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Simple Maths And Lazy Politics
- Shams Kabir
Simple Maths And Lazy Politics




Liberal support implies limited cohorts in support outside of urban agglomerations Therefore the AAP experiment to go national failed. Their support base was largely liberal.

Nationalism and soft-Hindutva obtains the majority vote in all states bar some. As a single cohort subscribing to any concrete ideology, however faecal, they are the largest.

The Prashant Kishor formula does not need the liberals. Tell me of one political leader he has advised not to cater to the Hindutva vote bank. Even Rahul was prey and his gotra being trotted out.

None of these leaders worked to consolidate the non-Hindutva vote. They all work to their own designs. Splitting the non-Hindutva vote and hoping for a slice of the Hindutva pie.

And therein lies the problem with their political ideologies. They confuse the real liberals in their support base. And at the same time they don't make a dent in the Hindutva vote. And so you have Congress going from hardly any seats in 2014 to hardly any more seats in 2019. Temple visits and gotras notwithstanding.

But the Congress still persists. Kejriwal will persist. So they will not call Hindutva out.

They will never take a concrete stance against Hindutva and then start building from there. I wonder what they are waiting for? I wonder if precedent and history escapes them? Their own!

And if today Kejriwal has lost the plank of an anti-corruption crusader - it is his own politics to blame. Ditto for Rahul. Not that there was any particular ideology that was attached to the Congress.

And so here we are. Amongst a set of lazy politicians. This laziness is also expressed in their choice of members with criminal pasts and presents. They are too lazy and too worried about short- term gains to make a change because much patience is what the task will need. And electoral failures will continue to dog them for a while. But they already do! They have lost sight of, if they ever did have their sights on, the long-term plans.

That is the sheer laziness of their morality and their politics.
 
Shams Kabir is former Head - Planning and Presentation of News Corp.
 
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Comment by: Sunny Rizvi

Very well thought out article. Good job! Have often wondered - where’s the 3rd national option? Cong would do well to finally accept that in their current avatar, they are done. Finito! But easier than Cong redesigning itself would be the emergence of a 3rd national front. Waiting...

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