25 November, 2020

Pawns On The Board

The BJP’s plan to restructure India is now well in place

Illustration by Saahil
Pawns On The Board

Political leaders often speak in code. Their followers are expected to pick up the signals and take action. Over the years, the Bharatiya Janata Party has developed its own coded language, with Narendra Modi certainly as one of its best practitioners. As a campaigner, in the last as well as in previous elections, he perfected the art of using the mot juste to put his message across—Miyan Musharraf, baby producing centres, biriyani... These were all barely concealed euphemisms for Muslims and the most loyal BJP followers didn’t detest it at all.

During the last Lok Sabha elections, a BJP candidate mentioned that those who were opposed to Narendra Modi would all have to leave for Pakistan after the elections. Why Pakistan? Well, it is because that is the homeland of Muslims.

However, the situation has changed after the elections. Narendra Modi has taken a vow of silence and has issued instructions to ministries to keep pesky journalists away. Senior ministers and former spokespersons currently members of the government, prolix in the extreme at...



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