Vajpayee mourning: Political Festival

August 21 2018

It does not really matter if the inclusive and harmonious politics of Atal Bihari Vajpayee has any resonance in the intolerant BJP of today, but the party is determined to sell his image and legacy till the 2019 polls. The marketing plan is to let the crores of followers who could not arrive in Delhi, to pay respects to his ashes in all the state capitals. In fact, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has already announced that his ashes will be consigned into all the holy rivers of the state. Not just in UP, BJP brass in all the states have decided to consign his ashes to their holy rivers. But UP is special. As far as UP is concerned, Agra’s Bateshwar for Yamuna river, Ayodhya for Saryu river, and Haridwar’s Har Ki Pauri can be narrowed down as immersion sports. The entire move is being coordinated as an events management affair.
Thus is the political festival around a leader’s death, as Osho had said: “Even death is a festival”!

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