2003 Mera Bharati Ma­haan

India Today - - INSIDE -

In the wreck­age of Digvi­jaya Singh’s de­feat lies a ter­ri­ble truth: If pol­i­tics is about de­liv­er­ing in­tan­gi­bles then one of Congress’ pin-up CMs has failed to do just that. With no tan­gi­ble de­vel­op­ment to couch the anti-in­cum­bency, “Shree­man Ban­tad­har” (Mr Fail­ure) had no an­swers for the lack of power, roads and em­ploy­ment and his so­cial engineering, de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of power and lit­er­acy cam­paigns had the hol­low shrill of a bro­ken conch. BJP’s Uma Bharati, a mass leader and pub­lic per­former, had to do noth­ing but be her­self: Hon­est, as­sertive, un­pur­chasable and mes­meris­ing on the street. INDIATODAY, DE­CEM­BER 15, 2003

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