Jaitley should smile a lot more, something he can learn from his good friend, Kapil Sibal.
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