24 September, 2020

Why It Doesn’t Wash

How many ways can a political party be caught with its pants down?

Why It Doesn’t Wash

How many ways can a political party be caught with its pants down? One, when a member is actually taped on video with his trousers off with a woman in bed. This happened to Sanjay Joshi, then general secretary in charge of the BJP’s organisation. At the 2005 national council meet of the BJP in Mumbai, the infamous Joshi sex tapes were delivered to the rooms of some delegates and journalists, including yours truly.

A complete violation of the man’s privacy, one must say. Problem was that, as an RSS pracharak, Joshi had sworn to lead a life of celibacy. He went underground for some years and has now been resurrected and asked to oversee the party’s Uttar Pradesh campaign. So much for the hypocrisy of pracharaks. The BJP, too, positions itself as the upholder of public morality. Its women leaders are often the very picture of the sindoor-wearing, Karva Chauth-observing Bharatiya Nari. Its women’s wing plays to the values and stereotypes associated with traditional Indian women. And an important religio-political...



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