A right of centre party is in power, and so the party aligned interest groups feel they have the mandate to do some stuff their way. Within reason, i don't have a problem with that. It is the executive's prerogative, for example, to appoint their "men" in key posts and pursue and further their political agenda and so on. It's a part of democratic politics.
However when the winner goes overboard, and do outrageous things, the people and the opposition needs to stand up to rein them in. That's the change i was referring to. The people aren't outraged enough to hurt the government and force it to tone down its anti-beef campaign.
1) There isn't a libertarian vote base in India. So his new party will almost certainly be trounced in elections. India (the part that most of us here do not see) is still very socially conservative. Even in places like Calcutta, which is certainly not a right wing bastion, proposals to ban beef will have popular support among Hindus. While elites in the metros probably would support a hands off approach to religion, support for other liberal causes such as complete freedom of speech is relatively poor even in that demographic. I am sure that will change ... but it will be a process of social transformation, that will take more time than one election cycle.
2) Although the PM himself hasn't said or done anything incendiary yet, i am not convinced (as you seem to be) that these events are not to his liking. The polarisation that these actions by his minions cause only makes those who dislike the BJP even less likely to vote for the party. I don't think its costing him votes, and until and unless the minions go overboard and start causing massive social unrest, i doubt that it will be in the PM's interests to rein them in. A more aggressive version of what Harper and Netanyahu tried late in their election campaigns, with mixed success.
- PSBB Chennai1999
- St. Stephen's College, DelhiComputers, 1999 - 2001
- ICFAIMBA, 2002 - 2004
- Self EmployedFreelance Writer, present
- Avon Times
- Zak Trade Fairs and Exhibitions
- ICICI Center for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)
The Fundamental Right to Offend - Ritu Lalit's Blog
The Right to Offend has to be <a href=
Germany bans managers from calling or emailing staff out after work hour...
The newspaper cited official guidelines stating that no staff should be penalized for turning off their cellphone or failing to pick up mess
Gujarat HC junks law against night shift for women employees - The Times...
The Gujarat high court on Friday scrapped the law prohibiting firms from employing women in night shifts and ordered for making provisions f
The Supreme Court’s 377 Decision: Anti-minority Subjectivity and Unintel...
The Supreme Court’s judgment has re-instated Section 377. The Court, conducted by a two-member bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice Sud
Muslim personal law can't override criminal law: Court- Delhi- India-IBN...
Holding that Muslim Personal Law cannot 'override' criminal law, a Delhi court has rejected the bail plea of a Muslim man, accused of kidnap
Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity
Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity is a free online class taught by Jon Stewart, PhD, Dr theol & phil of Un
HC gives Rs 50K damages to victim of police torture - The Times of India
Holding that victims of police excesses are entitled to compensation as a matter of right, the Madras high court has awarded Rs 50,000 to a
Miss America’s Skin is “Too Dark” to Win in India?
Indians and Indian-Americans took to social media to assert that Miss America Nina Davuluri’s skin is “too dark” to ever win an Indian beaut
Flies see the world in slow motion, say scientists - Telegraph
Flies avoid being swatted in the same way Keanu Reeves dodges flying bullets in The Matrix, by watching time pass slowly, research suggests.
Man freed in rape case, court says it was extra-marital affair
A man accused of raping a married woman on the false promise of marriage has been acquitted by a Delhi court, which observed it was a case o
How to Write Great Content: Because Awesome Content Won't Write Itself...
We've all been told that creating unique, awesome content is our key to visibility gold and customer loyalty. But how do we do it, consisten
Artificial Intelligence and What Computers Still Don't Understand
The computers that tend to do well in Turing Tests are ones that lie. Hector Levesque wants to reimagine the field of artificial intelligenc