Soon after the Congress was swept aside in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Jyotiraditya Scindia reportedly spoke up at a Congress Working Committee meeting, expressing the need for introspection and claiming that the party needed to become ‘future-ready’ to take on a 21st century political juggernaut like the BJP. Scindia’s concern was met with silence within the party’s highest decision making body.
In the age of T-20 style elections -- instant opinion, shoot and scoot polls and parachute reporting -- it is increasingly difficult to confidently predict an Indian election outcome. That Indian elections have become more competitive and are literally fought booth by booth makes predictions even more hazardous. Which is why I would rather not use a whistle-stop four day journey through Madhya Pradesh's crucial Malwa-Nimar belt to definitively suggest which way the 'hawa' is blowing across India's second largest state in terms of area.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce, but in Indian politics, the farce plays out so frequently that the tragic element is obscured. Four recent instances highlight just how the disease of immoral politics is now a contagion that has spread across the political class. No party is immune to its depravity.