Farewell 2017. We didn’t know how wonderful you would be to us.
Politics is always in the present, my friends. Well, for that matter, nothing lasts forever. But the sands of politics are so transient that political success is extra fickle.
Seems like just yesterday when Modi won Gujarat and began his victory march to Delhi. That was just FIVE years ago. Who knows how things will be FIVE years from now? I have said this before : I love it when people show me the map of India, with the saffron empire spread across 19 states. But to me, that map really represents how much hard work it took to get there … and how quickly it could all go away.
Time never stops, but at moments like this, when we leave behind the old year and ring in the new, we feel like time has come to a standstill ever so slightly.
It’s the moment when we look back and realize that 2017 was the greatest ever year for the Indian right.
If 2014 was the moment when the right took control of the country, it was 2017 that cemented it.
First of all, Uttar Pradesh. When the BJP lost power there in 2002, it left behind a huge gaping hole in the heart of every Hindu nationalist. Because this was the original ” Ram lahar” state, the state where Ayodhya is situated. To watch the BJP wither away from Uttar Pradesh was the most painful thing for Hindu nationalists. Losing an election is one thing, but BJP didn’t simply lose in Uttar Pradesh. The lotus dried up and died there. The politics of Uttar Pradesh became a BSP vs SP affair.
The BJP was built by a yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya. Without Ayodhya, the saffron soul was empty.
Until… 2013. Who knew that by 2014, two sons of India from the land of Somnath would revive the lotus in the fertile ground of Ayodhya?
I’ll tell you : the joy of winning back Uttar Pradesh was no less than the joy of 2014.
And if circumstances go our way, as they appear to be, the BJP will have returned to Uttar Pradesh right in time to finally build the Grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
Then, there was Gujarat. I know there are people who complain about the size of the victory there, but I am not one of them. How touching : how touching that people of Gujarat would elect the BJP as many as SIX times in a row.
I am not so well informed about the smaller states in the North East, but I don’t think there is a state which Congress has won for even the THIRD time in a row in recent period. I think the last one would be Assam in 2011.
No, Maharashtra 2009 doesn’t count for the Congress, because the Congress didn’t get a majority over there. The majority mark in Maharashtra is 145 seats and the Congress has got only 65-80 seats in all three “wins” in 1999, 2004 and 2009.
In fact, the last time the Congress got a majority in Maharashtra was 1985!
Here we are talking SIX back to back full majority governments for the BJP in Gujarat. A rare feat indeed.
All in all, the BJP has won SIX state elections in 2017 : UP, Gujarat, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
A historic revival in the first state, a straight sixth term in the second and a first time CM for the BJP in Manipur.
Now wait: You can’t leave out the fact that 2017 was the year of GST. Even decades from now, people are going to remember the biggest tax overhaul in India’s history after independence.
Two other things happened in the middle of 2017 that cemented the BJP’s pre-eminent position in Indian politics.
The first, indeed the first time ever, that a member of the Sangh assumed the office of the President of India.
The second is that the Congress was surpassed as the largest party in the Rajya Sabha for the first time since independence.
That’s the year it has been. That is how many words it took to list out everything that the BJP has achieved this year. Winning is a habit.
Who knows what 2018 will bring? But this is not a moment to worry about what’s coming, it is a moment to celebrate what was achieved.
Here’s a little laugh: see who this media Pidi mentioned as Candidate No. 1 for Person of the Year?
So what if he has literally nothing to show for 2017? So what if he has absolutely nothing to show for his entire political career despite being born with the highest possible privilege an Indian could have?
In the minds of these media Pidis, he is always candidate no. 1. Gotta feel sorry for them.
By the way, a lot of BJP supporters might say that 2017 was also the year when the successor to Narendra Modi was appointed. You know exactly who I am talking about … But all that is only for the future to tell us…
Happy New Year!!!!