Indian democracy has certainly evolved to a stage where people would be chary of electing a person who is controlled by an extra-constitutional force and that too a regressive one. In recent times, the RSS has not shied away from intervening forcefully in the BJP’s affairs. It minced no words when Mr Advani went into a sulk over the choice of Mr Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.
Ultimately, the BJP has to cut loose from the RSS’ apron strings. It cannot play its role as a party of governance or opposition as the case may be if it has to function according to the dictates of people who have neither been elected nor have any idea about the aspirations of a new India.