Continuing the thought train started from the previous post ...
After the 2004 elections, which saw the BJP tossed out of power, one of its more fervent and vocal supporters wrote an article eloquently mourning the loss. Among other gems (many many gems) in it was this proclamation:
"I feel Indians do not really know what they want."
This, because the result of an election was not to his liking.
I wrote a note to the man, saying this:
If the BJP and its supporters, like you, are unwilling to do some introspection about why [the party lost power], if you will ascribe it merely to the fact that we Indians "do not really know what we want", I assure you the BJP will lose again next time.
Well, it is now "next time". We Indians who do not really know what we want have just voted again. Low voter turnout yes, spoiler parties yes, all that. But the fundamental reality of this election is this: the BJP lost again. It lost seats from its previous tally. Again. So did its coalition.
Proof that the BJP and its supporters did zero introspection about what happened in 2004. (Check the contents of innumerable blogs run by BJP fans, for example).
And that leaves me with curiously mixed feelings.
Glad, because with its preoccupation with some mythical Hindutva and a temple and stoking resentments, my hope every time is that the BJP loses.
Sorry, because if it ever learns to evolve beyond that preoccupation, the BJP can be the strong right-wing party that, even if I disagree with them, I believe a vibrant democracy needs.
Sad, because neither the BJP nor its fans has ever shown any inclination for that evolution. Nor do I see it happening now.
So what happens next time with us Indians who do not really know what we want?