END OF AN ERA
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.