Bhima-Koregaon Raids: How the BJP is Alienating its Dalit Vote Bank

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Bhima-Koregaon Raids: How the BJP is Alienating its Dalit Vote Bank

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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rnest Hemingway once wrote in a private letter “Never confuse movement with action.” Four years ago, when the BJP roared to a mandate that was unprecedented, most people regarded it as action: An unlikely shift in the party’s politics, a steady focus on development, a distinctive burial of the fallout from 1992, and with it, the legacy of its last remaining souvenir, Lal Krishna Advani. A new BJP for the new millennium.

Today, as “urban naxals” are arrested for speaking up for the dispossessed while the convicts in the Bhima-Koregaon case, the men responsible for the actual violence, roam free, that image feels like a distant miasma. All that posturing from 2014 has begun to look like a shape-shifting blur, a hallucination of the gullible mind situated so far back in the past, it feels as delusional as it once seemed inevitable.

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