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'Modi understands when he is faltering'

By SYED FIRDAUS ASHRAF
Last updated on: September 23, 2021 08:25 IST
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'He also understands and foresees potential challenges.'

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Why were Harsh Vardhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar sacked as Union ministers ?

Why were Trivendra Singh Rawat, B S Yediyurappa and Vijay Rupani removed as chief ministers of their respective states?

"It was not poor performance of Harsh Vardhan or of Ravi Shankar Prasad or Prakash Javadekar. There are several factors contributing to it and this is part of a fairly large and elaborate process of regaining the political ground which Modi feels is possibly shaky at the moment compared to the past," Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, author of The RSS: Icons of the Indian Right and Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times, tells Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com.

Won't the OBCisation of the BJP lead to resentment in the upper castes? I recall there was tremendous resentment in these communities against V P Singh.

These are things which will possibly be balanced out by Modi.

I do not know how he will do it because the full strategy has not yet emerged in front of our eyes, but we are definitely seeing all that is happening.

We have to see them in conjunction and not look at any of these decisions in isolation.

Gujarat cannot be seen in isolation.

Karnataka cannot be seen in isolation.

It was not a local factor in Uttarakhand to replace the chief minister.

It was not poor performance of Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, or of Ravi Shankar Prasad or Prakash Javadekar.

There are several factors contributing to it and this is part of a fairly large and elaborate process of regaining the political ground which Modi feels is possibly shaky at the moment compared to the past.

After listening to you, one feels that nobody understands India as much as PM Modi.

He is possibly the most astute political leader in the country. Let us not forget this.

Modi understands when he is faltering. He also understands and foresees potential challenges.

He sees the potential challenges within the Sangh Parivar too.

It is true that there is absolutely harmonious relationship between the BJP and the RSS for a very long time, which is in complete contrast to what it used to be in (Atal Bihari Vajpayee's era.

At that time the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and all the economist nationalist groups were at loggerheads with the Vajpayee government's policies which led to his defeat in 2004.

In contrast to that, Modi has very harmonious relations with the RSS from the very beginning.

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