Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Debate: Is the humiliation of Opposition leaders a BJP conspiracy?

live4Headlines Today
22 August 2014

After the Chief Ministers of Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand were booed and heckled by a section of the crowd during public functions in which they shared the stage with Prime Minister Modi, the Congress said it would boycott such events in future.

Karan Thapar anchored a debate on the subject. I argued that this heckling by BJP wastelling us something about the changing fabric of Indian politics — its coarsening, its lumpenisation.  I also said Modi was seeking a kind of ‘full spectrum dominance’ against his foes, blocking off all space, formal and informal, political and institutional.

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