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Beware of NDA Allies!


Dr Javed Jamil

 Within 36 hours, this is my third write-up on the issue of the developments in BJP. This is despite the fact that my glaucomatous eyes are not helping me. Frankly speaking, I am feeling immensely nervous at the way the developments have been taking place in last few days. What happened at Goa did not surprise anyone. Everybody knew Modi’s anointment was a foregone conclusion.  Like everybody else, I too can see the wave of support for Modi roaring in the hearts and minds of BJP sympathizers. But I could see an equal and opposite reaction in the rest of the countrymen. The rise of Modi, I assumed, would prove to be a disaster for BJP in the end. He would not win as many votes for BJP as he would for the parties opposed to BJP. NDA will ultimately break. Non-BJP allies will either side with Congress or will try to form another front of Non-BJP, Non-Congress parties. But the drama unfolded at Advani’s house has worried me. When I wrote that it “may well be a part of well thought out strategy”, I thought it was only a probability. Now I am convinced that this was indeed nothing more than a drama to strengthen the Bipolar nature of BJP’s polity, which has been its characteristic in the last two decades.

It was not that Vajpayee was any less communal than any other leader of BJP. If it was the case, there was no point in continuing to head the party after the demolition of Babri Masjid and then again after the Gujarat riots. On both occasions, he was visibly “shocked” who was at his eloquent best in expressing his “deep anguish” and “sorrow” at what happened. But the anguish never translated into action. The BJP’s policy towards Babri Masjid did not change; those who presided over the demolition were never shown the doors. Modi was neither sacked from the government nor from the party. And then the history took a new turn. Vajpayee was no more in a condition to lead the job. Advani had found an able heir in Modi who was more than capable of taking the Hindutva agenda forward with an accelerated pace. It was time for Advani to change gears. Modi had stepped into his shoes and he was ready to step into Vajpayee’s.


Advani went to Pakistan with a message of goodwill. What could have been a better destination for demonstrating his new Avatar. Vajpayee too had gone to Pakistan after becoming Prime Minister. And what else could be a greater statement than describing Jinnah as a man of great character to make people appreciate the change. The change however will again be only cosmetic. Like Vajpayee, he would too remain at the top of the party, at least for the time being. Like Vajpayee again, he would not do anything to make any substantial transformation in the ideology of the party. He would not change his stand on Babri Masjid. His new Avatar will however be attractive enough for some regional parties who were looking for an able replacement for Vajpayee so that they can continue their opportunistic alliance with BJP.

The anointment of Modi could disturb the equations. It is not that NDA allies are unhappy inside their hearts about the change of guards in BJP. They very well know that every new vote caste for Modi will also be a vote for them. But they were worried about losing Muslim votes, which could destroy their political game. On one hand, they realized the importance of Modi, on the other hand they wanted to preserve their Muslim base. BJP bosses were well aware of their anxiety. So the drama was planned. Modi would be made the Head of the Campaign Committee. Vajpayee will strengthen his secular credentials by not attending the meet. Once the Modi part of the drama is done, Advani will stage a drama at his house. He will further prove his Secular resolve by resigning in protest. He resigned. Party bosses rushed to the scene. Within 24 hours, “unko mana liya gaya”. Pujniya Advaniji will continue to provide “marg darshan”. NDA allies heaved a sight of relief. Sharad Yadav expressed satisfaction. Both the poles – Communal (Modi) and Secular (Advani) are now shining in full glory. Advani may appear to be down in BJP but he has gone high in NDA.


The whole drama has been meticulously planned and perfectly executed.  

It is high time now Muslims recognized the implications. They need not get fooled into thinking that Nitish or other NDA allies would not accept Modi. They very well know that if at all NDA forms a government at the centre, it will owe its victory to the “charisma” of Modi. Their Modiphobia will last only till the last day of voting. Believe it or not, if NDA has adequate number of seats in Parliament, Pujaniya Narendra Modi ji will be the Prime Minister. Punjiya Advaniji will then either go where Vajpayee is or will try to earn for himself a fitting ceremo

If Muslims and other Secular Indians want to stop all this from happening, the immediate need is to put as much pressure as they can on the NDA allies. They must be told in no uncertain terms that they cannot vote for any party that goes with a party headed by Modis and Advanis.


Dr Javed Jamil is India based thinker and writer with over a dozen books including his latest, “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” and “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Road-map”. He can be contacted at doctorforu123@yahoo.com or 91-8130340339


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Puppets on a string

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The mutinous Lal Krishna Advani has retreated, leaving Narendra Modi’s supporters to rejoice and glory in their victory. Yet for all its popular appeal, the legend of the victor and the vanquished, one a disciple of the other, will not get past the serious analyst — for the simple reason that the plot and its ending were written and executed by a strategist technically outside the work area of the Bharatiya Janata Party but nonetheless accustomed to exercising control from behind the veil. If there is any breaking news in all this it is that the shadowy figure has come out into the open. For an entire week, BJP chief Rajnath Singh put up the act of heading an independent party, only to accept in the end — and in writing — that the closure to the Advani resignation episode was brought about by Mohan Bhagwat’s direct intervention. In other words, the conqueror in the Advani-Modi battle is not either of them but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s real ‘high command’, to borrow a phrase from the Congress party. For decades, the RSS has maintained that it is a cultural organisation without its own ambition; article 4(b) of the RSS constitution states that the “Sangh as such, has no politics.” In practice, though, every BJP leader of consequence, be he a Prime Minister or a party president, has had to pray at the Sangh totem pole in Nagpur or Jhandewalan. Today, with Mr. Rajnath Singh’s public admission, the myth of the non-political Sangh has entirely collapsed.

In 2005, the RSS extracted Mr. Advani’s resignation from the party chief’s post for daring to record a flattering view of Mohammad Ali Jinnah during a visit to his mausoleum in Karachi. The episode left Mr. Advani, once beloved of the Sangh, a bitter man, and in his resignation letter he lashed out at the supra body for not leaving the BJP alone. Originally an RSS pracharak, and a saffron hero for his alleged role in the 2002 anti-Muslim violence, Mr. Modi dumped the RSS en route to becoming shining Gujarat’s new, modern architect. Mr. Advani bristled at the RSS; Mr. Modi thought he had outgrown its control. But in truth both exist and have flourished at different times because of a higher authority to whom they remain tied, despite the delusion that this was not so. Mr. Modi’s popularity with the party cadre may have earned him the role of campaign committee chief but it is to the RSS that he will remain beholden for getting there. The next step, or getting the nomination to run for Prime Minister, will be more difficult for two reasons. The RSS has promised Mr. Advani a say in the decision. Secondly, the BJP’s allies will be more watchful than ever, knowing that what possibly awaits them is an RSS-Modi combination.

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This editorial is a rare cut-and-preserve type of editorial for future
reference. For all that the BJP talks about dynasty, this is how BJP
works, under the control of a dubious, communal and extra-
constitutional organization like the RSS. This editorial is absolutely
comprehensive and exposes bare the BJP's umbilical cord to the RSS
which both BJP and RSS try to hide from the public just like how RSS
denies Godse was its member.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 10:34 IST

The editorial has reinforced the well known fact that the RSS calls the shots in the decision making of the BJP. The BJP leaders who talk of the "high command" culture of the Congress know fully well that while Sonia Gandhi is an elected MP and chairman of the UPA, an unelected Mohan Bhagwat decides who will head the BJP. Even the affable Vajpayee's mask slipped when he declared that he was a pracharak first.
During the NDA rule the RSS slowly but surely made sure that its sympathisers were appointed in high positions in the Government and as Governers too. There were also whispers that the RAW and IB were also infiltrated by the RSS and was cleansed only when Mr.Chidambaram took over as Home Minister.

from:  C Balachander
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 10:31 IST

Whatvever may be the opinion of the world, the rss- modi combination will not be worse
than mms- sg combination. of course the riots if at all will be televised 24 by 7 and every
move of modi will be discussed every day at the news hour. I do not find any discussion
on falling rupee, falling production, rising inflation and much more. Of course Amit shah's
vist to Lucknow is earth shattering news and deserves prime time coverage. We have
made a business of our hypocrisy and have called it secular socialist democracy!

from:  Velamur
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 10:28 IST

Whatever it is Advani has more vigor in resisting nothing in congress
attitude. Everybody know congress is fully corrupted, PMO has rewrite
the CBI report , Vadra's land transaction all are swallowed by
PMO , even though Advani seek election campaign in 2014 only. Until that
time he want to wait and taught it to his collegiate even Sushma. But
Modi is quiet different from the old puppet show. We want to know why
Adwani want to extend the length of life of Congress?

from:  Hariharan.D
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 09:44 IST

It is rather very surprising that a Newspaper like The Hindu wasting so much of space and time on the worthless subject and ego-centric personalities.

from:  H.R.Bulusu
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 09:28 IST

>>"a saffron hero for his alleged role in the 2002 anti-Muslim violence"

It is good the the Hindu has abandoned all pretense of neutrality. In the fight between good and evil one cannot be neutral. Congress is the only choice and the Editor is seeing the light.

from:  Pranav
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 09:06 IST

It is a shame that the top two political parties have no internal
democracy. One is controlled by High Command, the other is controlled
by its God Father. They should learn from the left parties about the
basis of internal democracy.

from:  Roopesh P Raj
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 08:54 IST

It is very amusing to read the editorial on the string hold of RSS on the BJP in all the
decisions that matter. But if The Hindu had published at any time the puppetry in Congress
where the strings are at 10 Janpath to decide on the induction and tenure of Ministers in the
Cabinet which is supposed to be the prerogative of the PM and also on the economic
policies like FSB now or MNREGA then, and many others which have brought the present
rot in prices and scams, people in the know would have appreciated your papers interest in
voice of the people.
I am sorry to write this comment which any way will be 'moderated' or eliminated by your
staff and am sure will not see the light of the day.

from:  MvjRao
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 08:27 IST

You seem to forget that people like Jaitley, Jaswant, Yaswant, and
other very powerful and senior BJP leaders have nothing to do with

from:  Nicholas
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 07:40 IST

You're assessment is overly exaggerated. The RSS has an undeniable
influence in the BJP. This is not a secret that you have suddenly
The BJP and its members, however, are not all beholden to the RSS.
There are some who have strong links with RSS, but what is wrong in
Also, there are many leaders who are not that close with the RSS;
like Modi for instance. He was a swayamsevak, but he has fallen out
with them. So the perception you are trying to create by saying
"Puppets on a string" is rather exaggerated, and shows The Hindu's

from:  Deepti
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 07:31 IST

If the BJP is subject to remote control by the RSS, isn't the Congress just an extension of a family headed by Sonia Gandhi and totally controlled by the family? Did the Hindu ever criticise the Congress for this state of affairs? Alas, independent media is fading away fast in the country!

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 07:30 IST

....And the BJP bashing continues. Why don't you guys start focusing
on some real issues like the recent Food Security Bill for instance.
Why don't you talk about how the bill is economic suicide for India.
Do you know that if there is a drought in a 2-3 states, then India
will be forced to import grain like we did in the 1970's.
With the burden the Food Bill will place on the Budget, what will be
left over for much needed development works like schools and roads and
Stop using your editorial space to focus on Modi bashing, BJP bashing,
Sangh bashing and focus on issues that will actually affect the lives
of ordinary Indians.

from:  Sriram
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 07:21 IST

The very formation of BJP happened because some elements of then Janata Party raised an
issue regarding the membership RSS.Now everyone knows what happened with Janata
Party and how far BJP has grown since.To quote our Defence Minister India remains secular
because of majority being Hindu.RSS has played a key role in maintains that majority.As a
corollary,it is the RSS that has played a key role in continuation of India's secularism.If there
is any doubt,you don't have to look at Pakistan or Bangladesh or Afghanistan,just look at
Kashmir,or Malappuram in Kerala.Recently the bust of O.V.Vijayan was destroyed even
before it could be installed.So many other indicators that once Hindu is in a
minority,secularism vanishes.
Very interesting that all this secularist brigade does not even raise this fundamental truth.

from:  Vivekananda Pai
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 07:03 IST

Case of sour grapes for those who rejoiced at the apparent implosion of
BJP precipitated by Advani resignation. Modi dumps RSS and yet RSS has
no option but to back him since they know he represents the best bet for
BJP in 2014 election. Advani resigns thinking that this emotional
blackmail would force BJP and RSS to dump Modi but he grossly
miscalculated. Now he takes back his resignation to avoid a total
isolation and irrelevance in politics.

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 04:28 IST

In my opinion, An organization giving advise to lead a party is more
right way and democratic than an individual leading the party. So BJP
is more democratic than Congress.
Second, If BJP is communal by stating that it is trying to address the
concerns of majority hindus (Ofcourse this is mostly speculative and
branded by pseudo seculars),then Congress like parties who seek votes
from clerics of some communities could never be called secular

from:  Ram
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 03:34 IST

"The RSS has promised Mr. Advani a say in the decision.".

It does not mean Mr. Advani will make the decision. I am sure Mr. Advani
was also given a say when the Campaign chairman was selected and his
"say" did not prevail and it may not prevail again.

from:  Narasimha Reddy
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 03:09 IST

Your periodical mockery of BJP/Advani/NaMo is noted. On the matter of
puppets -- are the BJP puppets worse or more laughable than the current
Prime Minister who is a puppet managed by the puppeteer Sonia "behind
the veil"? You are entitled to your hatred of BJP -- why do you ignore
the elephant in the room that has been around for two terms, sucking the
country dry?

from:  Jay Ravi
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 02:24 IST
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India’s paradox of fast economic growth across several years and chronic malnutrition in a significant section of the population is well known. It has vast numbers of stunted children whose nutritional status is so poor that infectious diseases increase the danger of death. About 34 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 are stunted in the country, according to a major review of global undernutrition by The Lancet. These adolescents, part of the post-liberalisation generation, have benefited the least from economic growth. Without active intervention to improve their access to appropriate food, the young women are bound to face complications during pregnancy and many are certain to deliver stunted babies, continuing the distressing cycle. What these insights underscore is the need for the political class to make the struggle against malnutrition a national priority. It is evident that in the absence of scaled-up programmes to build the health of the child and the teenager, and to provide opportunities for education and skill-building, India cannot really reap the so-called demographic dividend of a large young population. Neither can it substantially reduce its shameful levels of maternal and child mortality, attributable in good measure to lack of nutrients in the diet.

A quarter of all maternal deaths occur due to anaemia, and 19 per cent due to calcium deficiency, both of which cause often-fatal complications at childbirth, as The Lancet data confirm. Although India has some intervention programmes in place to provide iron supplements to women, there is evidence to suggest that this has not been scaled up in rural areas. Supplemental nutrition efforts are also hampered by superstition and rumour about effects on unborn children. These are communication challenges that the National Rural Health Mission must pursue vigorously. The broader task would be to improve universal access to nutrients through a basket of commodities — including pulses, fruits and vegetables — that can be supplied through a variety of channels. Clearly, the Public Distribution System and community-run not-for-profit institutions would form the backbone of such an effort. What is often forgotten in the discussion is the importance of early childhood nutrition — crucially, the first 1,000 days — for life-long health. Given this causality, the UPA government should have come up with a Food Security law that provides universal access to nutritious food, and such legislation should have received wide support across the political spectrum. Regrettably, most politicians have failed to grasp the importance of this social investment. It is now for civil society to press the agenda.

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Reading today´s editorial “Stunting a country” is indeed a shocking news and stung by the realisation that it faced a child malnutrition crisis worse than in most African countries, India should finally waking to the scale of the problem.
According to the Lancet study , India´s biggest problem is the number of young anaemic mothers-55.8 percent of adolescents aged between 15 and 19 years and 56.7 percent of women aged between 20 and 24 years were found to be anaemic and eleven percent of adolescent girls in India were found to be underweight. Maternal undernutrition also restricts the growth of the baby in the womb and is responsible for a quarter of child death according to the Lancet study. The global prevalence of stunting has gradually decreased in the past 20 years, but still remains high in absolute numbers. The researchers of the study estimate that stunting affected at least 165 million children worldwide in 2011. Many children are born to teenage, anaemic, malnourished mothers; feeding practises are poor; and the environment they live in, a crowded country where 600 million people have no access to toilets, is rife with faecal matter. It seems that the government lacks a coherent plan to overcome the shortcomings of the child health programme, which depends on village health workers who are overburdened and poorly educated, trained and paid.
Malnutrition affects children´s chances of survival, increases their susceptibility to illness, reduces their ability to learn, increases their chances of dropping out early from school, and makes them less productive in later life. Much of this undernourishment happens during pregnancy and in the first two years of a child´s life and, without appropriate interventions, the damage to brain development and future economic productivity is largely irreversible.
Given it impact on health, education and economic productivity, persistent under-nutrition is a major obstacle to human development, impacting India´s much awaited demographic dividend and the countries prospects for future economic growth.

from:  kurt waschnig
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 09:31 IST

It's pretty unusual, that there seems to be a cyclical situation. Growth is needed urgently, the fruits of growth are needed also, and both seem to be the continuous cause of each other. In the west, it appears that because growth is required, and due to globalization, the western nations need a continuous short cycle of recovery, and then economic slump, in very short periods. There is indication of recovery, and then slump, in the news, as it is perceived. Perhaps, very minute specialization in knowledge application is the cause. There needs to be a continuum in economic sustenance.

from:  Aditya Mookerjee
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 09:21 IST


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LK Advani's rebellion has done the polity a service

ET Bureau Jun 12, 2013, 05.00AM IST
(The short-lived Advani…)

Having made his point that he is not a relic of the dead past who can be taken for granted, LK Advani has agreed to take back his resignation from three key posts of the BJP. The entire party fawned on him and asked him to not let it down. The chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) himself spoke to Advani and asked him to respect the wishes of the party.

Having reportedly expressed his anguish over the party's micromanagement by the RSS, Advani happily allowed himself to be micromanaged by the RSS chief. Where does this leave Narendra Modi? Exactly where he was when Advani started his rebellion, at the head of the BJP's campaign committee, as the chosen champion of the RSS for the 2014 battle. What has changed is that his opponents have been handed validating proof of their charge that Modi is a polarising figure, with the division starting right at home.

Party president Rajnath Singh has undertaken to discuss at various party fora the issues Advani raised in his resignation letter. But this is neither here nor there. What really moved Advani to change his mind is the RSS chief's intervention, which only goes to underline the BJP's status as a subsidiary of the Sangh, which works with disciplined dedication to overthrow the Constitution's liberal-democratic imperative, and create a majoritarian order, in which Hindutva defines Indian nationhood and the minorities are downgraded to second-class citizens.

The short-lived Advani rebellion has forced regional parties to see the BJP for what it is: an organisation guided by the RSS, with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal as its brothers in arms. By forcing the BJP's potential allies to take clear-eyed stock of what going with the BJP entails, Advani has done the polity a service.