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'Modern India ... Abhors The Values The BJP Is Seen To Stand For At Present'

A day after the BJP announced Arun Jaitley as its leader in the Rajya Sabha and Sushma Swaraj as LK Advani's deputy as the leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Swapan Dasgupta does a clinical, hardnosed analysis of what is wrong with the party in the Times of India, very much continuing the the debate on his website:

The BJP has been insufficiently sensitive to these developments. Intellectually, it has not moved beyond the formulations of the 1990s. Today's Hindu is no longer beleaguered. Rising prosperity has contributed to a gentler, pop nationalism marked by good-humoured flag-waving in cricket matches. Indians don't feel threatened but, at the same time, are repelled by bigotry. The BJP must candidly recognise that assertive Hindutva marked by hate speeches and moral policing is seen as ugly mirror images of the Taliban. The spectacle of old and middle-aged men oozing sanctimoniousness and droning on about India's ancient inheritance belongs to a bygone age. It also reeks of hypocrisy because the integrity quotient of the BJP isn't worth showcasing....

...In politics, image and perception are everything. Today, Hindutva has become an etymological obstacle in the BJP's path, diverting attention from the party's impressive record in governance. The party should consider freezing it in the way Jawaharlal Nehru quietly shelved Gandhism after independence. Enlightened nationalism, good governance and modernity must become the party's priorities.

Read the full piece at the Times of India.

The debate continues in the Deccan Chronicle, where R. Balashankar, the editor of the RSS mouthpiece Organiser, argues that  there is no need for another Congress carbon copy and that the BJP needs to reassure and cultivate its core RSS constituency.  Ashok Malik politely points out that politics is not RSS' core competence and that "the next generation of the BJP needs to be empowered by its voters, not by the RSS." Read on at the Deccan Chronicle

'Modern India ... Abhors The Values The BJP Is Seen To Stand For At Present'
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A day after the BJP announced Arun Jaitley as its leader in the Rajya Sabha and Sushma Swaraj as LK Advani's deputy as the leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Swapan Dasgupta does a clinical, hardnosed analysis of what is wrong with the party in the Times of India, very much continuing the the debate on his website:

The BJP has been insufficiently sensitive to these developments. Intellectually, it has not moved beyond the formulations of the 1990s. Today's Hindu is no longer beleaguered. Rising prosperity has contributed to a gentler, pop nationalism marked by good-humoured flag-waving in cricket matches. Indians don't feel threatened but, at the same time, are repelled by bigotry. The BJP must candidly recognise that assertive Hindutva marked by hate speeches and moral policing is seen as ugly mirror images of the Taliban. The spectacle of old and middle-aged men oozing sanctimoniousness and droning on about India's ancient inheritance belongs to a bygone age. It also reeks of hypocrisy because the integrity quotient of the BJP isn't worth showcasing....

...In politics, image and perception are everything. Today, Hindutva has become an etymological obstacle in the BJP's path, diverting attention from the party's impressive record in governance. The party should consider freezing it in the way Jawaharlal Nehru quietly shelved Gandhism after independence. Enlightened nationalism, good governance and modernity must become the party's priorities.

Read the full piece at the Times of India.

The debate continues in the Deccan Chronicle, where R. Balashankar, the editor of the RSS mouthpiece Organiser, argues that  there is no need for another Congress carbon copy and that the BJP needs to reassure and cultivate its core RSS constituency.  Ashok Malik politely points out that politics is not RSS' core competence and that "the next generation of the BJP needs to be empowered by its voters, not by the RSS." Read on at the Deccan Chronicle

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