I told you so. I invited them to the party yesterday. But I knew they wouldn’t come. Which is what made the party all the more fun 🙂 And the icing on the cake was the fact that they all had to congratulate us on the party, all the while hating it 🙂
A simple glance through the headlines on Scroll and DailyO show the explosion of fear in Lutyens Delhi. Scroll seems to have reacted very emotionally, dumping off tons and tons of articles on ridiculously irrelevant topics in the hope of burying the day’s big story. No seriously, Scroll has put up articles today on the topic of “International Translation Day”, followed by an article on dating and its connections to the economy, followed by an article on the trends in African agriculture! Yes, folks, you read that right… Scroll would rather talk about African agriculture today 🙂
It goes on…then Scroll has an article on leprosy in Dadra and Nagar Haveli 🙂
And then Scroll is reporting on a stuntman who knows how to play some really cool tricks with fire 🙂
And then Scroll tops it all off with a report on Pune City Football club getting itself a new coach 🙂
To be fair, Scroll could not totally ignore the real story from yesterday. And whatever they wrote on it shows just how much they are burning in jealousy. One report on the surgical strikes talks of how Tajinder Bagga did not manage to gather sufficient people to celebrate the event at India Gate! And then there is the evergreen Dhirendra Jha who began to fantasize about how BJP workers were in a state of near revolt against Amit Shah over the Pakistan issue… until…until…and Dhirendra Jha admits it himself…the anger disappeared after the strikes yesterday.
You know that things are bad in the secular camp when even Dhirendra Jha cannot see a crisis emerging in the BJP.
On to DailyO, where you folks just have to read Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay’s long whiny article. His article itself feels like one long groan emerging from the depths of despair. First poor Nilanjan tries to run down the strike as an attack on “mere foot soldiers” of terrorism. Until, towards the end, Nilanjan finally adds grudgingly how this strike boosts Modi’s image ahead of crucial state polls. You can almost feel Nilanjan’s heart sinking.
I think what worked best for the BJP yesterday was just the right mix of surgical strikes and strategic restraint. The BJP exercised remarkable restraint in TV studios yesterday, giving the Army all the credit, not thumping its chest. The party said little, but their winning smile caused great emotional torture on the opposition. The BJP knew that actions had done all the talking… And today the PM comes out talking about Swachch Bharat and all, again knowing that everything that needed to be said has already been said by the Army’s special forces. Perfectly executed at every level.