5 Lessons About Politics from the Campaign Trail
Shivam Shankar Singh
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The BJP don’t deserve you, Shivam. Really well written and my time int he Congress has been testament to this. As far as I can tell though, Ram Madhav is a bit of a misfit. He’s trying hard to reinvent himself and I think your work has a lot to do with it. I wasn’t impressed at all with him when I attended his talk at a LitFest at Habitat. He pleaded Indian exceptionalism which made liberalism, socialism and all the isms ineffective as lenses from which to view Indian politics and economics. I thought that lazy, pseudo-intellectual codswallop. Also this delightful clip of Ram at Oxford Union comes to mind, betraying Ram’s fascistic tendencies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hDuE9kfk7I Also the BJP has no right to complain about funds considering it raised the cap on party donations just in time for demonetisation, which was the largest state-facilitated money laundering operation. As far as I recall, you were calling for paid researchers in the NE six months or so ago. I’m sure you’re well paid for your efforts, Shivam and that’s a good thing for you as a young professional. No one should have to work for free. But don’t pretend to be the party of khaadi when BJP really epitomises the cash-fueled suit boot sarkar thanks to the beneficiaries of its Clean Out India campaign. It’s intellectually dishonest.

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