Is BJP a natural party of governance?

If you find the above question quite odd, I can’t blame you. After all the Congress has been the virtually unchallenged party to be in power as a default set by Indian voters and this has been so until the beginning 2014. Even during early 2014, not many thought that NDA would come in power, leave alone the possibility of BJP getting absolute majority.

Therefore even I never had imagined BJP to be a natural party of governance.

I am among those who think that the BJP has made a poor job of as an opposition party. Look at the last the decade of UPA’s scams and loot. It was the CAG and private complaints which brought most of the scams out in the open. BJP did force issue for JPC on Coalgate, but it left many a battles to others including SC. It was BJP’s inaction that led to Anna Hazare movement and the Kejriwal antics. Indeed many people came to think that there wasn’t much to choose between Congress and BJP.

The indefatigable Modiji, RSS, BJP’s core supporters and an angry electorate saved the day for itself and for the BJP through the Parliament elections in 2014.  I believe it was a once in century event as epochal as the Independence. BJP should know better than expecting such epochal events happen regularly.

I believe that the generations of BJP leaders , despite being in opposition for ever, were never comfortable in ‘opposing’. Their RSS sanskar had always taught them to do something useful, build character, create useful institutions. For those used to such work opposing things, staging protests, dharanas. morchas, and abusing others can feel wrong and unnatural. Barring Advaniji’s Ayodhya movement the BJP rarely took to streets unless it involved abnormal situations like the emergency and many decades before that the Article 370 issue against which Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee led a movement and died under detention.

BJP’s then leadership didn’t believe that things were very abnormal for Indian voters even until late 2013 until Modiji forced the issue. I think they seriously underestimated voters’ anger.

The DNA of BJP seem evident in Maharashtra BJP -many good capable leaders but they remained content in press releases during Congress-NCP’s rapacious rule of fifteen years. They didn’t vigorously take up people’s problems. Even MNS could capture people’s imagination for a while but not the BJP.

Now look at this: BJP governments whether at the Center or in the states have done well. It is unfortunate that BJP  doesn’t get credit that it deserves from people.

Blame it on the media. Media needs exciting news which MNS or a Lalu or Mayawati or Mamata can provide. Good governance is boring, it is work. BJP does it well but it isn’t enough in this age. That’s why I am beginning to think that BJP is a natural party of governance and development.

That most of media and (pseudo) intellectual eco-system is owned by congress system of throwing crumbs, makes it really difficult for BJP.

It looks like this: most BJP leaders feel -give us a chance because we are good. But we will not do anything to stay in your mind. I believe this is the main reason for it falling short of majority. It didn’t do enough at local level and relied excessively on the Modiji’s wave.

BJP shouldn’t copy Congress, but it should use its years in opposition to set agenda through vigorous opposition and taking up people’s issue and stay in news.

Modiji and Shahji can build well and can vigorously oppose too. They can find solutions to media problems, they can bypass media and connect with people. They use criticism in media to their advantage much like batsman using bowler’s pace to hit boundaries and sixes. This itself a fantastic occurrence.

I hope many BJP leaders emulate them.


On my favorite hill run


Ran up the Vetal tekdi negotiating walkers who walk in formations across the trail. My friend who also ran with me almost knocked down someone who changed his mind about which side of the trail he should take.

This little 5 km loop throws all kinds of challenges at you. Steep climbs and descents, unsteady stones, and of course ever present owned dogs. Fortunately, the dogs are as tired as their masters and are in no mood to bark. But you can’t be entirely sure.

The turn back point is a good place to reward yourself with water and with a view of what is beneath and beyond -the police training ground and the Pashan road showing up amid the lush green trees.

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Not Kicking up dust… Swachh Bharat Day

wpid-img_20141001_174121251.jpgI hate dust. But I hate kicked up dust more. This was coming in way of my practice of ‘cleanliness is god’ principle. The vacuum cleaner which I purchased decades back is gathering dust due its tedious ways. So cleaning means you tie a hankie around your nose, hold the breath and dust (up).

If you are a mad runner like me who runs on roads, you know how to negotiate obstacles -broken tiles (if their are footpaths), owned and unowned dogs, dog poops( always by owned dogs), electric, telephone, and TV cables, broken bottles, and the sweepers. Dogs and the sweepers mean you need to try the other side of the road.

I always sincerely thank all those who sweep our roads every time I see them, but I also need to make sure that I don’t inhale dust that sweeping kicks up and start sneezing. Most of us are allergic to dust with effects ranging from sneezing (my case) to choking to sever reaction.

My discussions with my friend on the subject of dust held a promise of some simple solution to cleaning -a microfiber duster. I bought one from a shopping site and put it to use immediately swiping anything I took fancy to. I didn’t wait for 2nd October.

For first two days had my hankie tied around my nose, not trusting the technology yet. But seeing that some dust does stick to the green duster, I got a little braver today, on a Vijaya Dashami Day. I didn’t tie the hankie while microdusting away. That was some minutes before I sat down to do this post. I sneezed and I have a slight sensation in my throat which tells me that the technology needs improvement. Also I can see that it does not entirely clean the surfaces. It does get rid of say 90% of dust. So there is nothing better than the damp cloth, yet.

The filth and trash that we see in our public spaces are certainly not due to lack of efforts. Their are two kinds of efforts here -those by people throwing things here and there all the time and those who clean things up. You know who wins. So far.

Enter PM Mod with his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He has won many a battles. I am sure, he with our support, will win this war for cleanliness. As a part of this I hope there comes easy technology in the form of dusters, swipes, and mops which doesn’t kick up dust.