26 July, 2021

The BJP’s Invisibles

No work and no play is a dull way of being serious

Illustrations by Saahil
The BJP’s Invisibles

It took a few months for the doughty hostesses of the capital to finally crack the Kremlin puzzle. You see, after the puffy razzle-dazzle of the Narendra Modi-for-PM campaign, which projected images of ultra-swishness, of executive decisions, ace strategists, private jets, personal stylists, wardrobe mania, the power dowagers and fashionista swans couldn’t wait to get enough. Finally, here was a CEO of India without the hypocrisy and pretence of socialist leaders, who would stride into their salons and parlours with a new clutch of 21st cen­t­ury parliamentarians and aides, dazzling the capital with their sass and chutzpah. And so, the crystal and silver were polished, and secretaries were ordered to get the phone numbers of the new A-list politicians, lobbyists, journalists, bureaucrats, diplomats, literary stars, artists, the works.

But the party never exploded on the capital’s social register. Yes, Modi was still flying and celebrating in major capitals of the world, but the party was for him, alone. He forbade his own ministers, aides and even...

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