This is my short blog.
Modi knew that the only way to quell the RSS and their Hindutva agenda was to give them the reigns and a free hand in the bypolls; only to let them fail. It was a calculated risk. History has shown that every party that sweeps comes to power in a national election tends to receive a set-back by the electorate in the very next local one - as a way of ensuring balance of power.
So in Uttar Pradesh, despite the fact that the BJP was roundly criticized for selecting a controversial MP Yogi Adityanath as their star campaigner, Modi chose him carefully. Adityanath is also a priest and founder of the ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’, a right wing Hindu nationalist group (source: Wikipedia).
Modi knew that this defeat would be small in the grand scheme of things and will not affect him national agenda or harm his momentum but it would be enough to send the RSS’s communal forces a strong message to stay silent; while strengthening Modi’s hand over them.
Well played Prime Minister…
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
(by Walt Whitman)
#Cricket, 464 yrs; Demise of a Gentleman’s Sport