I am glad he is not surprised. Politicians should not be surprised at tactics and conveniences of other political leaders.
But then he says something I find funny-His reference to History and that if Congress had a definite stand on secularism, the country would not have been facing such a situation today.
The year was 1977. Emergency had just been lifted n there was an impending election. A front was formed under the leadership of Jayaprakash Narayan which brought under one umbrella,
Till then, the Sangh was considered an untouchable. It was JP, along with others, including CPI (M) which allowed Jan Sangh to gain credibility, by allowing it entry into the anti-Indira front called Janata Party.
Further, if it were just cosmetic support, it wouldn't have been worth mentioning. But it wasn't just an outside support.
Didn't d stalwarts of d Left know what RSS stood for?Or was it politically expedient to ignore it at that time?I think d reason was the latter
The best part about this unholy alliance?
Then, in 1989, The National Front was created, led by the Janata Dal, which formed government between 1989 and 1990 under the leadership of N. T. Rama Rao as President and V. P. Singh as Convener.
If that was in the past, more recently, arch-rivals BJP and the CPI(M) joined hands in Nadia district, West Bengal, to defeat the Trinamool Congress in the panchayat polls.
During d last LS elections, it is no secret that the Left voters had en-masse shifted to BJP to counter Mamta in Bengal. Yechuri admitted to it as much.
So, let no political party or leader claim sainthood at the altar of secularism. It's a fact that India is a Hindu majority country and ..
The Left today has the unenviable position of being limited to one state- a state which doesn't care much about the Ram Temple..
So, should we condone any party when it moves away from secularism? Of course Not. But let not any political leader take a high stand..
Borrowing from a Mohanlal movie- The battle is not between the good and the evil. It's between the bad and the worse.