The writer is editor, 'Loksatta'
🔴 Girish Kuber writes: The Sena’s blend of regionalism and religion could provide a template for other parties and eat into BJP’s vote bank
The government handing over Air India to the Tata Group is a historic occasion — and much more than history coming full circle. Because for the Tatas, Air India was not merely a business — it was their dearest, most beloved child that was snatched away by the government.
Girish Kuber writes: The BJP received a jolt when the Shiv Sena joined hands with the NCP and Congress after 2019 Assembly polls. Since then the three-party Maharashtra government has been in a fire-fighting mode.
Ironically, the Indian government was initially proud of the Tatas and the way they were running Air India. It was the only shining jewel India had when the British left in 1947.
Girish Kuber writes: Instead of seeking someone to challenge the ruling combine, the opposition may be better off exposing its fallibility to voters.
The BJP’s behaviour over the past 5-6 years is the same as that of the Congress of the Eighties and Nineties. The saffron party’s approach in handling both parties, first the Shiv Sena and then the NCP, was like that of the Congress and its methods were not just unwise but politically incorrect too.
In the end, the stalemate in Maharashtra will force everyone to get off their high-horse and introspect. More importantly, it’s bound to compel the BJP to soften its rhetoric and start addressing real issues like the state of the economy and growing unemployment.
It’s not surprising that several cabinet ministers in the Fadnavis government were sent packing by voters. The performance of the BJP’s alliance partner, Shiv Sena, has been underwhelming. Political observers have time and again pointed out the Sena’s helplessness in tagging along with the BJP.
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar aka Swatantryaveer Savarkar is more known as the father of Hindu rashtravad (Hindu nationalism), but at the same time he also represents Maharashtra’s glorious tradition of social and religious reformers.
Ahead of assembly polls, BJP has rearranged Maharashtra’s political field to its own advantage.
For the BJP, being with the Shiv Sena is critical to holding off the Congress-NCP alliance. For the Shiv Sena, breaking away from BJP poses an existential threat.
Revocation of Nayantara Sahgal’s invite to a literary meet is a sign of intellectual decline. The excuse that Sahgal has not written in a regional language is a facade. The real reason could be her active role in award wapasi and other issues.
BJP president Amit Shah speaks to The Indian Express on the Opposition challenge to the BJP, the party’s own difficulties with allies, the criticism over lynchings and cow vigilantism, inner-party democracy and demands for reservation.
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