CHURUMURI POLL: Can BJP win without Muslims?

Sudheendra Kulkarni, the former media advisor to Atal Behari Vajpayee and Lalchand Kishinchand Advani, has an interesting piece in today’s Indian Express on the BJP, post-Uttar Pradesh elections. Kulkarni, who was the author of Advani’s so-called pro-Jinnah speech, joins issue with an article in the RSS mouthpiece Organiser that says the BJP would have had better electoral success with “an aggressive Hindutva approach”. He says this was was the same excuse that was reeled out even when the NDA lost May 2004, that the BJP had abandoned Hindutva.

“If Mayawati‘s triumphant and praise-worthy concept of Sarvajan Samaj (all-inclusive society) has a place for Muslims, why is the BJP so queasy about accommodating Muslims in its own strategy? Why didn’t the BJP field a single Muslim candidate in any of the 403 Assembly constituencies in a State where Muslims constitute 18.5 per cent of the popuplation? The party has some justification in criticising its political opponents for Muslim “appeasement”, but is it practising its own precept—namely, Justice for All—when it neither takes up any just issues of Indian Muslims nor feels morally and ideologically obliged to give due democratic representation to such a huge section of Indian society? How can BJP hope to govern India if it continues to have an emotional disconnect with Indian Muslims?”

How, indeed? Tell.

Read the full article: How can BJP govern India minus Muslims?