On electoral strategy

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:30 pm IST

Published - May 20, 2015 02:59 am IST

Though a fine piece of political analysis, the article, “ >Electoral wins or religious peace? ” (May 19), proceeds on the premise that the BJP believes that its electoral wins were the result of mobilisation of Hindus and that the party wants to carry on with such a project even at the cost of losing religious peace in the country. If it be true, its decimation of other parties in the electoral fray in the States that followed the Lok Sabha election should have continued. The mobilisation of voters by the BJP on religious lines might have been a contributory factor to sway voter sentiment towards it to a limited extent. It were factors like unparalleled corruption — an issue that asphyxiated the Congress-led UPA — and policy paralysis that toppled the UPA’s apple cart and which enabled the BJP to ride the wave. The BJP itself knows full well that in a country like India, an electorate of the rich, tech-savvy, the middle class and rural voters, who all yearn for a prompt delivery of services, cannot be netted by soft or hard Hindutva. The party has an onerous duty to infuse a sense of confidence and safety in the minorities even if the infusion of such hopes does not guarantee an iota of electoral dividends.

Dharmalingam Chandran,

Udhagamandalam

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