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The Kumbh flag was brought down to mark the end of the year-long Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Nashik in the presence of Chief M
At least nine pilgrims, including six women, were today killed and three others seriously injured when the jeep carrying t
A sea of humanity, some drawn from abroad, braving the sultry weather today flooded the banks of Kshipra river for the ong
A BSP MLA from Uttar Pradesh has arranged travel to the Kumbh Mela for "mostly upper caste" pilgrims from his constituency
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, against whom the NIA recently dropped charges in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, today launched
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a two-day visit to India, today said the cordial ties between the two
Warning that global warming and terrorism have become the world's biggest concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sai
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today had lunch with sanitary workers, many of them Dalits, engaged to keep clean the site of the
Six 'sadhus' were today injured as they clashed with each other using sharp-edged tridents allegedly over election for dif
BJP chief Amit Shah today took a dip in the Kshipra river with Dalit saints, reaching out to the community at the 'Simhast
"Since irony and sarcasm in the English language tend to go largely undetected," Swapan Dasgupta writes in the Telegraph, Saba Naqvi's The Final Solution "could well be interpreted as a logical extension of Arun Shourie’s theatrical pronouncement that the RSS should “take over” the Bharatiya Janata Party " -- or as simply insolent.
But, he goes on to argue later in the article:
The fundamental question the BJP has to address is: why is it in existence in the first place? If upholding Hindu interests is its main leitmotif, it is not dissimilar to a grander version of the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Musalmeen, which controls the Muslim ghettos of Hyderabad and routinely wins a Lok Sabha seat. The MIM, an offshoot of the original Razakars, resonates with nostalgia for a lost sovereignty and an eroding high culture. It will always be a factor in Muslim politics of the Deccan but a non-starter in all calculations of governance.
If the BJP wishes to be a party aspiring to some 80 Lok Sabha seats, with a presence in the Hindi-speaking states, it can persist with the cohesiveness of the erstwhile Jana Sangh. If its ambitions are greater and it seeks to challenge the Congress’s all-India presence, it has to open its doors wider to diverse currents and interests. The RSS is an important input into the BJP, but it is not the only input. If the BJP wishes to mirror the richness of the nationalist experience, it must become a Kumbh Mela of diverse tendencies.
Read the full piece at the Telegraph