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Party with a Difference?

From adopting winnability as the core principle of nominating candidates to removing political appointees of the previous government, and in dealing with governments of opposition parties, the behaviour of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been so much like the Congress that the latter would rejoice in the assurance that there is no mukti from its ways and manners. The crucial difference between the BJP and other parties is that it is able to instil a sense of destiny not just among its rank and file but also the general public and convince it that the party is doing desh seva while others have been doing only politics.

Hindutva's Entry into a 'Hindu Province'

Orissa retains some unique features of Hinduism manifested in particular in the Jagannath cult. Structures of pre-colonial legitimacy were reinvented by colonialism, acquiesced to by the nationalist and the post-colonial leadership/discourses and appropriated by an identity-seeking Hindu upper caste-middle class. Together these offered a congenial climate for the development of Hindutva. This paper broadly outlines the cultural, social and political climate of Orissa at the time of the entry of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and examines how this organisation, intelligently and strategically, interacted with and adapted itself to the peculiar conditions in this 'Hindu province' during the early years of its existence in the state.

VHP's Changing Agenda

Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics by Manjari Katju; Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 2003; pp viii + 186, Rs 350.

Jan Sangh vs Shiv Sena

Poona: This city has two valid reasons to congratulate itself. First, the civic elections, despite the unusually noisy and vulgar canvassing, were conducted on the whole in a peaceful manner. Second, the electoral judgment is meaningful and falls in the contemporary post-generalelection pattern. No single party or alliance or front could muster an absolute majority in the civic body, which may lead one to believe that keen horse-trading is round the corner. More significant, however, is the fact that Poona has rejected the politics of fronts and alliances and has voted mostly for organised political parties of national stature.

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