Advertisement
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
Outlook.com

To Win 2019 Elections, Sangh Parivar May Use Its Last Lethal Weapon—Construction Of Ram Temple

Realising that 2014’s development mantra works no more, the Sangh parivar’s Mission 2019 brings unabashed Hindutva to the fore—Ayodhya’s big again

To Win 2019 Elections, Sangh Parivar May Use Its Last Lethal Weapon—Construction Of Ram Temple
Cardboard Cut PM | Photograph by Getty Images
To Win 2019 Elections, Sangh Parivar May Use Its Last Lethal Weapon—Construction Of Ram Temple
outlookindia.com
2018-12-09T13:32:56+05:30

Since the BJP’s formidable victory in the 2014 general elections, Hindutva’s stock has been steadily moving up. After securing pol­itical dominance, the Sangh parivar now aims at a repeat win in 2019, aspiring to heg­emonise politics and Hindutva-ise India. Just like a booming stock market with a falling rupee does not reflect robust economic health, an upbeat Hindutva does not necessarily indicate its electoral invincibility. Moreover, Indian elections often defy arrogance and predictability, like the ones in 1977 and 2004. Interestingly, the parivar anticipated the challenge well in adv­ance while conceiving its strategy for 2019.

In 2014, a tentative parivar, crafting an enticing electoral strategy, came to power promising development, employment, transparency and inclusive governance under a charismatic leader. Hindutva played a role, but the Muzaffarnagar-like experiments with communal violence were exceptions, while caste equations were manoeuvred in a few states as well. However, it was brand Modi that won by raising the level of aspirations in millions, who were in the midst of despair during the UPA regime’s last years. Popular support for Modi, especially from the youth, was unprecedented, cutting across caste and class. And expectations were equally high.

Modi seemed out of the box. He invited his South Asian counterparts to his oath-taking ceremony, ini­tiated measures to remove bureaucratic hurdles for ‘minimum government and maximum governance’, introduced imaginative campaigns like ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Swasth Bharat’, adopted policies to empower citizens through bank access, life and crop insurance, clean fuel and so on. Initiatives like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Startup India’, though rhetorical, looked unconventional. But instead of consolidating...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

LIVE | Aryan Khan Drugs Case: Bombay High Court To Resume Bail Hearing Today Afternoon

LIVE | Aryan Khan Drugs Case: Bombay High Court To Resume Bail Hearing Today Afternoon

The HC is hearing Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan’s bail petition in connection with his arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau on October 3.

Himachal: Massive Fire At Malana Village, Dozen Homes Gutted And Reduced To Ashes

Himachal: Massive Fire At Malana Village, Dozen Homes Gutted And Reduced To Ashes

Videos going viral on social media show local families in the remote, ancient village, struggling to put down the flames that erupted at around 1 am Tuesday night.

T20 World Cup, Live: Bangladesh Bat Against England

T20 World Cup, Live: Bangladesh Bat Against England

Follow live updates and cricket scores of Bangladesh vs England, ICC Men's T20 World Cup match in Abu Dhabi.

Pegasus Snooping Row: SC Cites 'Right To Privacy', Appoints 3-Member Probe Panel

Pegasus Snooping Row: SC Cites 'Right To Privacy', Appoints 3-Member Probe Panel

Stressing on the right to privacy, CJI Ramana said it was incumbent upon the Centre to seriously consider the use of such a technology.

Advertisement