It was good to read something different from mundane topics (“Sanskrit, Arabic, Latin: enriching spiritual life” by V.R. Narayanaswami, Mint, 26 May). Sanskrit, Arabic or Latin may by far be the more common languages used by a large number of people in the world outwardly in terms of rituals, religious ceremonies, religious occasions and conversation. But by far the commonest language used by people to speak to God is the silent language. The language in which people converse with God within their minds is most probably their mother tongue, in which they are most at ease. And of course, universally people try to connect to God through many other means such as music, dance and myriad other forms that also include the arts and writing, etc.
Congratulations to G.V.L. Narasimha Rao and Mint for accurately predicting the Karnataka assembly election results. While I agree with most points highlighted by Rao in his column of 26 May, I would like to ask one question: Does the Congress want middle-class voters?
I have never heard the top leadership (Sonia Gandhi) of the Congress addressing issues close to the middle-class voters. For example, has she ever advocated better roads or improved electricity supply? One is forced to believe that the Congress party’s strategy seems to be that it can win elections without middle-class voters’ support by just concentrating on rural voters and promising them the moon.
In Karnataka, I know of many people who wanted to vote for the Congress (Karnataka Congress seems to be much better than Karnataka BJP) but didn’t do so for lack of clarity as to who would become chief minister in case the party won. They were also worried about heavy interference (in favour of Left-leaning policies) from the Central leadership on local policymaking.
Apropos “The gate to north?” Mint, 26 May. The string of electoral losses for the Congress party since it began coalition rule at the Centre says a lot about the sorry state of Congress. The party is losing ground everywhere and rather rapidly. I agree with your point that BJP’s win in Karnataka and its first-ever show of forming the government on its own in the southern state signifies its growing popularity and gaining ground. In all probability, it is a gate to its ambition of getting into power at the Centre again.
The BJP’s victory should also give pause to its critics who thought its strength and appeal was limited to certain states only. They also believed the party was in no position to enter the south on its own. Karnataka has proved them wrong. What is more credible for the BJP is the fact that all the elections it has won recently have been without Vajpayee at the forefront. This underscores the point that it’s not a party with one big vote-catcher alone. The BJP can look forward to project itself as a credible alternative to the United Progressive Alliance in coming months at the national level. As far as the Congress’ poor show goes, it has now been established that the Gandhi surname does not hold magic any more amongst voters. Inflation has dented the party’s chances very badly and it will now have to pay a very dear price in next year’s general election.
Time is running out fast and the chances of its recovering lost ground are rather thin.
Now when the BJP is gaining ground, it should give a final punch and start working towards the general election and three crucial states, which goes to polls this year. In all probability, Delhi will go to the BJP, it has reasons to worry in Rajastahan and Madhya Pradesh. If it is able to win these two also, nothing can stop it in next year’s election.
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