The VHP’s endorsement of Narendra Modi as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate to carry forward the Hindutva agenda is a double edged sword. It might unite the Sangh Parivar’s core base while cutting the NDA into pieces. Read more
The BJP needs a new Atal Bihari Vajpayee, not a Narendra Modi struggling to live down a gory past to qualify as Prime Minister. Read more
I have felt compelled to reproduce this report for a broader debate on an issue that touches the core of our nationhood. It’s my fervent hope the participants will view it without prejudice rather than dismissing it as some “pseudo-secular” lament. Read more
I’ve never doubted the BJP’s patriotism. What’s suspect is the wisdom it deploys to pursue national interest it tends to see through the prism of Hindutva. Read more
Political lexicons across the world have unique local flavors. India’s no exception. But I’m flummoxed when secular fundamentalists’ charge the Congress of practicing soft Hindutva. Those who confuse political tactics for ideology fail to see the wood for the trees.
The Congress’s consciously timid response to the Liberhan Commission’s report on the demolition of the Babri Mosque is no proof really of it having abandoned secularism as a way of doing politics. Read more
Must the BJP reinvent itself to become a centrist alternative to the Congress? For over a decade now, the saffron party has lived with regional groupings by obfuscating its core Hindutva ideology. But the mask comes off during election time, as it did after Varun Gandhi’s hate speech and closer to the voting date in Gujarat when it projected Narendra Modi as Prime Minister to the embarrassment of L K Advani and total disregard of alliance partners like the JD (U). Read more