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Thursday, December 24, 2009

How long will the denial continue?

There have been many who have written into this blogsite suggesting that I have been beguiled by the "pseudo-secular" media and have lost sight of political realities. It has been claimed that my misgivings over the Rajnath presidency and the "takeover" of the BJP by the RSS are based on a growing proximity to the Congress.

I have so far desisted from responding to the charges. However, I have made it a point to ensure that every piece of criticism has been duly posted, without any editing.

Now that the inglorious four-year term of Rajnath Singh has ended and a new president has assumed charge, let me re-visit the debate.

The pathetic showing of the BJP in Jharkhand, where it ended the day on par with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha at 18 out of 81 seats, is no freak result. From May 2009, the BJP performance in election after election has been pathetic. It could not break fresh ground in Maharashtra, faced a wipe-out in Arunachal Pradesh, sold its soul to the highest bidder in Haryana and was squeezed by the Congress and JMM in Jharkhand.

Apart from the by-elections in Gujarat, BJP has had nothing to cheer about since December 2008.

The voters are slowly deserting the party.

And yet some people maintain that nothing has happened to warrant some very fundamental questions being asked. Are they being wilfully obtuse?

Secondly, in the case of Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, it can hardly be said that the BJP ignored the Sangh. In all the three states, the campaign was managed by those who are primarily accountable to the RSS. In Jharkhand, the whole responsibility was handed over to the various sangathan mantris. They were promising party HQ that Babulal Marandi was a non-starter. Obviously they saw nothing and learnt nothing.

Yet, the same people say that RSS-inspired organisational skills is the answer to BJP's problems. If only politics was as simple as marching on parade...

Thirdly, the famed belief in the high integrity quotient of a Sangh-inspired regime has crumbled. In Haryana, the BJP wilfully sabotaged the NDA to help Bhupinder Singh Hooda and a real estate company. The same rascals gave tickets to their moneybags in Jharkhand. Just look at the BJP collapse in the Santhal Parganas.

So much for the takeover by the RSS promoting integrity. Some of those who have been entrusted to "correct" and "guide" the BJP feel they have no accountability to anyone.

Finally, the tyranny of the pracharaks is causing a slow exodus from the party. Good people are leaving in dribs and drabs. In the past few months, two of the best Lok Sabha MPs from 2004-2009 have left the party: Kiran Rijiju and Kharabela Swain. Swain, in fact, was hounded by the pracharaks for exposing moral turpitude. He was told "we don't want intellectuals in the party".

Now they want Vasundhara Raje out.

When will this stop?

Nitin Gadkari was thrust upon the BJP for all the wrong reasons. The manner of his nomination was controversial.

But he is a man who understands practical politics. He doesn't suffer from the personality flaws of his predecessor. And he is not a racketeer.

He deserves a chance.

Yet, he too cannot make progress unless there is acknowledgement that the BJP is in ICU and is being treated by the village ojha.

We all want the BJP to prosper. This can only happen if the magnitude of the crisis is acknowledged.

32 comments:

Rightist said...

Well Said Swapan Ji...

BJP has to embrace the politics of the left but aggressively promote the policies of the right.

RSS has to be the motivational force, BJP GenNext (should include more younger, articulate leaders and not just be restricted to Dilli4) should devise methods and modes of Mass Mobilization and Galvanizing and the Karyakartha / cadre/ volunteers should meticulously be involved in actual mechanics .

We need to build on a credible leadership to take on Peseudo-Gandhi's ,Pseudo-secularism and also the 5M Axis of Evil -->Mullah,Missionarioes,Marx-Maoists, Macaulay-vadi's and Mindless Media.

But, the fact is BJP is increasingly becoming predictable in its articulations-cum-actions in all issues confronting the nation and the situation gets alarming when seen with the reality that 80% of Indians aare least inclined towards basic understanding of policts , leave alone any informed assessment / examinations of the options / issues facing the nation.

We need a Ayodhya-Type of a Mass Mobilizing issue or a catchy slogan based aggreagtion (like Garibi Hatao,Aam Admi etc).

Can Nitin ,Modi and Parrikar gang up along with the well entrenched,Jaitley,Sushma,Venkaish,Ananth Combo to deliver on these areas and revitalize the last hope of a patriotic proud and purposeful Indian?

Best Regards
Rightist Raashtravadi
Rightist Rashtra.blogspot.com

Arun Italics said...

The sooner you people realize that this party is past its prime, the less heartburn. Time for a new young party that will represent states like Orissa, WB, AP, TN and Kerala. Leave BJP to its own. Don't help it nor break it.

zoomindianmedia said...

Swapan-da

How would you deal with the reality that RSS Pracharak Babulal Marandi is popular, capable of delivering votes!

And the fact that NaMo has a quintessential RSS moulding.

Right Angle said...

Swapan,

I understand your point about RSS.. There should be accountability on the part of RSS, not just in BJP alone, but for themselves..

Let them fail in the coming few elections, and let them learn their own way.. So far, because they do not participate in frontal war (ie frontal politics), they lived in isolated utopian world. They thought that doing social service would bring all the heaven..

The current experience of RSS in micro managing the things in BJP will expose their inherent weakness.. Few blows to them will defnt make them introspect.. If not, then let the BJP which was created by them face its own fall..

But all these do not negate the very fundamental ideology of the BJP.. its more of implementation rather than the ideology, that determines the success factor..
And i am against you only for negating the fundamental values, and being carried away by the developmental chorus of the popular medias..

We need to realise the reality that when a man is fighting for his survival, food is his immediate necessity.. but once his basic survival needs is fulfilled, the search for second layer starts.. like family, religion, customs, rituals etc..

So your belief that development will make current generation to forego hindutva or hinduness of the polity is misguided, atleast in my humble opinion..

Anonymous said...

I'm ur fan but at the same time critic also but this time I agree with u completely. Ur tolerance and respect for free speech is really admirable, if there was some Leftist in ur place he/she would have blocked many comments.

Coming on to the point. I agree with u that RSS is a problem not a solution but problem with BJP leaders is that when RSS gave them 'free hand' during and before NDA rule they sold and made the ideology of it a whore. Every 'core issue' was compromised to the level that BJP has no distinction left from the Congress. When the 'core voter/supporter' started asking duffer chaddiwalh abt the promises they and BJP made they've no answer, they started feeling cheated, they started thinking this party played with their emotions and driven by satta ka sukh etc. That's why RSS was forced to intervene in 2005 and onwards. B'coz they were in very danger of loosing their foot-soldiers. U guys invited these shortsighted jokers. And let's not blame alone RSS folks BJP wallahs r no less kutta-hara**. They failed on every occasion. Ek 'inspiring' neta nahi hai jo janta ki pulse samjhe. Camera ke saamne baitha doh bus..

I agree with u BJP voters r deserting it in droves and still as always both of the organizations r blissfully unaware of the magnitude of this problem. Inse or kya expect kare ?

Agree, visual media played a significant infact a very crucial role in destroying BJP. But if they were able to do that then it's b'coz they knew BJP leaders r nalayak, rootless wonders who can go to any limit to please them.

U r cautioning us now. I know people(BJP supporters)who predicted death of BJP in Jan, 2009, itself.

A post from a realist.

Anonymous said...

Rightist Raashtravadi,

Tum konse planet se aaye ho ?

Kumar said...

Dear Swapan Dasgupta,

To begin with, what is the meaningful goal/purpose of the BJP? The goal/purpose of Congress is to look after everyone. No party should have any other goal/purpose. And the party to beat the Congress should beat it by being a better implementer of that goal/purpose.

Anonymous said...

wow economist noticed your blog!

Balaji said...

How long will you be in denial Swapanda? Shouldn't conservatives be now working for the destruction of BJP?

praveen said...

Swapan,

Bjp has cheated larger hindu cause when it was in power. So it is important for hindutvavadis at this point to prevent hijack of party by arm chair politicians. Rss contribution to bjp's growth is significant and it should have its rightful stake in bjp. There should be balance between leaders who participate in electoral politics and backroom organisers. Though many of them think themselves as superior it's true that not every pracharak has organisational abilities and not everyone maintain high standards of morality and integrity, but we should remember a person like Modi is also a product of Rss. It is not fair to expect Rss to work for the benefit of bjp without having any stake in its success.
there are people in Rss who dedicated their lives working for the hindu cause, though they may be naive in politics in due course of time they may prove themselves as good politicians
Instead of dividing Bjp as rss and non-rss everybody should be evaluated based on their performance. If somebody is a mass leader he should be given due importance and respect he deserves. If Rss demands more than what it deserves then it will not only destroy itself but also larger hindu cause
ultimately hindu unity cannot be achieved by Rss alone, if hindu unity becomes a reality in future it will be because of the contribution of
numerous hindu religious organizations,hindu intellectuals and also hindu caste organizations. Bjp should be able to represent all these faces of hindu society if it wants to be successful in future
At this moment rss should interfere in Bjp to prevent hijack of party by arm chair politicians and fixers

psudo said...

Congress Style corruption that screwed BJP! When it was in power in 99-03. It did nothing to prevent country from becoming more and more corrupt.When it was in power it did nothing to undrerstah why media (which is run by west) is after it. Most of the people i think who support BJP becasue they wanted a clean govt. What is your take on corruption. I think you also want to accept it as part of life? And colaborate with people like Reddy Brothers from Bellary who would screw BJP someday or other.

supporter said...

Thinking wishfully, may be the post electoral loss powers that be in bjp has a very good segmentation targeting and positioning strategy or may be an unheard of marketing concept which may require conceding some ground in the short term for better long term results. The average RSS guy may be ignorant by some standards, but so is the average communist or congresi, but can we say the same thing about the guys at the very top? i doubt it. Even the true blue marketers can learn a trick or two from a non professional like Laloo, however, that's besides the point.

Or may be the powers of deciding strategy has been delegated to unaccountable somebodies. If Pandavs have decided to put Draupadi at stake, what can you and i do?

Anonymous said...

How long will the denial continue?

How long the denial of planting news against party colleagues continue?

How long the burying of the sins of a lier lawyer continue?

How long the denial of the link between Shiela Dixit and a senior Delhi BJP leader continue?

How long the denial of a senior Delhi BJP leader already planning an assault on Gadkari continue?

How long will a corrupt coterie (Delhi 2008 elections) deny their role in helping the congress?

How long the denial of Journalists hijacking BJP leaders continue?

Anonymous said...

It is really ridiculous, all this blame on RSS. When BJP was winning elections in Punjab, Karnataka etc. nobody gave credit to RSS ( I am not sure if they derserved credit). Now that they are losing elections, people like Swapan Dasgupta are blaming RSS left and right.

I never saw a single article on the rot in the BJP by Swapan Dasgupta prior to the defeat. In fact in his blog he wrote that Congress had overconfident after its victory in Delhi. Did any of the BJP managers like Jaitley etc saw the mood of the electorate.

Bottomline is that the credibility of the BJP leaders has reduced and the choice of LKA did not fly in 2009.

What is wrong with Gadkari? A fresh face at this stage is a good thing. What is wrong with Gadkari's elevation. It is clear that Narendra Modi was offered the job and he declined. Why does the President have to be a from Delhi.

Yes, there is rot in the BJP and it is because of what BJP has done or not done after coming to power and not because of RSS. BJP needs to introspect on what it has done in the last 10 years and take responsibility. Tell me, who was responsible for the defeat in 2004.

Whose idea was to promote LKA as the main theme in 2009. Certainly not RSS. It was BJP's campaign managers.

Anonymous said...

Swapan Dasgupta, You are so predictable now. Please answer which rascals gave tickets in 2004 and 2009 general elections or even the 2008 Delhi elections?

pranav said...

The problem is that the BJP is still in the vice-like and debilitating grip of the Advani coterie, which, in turn is controlled by the mining mafia.

See http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_karnataka-government-crisis-is-a-proxy-for-bjp-rss-war_1307805

Until the corrupt elements in the BJP are totally uprooted, the BJP will deservedly keep stumbling from defeat to defeat (barring some exceptional people like NaMo).

Indian Nationalist said...

you comments more and more sound like a Christian fanatic swapan da.

Even the British and Muslim could not shake the foundations of Hinduism, what will a bunch of pseudo- intellectuals like Swapan Das Gupta, Vinod Mehta along with Christian TV Anchors like Rajdeep Sardesai who are commanded by their Italian Queen Sonia Maino achieve?.

Have your good time till it lasts by continuing your Rigging of EVMs, When the Hindu Dictator comes into power your game will be over.

Anonymous said...

BJP supporters have to choose between ivory tower morality and practical politics. Else, you have the mud that is Indian politics, and the Lotuses (Advani Vajpayee et al). Till all such flowers become one with the mud, BJP will not be able to revitalise itself.

Iamford

Indian Nationalist said...

All those cheerleaders in the Journalism and TV news media community who are appreciating about the quote Young Scion unquote Rahul Gandhi do not understand a key fact.

The key fact is that as a person Rahul Gandhi is a quote RETARD unquote much like his father and unlike his mother. Much like his Grandmother was a shrewd cunning character unlike his father, we have a situation in which history is repeating itself. But unlike his father he would not get that many chances to survive.

Anonymous said...

Dear Swapan ,

I admire you for more than one reason

1)You have really mentioned invaluable things
to me RSS is really crossing its line (Lakshman rekha).I strongly agree with the point that RSS must do an introspection .RSS which helped BJP to gain seats in the elections and the same RSS now pushinhg the bjp into turmoil.RSS must concentrate on its cultural aspects not on BJP.
RSS should not interfere in the day to day affairs of BJP .

2)Swapan ji I am from Hyderabad
I can tell you that the BJP 's glory in the state is history .What the hell the centrral leaders doing to improve BJps performance in the Andhra Pradesh .I went to my village which is 170 km from Hyderabada to vote for the BJP which my family likes most but unfortunately there was no candidate in the list .
That person was not in the list of candidates after an enquiry I found that the persons nomination has been denied due to silly mistakes

What I am trying to tell you is there are only 2 MLAs for the BJP in AP and yet there is no credible leader in the area who can improve BJP .And there is too much disunity among the outdated state leaders of BJP. How and in what way I can see My BJP improve its tally in Andhra Pradesh which is having 42 MP seats . vision less central leaders are you listening ?.............

3) BJP must repackage itself to available for the common people and in near future it will be a dream .I am also a Sang ideologue and coming from a family which worked for the RSS for decades .But I have many reservations about the RSS and the way it has been involving in day to affairs of BJP. It is a tragedy that BJP is forming the government with JMM …..this is unpardonable ….BJP should have not have been tied up with JMM……

4) I regularly follow your blogs or discussions in the media .I may have some reservations on the issues but on the whole what your writing is absolutely correct .

5) Hope the fortunes of our BJP will change with a new president .We are happy that atleast Rajnath singh is not the helm of affairs .

Anonymous said...

Indian Nationalist,

Please don't allow the comments of Indian Nationalist and his types. I can hear ma-bahen ki gaali, eat vomit but can't hear views of these irrational extremists. These r people driven by emotions, conspiracy theory, myth and nonsense. Please don't give them space in valuable place like comment section of your blog, please.

Kenny Chauhan said...

Dear Swapan,

"If only politics was as simple as marching on parade..." Well said.

"unless there is acknowledgement that the BJP is in ICU and is being treated by the village ojha." If we have to survive and fight and win, this realization has to come. Sooner the better.

Thanks for having convictions and sticking to them, despite the the type of criticism you get. Bravo! BJP needs people like you. Not all, will realize this.

doubtinggaurav said...

SwapanDa,

While I have sided with you in the past, and while I do agree with your criticism of RSS and RNS, I find your discovery of the joys of secular right ways and consequent prescription troubling, mostly because I think this has happened due to disenchantment with BJP and association with overwhelmingly secular liberal peers. Your recent affection for secular liberal establishment has been disappointment as has been your acquiescence to latent Hinduphobia

Anonymous said...

Today marks the end of my support for BJP. I'm feeling sad that I even bothered to plan my vacation to coincide with the General Elections so that I can vote for this party. BJP wants to share the bed with Shibu Soren, and pontificating that its for stability. Whatever happened to their Nationalism (FAKE??), and whoever thought that anyone is going to buy that 'Stability' crap. I have lost all respect for this party. Frankly, I felt very happy when NDTV's Vishnu Som and Jayanthi Natarajan of Cong were attacking (and the smirk on Visnu Som's face) Chandan Mitra yesterday.

Gadkari says whoever has the capability and performs well will be rewarded. And strangely we get to see more of Prakash Javadekar on TV. There you go, Performance and Capability went for a toss. Rajnath Singh still has a free hand in Jharkhand. Indeed great.
I'm from Karnataka and let me tell you BJP is going to lose the elections next time. The feeling there is that Yeddyurappa is only interested in clinging on to his chair no matter what the cost is. I come from a rural background and if the BJP thinks that this feeling is limited to only the English Media, well, as Swapanda says 'Happy living in denial'.


Its not just me. Many of my friends who were strong supporters of BJP have already deserted them. I would rather vote rather vote for the original than a carbon copy. Atleast the original doesn't claim to be 'Nationalists', Fake or otherwise.

Anirban said...

Dear Mr Dasgupta,

There is no doubt most of what you say about the obscurantists are painfully true. One can add to the list you provided, the Sri Ram Sene brigade and those who chase teenagers from parks. No doubt this segment lives up to the worst caricatures of Hinduism that Wendy Donigger can draw.

Having said that, what is the alternative? If the obscurantists are ready to take a bullock cart back to the days of Indus Valley civilisation, the pragmatist elements surely do not score high marks for probity or "integrity quotient"? One pragmatic member was defending the Reddy Brothers in NDTV even in 2007 , not to speak of being an arbiter in the recent crisis. Surely, these "blessings" to Reddy Brothers was not for ideological reasons, seasoned businessmen that the Reddy Brothers are . There were rumours that Romesh Sharma, a notorious thug was close to one pragmatic member.. Another was reportedly aboard a Clogress politician's plane during the recent crisis. One more brilliant strategist runs the worst run cricket association in the world, if this is how he "runs" things surely it's legitimate to worry how he would run the party.

In other words if Sonia Gandhi had the power to choose the "stragists" and "executives" in her rival corporation she would not have chosen anything much different.

It's of course very correct that you have written about "Scylla" - but please shed some light on "Charybdis" also .. Though it would be best if you could write about who would be the Aeneas ..

supporter said...

It's very easy to take a holier than thou stand. Is hamam me sab nange hain. Instead of dispensing moral lectures, one should try and interpret the mandate and the best course of action to honor that in letter and spirit.

Anonymous said...

"I'm from Karnataka and let me tell you BJP is going to lose the elections next time"

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Agreed. And let me tell Swapan and his readers about the M.P. Everything is looking very well and fine there from the outside but it's not a reality, BJP will lose assembly election there in 2013. Take this from me. And b'coz of the credibility quotient of central leaders of big joke part(BJP)election performance in Gujarat will also be affected. Anybody wants to wager with me on this ?

Caution: Many folks have lost bets with me on LS election and about BJP's future.

Anonymous said...

dear sd,
you are right. now bjp is a holy cow and a gang is milking it to the extent possible.indian voters deserve this until they all vote and even post voting actively participate in democracy.now rg has also learned divisive politics by deliberately stating that m also can be pm .indians have welcomed all pms,but such rg statements,expose tendencies of ff retaining power at any cost.instead of repairing losses to india due to ff till date,if rg is upto this fooling indians ,it only increase frustations about continuing misdeeds by ff.thanks to masterstroke of namo for making voting must in gujarat local bodies elections!

Bejoz said...

I simply can't understand where this party is headed? In spite of having some of the best intellectuals and supporters of party, both within and outside the party, there is absolutely no lessons learnt by this "promising party" at one point of time, is left with no promise at all.

And the way the party was desperate to boost their so-called morale to come to power in Jharkhand with Shibu Soren is shameful, disgraceful for the strong party followers, like me. This party is left with no principles, whatsoever. On this ground, Congress at least showed some conviction by not supporting the JMM for its tainted leader and they were firm and stuck to their principle. All I can say is that BJP has compromised and Congress has gained, and gained big time in the ,kong run. In fact, as I foresee, Congress has guessed it correctly that this alliance wont last long and when this govt collpases, Congress will coe out stronger and BJP will have nowhere to run, except for Nrendra Modi's state, saving which we do not have any other geography where we can say that the BJP has a stroing turf.

Looking at all this, even the optimist supporters are left with no choice but to switch to other parties, but the BJP. It has become worse than the the small regional parties. For the last year, I have been trying to convince myself to remain a supporter of the party as this provided the best alternative, but it doesnt look like it.

Srikumar said...

Laying all blame at the feet of Rajnath and his team of racketeers and exonerating Arun jaitley and his disastrous strategies during 2009 may general elections is not correct! Hope Swapan da introspects!

Further, why the hell is he into cricket administration? He is already a popular lawyer and the leader of opposition! What more responsibilities does he want?????
He screwed BJP's 2009 campaign and now kotla administration! Can’t he concentrate on one job and deliver properly.

Anonymous said...

//It has been claimed that my misgivings over the Rajnath presidency and the "takeover" of the BJP by the RSS are based on a growing proximity to the Congress. //

This is higly incorrect, infact the actual accusation from critics in your blogosphere should read :
It has been claimed that my misgivings over the Rajnath presidency and the "takeover" of the BJP by the RSS are based on a "ever growing proximity to Arun Jaitley".

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