Three 2009 Decisions: Decision 2: Supporting the BJP in the 2009 Elections

In January of 2009, I decided to see if I could play some role in the forthcoming elections to better understand India’s politics and governance system. I decided to support the BJP. Along with a group of other professionals, we also started a forum called “Friends of BJP” for others like to us to get more engaged with politics.

A number of people whom I meet (along with others who have commented on various blog posts) ask me whether I think I made the right decision given the results of the elections and the subsequent events that have transpired in the context of the BJP. My answer is Yes. I have been disappointed by what happened, but that does not mean the decision I made was wrong. While winning is everything, especially in politics, losing can also teach if one is prepared to learn.

I believe that what India needs is a centre-right formation in its government. The BJP is the closest to this. Yes, the party has gone through dramatic downs over the past six months, but I think it will emerge stronger and better. Political parties in every country have gone through trying times – and the BJP in 2009 has been no different.

I do hope the party learns from its mistakes, and creates a genuine centre-right formation. It cannot win by aping the Congress. Going ahead, I hope to do more in helping drive the centre-right movement in the country. India needs more of us to be involved in creating our future. And potentially, create better political parties on both sides of the spectrum.

Tomorrow: Decision 3

9 thoughts on “Three 2009 Decisions: Decision 2: Supporting the BJP in the 2009 Elections

  1. The BJP is undergoing corrective surgery, and a face lift, but the dichotomy inherent to its existence and the jaded philosophy of its founders will continue to push it away from the political mainstream.

    If they continue in the same pink chaddi collecting vein, one sees no way for a resurrection of its political fortunes,
    barring a war with China or Pakistan.

    It survives simply because there is little by way of national alternative, there is a real political vacuum which an ambitious leader with the right approach and sensible programs can take advantage of. I am sure that someone right would arise for Rajesh to lend his support.

    Till then we gotta make do with what we have…



    Because I could not stop for Death —
    He kindly stopped for me —
    The Carriage held but just Ourselves —
    And Immortality.

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