The BJP is certainly talking the talk these days. Everyone in the party seems to be letting it all hang out, much to the chagrin of party supremo L.K. Advani, formerly known as the ‘laupurush’. Clearly, the iron grip is getting a little rusty round the edges because post-defeat, the party’s notables have been talking thirteen to the dozen to the media. Like the Walrus in Alice through the Looking Glass, Mr Advani has repeatedly shaken his head and admonished the “many spokesmen”, who have sprung up in the party, whose love for seeing themselves on the telly exceeds their love for the thoughts of Guru Golwalkar. Things seem to be coming to a head with this plethora of Hydra-like talking heads, all giving different versions of why the party with a difference could make no difference in the end.
But why blame the BJP? Jabbering incessantly is a national trait. How we love to hold forth on topics we know nothing about. We are second to none in answering questions in 700 words when 10 would have been enough. Our leaders are adept at lulling audiences into somnolence with their marathon speeches. Yes, we are not at a loss for words. In happier times, Mr Advani was not known to hold back on his opinions before the reviled electronic media. He would air his opinions on everything from M.A. Jinnah to the qualities of prime ministership and no doubt, his flock is now following the leader.
Brevity clearly is not the soul of wit in the BJP these days. Our advice to Mr Advani is ‘if you can’t beat them, join them.’ He should take to the studios and prove that he is still capable of knocking the socks off them when it comes to saying it like it is. Clearly, a case of talk more, work less.