END OF AN ERA

Woman's Era - - Editorial -

Atalji had backed out of pol­i­tics for al­most a decade be­fore he fell ill. His po­lit­i­cal na­ture, sense of trust to­wards lead­ers and com­rades had failed him. BJP, at one time, was left in an abysmal pit with not be­ing able to do what other par­ties did so well – cor­rup­tion and power trad­ing. Atalji’s per­sona did not al­low the re­peat of Ay­o­d­hya at a po­lit­i­cal level. Hence, and per­haps in light of party pol­i­tics, RSS di­rec­tives and col­la­tion man­age­ment made him take a step back.

Since he had no heirs to his po­lit­i­cal stature, his po­lit­i­cal reach couldn’t be handed down. He didn’t also cre­ate any prodi­gies who were a re­flec­tion of him. The new avatar of BJP saltanate, don’t seem to be close to the states­man­ship of one of the last lead­ers that In­dia may have seen.

Atalji’s 51 plus po­ems re­flect him­self. There are some in­stances of pol­i­tics in them, be­ing dis­tin­guished, but that era had ended long be­fore even in front of him. Barg­ing a few ma­jor de­ci­sions that only he an­nounced, the rest were party, power and RSS driven dur­ing his regime but yes he did cre­ate an ide­ol­ogy and his in­tu­ition in BJP, which op­poses the es­tab­lished Congress.

It is sad to see that BJP lead­ers (the younger ones) have politi­cised even his death cer­e­mony. His ashes are be­ing trans­ported to var­i­ous places to make some sort of po­lit­i­cal state­ment ahead of 2019 elec­tions. At any anal­y­sis he is more about po­ems than states­man­ship. But you could hardly called him a leader of the new In­dia since the def­i­ni­tions of lead­ers is now much less than ever be­fore. A trib­ute to Atalji should be a trib­ute to a poet, a thinker and then for a states­man, in that or­der.

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