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IT is not a solitary executive act, a legislative measure or an oratorical performance that matters. What really matters is the wave a leader can create and let loose, a zamane ki hawa (wave of the times). B.G. Tilak created a wave in Maharashtra which was a blend of religion and politics. Freedom is my birthright, he declared. But he also initiated a religious movement — Ganapati. The Ali brothers started the Khilafat movement which Gandhi joined. The harm it did was colossal.

Later, L.K. Advani began the Hindutva movement with the demolition of the Babri Masjid at its core. A massive wave began. Narendra Modi, once a general secretary of the BJP, capitalised on it. He became prime minister and put Advani on the shelf where he sits still. He was even refused a party ticket for election to the Lok Sabha. Like revolutions, political waves also devour their own children. Modi takes no notice of poor Advani today.

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Narendra Modi is all powerful. No sooner did he become prime minister in 2014 than he installed his henchman of Gujarat days, Amit Shah, as president of the BJP. The party lost its independence. Old-timers are ignored. Modi hates Jawaharlal Nehru but secretly admires and covets Nehru’s massive popularity, especially his international popularity. He also hates Indira Gandhi but admires her political techniques of popularity cult, control over party and, most of all, her authoritarian tactics which made her so invincible.

Punch drunk with absolute power at the moment, Modi has no time, still less inclination, to heed the lessons of their fall. Nehru died a broken man. His foreign policy had failed miserably. At home, his massive popularity was ebbing away.

Is Modi heading for a fall? One knows not.
Indira Gandhi sensed she would lose the elections in1976. She became pro-Hindu in conduct and speech and went after the Hindu vote. But it did not help. Hindus are a civilised and astute people. Had she lived, she would have tried some of the gimmicks to create a ‘wave’, namely a presidential system, another nuclear explosion and a limited war on Pakistan.

Narendra Modi began by inviting the world’s leaders and succeeded; especially in the US. Remember Howdy Modi? As Prof Ian Hall wrote, he “inflicted” a large hug on Barack Obama. The forced embrace became his signature call. It is amazing that Hall’s book has not received the popularity it deserved. It goes to the root of the Hindutva wave in India which owes a lot to foreign applause.

Alarmingly for Modi, the foreign admirer is now utterly disenchanted with him. Opinion in the White House, and among the US media and public is cool towards him. The Continent is no more ardent. Asia is aloof.

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At home the gross unfitness in dealing with the Covid menace, the lies, the sluggish economy, the bureaucracy’s failure and the first signs of a divided opposition coming together have caused tremors in the Modi camp.

The general election to the Lok Sabha is due in 2024. Uttar Pradesh will elect its assembly anew next year. Home state Gujarat does not lag behind. Will they follow the example set by West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala where the BJP had to bite the dust? It would be unrealistic to ignore the Modi factor. His figure has been dented but it survives still what with the beard he has made longer lately. This is a very conscious decision. He had engraved his name on the stripes of a jacket. The ridicule it earned led him to discard the use of that expensive wear.

The Modi wave is ebbing away. Is he heading for a fall? One knows not. What is clear is that his popularity has waned at home and abroad since it was based on a cardboard construct. Neither is likely to rise to its former level soon. The foreign applause was based on slender material. It is unlikely to regain its former noise.

The situation at home is different. Modi’s popularity has declined and is unlikely to rise again. But the Hindutva ebb has not fully subsided. He takes good care of that. He appointed a yogi with no administrative experience as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the heart of the Hindutva movement, and assured the rise to chief ministership of Assam of a former Congress member who supports Hindutva.

Modi has never held a single iftar party unlike all his predecessors including the BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Centre, 50 per cent of Hindus consider that India “should rely on a leader with a strong hand and solve its problems”. Modi fits this description. The opposition hasn’t propped up any leader who can fit the bill except perhaps Sharad Pawar.

Uttar Pradesh frowns on interfaith marriages. Assam is worried about the population explosion of migrant Muslims (from Bangladesh) to Assam. The Hindutva vote and vote bank are intact. Modi can be defeated. But he is no pushover. The wave, though weak, will help him. But he will be a different prime minister with a smaller majority.

The writer is an author and lawyer based in Mumbai.

Published in Dawn, July 24th, 2021
 

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Modi hates Jawaharlal Nehru but secretly admires and covets Nehru’s massive popularity, especially his international popularity. He also hates Indira Gandhi but admires her political techniques of popularity cult, control over party and, most of all, her authoritarian tactics which made her so invincible.
What a childish analysis. Noorani saab must be quite emotional when writing this.


The general election to the Lok Sabha is due in 2024. Uttar Pradesh will elect its assembly anew next year. Home state Gujarat does not lag behind. Will they follow the example set by West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala where the BJP had to bite the dust ?
Really ?

BJP went from 3 to 77 in WB. The fortress has been breached. Where are the Ghandy party or the once mighty commies ?

In Maharashtra, they've been feuding with the Shiv Sena. Still mostly natural ideological allies.

They were never a force in Kerala or TN.

They didn't bite any dust, in fact they did quite well. Regional parties still hold sway in Maha and the deep south, WB was a WIN 🏆by any standards, Didi lost Nandigram to the BJP who have now emerged as a credible opposition in the WB assembly.

Who will challenge Modi at the center ? Sharad Pawar.. Didi.. Raul Ghandy ?


The wave, though weak, will help him. But he will be a different prime minister with a smaller majority.
No, he's coming back with a stronger mandate in 24 amd the lefties will be plucking them out for the next 10 plus years post 2024. :butcher:
 

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What a childish analysis. Noorani saab must be quite emotional when writing this.



Really ?

BJP went from 3 to 77 in WB. The fortress has been breached. Where are the Ghandy party or the once mighty commies ?

In Maharashtra, they've been feuding with the Shiv Sena. Still mostly natural ideological allies.

They were never a force in Kerala or TN.

They didn't bite any dust, in fact they did quite well. Regional parties still hold sway in Maha and the deep south, WB was a WIN 🏆by any standards, Didi lost Nandigram to the BJP who have now emerged as a credible opposition in the WB assembly.

Who will challenge Modi at the center ? Sharad Pawar.. Didi.. Raul Ghandy ?



No, he's coming back with a stronger mandate in 24 amd the lefties will be plucking them out for the next 10 plus years post 2024. :butcher:
Hail Modi, let him rule India for a thousand year - like Hitler.
 
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Hail Modi, let him rule India for a thousand year - like Hitler.
See any holes in my observation/analysis of the political landscape in India ?

They said Modi and the BJP will be a weakened force in 19 too, he came back stronger.

We just do not have a credible opposition, much less a leader.. to challenge his hold on the center.

What hitler shitler nonsense arguments do you Modi haters keep falling back on ? Let us discuss in a better way than on Arnab’s nightly “debate” show.
 

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And which indian politician do you think has a realistic shot at it ?

There is not even a national conversation about it. Didi, who lost nandigram and has no pan India base ? Raul, who lost amethi, and is mostly a butt of jokes even among the ardent anti Modi crowd ? “Old Maratha warhorse”, perhaps ? Is the Congress looking to elevate Captain to PM candidate ?

Modi, with all his flaws and failings.. doesn’t have a challenger. Who is there for people to consider, no opposition party, no leader.. kind of sad for democracy.
 

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See any holes in my observation/analysis of the political landscape in India ?

They said Modi and the BJP will be a weakened force in 19 too, he came back stronger.

We just do not have a credible opposition, much less a leader.. to challenge his hold on the center.

What hitler shitler nonsense arguments do you Modi haters keep falling back on ? Let us discuss in a better way than on Arnab’s nightly “debate” show.
I am not a Modi hater, I am an India hater. I believe that the longer Modi stays in power the worst it will get for India. That is why I want him in power as long as possible. I don’t give a damn about Indian politics.
 
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I am not a Modi hater, I am an India hater. I believe that longer Modi stays in power the worst it will get for India. That is why I want him in power as long as possible. I don’t give a damn about Indian politics.
I see. Well, congratulations then. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon afaict.
 

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I personally think INC should provide a new face to the party. They just aren't learning from their mistakes currently.

Here's an article about 5 possible young options for INC:


New Delhi: It’s not only former Union minister and four-term MP Jyotiraditya Scindia who was in a dilemma about his prospects in the Congress before he decided to jump ship and join the BJP. There are almost half-a-dozen Congress leaders who are caught in a similar dilemma.

But it’s not just about their personal ambitions. There is also a sense of alienation among some leaders coupled with an increasing feeling that they won’t progress under former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, according to Congress leaders.



Party leaders also say there is a growing realisation among many of these leaders that the Congress’ public stance on many important issues, including the government’s revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, is not in sync with public sentiment.

“There are many young leaders in the party who feel that they are not being allowed to grow politically. There is a kind of glass ceiling. And many of them have national ambitions,” said a Congress leader who did not want to be named.

A party insider said the Congress high command does not want young leaders to rise because they don’t want anyone to “outshine him (Rahul Gandhi)”.



“You are not allowed to have divergent views. There is a sense of alienation. And a growing feeling that their political career won’t progress under Rahul Gandhi,” said the insider.


Sachin Pilot
Despite being close to Rahul Gandhi, 42-year-old Pilot has been denied bigger responsibilities in the party.


In the run-up to the Rajasthan assembly elections, though the Congress did not announce a CM face, it was assumed that Pilot will be the front-runner for the post.

As the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president for five years, Pilot had worked assiduously to revive the party in the state.

But when Congress defeated the BJP and the time came to pick the chief minister, the party chose veteran leader Ashok Gehlot over Pilot, who had to settle for the post of the deputy CM.


“Considering the work he had put in ahead of the assembly elections, he was the perfect choice for the CM post. But the party high command chose to repose faith in the old guard,” said another Congress leader, who too did not want to be named.


Milind Deora
Another young leader who is part of Rahul’s gang was former MP from South Mumbai Milind Deora. But his disillusionment with the way the party has treated him has only grown in recent past.

Although he was made the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Deora, 43, eventually quit from the post in July after Congress’ disastrous performance in the Lok sabha elections.

Deora has been increasingly sidelined in the party since then.

He was among the Gandhi loyalists who digressed from the party line and supported the Article 370 move.

Deora had defended the Narendra Modi government’s decision in a series of tweets.

“Parties should put aside ideological fixations & debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty and federalism, peace in J&K, jobs for Kashmiri youth and justice for Kashmiri Pandits,” he had tweeted.





He had said that revoking Article 370 could well be “dubbed Modi Sarkar 2.0’s demonetisation moment”, but hoped it played out more favourably.




Jitin Prasada
The Congress’ Brahmin face from Uttar Pradesh, former Union minister Jitin Prasada, is another young leader who has not been given any significant responsibility.

He is just a special invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body.

Even in the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress, where 46-year-old Prasada was in reckoning for the state chief’s post for long, he eventually lost out. Prasada hasn’t been given any responsibility in the party organisation at the AICC level either.

Prasada also supported the government’s Article 370 move and PM Modi’s efforts to tackle the population explosion.

At a CWC meeting held last year, Prasada had questioned the Congress’ decision to oppose the Article 370 move and said the party’s stance on the issue will go against the public sentiment.

In September 2019, Prasada had supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concern about India’s burgeoning population.

“It’s time to sensitise and make India aware of the need for population control/stabilisation. It has been the part of @INCIndia Panchmarhi shivir sakalp to work towards the goal of the two-child norm,” Prasada had tweeted.




“To start with Congress workers should mobilise 10 families to adopt population control measures based on the two child norm,” Prasada had added in a second tweet.




Deepender Hooda
Three-term MP Deepender Hooda, who is the son of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has also remained sidelined in the party. He is another young Congress leader who is perceived to have mass support.

Hooda is in the reckoning for a Rajya Sabha nomination but the party high command hasn’t given any final decision yet. Deepender hasn’t been given any organisational responsibility either.

He too openly went against the Congress’ stand on the Article 370 move.

Supporting the Modi government’s decision, 42-year-old Deepender had said that scrapping of the provisions of Article 370 was in the interest of “national integrity”.

Sandeep Dikshit
Late Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep Dikshit is another Congress leader who has been left with no organisational role.

Dikshit, 55, has not been given his due for long.

In the Delhi assembly elections held in February, Dikshit was hardly involved in any decision-making or strategising.

After the results were declared and Congress drew a blank in the 70-member assembly, Dikshit said it didn’t come as a surprise to him.

“We were nowhere there. We tried to showcase the work done by Sheilaji but it was done really late because unfortunately Subhash Chopraji was given the responsibility really late,” Dikshit had said.

 

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See any holes in my observation/analysis of the political landscape in India ?

They said Modi and the BJP will be a weakened force in 19 too, he came back stronger.

We just do not have a credible opposition, much less a leader.. to challenge his hold on the center.

What hitler shitler nonsense arguments do you Modi haters keep falling back on ? Let us discuss in a better way than on Arnab’s nightly “debate” show.


I was disappointed to read the article. But looks like there is still hope that current Modi regime will come back to power in next general elections.

That would be great. I hope with even larger majority.
 

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