Is BJP = Cong + Cow?

  • Some time back, Arun Shourie, one of the very few honest politicians in independent India, disillusioned with the Modi government said that BJP = Congress + Cow.
  • I think his criticism, though not completely lacking merit, might be a bit pre-meditated. But the Modi sarkar was not voted into power to implement the existing laws with efficiency. There is no doubt that Modi is capable of both hard work and efficiency but there is a need to change the existing laws. That was the whole premise of the 2014 election.
  • It is to be conceded that a lot of the changes needed requires a 2/3rd majority in the Lok Sabha and BJP is making good progress in winning elections.
  • We can say that BJP is Cong + Cow if by 2024 a good chunk of the following changes are not put in place.
    1.  Abolish the first amendment. The 1st amendment of the Indian constitution mandates reverence to all religions and and FOE is contingent on the wishes of the incumbent govt. FOE should be irrespective of the govt and should allow irreverence to all religions, like the 1st amendment of the US constitution. (Highly unlikely they will do this)
    2. Abolish the RTE act. It prevents the poor from getting affordable education. Open up higher education sector for private players.
    3. Bring back strong land and property rights.
      1. Put a muzzle on the waqf board.
      2. There are a lot of powerful people squatting on lands at the exchequers expense.
    4. Abolish article 370
    5. Bring a uniform civil code and show the Sharia board their proper place.
    6. Remove the anti-beef laws from the preamble. Ram mandir is not communal but anti-beef laws are.(Highly unlikely they will do this)
    7. Urban infrastructure improvement by changing the incentives and accountability structure that currently exists. Make the mayor more powerful and accountable and not the municipal corporation. Change the tax system such that a good chunk of city taxes go to the city administration and not the state. Remove free parking and have paid parking. I don’t think the whole smart city thing is a big deal
  • Except for point 1 and 6 the other things can be argued to be pretty much in line with the Sangh Parivar agenda of cultural nationalism. If they are able to do this then we can confidently say that Arun Shourie was wrong.
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