Bridges of Faith

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The national executive of the BJP met after almost two years. The difficult pandemic situation necessitated this interval. During this period, the attention and energies of the Party were directed towards combating the effects and impact of the pandemic on the population. At a time when most parties had either entered self-quarantine mode or were concerned about disinformation kites, the Bharatiya Janata Party launched one of the biggest relief efforts ever undertaken by any party. politics during a crisis of this magnitude. . In his farewell speech to the BJP’s NEC, Prime Minister Modi, referring to this period of nineteen months, called it the best period of the Party, when faced with an opponent he did not know, could not understand, which he faced for the first time, the Party continued to serve people and mitigate its impact.

The fact that the main forums of a party meet, deliberate and reflect on problems, achievements and challenges, reaffirm its fundamental founding ideals, renew its ideological line and maintain a dynamic interest and robust political will at regular intervals is an indicator of its inherent ideological strength, its commitment to promoting its essence and its overall political and organizational health. The meeting recalled the observations of Deendayal Upadhyaya, made in the early years of the Jana Sangh, when he wrote that “Every progressive organization will go and must go through the process of change, but its fundamental principles never change”.

The BJP has been able to adhere effectively to this adage. This was mainly because, as Prime Minister Modi said, “we are not an individual-centered, dynasty-based party, we are a party. ‘Parampara Adharit’ – a party founded and supported by traditions, we have lived and struggled to establish a certain thought, an ideal and an ideology. Besides the political resolution adopted at the meeting, the discussion on it, the suggested amendments and insertions, the CEN meeting had very interesting dimensions. To the observer looking into the deepest political party engines, these seem important.

The latest BJP awareness campaign, initiated by PM Modi himself, “Kamal Pushp” is in itself a unique effort to connect and revive the threads of tradition, continuity and contribution to the Party. Prime Minister Modi spoke at length about it, explained its deeper necessity, called on all present to actively work on it by expanding into their respective fields and connecting with those who have contributed to the growth of the party in the past. , since he started. days, have struggled to keep the flag in the air through its most difficult phases and to document their contributions. These will not only serve to give an idea of ​​the basis that has been built for our political movement by struggling generations, but they will also connect the present to them. “We stand on the ground prepared by them, today we are here, it is because of their past toil,” he said, recalling his own close association with some of them.

An important exercise was the publication of books on different aspects of the success of the Modi government. In this case, the immediate being India’s historic intervention at COP26 and the robust state of the economy. Not only were the books published, but each of them was also discussed by a senior official or minister and the assembled members were urged to include in their daily work time to reflect and read and organize, each months of informed and informative deliberations. on such achievements. The formation of libraries in every BJP office across the state over the past few years and maintaining this emphasis on the need to develop informed opinions and articulations in order to drive the narrative and set the agenda was important .

The fact that Prime Minister Modi came and stayed throughout the deliberations – which he has been doing for decades – participated and intervened, stayed put until the end of the meeting, skipping lunch as all other delegates, is an undeniable indicator of the connectivity that the Party continues to exude. There was nothing usual about the whole approach; rather, she was involved and innate.

At a time when most parties lack a clear ideological line and have been unable to articulate one, when most parties, with the possible exception of communist parties, are either led and based on individuals and dynasties and have no regularity in their structural functioning, when most exude a certain lethargy in their public action, lack a creative political functioning and a strong will to implement organizational programs, the BJP is distinguished by the display of all these attributes. The fact that the Party has succeeded in repositioning its focus and action, being a party in power, has been its greatest achievement over the past eight years. As Prime Minister Modi observed, the biggest challenge for a ruling party is what to do in terms of public activities and awareness raising, and yet the BJP has written a new history by being variously active and most effective in ‘Is going.’ There has been complacency in the Party during all these years in power.

PM Modi’s address recalled one of the descriptions of the ‘Abhyasvargas‘- a tradition in the Party since the time of Jana Sangh and generally led and led in the past by pillars such as Deendayal Upadhyaya. Prime Minister Modi’s speech focused on the dimensions that sustain, maintain and lubricate a political movement and allow it to continue to be an entity that retains the capacity and power for self-renewal.

As an ordinary worker, if one were to internalize Prime Minister Modi’s address at the NEC meeting, there were four main points to remember: one was to consider ourselves as a Party with the mission to liberate India forever of an imitation mentality, of being an appendix and slavery, two, beyond the pitfalls and the heavy demands and demands of politics and political action, it was imperative to explore and to undertake activities and initiate works for a positive transformation of society. Many are doing it among us, he said, these need to be amplified, shared and extended, three is the need to maintain a vibrant and fulfilling sense of belonging, this is life and lubrication. of an organization. The organizations that lost this fell apart and lost track, four, the need for each of us was to emerge as “bridges of faith” with people, that is what will continue and give greater momentum to the process of one and the integral transformation underway in India.

In a speech marked with a number of nuggets and perspectives, each of which perhaps requires a column to extrapolate, Prime Minister Modi asserted that between his thinking and the thinking of his country, there was no difference, “perhaps I have absorbed such a perspective, through my wanderings through India for many years, there is no district that I have not visited that I have not visited. not absorbed … We are the ones who are connected to the ground, our experience is through life itself. ‘

To become then bridges dependent on faith, on this principle “Bridge of faith”, is the main task before each constituent of this powerful current and political movement.

The author is a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), BJP and Director of the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. The opinions expressed are personal.


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