The Sangh Parivar has urged the BJP to take lessons from its underwhelming performance in the Maharashtra and Haryana elections, and asked it to ponder over the efficacy of admitting turncoats into the party fold. In the latest issue of Organiser, the English mouthpiece of the RSS, an editorial has acknowledged the less-than-satisfactory performance of the BJP in the two elections: “What difference these election results have made is the way people have conveyed subtle messages to every party. Though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Governments have retained powers in both the states, these results are not as per the expectations,” the editorial said. Hinting at reasons behind the party’s performance in Maharashtra, the editorial further said, “Why did BJP fail to retain the Lok Sabha kind of domination? Were alliance and absorbing stalwarts from Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) strategic blunders? Why was the party not able to address the issue of rebellion or sabotage by the ally? These and many more questions need some scrutiny. After BJP (26.7 per cent), it was the independents (18.6 per cent) who have secured the second position in terms of vote share, and this should be a matter of concern for the BJP.”
It also acknowledged the good showing by Congress and the NCP and, particularly, praised Sharad Pawar. “The strength of Sharad Pawar’s politics limited to 15-17 per cent vote and 50-60 seats, which he had shown for the last forty years. That he could show the same in Narendra-Devendra era is a remarkable achievement which younger politicians should study,” the editorial said.
It concluded by saying that the ushering of a new political culture, of a developmental discourse, may still be a distant project: “As a nation, despite claims of dismantling caste politics, replacing it with the development discourse and drastic reduction in corruption, are we really heading towards a new political culture or are we just continuing the old politics of winnability by all means in a new form, is a point to ponder.”
In an opinion article on the murder of Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari in Lucknow last month, Delhi-based lawyer Prashant Patel Umrao has argued in Organiser that “it exposes the clear and present danger of rising jihadi mindset of Muslims in Bharat”.
Detailing how Tiwari’s murder was planned and executed, Patel has said, “All religions and human systems are infected by fundamentalists but it would be humongously wrong to not accept that Islam has it more rampantly.”
He then takes on liberals and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, saying, “And the warriors of free speech lobby don’t even condemn such brutal killings. The messiahs of Indian Muslims like Asaduddin al-Owaisi indirectly support such killings when they say, ‘Even though Muslims constitute 96 per cent of Pakistan’s population, they continue to behave like minority, therefore needing the State’s patronage of Islam and a highly regressive blasphemy law. We are instilling a similar fear in our Hindus’. Such statements largely influence the radically charged Islamic minds. This is the irony.”
He also criticised the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind for providing legal aid to the accused arrested in the murder case. “The Muslim Council has said that it is willing to bear all the legal costs to defend the five accused in the Kamlesh Tiwari murder case… Providing help to masterminds of organised murder is downright disgusting and shameful. But the so-called intellectual lobby and jamat-e-fiberal won’t utter a single word over this shamelessness and injustice.”
Quoting trade figures of consumer goods over the Diwali season, the latest issue of Panchjanya has argued that the economy is on the road to recovery. “It was expected that there would be less enthusiasm among consumers this Diwali. But the sales figures on Dhanteras and Diwali have completely demolished this analysis. Across sectors, including banking, the results of the second quarter have been stupendous. The share market too has been rising. Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) figures show that jobs have increased,” the Panchjanya cover story said.
And, as a measure to strengthen the economy, the cover story has argued that the Indian corporate must invest in research so that it can compete with Chinese goods. It has also made an appeal for use of indigenous goods to tide over the trade deficit with China. “If we vow to only use indigenous goods and reject low-quality Chinese goods, then the problem will be solved. India’s economic foundation will be strengthened,” the article said.
Compiled by Deeptiman Tiwary