By Kingshuk Nag
The BJP strains its origins to the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, initially organize by way of Syama Prasad Mookerjee in 1951 to soak up the reason for Bengali Hindus in erstwhile East Pakistan. a piece participant in Indian politics, the Jana Sangh in basic terms entered the large league after it solid an alliance with a number of different avid gamers to shape the Janata get together and tackle Indira Gandhi in 1977. This coalition broke up in 1980, and it was once then that the BJP emerged in its current avatar. at the present time, the social gathering has a pan-Indian presence with a loyal base, not only in the kingdom but in addition one of the Hindu diaspora around the globe. notwithstanding, the BJP’s awesome upward thrust has no longer been with out struggle.
It used to be purely in 1998—nearly 20 years after its founding—that the celebration first tasted energy. Voted out in 2004, the BJP sat within the competition for a decade earlier than taking over the reins back in 2004. And, whereas the BJP, considering the fact that its inception, has offered a favored democratic substitute to the Congress, it has struggled to shed its photograph of being brazenly wedded to the pro-Hindutva agenda.
In The Saffron Tide, a well timed biography of the BJP, Kingshuk Nag lines the heritage of the celebration of India, and crystal-gazes to estimate the direction that it'll chart for itself within the coming years. Balanced, informative and thought-provoking, this quantity may be crucial for a person drawn to the political historical past of post-Independence India.
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