Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2017 13:45:26

THE observation by an India-American Think Tank ‘South Asia Programme’ at the Carnegie Endowment that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has brought a golden era to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), underlines the reality most correctly. Mr. Milan Vaishnav, director of the programme, has said, in effect, the BJP has emerged as a “new centre of political gravity” in a country controlled by the storied Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of the Congress party. The statement paints the Indian domestic scene in the most accurate manner.

The primary reference to Mr. Milan Vaishnav’s observation comes from the latest political developments in Bihar where the BJP joined hands with Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar to form Government even as the feisty Chief Minister dumped the Rashtriya Janata Dal (led by Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav) and invited the Bharatiya Janata Party to join the Government. This political coup of sorts can be treated as a very path-breaking news in recent times, giving the BJP an added edge in the domestic scene.

No matter this reference, it must be said with certain authenticity that under Mr. Modi’s leadership, the BJP has continued an upward march since the ascendency of Mr. Modi first as prime ministerial candidate and then as Prime Minister. Astonishing as it is, the common experience is that the BJP has been expanding its organisational presence in every nook and corner of the country. In a way, its presence has proved to be the most dominant development in the country, outmatching the Congress at its peak in the early decades in post-Independence India.

By no means is this an ordinary condition. For, when a party expands to attain a pan-Indian presence, it is obvious that it has acquired certain formula that has the capacity to catapult it to the top. In BJP’s case, the Prime Minister is an iconic force whose parallel is not available with any other organisation in the country. It is this aspect that, too, has added weight to the observation of the Indian-American think-tank. The most critical aspect of the BJP’s functioning is that its leadership is not willing to relax; it has its own agenda.