The dark clouds are gathering in the sky. An ominous sign for the cow worshiping overlord. Five years back, single-handedly, he had turned the sky from clear blue to a deep orange. With a face that inspired souls, an aura that commanded respect and words that turned people into followers, he gave many of us hope. For the first time, people truly believed in this oft-abused line – Change is coming.
But if signs are to be believed, the only (big, major) change that we will be seeing in the five-year term of Hon’able minster Modiji, is the change of power.
The cow states which had emphatically announced Modi’s arrival on the big stage five years back are curiously silent this time. If anything, the sound we very possibly might hear is the sound of hands clapping. A congress of haters is aggregating. Of doubters, of skeptics. They are rejoicing at this prospect, the prospect of the fall of this man who had acquired god-like aura about him.
Why will BJP fall? What will BJP election result will say? If it falls at all today, and in the coming elections of 2019?
Will it be due to the controversial Demonetization scheme? No, it has both – the good and the bad? The governance? Not even this. They didn’t spectacularly bad. (They are the same breed of politicians. Filling their bellies first, scattering the remains for us to eat.) Will it be due to a better alternative? Can’t be right, we know what state the other major party is in? It can very well be the combination of everything else, but even then that might not be the root cause of its fall. Then what?
I think it is the lethargy. this sense of complacency that affects all.
When a man becomes bigger than the Institute of democracy in which he exists and his face becomes so big that it transforms into the unofficial party symbol. When he becomes the clutches on which the entire party stands on. When he becomes the one-man show, a single man army. With no opposition – neither from within nor from outsides. When all the other party’s no better than the rats fighting among each other, gnawing on the fallen crumbles as he feasts and gorges alone. That’s what happens, lethargy syncs in, a sense of complacency. [Read more on this: The curious case of Modi’s press Conferences.
Too big to fail, too powerful to be contested – that must be the feeling that crept into the BJP leaders. Where is the opposition? Led by a caricature of a leader, inviting more laughter than confidence, the party of Congress is in disarray. The other parties were never there. A mishmash of parties focused on having their stomach fulls from the regional politics – they were never to be bothered about.
Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party did shake some strong hearts. But he and his party are too young to take on the Goliaths of Indian Politics. So then who will defeat us? BJP must have scoffed. Who will Defeat BJP? Defeat Modiji?
Sometimes we look far, when the answer is close to using. In this case, the answer to who will defeat BJP is BJP itself.
Its own lethargy, its own recklessness. Its belief that whatever it is doing is good enough. Should be good, has to be. There is no need to understand what people are saying is what might prove to be its Achilles’s heel. And the signs were always there.
The background noise of ‘Ram Mandir,’ just before the onset of the election. The belief that a two thousand crore statue is an answer to the cries of people going to sleep empty stomach. [Read: Is a two-thousand crore statue justified?] The overconfidence that they can get away by mismanaging this big giant of a scheme called demonetization. And the biggest sin of all, believe that doing exactly the same things what everyone before BJP had done, is good enough. Corruption corroding our country as usual. And nobody will look! Nobody will care. This is what that will take down BJP.
BJP will be the reason for its own demise. BJP will defeat itself.