Saturday, May 16, 2015

One Year of Glory

One year ago, a glorious historic event took place, an event that will go down in modern Indian history as defining. The BJP, a party barely 30 years old and already enjoying power in several states, having given India its first non-Congress Prime Minister to have served a full five-year term, won a sweeping one-party majority (the first in 30 years) in the Lok Sabha elections and then going on to unseat the Congress as the dominant party of India, now governing either on its own or in a coalition in twelve of twenty nine states - Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland. Thus, from being a so-called regional party of North India, the BJP has become a truly pan-Indian, national party. 

Credit for this goes to the volunteers who pushed every limit and brought in every seat for the BJP, from as far as the one Arunachal Pradesh to the full sweep of the Jammu region; from a full sweep in Gujarat to the seats in Lakshadweep. And yet, even the enthusiasm of the BJP and its supporters would not have been of any use without a sound electoral strategy and a single unifying and inspiring figure. The sound electoral strategy came of course from the BJP's national executive, with then President Rajnath Singh provide valuable leadership. Current President Amit Shah, of course, led the electoral strategy in the heartland state of UP, where the BJP made history by winning 72 or 80 seats (and one more through an ally), thus ensuring that the BJP would form the next government. 

But the final push to Mission 272+ came from the man who is now Prime Minister himself, the most popular politician in a generation, Narendra Modi, the first Prime Minister born into Independent India - an absolute inspiration to many. Some call him a polarizing figure and indeed he is, because there are those who absolutely hate him and there are those who love him. The difference is, the former are willing to take down India in their fight to defeat him, while the latter are willing to fight for India, with him or against him. 

One year of the Modi Sarkaar, much has been done and much is left. The story of India, well over 5,000 years old, is just getting started. 

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