The editorial, “BJP’s deepening crisis” (June 16), has rightly pointed out that Hindutva — and by extension the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — “has little purchase among today’s young voters.”
The party would do well to put the Hindutva card in the back burner and come out with solutions to the day-to-day problems of the common man, lest it be wiped out in the next general election.
The BJP’s inability to come to terms with its electoral defeat, coupled with organisational problems in a generational shift, is the root cause of the present crisis. However, it would be too premature to write off the principal opposition party which has time and again bounced back from the brink. The BJP leaders need to exhibit maturity and take collective responsibility for the party’s successes and failures.
Instead of pointing fingers at one another, they need to do a thorough introspection.
B. Suresh Kumar,
The BJP leadership failed to see that present-day India cannot be fed with Hindutva, Ayodhya and minority-bashing. The voters have rejected the RSS-VHP agenda and the BJP leadership’s act of succumbing to fundamentalist pressure from its alter ego.
What voters need are food, shelter and peace. If the ongoing crisis in the party can produce a leader who is visionary and decisive, it can hope to do better in the next election.
The infighting is unfortunate and ill-timed. The BJP, which has hitherto been free from internal strife, is now at a crossroads. It is a serious matter that needs to be sorted out at the earliest. The cracks were visible soon after the Lok Sabha elections when L.K. Advani expressed reluctance to don the mantle of Leader of the Opposition, and the party leadership failed to give a convincing explanation for the poll debacle.
It cannot be denied that the BJP is facing a leadership crisis. Senior leaders Rajnath Singh and Mr. Advani should take effective steps to help the party come out of the crisis.
P. Senthil Saravana Durai,
The BJP is the only alternative to the Congress at the national level. It must pull itself together and as the editorial suggests, rethink on “the mobilisational utility of Hindutva.” Its middle rung should be nurtured carefully and won over to meet the demands of the next general election. If the disruptive influence of Hindutva is eliminated, the BJP can pose a stiff challenge to the Congress.
Whether or not one supports the BJP, it is one of the two major national parties and has a strong religious agenda. As a party which has been closely associated with and which even strengthened the RSS and the VHP, it cannot move away from them or antagonise them. Except some leaders, all top BJP leaders have faith in Hinduvta. The party should, in fact, declare Hinduvta its main goal.
After throwing Hindutva out, there will be no BJP left to save. The BJP was launched to first win and then keep in perpetuity the Hindu vote bank, which its leaders thought was waiting to be used. But Hindus were never a single vote bank. The grand Hindu identity is an artificial construct, the real being the sub-identities of castes and sub-castes, which have already aligned themselves with various regional and national parties occupying almost the entire political space. The BJP, therefore, is left with only one option — disintegrate.