Is anyone surprised about the goings-on in the BJP? This is a party based solely on mistrust, suspicion and erecting bogey-men; therefore, this a party with nothing to offer.
That's what we're seeing.
There's been recent talk about "not compromising" on the "core ideology" of the party -- this said when Jaswant Singh appeared to praise MA Jinnah and criticize Vallabhbhai Patel. Not having read his book, I'm uninterested in getting into that debate. But is this "core ideology" really based only on certain men being heroes and certain others being villains? Is that all?
Me, I first began wondering about this "core ideology" several years ago, in the lead up to Assembly elections in Maharashtra. Some members of the BJP and its family told us that in that election campaign, the main issue for them would not be roti, kapda aur makaan, but Hindutva.
(By roti, kapda aur makaan, they did not mean the hit '70s film.)
That is, Hindutva itself is not concerned with food, clothing and shelter, the basics of human existence. Which makes you wonder: what is it concerned with, really? What is Hindutva? What is this ideology?
Searching for answers, I've asked in this space and others too: what is Hindutva? The lack of any substantial answers tells me all I need to know. But the sneering and abuse tell me more.
I suspect Jaswant Singh is finding some of this out. The question is, why did it take him 30 years?