The BJP’s very own Stalin

Yashwant  Sinha is a worried man these days. He is apprehensive of his leader Narendra Modi being taken for a ride by the Congress party. He says that the Congress party is laying a trap for him, a trap of the binary of Communalism and Secularism and  fears that his upward looking Narendra Modi might fall in it. So, well  wisher that he is of Narendra Bhai, he wants to alert him: do not get  entangled in the conspiracy of the wily Congress. He appeals to Narendra Modi to stick to people’s issues and not let the political discourse  shift to the terrain of the Secularism  versus Communalism debate.

And then Yashwant Sinha rushes to clarify- ‘ No, no, he was speaking  to Congress and not to Narendra Modi’. After all, how can HE, the SAB-JANTA-WALA be  advised by an ordinary party member like him? Sinhaji only wants the nefarious design of the Congress to be foiled. Read what he writes, “The Modi-baiters have a clear game plan. The more he speaks, the more controversy they will create. The pre- election political discourse will, thus, be distorted and attention will shift from the mis-governance and corruption of this government to what happened more than 11 years ago in Gujarat. We must bring the discourse back from the past to the present.”

Yashwant Sinha  had served the country under the NDA regime as finance minister. He is, therefore qualified to speak about economic issues, “We should bring the debate back to current issues which are basically economic issues. The issue of poverty, the issue of bread  and the issue of unemployment. These are the issues which are hurting people. It is not communalism or secularism. These are the issues. So we should bring the debate back to these issues.”

You could almost see the worry on his face. And worry is actually not about the discourse being marred by the spurious Communalism-Secularism debate, it is in actuality, a fear of the BJP being devoured by Narendra Modi and consequently leaving mortals like Yashwant Sinha lost in oblivion. After all, the speeches of no BJP leader other than  Narendra Modi have been televised live, especially while addressing college students. How is it that the entire speech of Narendra Modi when he visited the Sri Ram college of Commerce of the University of Delhi was telecast live and also recently his speech at the  Fergusson College , Pune? How is it that  all national TV channels think their viewers  across India would be interested universally  in what  Modi has to say in a ‘local’ setting? It seems, Modi has transformed   himself into a national figure of  far wider reach than any of the other leaders of the BJP,  who have been in Delhi for decades together,  being constant fixtures on channels, who used to think that they were the articulators of the ideology of the party.

All that is past now. Yashawnt Sinha, therefore ,  is not talking about marginalization of  ‘real’ issues , issues of bread , unemployment and governance. He is talking  about the  marginalization of people like him within the party. Since the time Modi was anointed as the chief of the election panel of the BJP, all they have been left doing is defending his statements, supporting his upgradation in the party even at the cost of the tallest among them. Modi has become the centre  and  they have been pushed to the periphery. It is this fear which is expressed through the words of Sinha.

Sinha does not want Modi to be made an issue, a talking point. But now all this is beyond him. Modi is very carefully crafting his campaign in which it is only he who would be visible. You would always see him at the centre flanked by the sulking, sullen older faces of the party.  Modi smiles, Modi frowns, Modi turns his head towards Advani, Modi ignores advani, etc.,etc..  He has  become the reference point. A time may come when all of them would be asked to address rallies or even press conferences wearing  Modi-masks. First, their voices would be snatched from them and then he would demand their faces. Modispeak and Modiface , this is what would remain of a party, which boasted of being  a party opposed to the personality cult. This is what is gnawing at the heart of Yashwant Sinha.

This is a complete Stalinisation of the BJP. While giving Stalin the centre-stage Lenin had probably not anticipated that he would  gobble up the entire politburo of the party. Soon after taking charge , he restricted Lenin’s access to the party  and got his all his colleagues , who had their own ambitions, in the politburo eliminated one by one.  The ones who survived could do so only by licking his boots. We know that  Stalin was part of a very different history. Analogies cannot be dragged beyond a point. However, similarities are too striking to be ignored. This is what is happening to the BJP now. It is the decimation of the party to make room for a person, which is Sinha’s nightmare .

Sinha wants  Modi to speak less. He would be fortunate if he escapes the wrath of the Bhai after making this unwarranted, unsolicited advice. We saw the express departure of Amir Raza Husain, who was brought into the party and made its Delhi state Vice- President only recently, after he made a statement criticizing Modi and lauding Advani. His mentor Vijay Goel, an old hand in the party had to rush to press to express his loyalty to Modi after dismissing his prized find from the party.

It has been said that the emergence of Modi in India has only one notable precedence in history and that is the rise of Hitler in Germany. Overall that may surely be true, but if we look at this phenomenon from the point of view of the political organisation, one can only go back to Stalin and what he did to the Soviet Communist party.

( First published by on 26 July,2013)

9 thoughts on “The BJP’s very own Stalin”

  1. This is one big fantasy trip.

    1. If Modi is taking over BJP, its not the Hitler analogy, but the Indira Gandhi one which is more relevant

    2. Entire article based on fatalistic assumptions based on author’s interpretation of facial expressions of Sinha


    1. The Indira Gandhi comparison is apt, but the Congress party died with Lal Bahadur Shastri and so the present Indira Congress is a pretender to the legacy of the original Congress which, as Gandhiji wanted has been disbanded though not in the way he desired. It will be interesting to see what happens to the BJP in its new avatar..


  2. I completely agree with the writer who is also to be congratulated for being perceptive enough to observe the similarities between Narendra Modi and Adolf Hitler. History has taught us to be weary of the meteoric rise of an obscure individual with radical right-wing ideological beliefs.


  3. I have been going through a lot of blogs. I wonder why they get keep commenting about Modi ,does he require so much of attention.I realised that it is a style quotient to criticise the someone who is associated with majority community. its by nature that one get recognised by this kind of bashing. Come to kerala and see & watch what is happening who is not communal and who wields power and decisions are made in who’s favour. The communal riots in assam recently were no different.Be impartial we have communalism ,casteism gender bias sort out the issues in unbiased manner country develops else everyone gets doomed . Ok Modi is bad who is good?the corrupted ones?, the opportunists? the incapable person on whom responsibility is thrust because of their lineage?or the lawyers, professionals who got responsible position in governance due to money power ? where are the grass root politicians? They are the real people who should be there to govern us , but they are below the piles of opportunism. God save us


  4. At least Stalin was committed to socialism and put the country on progressive track and the country became superpower within few years. But Modi has no such vision or historic opportunity before him. So comparing the rise of Modi with the Stalin is not only pure imagination, ahistorical but complete absurd. Writer is in false impression that by taking the name of Stalin at the time of criticizing Modi will prove that he is quite neutral and balanced person.


    1. “””””””””””””Stalin was committed to socialism and put the country on progressive track and the country became a superpower within few years?????????????????”””””””””””””””””

      What sort of socialism is that which murdered 40 million people of a country, converted Soviet Union into a huge slave camp and did not even spare fellow Bolsheviks? Stalin killed more Communists than any anti-Communist in history. Stalin also is responsible for Second World War when he signed peace pact with Hitler in 1939. Stalin also was responsible for catastrophic Soviet defeats in 1941 and 1942 and it was only due to mistakes made by Germans that Soviet Union survived German onslaught. He was a monster by any standard of evaluation.

      Finally – Where is this “progressive super-power” of Stalin today? And what is its modern legacy? If Soviet Union lasted only a 70 years instead of 700 years, the only person to be blamed is Stalin.


  5. Narendra Modi is a disaster that India can ill afford. He is a major PR success/con job. On a few occasions in his speeches, he has emphasised the importance of marketing which he diligently follows.

    On the other hand, if Narendra Modi is successful in becoming the Prime Minister, it can be at the cost of the BJP, which may get destroyed by him. That may be in the interest of India. We do not want either the Congress or BJP to govern India.


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