|Badhai BJPs Foundation Day !! Miles to go for BJP ( and Sangh)…some thoughts on its foundation day
BJP is having its foundation day today i.e. 6th of April. It was this day when it changed
itself from Jansangh to Bhartiya Janta Party. The rise of the BJP so far has been
phenomenal. It has been fortunate to have great leaders who all served the party with
their Tan, Man, and Dhan. We would also take the opportunity to convey our tributes to
all such stalwarts from Vajpai to Sinha, Parrikar to Jetley and Sushma Swaraj, and all
others. There are also leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi, and LalKrishna Advani who all
are retired now but have given their lives for the partys growth.
If one sees the development or cycle of any organization then there are typically three
major phases. First is the Infancy where the party starts building a name for itself.
Second is the RISE or GROWTH phase when the organization starts making BIG
name for itself. The third is the Consolidation Phase while the fourth if one can add is
the DECLINE phase.
Where would one like to place BJP at the moment? In the second or the third? It
depends how one sees the party. It is a case of a Glass half filled with water and then
on an individual how one sees it. Half filled or half empty? If we consider that the
party has grown significantly then we can consider it as a consolidation phase, and if
we are looking it as a party that still has to get inside Tamilnadu, Kerela, and Bengal and
capture these states then we can consider still the party to be in the GROWTH phase.
In either case, the party has still a long way to go. In 2019, last general election,
the party got 37.36 % of votes from a voter count of around 912 million accounting for
67% of votes. While these may look to be fabulous numbers it’s not. We will consider it
really fabulous if the party can cross and capture 50 % of the votes which is a huge
challenge for the party. There are still many individuals, from all sections of society
who don’t vote for BJP. It is difficult to know what stops them. We at times debate on
social media with these people and try to give the logic of Infra and other developments
of Modi government, but fail to convince these people who dont want to listen to any
People who dont want to listen and see the performance of a good government like
Modi does it for two or three reasons. First is that their family has been loyal congress
voter so they continue with the same party. Second is they get support and business
from political parties other than BJP, either at present or in the past hence they
continue with their own contacts.
The important question is how to break such a mindset so that citizens can really see the
performance of a government and vote on the basis of Merit. Please note that we dont
support any government which is anti-national, or inefficient whether its BJP or some
other. The Party has to make outreach and try to reach every household in the
nation. It must provide them with literature about the government’s (Modi’s) work and
try to convince them. This is a BIG TASK that the party has to take and the time starts
Second, the party has to work TRAINING its cadres. We have been saying this for a long
time. Every party or organization is vulnerable to DEGENERATION which is a natural
phenomenon. It starts creeping after the BIG GROWTH phase that we talked about in
the first two paragraphs of this BLOG. Instead of consolidation, the party starts sinking.
Again there is a fine line of division between the consolidation and Degeneration phases
as both can happen simultaneously. The party has to be really careful and introspect itself
for such degenerative practices in its cadres from top to bottom. We think that
generation is happening in the party though to what extent and what percentage is
Therefore the party has to train its cadres again from the topmost to the bottom, try to
inculcate spiritual qualities in them. As a first measure, no one should be given
a permanent ministership or BIG lucrative post for more than 5- 10 years which brings
EGO and degeneration. Everyone must be sent to Organization work once in a while
without BIG time facilities. Unless one goes through HARDSHIP a person cannot rise
spiritually. Only the top few can be exempted from these rules and the PM along with
The party president must be given the responsibility to consider who goes out and who is
PM Modi did show this when he removed many ministers from the cabinet. But the
message that went with the reshuffle was not positive. This should have been given a
positive step and as a normal practice to send ministers and BIG leaders for
organizational works. Such leaders must be taken back again so that there is no
bitterness in the party.
Presently we see many young ministers and ABVP cadres enjoying power and luxury.
It is important that they all get a rotation and are sent towards organizational work as
we see many of them are becoming arrogant, inefficient and corrupt. This is neither
GOOD for the party or for the nation.
The same applies to Sangh. It is also going through the same phases that we talked for
BJP. It has also seen GROWTH and it is also going through the GROWTH, Consolidation
and DEGENERATION phase. Unlike BJP it is important for SANGH to be more
attentive, careful, and introspective, The reason is simple BJP can become weak or
strong, can come to power or not is not important as it can always come back due to
political reasons. But the Sangh cannot afford to lose its ground. Once its base gets
disturbed it will be difficult, almost impossible to organize such a big organization
Therefore the SANGH has to make DOUBLE SURE to ROTATATING its CADRES
from powerful positions in GOvernment to basic organization work in far and remote
places. This will bring a SPIRITUAL quotient to the cadres.
We have given some of our thoughts here for the BJP as well as Sangh on the occasion
of BJPs foundation day. We propose to keep rotating the cadres from power to work on
GROUND. This is IMPORTANT as one can clearly see some DEGENERATION in the
party and the cadres at all levels. Degeneration comes from continuous power
positions. Arrogance and Corruption are natural attributes that come with power and in
Kaliyuga they become more easier to creep inside any man or woman and we dont
blame anyone for that.
The party and SANGH heads must be alert and careful for this. The destiny of the
country hinges upon a more rightful and spiritual BJP and SANGH.
We also propose continuous training of cadres for both these organizations. The Sangh
Shiksha Varga has to be expanded. Its still a very close and small event. Though we
don’t have full data we have been seeing it for many years. Also, the Shiksha Varga
must invite Trainers from a different section of the society and not just Sangh Pracharaks
to train the cadres.
Both BJP and SANGH have to continuously monitor and review their work and
challenges. Overconfidence is another attribute that comes naturally as people tend to
see just the positive sides because they are surrounded by only sycophants.
We convey our BEST wishes to both BJP and SANGH on the eve of BJP
FOUNDATION DAY. We HOPE Party and SANGH LEADERS will pay due attention
to the points raised and proposals made.
Dr Asheesh Shah
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