21 September, 2020

The Trumpcard Jokers

The VHP's dharam sansad has resurrected Ram, but will it fetch electoral dividends for the BJP?

The Trumpcard Jokers
Though it's hardly a revelation, the discovery of the collaborative efforts—between the vhp, the bjp and the political strategists of the Sangh parivar—in scripting the recent dharam sansad (Ram drama by another name) is a surefire indication that the revivalist family is far from being a spent force when it comes to churning out deceptive illusions and red herrings.

Therefore, when the vhp finally announced a schedule for the construction of Ram mandir at Ayodhya last fortnight—apparently disregarding the bjp's request to the contrary—it, surprisingly, seemed to be making things comfortable for the ruling establishment. The vhp's decree that all impediments towards construction of the temple be removed by March 12, 2002, and the land be handed over to it, and the expiry of the UP assembly around the same time is not a mere coincidence.

The strategy is clear; the agitation for 'mandir nirman' will be the highlight of the bjp's electoral campaign in Uttar Pradesh. There was, however, enough ambiguity in the vhp announcement to give the nda government some...


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