The BJP's landslide victory in Gujarat is not a 'modicum' event—and it will continue to haunt 'secularists' for a long time. The secular cabal will now speculate on the reasons leading to the collapse of their hard-built paradigm and its fallout—both in national politics and within the BJP. But few will want to remember their own contribution to the verdict—the fruitless cerebral labour in demonising one man, Narendra Modi, and the lynch-mob mentality with which they hunted the Sangh. In hindsight, do they have any answers: what does Modi's win prove to the hapless secularists? Is the so-reported Hindutva experiment in 'Gujarat's laboratory' successful? Has the 'state-sponsored pogrom' been endorsed by the people?
The secularists will spin theories which they had laboured to establish in the post-Godhra carnage. But to me, it was a vote against the paradigm of blind hate which the secularists had arduously crafted against the Sangh parivar. It hurt Gujarati pride and Hindu sensibilities in general, creating conditions conducive to the growth of the tumour of terrorism in India's polity. The vote was also an endorsement of the good work the BJP government had done during its decade-old regime.