Nothing illustrates the dilemma faced by the BJP better than the recent exchange of words between two journalists considered close to it. Swapan Dasgupta's article in the WSJ yesterday, Reinvigorating the BJP, led to the following exchange with the Pioneer's Kanchan Gupta:
KanchanGupta Noticed tectonic shift in Swapan's formulation of Ayodhya dispute: No mention of Ram, says Hindu claim based on 'faith', mosque 'existed'.
KanchanGupta @swapan55 argues for return to 'centrist space'. Hmmm, so 'Right' is out. Interesting.
KanchanGupta@swapan55 juxtaposes what Hindus 'believe' to be sacred with Muslim reality that a mosque 'existed'. Refer his earlier writing for contrast.
KanchanGupta@swapan55 says NaMo 'controversial for alleged complicity in the infamous sectarian killings of 2002.' Endorsement of 'secular' canard?
swapan55: @KanchanGupta If KGupta wants to pick up a semantic fight to prove he is Lone Ranger of loony Hindutva, he can go ahead. Best wishes 2 him
KanchanGupta: @swapan55 Let me disappoint you. I am not interested in picking a fight over semantics. Nor do I think Hindutva is for loony toons.
KanchanGupta: @swapan55 If your WSJ article reflects the 'new' BJP, I wish you and the BJP the best.
KanchanGupta: Btw WSJ carries a matching pic of Gadkari with @swapan55 's reivention of BJP. He is shown wearing garland of gajar, tamatar, baingan..
KanchanGupta: And before I log out, please to notice implicit praise for Dilli4 who have brought BJP down in @swapan55 's article. More power to him/them.
swapan55: @KanchanGupta With friends like you, the Congress can look forward to uninterrupted power for decades to come. 23 minutes ago via web in reply to KanchanGupta
KanchanGupta: @swapan55 And with friends like you may BJP be able to hit at least 50 to retain bangla-gaadi for LoP. And no, this isn't a loyalty test.
Read the full WSJ article and tell us what do you think?