On Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Shourie said in the context of recent infighting in the party that BJP president Rajnath Singh is like “Alice in Blunderland”.
Shourie’s comments may seem more like catchy media dribble than meaningful criticism, but he may be on to something. Lewis Carroll’s absurdist tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an erratic, mind-bending narrative; the story’s protagonist, Alice, struggles to grasp a fantasy world where her most basic assumptions simply don’t hold.
Alice’s journey parallels the erratic tale of the BJP in recent times. After poor election results, Rajnath Singh’s leadership has alienated many. The party has ousted Jaswant Singh and is still recovering from Vasundhara Raje’s conduct.
Now, just when we thought the story had reached its absurdist zenith, we’ve reached another level of inanity. The difference in Alice’s case, though, is that she woke up from her dream.
Let us hope that Rajnath Singh wakes up too.