29 October, 2020

Bull's Eye

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) conclave in Calcutta last week provided a glimpse of the agile Hindutva mind in search of eternal truth. Messrs Ashok ...

Bull's Eye
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The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) conclave in Calcutta last week provided a glimpse of the agile Hindutva mind in search of eternal truth. Messrs Ashok Singhal and Praveen Togadia were brilliant.

The VHP leaders concluded that dilution of the Hindutva agenda was the prime cause of the BJP's defeat. A short while earlier, Iron Man L.K. Advani had reached a similar conclusion. At the BJP national executive meeting in Mumbai, Shri Advani told his followers that the BJP erred in ignoring the sentiments of its core constituency, the RSS and VHP.

Alas, Shri Advani's belated wisdom did little to assuage the wounded feelings of the VHP leaders. Along with their favourite target, Shri Vajpayee, the VHP castigated Shri Advani in language equally harsh. They accused the BJP of betraying the Hindu cause and following the lead of secularists such as those in the Congress.

So what was the remedy? Why, what else but offering the Congress full VHP support if it protected the interests of the 85 per cent Hindus! "If it protects the interests of 85 per cent Hindus, we will support...

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