A perennial networker, Arun Jaitley was on friendly terms with leaders across parties — a talent that made him indispensable to Modi through the turbulent political times post the Godhra violence in 2002.
The principal opposition, the Congress, remains a prisoner of the past and refuses to believe that India has moved away from the 1970. To seek solace in the 1970s in 2019 with a different individual at the centre stage is to exercise living in a make believe work.
The takeover of the Congress party by Sonia Gandhi or her future installation of Priyanka Gandhi does not address the basic issue that the party has lost touch with the masses. But then who will bell the cat in a family enterprise.
There has been much celebration among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners of the Narendra Modi government at the record legislative business that it was able to push through in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha.
The Narendra Modi government’s hardline approach to the handling of the Kashmir situation is expected to unravel fully in the next few hours even as the Centre deployed more troops and ordered thousands of visitors to leave the region.
We are in 2019 and a similar drama in unfolding in India as its principal opposition, the Indian National Congress (INC), seeks to redeem itself with the electorate after being rebuffed twice in the general elections over the past five years. The growing irrelevance is forcing the once dominant political force to clutch at straws to save it.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayemsewak Sangh (RSS), have begun tentative exercise to restructure the party organization and plan for induction of new talent in the party in coming months.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a master of political timing that often leaves friends and foes panting for breath. It has helped Modi survive in the political jungle, both in Gandhinagar and Lutyens’ Delhi, where he currently resides.