Monday, May 18, 2009

The Party Is Over

A political party has unofficially died today marking the end of the longest surviving non-Congress party. This was no ordinary party. This was a party that shook the political certitudes of Indian politics like no one else had done before. This was a party that captured the public imagination and the ultimate power in fairly rapid and dramatic way. This was a party that gave India one of her best Prime Ministers. This was a party that dominated and dictated the agenda for five successive general elections.

A party that was once so full of ideas got bankrupt and corrupt by the stint in power. Bereft of new ideas, unable to cling on to old ones, the party developed severe identity crisis. The crisis needed application of thoughts by its once much envied leadership. But the leadership was tired and jaded. The leadership was at war with itself. The leadership tried to beat its opponents by becoming exactly like its opponent. The leadership was in denial about the disease that had afflicted the party. The party was at war with itself. It had become a weak, pity, pale shadow of its once glorious self.

Like the drowning man, it hoped someone else from outside would come and help. And this help it expected from its opponents. In the world of competitive politics, that was asking for a death blow. Blow it did receive but survived for a few hours raising hopes of the believers that atleast now an emergency surgery would be undertaken to cure the ill. But the party went back to denial and to old certitudes and to ideas that had gone past their sell by date. It died.

But political parties are in some ways immortal. They can come back from death and lead a rejuvenated life. Can this party do? Do they still have the resolve to do it? Will they carry out the onerous responsibility of ensuring a bipolar polity in India? Let's hope they regain their life for the sake of India.


swaroop said...

I do not take your point on the unofficial death. There's more to come. One wrongly done campaign does not mean death. Although, last nalli you sound 50% positive, the start is somewhat pessimistic. Yaake?

Parisarapremi said...

ಅಯ್ಯೋ ಹೋಗ್ಬಿಡ್ತಾ! ಪಾಪ. ಮೌನಾಚರಣೆ ಮಾಡೋಣ. ಹಾಗೇ ಈ ಕಗ್ಗ ಓದೋಣ.

ತೊಟ್ಟಿಲುಗಳೆಷ್ಟೋ ಮಸಣಗಳಷ್ಟು ಧರೆಯೊಳಗೆ
ತೊಟ್ಟಿಲಿಗೆ ಹಬ್ಬ ಮಸಣವು ತೇಗುತಿರಲು |
ಹುಟ್ಟಿದವರೆಲ್ಲ ಸಾಯದೇ ನಿಲ್ಲೆ; ಹೊಸತಾಗಿ
ಹುಟ್ಟುವರ್ಗೆಡೆಯೆಲ್ಲೊ? - ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ||

Anonymous said...

i wouldn't write the bjp off so easily. to actually kill it, you'll have to disband the entire sangh parivar - vhp, bajrang dal, rss, and many others. not so easy. though i'm sure the congress will try.
i'm rather surprised there aren't many other rightwing parties. max you have shiv sena... and most of these rightwingers are regional parties.

a bit offtopic, somewhere i read that the bjp is patriotic and respects and loves indian culture, while the congress is apathetic to national interests and doesn't give a damn about indian culture. most of the people of india are also apathetic to national interests and don't give a damn about indian culture and hence are more comfortable voting for the congress.

Harish said...

[swaroop] alla, ashTondu issues ittu fight maaDakke. ashtu daridra performance ittu UPAdu. aadroo sotru. Pessimistic aagde innen aagakke aagutte?

[parisarapremi] hehe oLLe padya.

[wanderlust] the entire sangh parivar and its vast array of affiliated organization existed for so many years without power since independence. Yes they used to win around 30-25 seats nationally. If that is survival for you, they shall surely survive.

What BJP likes/dislikes internally doesn't concern the voter. What concerns him/her is the perception ashTe.

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