Debacle in Delhi: Beware of the termites around you Mr. Modi

The more things change the more they remain the same is a cynical but proven fact of life which found new meaning in the BJP’s humiliating defeat in the Delhi elections. Just to prove how infallible the aphorism is, let me quote the opening sentence of the scathing series I wrote in May 2009 immediately after the BJP lost the Lok Sabha elections. “Karan Thapar accurately summed up the election results in a telling one-liner – while both the Congress and the BJP faced a host of problems until 3 weeks ago, the Congress’ problems dissolved into nothingness while the BJP tripped over them. A truer thing was never said. What Karan Thapar did not say was that while all of the Congress’ problems were external to the party, the BJP’s problems were all from within. Behind Karan Thapar’s one line summary lurked a sordid tale of epic proportions.”

This was in May 2009. Advani’s stranglehold on the BJP was loosened in September 2013 and the Congress was swept away in May 2014. These were not small changes but the BJP’s wipe-out in Delhi conclusively proves the aphorism not the least because the Advani coterie sensing a change in the wind direction, moved lock, stock and barrel into the Modi camp. If internal machinations masquerading as grand strategy cost the BJP the elections in 2004 and 2009, internal machinations cost the BJP the Delhi assembly elections too in 2015. “India Shining” in English metamorphosed into the desi “Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas” signalling perpetuity of the Advani coterie.

The blame for the Delhi debacle rests squarely with Narendra Modi and Amit Shah


  • With Narendra Modi because he turned his eyes away his task at home, succumbed to the lure of the American siren and was so engrossed in planning his wardrobe and choosing the tea to impress the siren that he failed to give Delhi elections the time and attention they deserved;
  • The blame rests with Amit Shah because as President of the BJP he failed to find the winning formula for Delhi given the utter vacuousness and facelessness of the so-called leaders of Delhi BJP besides knowing full well that the entire non-BJP political spectrum was determined to gang up to consolidate all non-BJP votes in favour of the AAP.
  • And the blame rests squarely and equally with both of them for allowing termites to crawl out of the woodwork and orbit freely around them as advisers, point persons and power managers. These termites insulated Modi and Shah from critics who had begun to sound the warning within three months of Modi Sarkar assuming charge at the centre.
  • The residual blame rests with the RSS for failing to arrest the drift and to stop every termite from becoming a power centre.

From December 2013 to February 2015 tactical and tectonic shift

While BJP supporters were unanimous in their view that the BJP was right to refuse to form the government in Delhi in December 2013 even after emerging as the single largest party with 32 seats, I was of the view then, as I am of the view today that the BJP should have honoured the mandate of the people of Delhi and ought to have formed the government. The argument of BJP supporters then was – by allowing Arvind Kejriwal to form the government the BJP was crafting the path to Kejriwal’s self-destruction. It did not quite happen that way though. Arvind Kejriwal would have self-destructed only if he had been a self-made man. He was nurtured and let loose on the nation by American foreign policy instruments. When Kejriwal beat the retreat in 45 days, these forces sheathed the sword, re-worked their war strategy against Hindu nationalists (for the Generic Church Modi is the face of Hindu nationalism) and bided their time.

Had the BJP got the true measure of the man and the real nature of the threat he posed to the country, they would have formed the government in 2013. Had the BJP done so, there would have been no Arvind Kejriwal and no Delhi debacle. Neither Dr. Harsh Vardhan who was the BJP’s choice of Chief Minister in 2013 nor any other BJP leader had one convincing argument to justify why they abdicated their responsibility in 2013 – except for Dr. Harsh Vardhan’s one vapid statement oozing with self-righteousness but lacking in political wisdom – “BJP does not believe in horse trading”.

The Delhi Debacle is the BJP’s chickens coming home to roost or the BJP’s karmic trajectory, determined by their refusal to honour the voters’ mandate in 2013, reaching its logical destination. The BJP learnt nothing from Chanakya. If Arvind Kejriwal is every bit as dangerous as he has been shown to be, and if the BJP was a nationalist party, it should have annihilated Kejriwal and AAP in 2013; instead, the BJP chose to mouth inanities, sought cover behind some bogus political virtue and left Kejriwal free to fight another fight on another day. And this time America’s foreign policy drew blood.

Lesson number 1: Congress-mukt Bharat must be axiomatic of all anti-Hindu political forces; so when your enemy is down make sure he does not get up.

In December 2013, the BJP had 33 per cent  of the vote share and 32 seats. In May 2014, the BJP swept Delhi so thoroughly that AAP and the Congress had none. So what changed between May 2014 and February 2015? The story is the same in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite the fact that the BJP polled a higher percentage of votes than the PDP, the BJP’s vote share in the J&K assembly elections was a whopping 10 per cent less than the May 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Laddakh voted a BJP MP to parliament in 2014 but the BJP drew a blank from Laddakh during the assembly elections and its vote percentage dropped in Jammu too, which is considered a BJP bastion. While the BJP positioned itself as being the antithesis of the Congress and its brand of politics during the Lok Sabha elections, it began to sing politics of minority-ism tunes in Delhi when Gadkari met slaughter-house owners and butchers at the India Islamic Cultural Centre and when the BJP fell silent on Article 370, Union Territory status for Laddakh and when Modi made the unfortunate and improper remark against the Indian army in Srinagar.

Lesson number 2: Hindu nationalists beware. The BJP is susceptible to the lure of secularism and politics of minority-ism.

The BJP lost and was wiped out of Delhi because and only because Delhi BJP, like Tamil Nadu BJP was bankrupt; it had no charismatic or clean leaders, it had no ideas and no agenda. If the Tamil Nadu BJP is only Dravidian ideology wearing the Modi mask, Delhi BJP is a conglomerate of self-interest, vested-interest, elite cricket club and wheelers and dealers hiding behind a Modi mask. Arvind Kejriwal and AAP went from door to door selling a pink elephant called “affordable politics” while the BJP sat at home watching Kejriwal on TV, munching on Modi Mantra, Barack Hangover and Shah Genius. In the end, the BJP scraped the bottom of the barrel and came up with three seats because Congress, communists, Christians and Muslims ganged up to out-genius Shah Genius. In December 2013 the BJP had 33 per cent  of Delhi’s vote share and won 32 seats; in February 2015 the BJP continues to have 33 per cent  of the vote share but has only three seats. Two dear souls who spent the better part of D Day morning trying to make me see some tortuously argued grand plot crafted by Shah Genius to enable a Kejriwal win, should explain this arithmetic to me. It was entirely within the purview of Shah Genius to get committed BJP voters to vote for Kejriwal if the plot of the drama was Kejriwal’s destruction embedded as time-bomb in the victory. That indeed would be Shah Genius at work; but the BJP vote share was intact. Kejriwal won because Sonia Genius instructed the Congress Muslim and Christian vote bank to consolidate and vote AAP. The Generic Church hand was revealed when Kejriwal participated in a Christian protest against church attacks in Delhi but rejected Imam Bukhari’s call to Muslims to vote for AAP.

We all know the Afghan Mujahideen, the Hurriyat and ISIS are all American creations. So Kejriwal’s election strategy refusing Muslim overtures but making common cause with Christians and in the end benefiting from both has America written all over it.    

Modi Fan Club should also explain why Amit Shah woke up to the fact of Delhi BJP’s bankruptcy so late in the drama that he had to bring in a new hero to wake up the audience only when the drama was drawing to a close. It is still not clear if Kiran Bedi was Amit Shah’s choice or was a decision imposed upon him; but picking up AAP left-overs from Sonia Gandhi’s table was suicidal if Amit Shah made the choice or homicidal if it was someone else’s unfolding conspiracy.  It was almost as if Sonia Gandhi was waiting for just this move – for the BJP to declare its Chief Ministerial candidate. As soon as Amit Shah projected Kiran Bedi as the BJP face of the Delhi elections, Sonia Gandhi drove Ajay Maken underground.

The Congress simply vanished from the scene effectively transforming a three-corned epic battle to a street corner face-off between two former Anna Hazare stooges – Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal. If there was no Congress in the Delhi elections, there was no Amit Shah either. Question is why did Amit Shah disappear after catapulting Kiran Bedi on centre-stage? From that moment on Arun Jaitley was seen to be managing the Delhi elections.

Lesson number 3: Jaitley was Defence Minister, Finance Minister and Minister for Corporate Affairs; now he is Finance Minister, Minister for Corporate affairs and Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Delhi election manager and strategist. Is the truth as innocent as absence of real talent in the BJP or is it something else?


Such is the blind faith of Modi Fan Club in Shah Genius that one theory doing the rounds is if Amit Shah could single-handedly micro-manage Elections 2014 to such perfection that the BJP swept its way to power with a clear and comfortable majority, if Amit Shah could topple the Congress from Maharashtra and Haryana, and if he can make the two Yadavs of Bihar and UP so insecure that they are talking about ganging up against Modi, could he not have chewed up puny Arvind Kejriwal in one bite? As the Delhi results show, Amit Shah could not because while Amit Shah may be a political genius he is not US State Department or CIA. Amit Shah could not stop the people of Delhi – Congress, communists, Christians and Muslims from ganging up against Narendra Modi and voting for AAP; thus while AAP secured 67 seats, the BJP got three.

In the absence of Delhi BJP going to the people with a charismatic leader, a well-defined Delhi-centric agenda or Hindu-centric vision, these elections became a referendum on Narendra Modi and Modi was tested on the crucible of the promises he made to the people in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. Kiran Bedi was reduced to Convenient Excuse in the bathos. Delhi Elections also became a lab experiment in anti-Modi ganging up.

Delhi elections as referendum on Narendra Modi

The termites orbiting around Modi used Modi to show-case Gandhi as Modi’s official hero and by extension the hero of the “Hindu nationalist party”; and in typical Gandhian style even as Modi was sweeping the streets clean with his Swach Bharat broom and singing hallelujahs to Swami Vivekananda, the termites were doing real politics behind the scenes. So while Narendra Modi was playing Gandhi the social reformer and Vivekananda bhakta, the coterie was doing the real politics behind the scenes – who would be cabinet minister, who would be minister of state, the foreign policy route, economic agenda, what should Modi say and what should Modi do. And in perfect Gandhi style, in perfect American geo-political style, while Barack was charming Modi, the US State Department was string-pulling Arvind Kejriwal.

I have made my analysis of the BJP’s loss in the Delhi elections a referendum on Modi and Amit Shah. Let me begin by asking the following questions:

  1. Why was Arun Jaitley given charge of three key ministries when Modi formed the government? Why is Jaitley in charge of three ministries even now?
  2. Why did Modi not have two different ministers for Defence and Finance? Was this Modi’s decision or was this decision imposed upon Modi? Who is or are Modi’s political advisers?
  3. Why did Modi ignore the decade-long humiliation inflicted by America and its vassal states on Modi and by extension on Hindu nationalists and waltz into the American parlour?
  4. What did India get from America when Modi went to Washington and when Barack came to New Delhi? Who is or are Modi’s foreign policy advisers?
  5. Why is Arun Shourie not a part of Modi’s cabinet? Was Arun Shourie sidelined like Dr. Swamy or was he unwilling? If Shourie was unwilling he could still have been persuaded to join the cabinet in national interest. Did Modi or the coterie around him really try?
  6. Why was Subramaniam Swamy denied a seat during the Lok Sabha elections? And why was he not inducted into the cabinet via the Rajya Sabha route?
  7. Why favour Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman alone from among the young and vocal in the BJP while ignoring Meenakshi Lekhi and Anurag Thakur.
  8. Why choose AAP left-over Kiran Bedi instead of nurturing and grooming Anurag Thakur and Meenakshi Lekhi for the Chief Minister’s post?
  9. Why has the Modi government not proceeded against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case?
  10. When the Generic Church identified Poland as the weakest link in the Soviet Bloc to disintegrate the Soviet Union and elected a Polish Pope, why did not Modi induct a high-profile Kashmiri Pandit or a Laddakhi Buddhist into his cabinet? As I asked before, who is Modi’s political adviser?

Sabotaging the National Herald case as example of what ails the BJP

Narendra Modi fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on the twin planks of Corruption and Congress-mukt Bharat; and Dr. Subramanian Swamy in a masterstroke synthesised both objectives when he nailed Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case. On June 26, 2014, within a month of Modi government coming to power at the Centre, a trial court in Delhi issued an order summoning Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to court. Within three days of the summons, Dr. Swamy filed a complaint of money-laundering against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi with the Director of Enforcement Directorate. As was expected, Sonia Gandhi approached the Delhi Court for redress and the Delhi Court in July 2014 obligingly issued an interim order staying the trial court’s summons to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. It follows then that the interim order was issued pending furtherance of the case in the High Court. So why has there been no further movement in the Delhi Court in the case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi? Is it because the law ministry has so far refused to urge the high court to list the case for hearing or is it because the government has refused to hand over incriminating material to prosecuting agencies? And why is there no movement in the office of the Enforcement Directorate on the money laundering case?

The BJP let Kejriwal off the hook in 2013 instead of barbecuing him without wasting time; the BJP seems similarly disinclined to pursuing Sonia Gandhi, her son and her son-in-law with single-point determination to make for a Sonia-mukt Bharat. How much of this tardiness can be attributed to the SC Advocates Club in Delhi which is blurring the lines between the Congress and the BJP?

BJP’s economic agenda

The BJP’s promise to fight and punish corruption stands exposed from the manner in which they have dealt with Dr. Subramaniam Swamy and from the fact they had to look elsewhere for their Chief Minister candidate instead of looking within at the Delhi BJP. Economists within the Hindu fold say there are no indications, not even the faintest signal that there is any new direction to the economy. While it is generally acknowledged that definitive results on the economic front can be expected only towards the end of two years, it is also admitted that they are unable to see any signs that the BJP is moving in that direction. I am not an economist but it seems to me the BJP is genetically inclined to looking outside for answers. It picked up Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi to infuse new blood and new life into the Delhi elections.

But taking into account that Sab ka Saath, sab ka vikas was just more of India Shining, I cannot help but wonder if Make in India is not simply more of the FDI-FII driven national economy where countries coming to India like America is now coming into the Gem and Jewellery business will only push India deeper into the FDI-FII paradigm. Make in India can actually resist any paradigm shift which may deny America and other western nations neck deep in recession, a share in the expected to boom Indian economic pie and this was proved unmistakably when senior ministers scoffed at Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan’s suggestion that the government should fine tune Make in India to Make for India. There also seems to be tremendous resistance to look for Indian economists residing in India as advisers to the Prime Minister.


The coterie around Modi has taken over from Modi and Amit Shah both. From the direction in which Modi Sarkar is heading – towards an America-centric foreign policy and America driven economy, I am tempted to summarise thus – America is India’s External Affairs Minister, Narendra Modi is Foreign Secretary and the Foreign Secretary is PA to FS. And the coterie orbiting around Modi and Shah have taken over the roles of Prime Minister and Party President.

When Narendra Modi and Amit Shah won three consecutive assembly elections in Gujarat, when Amit Shah crafted BJP victory in the Lok Sabha elections followed by impressive breaking-the-mold wins in Maharashtra and Haryana, they did it without the help of the coterie and the elite Cricket and Advocates Clubs. Narendra Modi must turn his eyes back to look within the country for motive, for inspiration and for raison d’etre. Mr. Modi, your voters are here, in India. Amit Shah and Narendra Modi must pay heed to the intense anger, shame and humiliation that have been inflicted upon hundreds of thousands of BJP supporters when they lost Delhi with such cynicism and disregard for the Indian voter. Indian voters of the BJP must be privileged over Overseas Friends of the BJP. Modi Mantra and Shah Genius have both taken a beating and that truth cannot be denied or explained away with tortuous feel-good explanations.'
Radha Rajan is a Chennai-based political analyst. She is also author and animal activist.
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  • Milind A

    Excellent article. This is self-destructive trait of letting enemies off, to fight another day is unique to us Hindus. This happened before when Prithviraj Chouhan set Ghori free. In contemporary India, this repeated when BJP under Vajpayee/Pramod Mahajan squandered a chance to debar Sonia Gandhi from office (they had promised debarring her due to foreign nationality – during elections), hoping that her presence would weaken the Congress. The rest we know is history. History was repeated again when Kejriwal was given a lease of life as the BJP remained trapped in the same line of thinking (Kejriwal will self-destruct)…

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    Good questions. Tough. If I may add, is Narendra Bhai a Vajpayee 2.0? Is BJP a Khangress 2.0? And is NDA, UPA 3.0?

  • Jaibhan Nishad ‘SHLOK’

    It is well known that the BJP has failed its core vote bank – the HINDU vote bank,whch has consistently backed him. Even the Delhi assembly loss is not as alarming to the BJP as it is to the Congress or BSP, as the former has more or less still taken 33% of the vote, which is commendable.
    However, in return what have we HINDUS got in return? On the contrary, our vote is considered as guaranteed by them. The BJP feels that Hindus will always vote for it, so now why not also cater to the Muslim or other minorities’ votes?

    We have to teach a lesson to the BJP. But then what are our options?
    SHIV SENA? But the party is too mired in its chauvinistic Marathi background, and can’t fulfil the aspirations of even non-Marathis living in Maharashtra
    HINDU MAHASABHA? Mahant Avaidyanath won a ticket on this party in 1989, but moved over to the BJP as they had no national prospects
    BHARATIYA JANA SANGH? Balraj Madhok continued to stand in elections on this name, but couldn’t muster enough votes to even win a seat
    HINDU MUNNANI? Too close to Sangh Parivaar and gets intermingled with BJP
    From the existing non-BJP HIndutva parties, I can’t see any with the strength to replace BJP or give it a ‘run for its money’
    I believe that there are many young dynamic non-BJP leaders from Hindu Janjagruti (Goa), your own blog site, Tapan Ghosh of West Bengal, etc…and one option is that we Hindus realluy, really need to look beyond the BJP. If we can even manage to win a few assembly seats in any state, it would be a very big challenge for BJP and might push them to fulfil the core HIndu demands.
    Rather than throwing hundreds of demands, Hindutva groups establishing new parties can make an issue area-specific. Say for example, in Tamil Nadu, the control of Hindu temples by the Communist / Congress establishment. Cow slaughter in Kerala. Conversion in Andhra Pradesh, illegal infiltration in West Bengal / Assam.
    But we should be thinking like this rather than just expressing our ideas in writing. Let’s do some action and show the BJP that the Hindutva voter means business

    • Jaibhan Nishad ‘SHLOK’

      The second option is more radical, but more practical. I have been speaking about this for quite some time, but most people have laughed. And that is we need to make ‘established’ secular parties feel that we can also vote for them, if they can fulfil our demands.
      Right now, the entire secular spectrum considers Hindutva voters as pro-BJP and hates us. Combined with the fact that they are all desperate for the Muslim votes.
      But the fact is that as the Delhi elections have shown, there are more and more probabilities that the Muslim voter will just vote for one party – this case AAP – rather than the Congress
      Similarly in UP I believe that when elections are held, tactical voting by them would ensure all votes going to SP rather than BSP
      If we can convince these parties – say Congressin Delhi, BSP in UP, even Communists in Kerala – that yes Hindutvawaadis are ready to forget everything, but if these parties fulfil our conditions then we are ready to vote for them

      Say for example the issue of Gov’t control over temples. It is not connected to Muslim vote bank. Yes, Governments are drawing money from temples and misusing them. But if the Communists are made to understand that Hindu vote bank will vote for them and not the BJP – and BJP’s vote bank is around 10% – then they have to remove gov’t control and make temples independent
      This is a rough picture. Since BJP is not interested to deliver on what Hindus hold dear, and take us for granted at all times, we have to make short-term compromises and make deals with such parties – straight forward business – that if they can fulfil what we hold dear – we vote for them
      Not to speak of parties like BJD. Odisha having just 4% Muslim population has absolutely no need to pamper to Muslim votes.

      If Mr Modi refuses to pay heed to us Hindu voters, then we have to think on these revolutionary lines also

  • Jaibhan Nishad ‘SHLOK’

    Excellent writing Radhika Rajan. I read your article three times, and even printed it out and have also forwarded it to my friends. Congrats
    I come from an extremely backward district in eastern UP. We are Nishads, a BC in UP and SC in many other states. My community has always voted for Congress, later SP or BSP, save for 1991 when most of us voted for the BJP due to Ram Janmabhoomi.
    My father and my uncle, the sarpanch of the village have always told me that yeh BJP waale ‘na Ram Mandir banaate hain, na kaam dete hain aur na humaari jaati ke liye kuch karte hain’, they are (or were) staunch supporters of Mulayam, till the last Lok Sabha elections when they also voted for Modi.
    There are some writers, including you, who are criticizing Modi for the slow progress in fixing the economy. I work for an MNC in Gurgaon and I can just tell you that the mood in our industry at least is still very pro-Modi. We are all skeptical of AAP or any others. I believe that expecting quick-fix miracles is well nigh impossible
    My complaints with Modi and the entire BJP apparatus is that they only give lip service to Hindutva, which has been their main ‘calling card’. Looking at their rise from 1989 onwards, I can’t find them fulfilling anything remotely pertaining to Hindutva – forget the Ram Janmabhoomi. Even simple things as freeing Sadhvi Pragya Devi have not been done (they had blamed her as the victim of minorityism when in opposition)
    After having studied the BJP’s long history, I had completely given up on it. However, Modi really bowled me over. I had an opportunity to hear his speech in Varanasi and Delhi and I was mesmerized. I thought that Modi will be someone who will return Hindus their dignity and their pride. However, slow by slow, my confidence in him is breaking. Your article and others writing for this blog, are perhaps the biggest eye-openers.
    Will write later again

  • Jaibhan Nishad ‘SHLOK’

    I found out your site by mistake, and find it to be amazing and fabulous. We have mainstream Hindu bashing media and reader’s comments where Hindus vent their feeling. We have the RSS-run or friendly sites which always portray a ‘feel good’ factor as if everything is all perfect. We have the Arya Samaj run- Agniveer doing a superb job defending Hinduism intellectually. But for a staunch Hindu site ready to criticize the BJP and calling their bluff and that too on such a professional level, think man yours is the only one. Congrats to the owners / editors

  • Nirmal Laungani

    I am a great fan of Radha Rajan’s writings, especially her phenomenal work, “The Eclipse of the Hindu Nation: Gandhi and his freedom struggle”.
    I have also had the opportunity to read some of her writings on VIGIL. She is definitely a great scholar, and the Hindu Samaj is fortunate to have such an outstanding person
    However, I cannot completely agree with her on the BJP’s debacle in Delhi. Though I absolutely do accept that in 2013, we should have just broken up AAP and it would be the end of it. This point of being principled should not apply when you need to remove pests and anti-national elements.

    Anyway, many of the points that Radhaji is raising are contrary to what she was saying in September’s article, “India is at last reclaiming its Hindu soul”. Many of the points, such as pertaining to Modiji’s foreign policies especially his visits to Japan, Nepal, etc.. were being supported by Radhaji then. I don’t understand how anyone can find faults with the PM’s “Make in India” policy? Till we do not start manufacturing, how can a country like India grow?

    I am not a BJP fan, I belong to the RSS and my support to the BJP is based on how much it will do for the country as well as those core Hindutva issues. A lot has to be done in this regard no doubt about it, but there is a general perception that the Gov’t is not shy to fight for yoga, Bhagwad Geeta, anti-conversion law, etc. Even the so-called chiding or rebuking persons like Sakshi Maharaj or Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti did not leave anyone in doubt that while these persons may not have been polished, their viewpoints were generally accepted.
    When one compares it with the first 9 months of AB Vajpayee Gov’t, it is surely a big difference.
    At the same time, I have no hesitation in accepting that there are many in the BJP who are easily tempted by the sin of secularism. I will add one more point to it. There are many so called friends of the BJP, coming from the media or economists, who are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing. They have been on a campaign to make BJP the new centrist party, replacing the Congress. Whenever BJP wins, they will credit this to development policies. But when the BJP loses any elections, they will claim that it was caused by the fanatic Hindu elements in the party. They will try best to create friction between the BJP and the RSS. There must be many such MPs who are influenced by this group. Therefore there is no doubt that such friends outside the party are far more dangerous than those who are openly critical of the party

    • Nirmal Laungani

      “Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan”

      Just under two months back, the BJP won Jharkhand. A couple of months prior to that, the BJP fought without its Lok Sabha allies in Maharashtra and Haryana and won.
      In J&K, while it performed terribly in Ladakh, its performance was fairly good in Jammu.
      At that time, no one was blaming Amit Shah for being arrogant, or not taking leadership into confidence, or overconfidence, etc…

      The results of a Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections are not always the same. Even the mighty Congress party, which won 23 out of 28 seats Lok Sabha in end 1984, lost the state assembly elections to Ramakrishna Hedge held a few months later in 1985.
      We must give credit where due. Amit Shah’s organization skills helped a lot in the BJP winning a massive 71 out of 80 seats in UP.
      Just like our “esteemed” historians for whom India’s history revolves around Delhi, our Delhi-centric media also romanticizes Delhi. These hysterical MSM reporters make it feel as if it is the end of the world for the BJP, despite the fact that since 1998, the BJP has not even been ruling Delhi.
      There is no doubt that the BJP must analyze the reasons for the massive debacle in Delhi. No doubt that many mistakes must have been committed in the campaign. And no doubt that concrete steps must be taken to do a course correction.
      An introspection is needed, but we should stop this self-loathing business.
      And remember, that 1 loss in Delhi cannot cancel last year’s big Lok Sabha win, nor the consecutive 3 assembly election victories.
      Delhi is not as important as it is made out to be. But yes, there can be no excuses over Bihar. So friends, let’s reserve our smile or tear (hope not) for Bihar.

    • Radha Rajan

      Make for India will also trigger manufacturing And Nirmalji, anger is great when expectations are great. Pl read my article Modi Sarkar half yearly report – All symbolism, no substance. And the unkindest cut of all? Modi will be chief guest at the function in Delhi next week to celebrate the beatification of two evangelisers. As is said in this article the BJP is susceptible to politics of minority-ism and adverse media opinion. Modi should have done the following four things within one month of taking charge: One: announce Delhi elections and finish off Kejriwal. I will produce the url of a link which strips Kejriwal naked. Two: Cancel missionary visas intriduced by Sonia gandhi’s christist government. Three: Stop foregn funds to all NGOs and organizations. Hindus too may be deprived but the church’s backbone will be broken. Four: Check and reverse India’s meat production and meat export policy. Modi did none of these. But he will celebrate the beatification of two individuals whose only claim to sainthood is destroying hindu society.

      • Nirmal Laungani

        Namaste Radhaji, the truth is that my expectations from even the BJP are not so high. Truth is that we Hindus have no real option. BJP is the closest we can get. Otherwise, we can’t forget that the Vajpayee gov’t increased the Haj subsidies to the highest ever levels.

        No other leader in independent Bharat has as much been demonized as Modi and the main reason was his perceived image of a Hindu hardliner. It was this, and this only which first allowed him to win the Gujarat elections in a landslide win in 2002

        Even in the last Lok Sabha victory in Lok Sabha, many “spin doctors” even from the BJP have tried to downplay the Hindutva vote bank, whereas the truth is that without this vote bank, the BJP would have never achieved 71 out of 80 seats. In Western UP, where Muslims are in a very big number, Hindus closed ranks and voted for BJP en masse. It was not development which saw V K Singh win by 440,000 votes in Ghaziabad. Or, BJP’s Nepal Singh win in a 51% Muslim Rampur.
        So, Shri Narendra Modi should have all the inclination to remain firm to the core HIndutva vote bank. The BJP, as a whole, would be greatly mistaken, if they continue to ignore their core principles.

        Having said that, there are certain things that Modi Gov’t has done to strengthen the perception that it is a HIndu friendly Gov’t. Some of them like him not attending the Iftar party may be symbolic but it is still important.

        Modi hasn’t shied away from extolling the virtues of yoga, India’s achievements in science, pride in Bhagwad Geeta, etc.. Even small things like observing a Navaratri fast while in USA. All of these things do inspire the Hindu youth

        I do not think that Christian missionaries will have the same “carte blanche” that they had during Sonia’s time, and there must be some controls going on, which we may not be aware of now (I hope so)

        But yes, we have to be patient. I think in the long run if most things that are dear to us – the Hindutva values if we can call it – can be fulfilled then we might have to take some losses. We would have to evaluate the Modi sarkaar on the basis of “one step backward, ten steps forward”
        I hope that the ten steps forward happens not later than 2017

      • Nirmal Laungani

        Just to add up, I have always felt that Kejriwal and the company he keeps – Yogendra Yadav, Gopal Rai, etc… – are far more dangerous than the Congress ever was.

    • Radha Rajan
      • Nirmal Laungani

        Thanks for sharing. I had already read it before. I have actually had the pleasure of speaking with you once, but you wouldn’t remember. I just want to stress that I am a very great fan of your writings.

        • Radha Rajan

          Thank you.

  • Soma Visal

    Afraid some one is black mailing Modi from within?

  • Use of Burnol will help the writer to cool off

  • anand

    Radhaji, Hats off to you for this brilliant analysis. You perfectly sum up the anger we all NaMo supporters feel.

    Modi should answer this : Forget Sonia, Rahul for a minute. Has any , ANY action been planned against media pimps who literally murdered his reputation with lies ? How can he accept BJP folks hobnobbing with the worst media men – Rajdeep and Barkha? I am afraid to think he is the ManMohan controlled remotely by Jaitley & co. Is that possible?

  • senthil

    so who are the coterie who has silently taken over from BJP and amit shah.. and why modi could not resist it..


    When some of the friends in Hindutva Circle take pot shots at Dr.S.Swamy, call him names, I get very much disturbed ………….. not because of the rights or wrongs in the argument………. but because of lack of *SANGH DECORUM* in it.
    The same logic fit into the acerbic outpouring of Smt.RR. While she is right on many counts………. she is right on pinpointing many issues…………..naming the karyakarthas of BJP as *TERMITES* is ……….. least said……… sickening.

    Sure, Modi and Shah duo shares greater responsibility for the dismal show in Delhi elections. But that does not demolish the genius in them lock stock and barrel. The formidable enemy……..aka AAP……….exactly worked in the same manner in which the team of Amit Shah worked during 2014 elections………. with lot of dedication, proper planning, managing day to campaign to the booth level, well coordinated door to door campaign et al………….If at all Modi Shah duo has to be pinpointed for any major lapse………… it should be for this.

    AAP started its campaign well in advance somewhere in Nov and BJP campaign was nowhere seen until 15 days before election. That speaks about much part of the bad story.

    The diatribes about so called congressi sicularism minorityism et al et al ……….and projecting as if the same has been adopted by BJP or RSS for that matter is condemnable. Sure on one hand there should not be any compromise in dealing heavily with the machinations of white church by ways of proselitisation and that of Arab funded Wahabism showing its ugly face by way of love jihad and other anti social activities……………

    The government of the day has got the responsibility to look into the genuine concerns of otherwise dutiful and proud law abiding christian and moslem brethern………… even if not as block of minority……….. but as the citizens of this country having genuine problems and requiring genuine solutions. Sangh Ideology nowhere prevents the sangh or the govt of the day to do the needful for the deserving law abiding christian and moslem brethern. AFTER ALL MUSLIM RASHTRIYA MUNCH WAS NOT LAUNCHED BY SANGH AS CHAT CLUB BUT BY KNOWING WELL THE GENUINE CONCERNS OF LAW ABIDING MOSLEM BRETHERN AND A VISION TO ADDRESS THEM.

    clubbing together jihadi elements white church sponsored missioneries and law abiding moslem and chirstian brethern in one basket is totally wrong. Sure while one can question the genuine efforts taken by the govt to tackle the menace of the former………… it is altogether bad in taste to ridicule genuine efforts of the govt to address the genuine problems of the latter.

    Sure to look into the acts of some of the karyakarthas…………. by genuine stock taking…….. and to look into the fact that govt of the day should use the genius of many knowledgeable people like Dr.S.Swamy, Meenakshi Lekhi, a retired Police Officer from UP (I dont recollect his name), Ex IAS officer Udit Raj……. there are many such people.

    Sure this is the time for course correction……..but that shall not be by thu thu mein mein…….. but by and with complete SANGH DECORUM.

    But for the above discussed aspects and not so convincing part dealing with economy, congrats to Smt.RR for having taken time to pen this otherwise brilliant article

  • anurag J

    excellent analysis on the delhi debacle.
    modi-shah combine should consult with the RSS to find out ways to tackle the growing cancer of arun jaitley in the modi administration. arun jaitley should be smartly removed from the cabinet so as to not to let the media make an event out of it. arun jaitley is the real snake in the house. still the course can be corrected and definitive steps can be taken to make sure the vision mr modi has can be practically implemented on the ground and such can only happen if snaked liek jaitley are not in the cabinet

  • bharatpremi

    Could there be any truth in -“Jaitely knows some secrets regarding Modi, that could be harmful to Modi “?. Looking at that ridicule and opposition to Jaitely’s behavior (online) … is this a case keeping your friends close, but enemies closer ?

  • bharatpremi

    Is Modi going VaJpayee way? we could have gotten Advani instead and atleast poor soul would have achieved his dream of life time.

    Is Sangh just happy to have HHS in PM seat and he lets them organize Samavesh/Sangams across the country ? Is that what Sangh desires (just that ?)?

    Sighbaboo and ontrackevnagelism are exposing Foreign NGOs day in and Day out on twitter (My salute to both of them), what is the govt doing ?

    Speaking for myself….. I thought Modi had a strategy, a plan to do across Bharat what he did in Gujarath? All that was just a show ? Really ?

    Someone who can connect with children on occasion of Teacher’s day, Children’s day and now Mann ki Baath… is that all that can be done ? Marketing and more marketing?

  • bharatpremi

    How these things align with Modi’s speeches during campaign ?

  • bharatpremi

    Well done Radha ji

    If Shah or Modi dont remember… they can cut and paste this to their daily calendar.

    अग्निः शेषं ऋणः शेषं शत्रुः शेषं तथैवच |

    पुनः पुनःप्रवर्धेत तस्मात् शेषं न कारयेत् ||

    Agnih shEsham TriNah shEsham shatruh shEsham tathaivaca

    Punah Punah pravardhEta tasmAt shEsham na kArayEt

    Agni (fire) ,
    Rna( runa-loan), shatru (enemy), if remain even in small trace (shesham) will
    grow again(punah punah pravardheta), so finish them completely (tatah shesham
    na karayet).

  • m p

    Excellent article. Modi is falling in Vajpayee mold & it’s business as usual. Jaitley’s opposition to Obama Anti-Hindu speech was as lame as Manmohan reponse to Modi visa ban.

    India should have balanced-budget law. All govt (state, central, municipal) must balance their budget. This is the only way to stop radical leftist policy, like AAP promise of freebies,from bankrupting the state.

  • Bala

    this arun jaitley is such a shamless fellow that he could not win his LS seat in a teeny tiny place like Amritsar, but calls himself a strategist…also, this fellow doesnt seem to know anything about economics…just blabbers some nonsense and also has a very cozy relation with Gandhis. wonder why NM gives him so much importance

  • wneap

    This is unabashed, uncompromising, nationalistic & patriotic politics as practised and philosophised by Chanakya.

    This is how powerful states are formed, grown and sustained.

    This is what China has practised over last 40 years to get where it is today while India has been playing limp-legged catch-up despite all the material, intellectual and spiritual resources at its disposal.

  • archie

    WOW, I stopped reading this article after the 1st paragraph when u said Arvind is product of “XXX”. Seriously, I used to laugh @ Pakistani conspiracy theorist zaid hamid, but didn’t know India also had its own version.

    If you are paid to write this, then I have nothing further to say. However, if these are ur own views, them please consult a psychologist, you may be suffering from schizophrenia.

    • Praveen Rai

      Ah, skepticism! You should read the “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”. Or, if that is too conspiratorial for you, then you should read the works of CIA-insiders. Planting stooges to destabilize a nation is an old trick. Powerful nations do that all the time to maintain the status quo. Watch the YT video of RSN Singh, a former RAW agent. AK might have started as an honest reformer, but the possibility that he is being controlled by an external agency cannot be ruled out. Strategic thinking requires one to consider many scenarios and have a strategy in place to protect the interest of the nation. So, don’t be so quick to pooh-pooh RR’s analysis.

      • Some people are eternal fool, naive. For instance, nobody knew that Ahmad Chalawi was an Iranian agent, even CIA.Only skepticism and linking the dots can help in unfolding such connections.

    • Nobody knew that Ahmad Chalawi was an Iranian agent, even CIA.

  • JagatguruDas

    Mr. Parrikar says that Ghar Wapsi will never touch Goa. Do we need any outside sickularist to set the BJP’s direction?

    • JK

      All Cabinet Ministers are hand picked by outside forces mostly by business lobby to clear there files so is this guy Parikar for clearing defense procurement files for arms dealers. Parikar as a CM didn’t had any thing to show as achievement during his tenure only thing favored him that he is Clean and IITians.

      Non in cabinet are pro-Hindu all are Rationalist including Modi, forget about Gaarwapsi in Goa, Modiji allowed demolition of Road side Temple when as CM of Guajarat just because High Court ordered but same when High Court refused to demolish road side Mosque or Dargah his govt didn’t stopped demolishing temple but continued. Radhaji has even criticized Modiji such action in one of her article on long back.

      BJP for me bunch of Rationalists just use the term Hindutva coined by Savarkar who himself happened to be Rationalist..Just to fool Hindus.

      In coming days AK will be doing lot for Hindu Temples to keep Hindus happy and will remain in power with there support may win Delhi Corporation, the way Karunanidhi when in power does by allocating separate budget for Temple Renovation in spite he being Rationalist. JJ when in Power cuts budget but she too allocats budget while both parties ideology foundation is built on Dravidian which is just Atheism but they know pulse of people. so Hindus in TN keep voting for this two party. Unfortunately we have not seen any such budget allocation for BJP so far.

      Modi too will be kicked out by Hindus the way they kept ABV and LKA out of power for 10 years after NDA-1 tried to be secular, inclusive. Delhi is just trailer. Coming days Hindus will show Modiji his own back. He asked for 60 Months so Hindus gave him let him enjoy his remaining days meeting foreign leaders, he can even have foreign junket no one will question him because he asked for 60 Month let him enjoy till then.

      • Sheer nonsense; your hatred of Modi is clear.

        • JK

          Delhi is gone for ever from BJP and Congress to AAP. Congress knows it very well they cant come back and they wont allow BJP to win Delhi.

          Wait and Watch Ultra Pro-Hindu Avatar of AK, which will keep him in power of Delhi for ever.

  • RVenkatanarayanan

    The PM must, if he wants to neutralize Arvind Kejriwal in the coming days, months and years :
    1. make policy changes that will be understood by the poor and the lower middle class that the BJP will work in their favor;
    2. convince the common man that the BJP and Modi are not in cahoots with Big Business; and
    3. bring tangible impact at the cutting edge in respect of corruption, prices for small and medium industry and consumer commodity prices.
    Foreign policy will not attract votes of the masses. Flamboyance of any sort is disliked by Indian psyche.

  • P. B. Josh

    Who said anarchists are not organized? The Church attacks and subsequent Christian protest rally were all planned. This time around the anarchists in collaboration with all anti-BJP parties had successfully polarized Delhi as never before. BJP was doomed regardless what it did or did not do. Now BJP (center) should be ready. In few months, people will try to protest AAP’s non-performance by peaceful Dharna. But AAP will have parallel mob ready to attack these peaceful Dharna people. Or AAP anarchists will mingle among these Dharna people and start violence instigating police attacks on Dharna people. There will be a permanent AAP anarchists mob in support of AAP regardless of AAP’s performance. If the central government is not careful, Delhi will become a permanent polarized and anarchist city.

  • sam

    restrict arun jaiitley from appearing in NDTV interviews with burka dutt , didnt modi forget all those humiliations by ndtv on modi, sack jai italy from I&B take arun shourie as I&b minster. we can see during terror boat episode how media sided with pakis to defame modi govt .built try to built a strong nationalistic discourse modi wave will not work for every time .majority of Indians don’t know media double standards most youth are not active in regular political trends they believe what media shows and write delhi victory is example and a wake up call

  • sam

    restrict arun jaiitley from appearing in NDTV interviews with burka dutt , didnt modi forget all those humiliations by ndtv on modi, sack jai italy from I&B take arun shourie as I&b minster. try to built a strong right wing media other wise modi wave will not work if this goes on majority of indians (hindus)dont know media double standards most youth are not active in reular political trends they believe what media shows and write delhi victory is example and a wake up call

  • Guest

    please restrict arun jaiitley from appearing in NDTV interviews with burka dutt didnt modi forget all those humiliations by ndtv on modi sack jai italy from I&B take arun shourie as I&b minster

  • Guest

    sack jai italy

  • Fakeriwal

    Kudos to RR for her incisive analysis. Keep it up.If Parmacharyaryar said develop friendly relationship with China then he must be right. Any day China is better than the rogue state USA

  • B.R.Haran

    Excellent analysis Radhaji. Lot of weeds have to be removed from Delhi. I hope NaMo-Shah combine realise that they are surrounded by these weeds. Earlier the realisation the better!

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  • Gautam Sharma

    very valid points made by the author.but one point of contention i have with the author’s view is her support of dr swamy.i feel dr swamy has made undeniable contributions to hindu nationalism ( eg unearthing of national herald scam etc ) but his closeness to china makes me very uncomfortable,considering china is our civilization enemy.