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I have no doubt that the BJ{ patriach shri L.K. Advani will be aquitted. Will this help the BJP in the 2019 general elections?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 21 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 No. He makes no difference either way.
 

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what did you think of the reprising of the Babri Masjid case & how it will affect the BJP?
Will the party gain even more support now or will it gain sympathy votes (if Advani is arrested?)

Posted By: Shweta Sinha  |  Posted On: 20 Apr 2017  |  City: Bhilai

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 I think it's irrelevant. There is a new generation of voters and today's BJP supporters only know Narendra Modi. LK Advani is a historical figure for them. And they have no clue who Murli Manohar Joshi is.

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Sir since you were going to write a piece on Indira Gandhi and Modi I have a question about them. Today a somewhat strange phenomena we see is every issue, every news item, every thing is discussed from a pro Modi vs. anti Modi standpoint. I mean his supporters bring his name and his opponents bring his name in any discussion both when totally unnecessary. It's quite absurd how much everything revolves around the personality of this man. Was the same thing true of Indira Gandhi as PM?

Posted By: Vishwas  |  Posted On: 19 Apr 2017  |  City: Ulhasnagar

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 Absolutely. It was exactly the same kind of polarization, the same kind of personality cult, the same dictatorial approach and the same overwhelming national popularity. 
 

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Do you expect incumbency would be a factor during the next national election?
I know its too soon but certainly most of the national govt/ BJP seems to be firefighting while the fringe is undoing any little advantage they had.
and they don't seem to be really bothered at all, no?

Posted By: Harry Dev Singh  |  Posted On: 19 Apr 2017  |  City: Auckland

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 Hard to say. I thought that anti-incumbency would work against the UPA after its first term. In fact, the party actually won more seats the second time around. These things only become clear a few months before the election.
 

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Vir,Do you this that is is the beginning of the end for India as a democratic,forward,secular country?Im too old to be scared for myself but am terrified for our future generations.What can we do?????

Posted By: aneel  |  Posted On: 18 Apr 2017  |  City: Goa

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 Wait for the public mood to change. It always does.

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Hi Vir,I am 60+.Have always voted in every election but NEVER for the congress(DONT BELIEVE IN DYNASTY).Post emergency I voted for Janta and ever since always for the BJP.It now seems that Modi is nothing but a con man.The Hindu fanatics seem to have taken over the asylum.The SC has gone crazy,the govt totally confused and the Hindu brigade flouting the rule of law.There seems to be no one who can stop this slide towards a pakistani stae of mind.Your thoughts

Posted By: aneel  |  Posted On: 18 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 I do not endorse your characterization of the Prime Minister as a conman. But yes, you are right. He has no opposition. He can do what he likes.

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Dear Vir: As an Indian of Hindu background who sincerely cares for his fellow-citizens who are Muslim, the overall national picture deeply worries me. Gau-rakshak terrorists (yes, terrorists), nasty majoritarian delight at having made Indian Muslims electorally irrelevant, and ugly 'BJP vs. Mullah' communalism on nightly news TV. Since I was too young then to know: was the atmosphere as toxic in, say, 1992? Because that passed. Any sign Modi might himself shift to a more positive agenda?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 17 Apr 2017  |  City: Muscat

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 Modi's own stated agenda is expressly non-sectarian. The problem is that his core constituency includes communalists who treat his victory as their triumph. So far, he has not felt the need to rein them in or even to publicly condemn them. Instead, by giving positions of power to people like Yogi Adityanath, he has actually encouraged them. 
 
There are two possibilities. The first is that he is too grateful to these people for supporting him to be able to condemn them now. The second is that he has no real problem with what they are doing.
 

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You once replied to my question by saying that you like street food. Two of my favourite dhabas are are Pal Dhaba in Chandigarh and Puran Singh da dhaba at Ambala. Please do piece on Dhabas id possible.

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 17 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 Will do. Thanks.

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BJP's growth in West Bengal now seems unstoppable. Do you agree that once it achieves a major break through it could go all the way in the 2026 assembly elections?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 16 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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i will nevr fly United Airines again as a mark of protest. Will you?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 14 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 No, I won't. Neither should anybody else till they sack the CEO who defended the mistreatment of the passenger. 

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