Hypocrisy at its best!

I always thought Nitish Kumar, like Mulayam Singh Yadav, had an ear to the ground. But I have grown sceptic after watching last week’s developments in Bihar.

It’s not because he ended his party’s 17-years-long relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party at a time when the latter is better placed on the 2014 election scene.

It’s also not because he harbours the desire to rule the country one day or thinks he is a better performer or administrator when compared to Modi — he has the right to assess himself as a politician and also decide on the poll partners.

Advani was not talking through his hat when he had recently said in Madhya Pradesh, “Gujarat was always a progressive state. I congratulate Modi for the state’s further growth.”

Undoubtedly, when compared to Biharis or UPites, the Gujaratis (whether Hindus or Muslims) are certainly more business-minded people equipped with better entrepreneurial skills. Sadly the two northern states are known for their labour force more than the intelligence quotient.

What shocks me about Nitish is his belief that Advani would be more acceptable to the Muslims of Bihar than Modi.

As far as I know, the Muslims can’t stand both and Nitish’s public sympathy for Advani over ill-treatment meted out to him by the BJP is unlikely to go down well with them.

Just because Advani made a statement on Jinnah cannot dilute his role in whipping up Hindu frenzy in the early 1990’s. And whatever the media may speculate or say, the Muslims have not forgiven Advani for the demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya. Only the memories of 2002 Gujarat massacre are fresher than the demolition of 1992.

Agreed Atal and Advani had formed the NDA of which Nitish Kumar became a major beneficiary. But it amuses many like me when he says Atal-Advani era is over in the BJP and he cannot reconcile with the new era. Didn’t he know the Babri demolition occurred during Atal-Advani era?

Though Babri happened before the NDA came into existence, Godhra happened while he was an active partner in NDA. Why his secular sensibilities did not prod him to quit the arrangement with the BJP then.

I am sure Nitish was not so naïve not to know the ‘chola, chal and charitra’ of the RSS driven the BJP? Why this sudden volte face after Modi took over as party’s chief campaigner?

I am now convinced that politicians actually believe the public memory is ephemeral.

The fact is the JD (U) wanted a formula to checkmate its sliding popularity graph. Though Nitish has turned around Bihar in 10 years of his rule, he as a politician knew he will need some volatile poll issue to get another five years term.

He withdrew from NDA, condemned Modi driven BJP and shed some tears for Advani. If he believes the Muslims will go whole hog with him, he is in for a shock.

His political adventure may turn into a misadventure. That would be a sad day for the country as the country requires leaders of Nitish Kumar’s ilk.

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  • haha

    Is nitish property of BJP-Congress cartel?


  • Ram Vilas Prasad

    There has taken place no development in Bihar under Nitish Kumar.False propaganda has been unleashed by Nitish Kumar regarding Bihar’s development under him.Sushasan which has been bandied about under him is a big falsity.Lage numbers are migrating everyday to Delhi,Rajasthan,Gujarat and other places in search of livelihood.There is no power in Bihar.Except Patna the entire state is in darkness.Corruption is ruling supreme.To see migration of people go to any railway station.You will be amazed to see the numbers.Talk to the people of the state in any partThe image-building will automatically stand demolished.


  • Jay

    intelligence quotient? Do you think by doing business you are more intelligent?think twice.You should.How many gujratis make it to civil services or other major exams conducted at national level!


  • sunita

    Thanks all for your response- appreciative or critical. Just wanted to clarify that I can never run down UPites or Bihari’s. If you read it fully , I said’ sadly they are known for their labour force than their intelligence quotient’ . Yes the two states have given several bright officers to the country. Infact all states have their own USP’s and there is no question of one vying with the other.


  • Rajaram

    The whole analysis is wrong. The fact is that Muslims will not vote for BJP even if babri demolition did not take place or the 2002 godhra killings did not take place. This is because Muslims are by nature communal and they hate all other religions. The muslims are guided by only their religion, all other things come second. The problem of BJP is they are not able to unite hindus for whatever reasons. If they work for removing the various divisions in hindu religion, then unity is possible and BJP can rule India with their own strength


    LKG Reply:

    For once, i heard someone say BJP/RSS need to work for Hindu unity. You are right and bright. May your tribe grow.


  • Ram Vilas Prasad

    Nitish Kumar wii go to dust-bin of history.


  • satya satpathy

    Even i was thinking that given his qualification he may be having some effective style of functioning but now after one month of separation it is clear it was the good envisioned , educated BJP ministers who managed the administration and Nitish was only blowing trumpet..Now i am not asking anyone to agree with me.Just wait ,by now nitish should have been alarmed .If he manages his affair well then it is fine else my interpretation should be accepted