There is a cruel irony in the sudden death syndrome hitting the BJP in the football season. Pramod Mahajan's loyal aide Vivek Moitra dies of a drug overdose just weeks after the BJP leader is murdered by his brother. His son Rahul ends up behind bars for being part of that same dizzy party the night before he was to immerse his father's ashes. (The ashes eventually go by a courier service to Guwahati where the Assam unit of the BJP organises a small ceremony on the banks of the Brahmaputra). In quick succession, the BJP has received two sharp kicks in the shin.
India Shining is now being called India Snorting—in BJP circles. Asked how the party of Ram bhakts had produced coke/ heroin-snorting party animals, spokesman Prakash Javadekar kept a straight face and his sense of humour—"it shows we are now appealing to all sections of society". But by the time an
SMS went out suggesting that the BJP's name be changed to Bharatiya Janata Let's Party, the joke was beginning to fall flat.
Sushma Swaraj snapped at reporters: "This is a...