21 October, 2020

Powerpoint Pashas

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T. Narayan
Powerpoint Pashas
"India will be a superpower."
—BJP's next catchline after India Shining

The BJP's ambitions are soaring. Convinced that India Shining has been a success, the party believes it can strike electoral gold by metaphorically linking its fortunes with that of India. The new thrust of the BJP's election campaign, to be first unveiled in the party's Vision 2004 document slated to be released later this week, will therefore call India a superpower. No less. The idea is to take the Resurgent India, Shining India themes to the next level of aggrandisement. If India Shining showcased the past "achievements" of the BJP-led NDA government, the "superpower" catchline holds out promise for the future. Party chief Venkaiah Naidu puts it almost lyrically: "Under five more years of BJP rule, India will reclaim its position as vishwaguru, the world leader in the sciences, the arts and the economy."

Whether India becomes a superpower or not, there's no doubt that in a remarkably short time the BJP has gone from a raw sledgehammer force to a nimble-footed pugilist adept at...


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