Clearly, the last word hasn't been spoken yet on the troubles in the parivaar. The commentariat today::
AG Noorani says, "Since it sailed under false colours the BJP had to initially adopt slogans it did not believe in, such as ‘Gandhian socialism.’"
Vir Sanghvi says, "the BJP’s idea of collective leadership is that its senior leader all collect together and go and meet the RSS chief who instructs them on what to do next." and concludes, "By the beginning of next year, the BJP of Vajpayee and Advani will be dead. In its place, we will have a new BJP, its leadership a combination of mass-murderers, state chieftains and rootless politicians. All of them will take orders from the RSS."
MJ Akbar says, "a simulated debate has been whisked up about the takeover of the BJP by the RSS: The two were never apart. The issue is not whether BJP will shift gear towards a philosophy of conciliation, but whether the RSS will do so. They could not hope for a better starting point: The Mahabharat."
Christophe Jaffrelot says, "The BJP’s succession crisis needs to be seen in an even larger perspective for two reasons. First, the party is well entrenched in several Indian states and to focus on the top leaders’ quarrels may make us miss this important reality at the grass-root level (from where Advani’s successor may well emerge). Second, party politics is only the top of the sangh parivar’s iceberg and it would be a mistake to conclude from the BJP’s tamasha that Hindutva politics is on its way out: the VHP, the BMS, the Bajrang Dal, the Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, the Saraswati Shishu Mandirs, Seva Bharti etc. are continuing their daily work in slums, villages and cities and there is no indication that their aggressive cultural policing or reconversions are on the wane."