Then came the Election results on May 16, 2009. I spent the day with a group from the Friends of BJP at my home. As the results were announced on TV, it became clear what had happened. The BJP had been beaten by a resurgent Congress. It was a harsh verdict for the BJP.
The next few months were even harsher for BJP sympathisers. As the party leadership imploded, so also disappeared any semblance of opposition to the Congress. But still there was a feeling that the country could now look forward to a progressive government and positive governance for the next five years.
A year later, that idea lies in shambles. Even though the BJP perhaps is in only a marginally better situation than it was a few months ago, the current state the Congress-led UPA government is something no one could have scripted or predicted. Non-performing ministers, scandals and scams coming out of every closet, internal and external security threats rising, central institutions being completely misused – it is a state of affairs that Indians should find disgusting and repulsive.
But we don’t. Like ostriches, we in Middle India have buried our heads in the sand. We don’t care.