5 Lessons About Politics from the Campaign Trail
Shivam Shankar Singh

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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