27 November, 2020

Back In The Family's Arms

Gujarat provides the BJP with a good reason to get back to its Hindutva agenda

Prashant Panjiar
Back In The Family's Arms
Now that the heat and fury over the censure motion on Gujarat in Parliament has blown over, the BJP is faced with a host of challenges and four crucial decisions. The challenges: combating a hostile media, neutralising middle-class alienation and restoring the morale of its cadre. The decisions: picking India's President and vice-president and, more importantly, conjuring a new-look Union cabinet and a fighting-fit party.

How these challenges will be met depends on decisions taken in the next one month. While party sentiments were initially buoyed by the bold insistence on retaining Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the face of universal hostility, the BJP is now looking beyond the troubled state to the assembly elections next year. For the party rank and file, the BJP's newly assertive attitude holds promise of a return to Hindutva, an end to bullying by its allies in the NDA and increased cadre participation in the government.

As always in times of trouble, the BJP has sought counsel with the RSS. Though sceptical, the latter is drawing up guidelines to assist the BJP in...


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