C. Rajagopalachari: The icon India needs today
He was a leader far ahead of his time and that did not help him politically
Ever since Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, he and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have tried to appropriate several icons from the modern Indian history. M.K. Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Subhas Chandra Bose and Vallabhbhai Patel have all been fought for. It is largely the Congress party’s refusal to own the legacy of these leaders (with the exception of Gandhi) that allows the BJP to claim some sort of inheritance. But there is at least one great icon who has been there for the taking and yet the BJP has not made an aggressive push to appropriate him: Chakravarti Rajagopalachari.