TWO DECADES SHARPLY
From Dynasty to Saffron to Deep Saffron
I divide modern history into the Age of Reform and Retribution and The Saffron Age. The two contributed to each other. Sonia will always be the outsider who controlled India, and the BJP tapped into the Hindu xenophobia and the slight to cow belt nationalism by cosmopolitan Nehru. The Nehru Gandhi dynasty watered the saffron plant by decimating Congress leaders and destroying their state base to perpetuate their political DNA.
Vajpayee was the bridge—the Hindu socialist who liked his evening whisky and disapproved of dhokla Hinduism whose liberal canniness was wiped away by aggressive single tone Moditva which flowed into the leadership vacuum created by the Gandhis. Corruption was a convenient button waiting to be pushed.