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The End Of Ideology

K.N. Govindacharya becomes an invisible recluse and the only trace that can be found of him is in unsavoury controversies

The End Of Ideology
The End Of Ideology
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The threat of retirement from public life is a time-tested gimmick used by politicians to good effect, especially those in the dock. But when the bjp's high-profile leader and 'young Turk' K.N. Govindacharya suddenly decided last week to shun public life "for some months" and become totally incommunicado, people were unwilling to read gimmickry into it. For, Govindacharya is not your run-of-the-mill politico: he is recognised as a serious ideologue with a sharp intellect and political acumen, one of the architects of the bjp's backward-caste mobilisation that had paid it good dividends in the cow belt. At least, till the Kalyan Singh fiasco happened. Therefore, the news of his sudden disappearance came more as a shock than surprise. Even more baffling was the information, not denied so far, that a rattled and tense Govindacharya had injured himself by banging his head against the wall.

"Nischay hi Govindji bahut tanaav mein hein, anyatha unhone aisa extreme kadam na uthaya hota (Definitely he is under great stress, otherwise a person like him would not have taken such a drastic step)," a senior rss leader told Outlook on the phone from Kanpur. While it's still unclear what led Govindacharya to take the "extreme step", his decision is being interpreted differently by different people.

The question uppermost in everybody's mind is: why should a 'young' politician like Govindacharya, who has a bright future, be under so much of 'stress'? The answers vary—from complete alienation and marginalisation within the bjp to the controversy over his alleged romantic liaison with Union minister Uma Bharati in the days when the party was far away from power. Sources in the party, however, say it's probably a bit of both. While Uma Bharati is reportedly keen to give it a political colour, blaming Govindacharya's detractors in the bjp for his problems, senior party...
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