Atal Bihari Vajpayee has always enjoyed an exalted status among BJP leaders. But as he enters 83rd year on December 25, the official mouthpiece of the party appears to have scaled new heights in hailing his leadership though the RSS is dead against any personality cult.
In what looks likes its editorial, Kamal Sandesh vests Vajpayee with mystic powers. "Many of a person’s worries and problems get solved the moment he gets an audience with him. A person gets blessed with his darshan."
Sample this: "Atalji is not an individual, he is an institution. He is the embodiment of nation’s spirit, its feelings, hopes and aspirations. His name infuses a sense of pride in the mind of the person."
"His very darshan is illuminating, sublimating. His very presence is all inspiring, encouraging and rejuvenating. It inspires a person to go ahead, to wage a fight for the nation, to sacrifice everything for the country."
For a party that was dead opposed to the glorification of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi by the Congress in the 1980s and 90s, Kamal Sandesh seems to have broken all barriers to sing praise of Vajpayee.
"His (Vajpayee’s) presence ignites a ray of hope in the dark of despair. In all the tornadoes of political intrigues and deceit, Atalji stands atal, firm, unmoved smiling and confident that everything will be all right in the end (sic)."
Saying that Vajpayee has outgrown the contours of politics, the BJP mouthpiece goes on to say that “every word from his mouth has a message, and above all, is news for the media… he has a message for everyone… Atalji makes us feel that he is the head of the family, our benefactor. There is nothing to worry. He will take care of everything. He is a great healer."
Kamal Sandesh is edited by Prabhat Jha, a BJP-RSS activist close to BJP president Rajnath Singh whose re-election for a fresh term of three years was hailed in the journal under the heading “He’ll conquer every hurdle."
The mouthpiece also carries a “special interview” with Vajpayee’s close aide, Shiv Kumar who is quoted as saying that his association with the former PM “must be because of some intimate relation between us during our previous birth.”
Asked if Vajpayee ever got fed up with politics, Shiv Kumar said, “I have never noticed him (feeling so) but, at times I did get fed-up with politics.”