Friday, September 17, 2010

The Irrelevance of Pritish Nandy

Few of us have heard of Pritish Nandy. Many know him as that bald man who comes on television as a socialite who likes to comment on political issues of India. Nobody, however, would ever rely on him. Simply, because he is frivolous.

Our man wrote an Blogpost in May 2010 on Times of India. The title was The Irrelevance of BJP. I found his entire rant to be irrelevant in terms of any sensible content and moved on. But then it seems to keep coming back through someone or the other asking for my own humble views on what Nandy had to say.

I am, therefore, going through each paragraph and sharing what I think of it.

I entered Parliament with BJP support. The Sena votes were not enough to see a second candidate through. Satish Pradhan was the official candidate. I came in as the second one, in the hope that the BJP may give me some of their extra votes. Balasaheb made an impassioned plea for me, an outsider to the party. So charismatic was his plea that I not only got the Sena votes but I also got the extra BJP votes. Satish Pradhan limped in last while Ram Pradhan (known as Sonia’s candidate) lost. Clearly the BJP was behind my victory even though Pramod Mahajan never quite liked me. But he listened to Balasaheb. So I have a soft spot for the BJP even though India looks all set to forget them.

He is trying to justify the prostitution of his loyalty on an emotional plot. Trying to make his following views more palatable as not a rant of a prostitute but of a well-intentioned divorced wife.

My biggest disappointment with the BJP is that despite India voting it into power within a decade and a half of being a tiny two man party in Parliament, it stubbornly refused to meet any expectations. It picked up every cracked cause it found, from joining the rivers of India to building a Sanskrit supercomputer to wanting to replace the national anthem with Vande Mataram, to stitch together a political agenda so weird that even today people sigh with relief when they see the BJP out of power. It’s a party where everyone’s so busy putting the other down that no one has time for anything else. I suspect Vajpayee and Advani, the two who built the party from scratch, are as sad to see it go down the drain. But the real tragedy is that the very things the BJP (and India) hated about the Congress flourished most during its own regime: Corruption, ineptitude, nepotism, and nonsense masquerading as ideology. Sitting in the Central Hall of Parliament, I often felt like an idiot. All that I had spent a lifetime fighting was happening there-- right before my eyes. No wonder I did not seek re-election.

Interlinking of rivers is a cracked issue? Does he know that this project is already implemented in Gujarat and has turned the driest area of Kutch into a Green enough zone? Does he know between 2002-2009 the agricultural production of Gujarat has gone up from Rs.9 lakh crore to Rs.22 lakh crore approximately? I am sure that useless film maker knows none of this.

He thinks sanskrit computer was a stupid idea because he thinks that was a primary project of BJP and all national resources were being spent on it. Sanskrit is India's own ancient language which is today dying. It has however been found to be grammatically perfect and best for programming. Indians will be able to program ten times better in sanskrit than they do in some alien project. And as long as it is not taking up a very large chunk of national resource its fine to promote it. 98% of the people didn't even know about this project.

But I still owe the BJP. I owe Mahajan in particular. He was one of the party’s cleverest and most insolent satraps. There was nothing he wouldn’t stoop to but he was smart enough to know that to be in power the BJP had to master the art of sustaining alliances and he did that brilliantly. I suspect even Balasaheb misses him. The BJP certainly does even though no one will admit to it because the BJP loves fighting the enemy within, not the Congress. Every leader in the party hates the other and yet they all sit down together, laugh, joke, drink tea and eat samosas, pretending they are just a whisker away from power. Who know? They probably are. But it’s certainly not on merit. The only support that exists for them comes from people like you and I who want a powerful Opposition around just to keep the Congress in check.

Now this irrelevant bitching, Digvijay Singh vs. P Chidambaram is in full public view. These are not unique to BJP, its normal human tendency in general, except few enlightened people.

But the truth is most people don’t think the BJP have it in them any more. The fact that some still vote for it and alliance partners remain is because there’s no real alternative in sight. The Congress is clever. They showcase young leaders like Rahul Gandhi so differently that you can hate the Congress and yet vote for Rahul and his candidates. In your mind they are entirely different propositions. The BJP can’t even do that. Barring Narendra Modi, no one in the party can stand apart and claim a personal following. Some crackpots may still buy their poison brew of Hindutva, Hate and Hysteria. But the BJP has nothing else to offer India. Not even an alternative economic roadmap to capture the nation’s imagination, burdened as it with spiralling prices, unrealistic taxes, and a Government constantly in denial of its failures.

Here he has completely overlooked, intentionally, the Golden Quadrilateral, power Sector Reforms, National Telecom Policy, National Tribal Policy, Proposal of RTI Act, 8% growth during the time the world was gripped with ASEAN crisis, 4.5% inflation during 6 years of their rule. In short, this man is giving A-grade bullshit.

As for other leaders, Arun Jaitely and Sushma Swaraj have been overlooked. Rahul Gandhi and Congress are best left for time to unravel.

The Congress may refuse to change. But at least it’s using its new mascot Rahul Gandhi wisely, to cleverly draw in the young and not so young to whom he stands as a sign of possible change. The BJP offers nothing apart from the notion of an alternative. But the face of that alternative can’t be an overweight leader who faints in the Delhi heat or a pack of wolves who tear into one of their own when he writes a book on Jinnah. The BJP obviously doesn’t like intelligent, capable, charismatic leaders. Not enough to give them prominence in the party. It offers no political roadmap, no economic agenda that can make them look like a real alternative. It speaks only through ill fitting dentures on issues India has long forgotten.

That sign of "possible change" already seems fading. How long can the mental disabilities of Rahul Gandhi be hidden from public. He's in Congress since 1999, has been an MP twice now, he still shivers when addressing an unharming press conference. The quality of the comments has been pulling the bar lower and lower. His best friends in media can be expected to feel at risk in supporting him.

The comment on Gadkari is understandable. Gadkari doesn't like nincompoops, and Pritish nandy is exactly that. He's surely been sidelined and overlooked. This whole article is infact written to give a mouthful to Gadkari.

When 65% voters are under 35 and clamouring for change, the BJP looks like an anachronism. It has clearly lost the plot. What it needs is a fresh young face that can relate to the new generation of Indians and speak for the future. What it can do is challenge the old, tired clichés of the Congress by offering an imaginative new agenda that includes not just politics but smart economics and that dream of change that can inspire young people to take them seriously. To do that, the BJP must look at the future and stop harping on the past. Hate is so passé.

Quite a useless, cliched advice from someone who has nothing to offer himself, except few witless, irresponsible, uninformed comments. He's a hyena who is simply excited seeing BJP lose elections twice. The resurgence is not even expected by Pritish Nandy.

On the whole the article by Pritish Nandy had nothing to offer but a pure and simple rant, crying foul and saying anything that came into his drunk mind.

Avoid wasting your time reading his article, I already regret having reviewd it passage by passage. Call it my "Sacrifice" in the interest of a larger good.


  1. While we discussed this partially on twitter, I just want to mention this:

    निंदक नियरे राखिये, आँगन कुटी छवाय, बिन पानी साबुन बिना, निर्मल करे सुहाय ||

    As for Pritish Nandy, he tweeted me thus: "I don't hate BJP, I hate to see it go down".

  2. Yes, constructive, informative criticism is understandable. But Pritish Nandy has written uninformed rubbish. There are fair no. of constructive criticism within BJP, FBJP, ABVP and BJYM and all relevant issues are quietly being worked on. The rant makers are obviously bound to miss the changes.

    As for Pritish' tweet, the sincerity will show in his actions. An intelligent enemy will be preferred over a foolish friend.

  3. Intelligent Enemy?

    Not Nandy then.

  4. Pritish Nandy now joins a long long list of idiots who will be forced to eat their own words after Modi's unprecedented victory!