Making someone President of the republic is usually a good way to try and take someone out of politics. But then, how do you take the politics out of someone like Pranab Mukherjee? Trust the Congress veteran to have sensed a kind of vacuum in the leadership space—and bingo, he makes a canny move on the chessboard. And with that, talk is sparked off about who will be the next prime minister.
When Pranab addresses RSS functionaries on June 7 in Nagpur, he will straddle the very sharp ideological divide that is reshaping politics before 2019. The question is, while political watchers are predicting the BJP’s isolation, why is Pranab flirting with the RSS? The answer, that in politics dialogue must never break, is one not many in Congress are buying.
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