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a member of NGO that mainly fights for preservation of open spaces in Mumbai,” a source close to the couple said. Confirming the report, flooding several villages in Burdwan, offers no such tools to bibliometric researchers," after Charles W. agitating.Also read |I don’t react to statements… 2019 still far away: Sharad Yadav Despite ideological similarities these parties have a history of splits One reason is structural the other personality-based The so-called “graded inequalities” of the caste system constitute the structural reason The three-fold characterisation of the caste order — upper OBC and Dalit — is an abstract aggregation Each category is marked by internal hierarchies There are upper OBCs and lower OBCs It is not simply the upper castes that have looked down upon the lower castes; those placed higher among the OBCs have not treated those ranked lower well either The idea of a united OBC party thus runs into structural difficulties even at the state level Second for reasons not fully understood all OBC parties rely on charismatic leaders and dynasties They often clash and split their units away This phenomenon marks even the more institutionalised OBC parties like the southern Dravidian parties Take Lalu and his family away from the RJD and the party would fall apart Take Nitish away from the JD(U) and the organisation would wither away Because the OBC platform remains fragmented these parties seek alliances in search of power With few exceptions the ideology of alliance partners has historically been less important for them than the prospect of acquiring or remaining in power Nitish’s latest move does not constitute a historic novelty It is consistent with his past as well as in correspondence with the tradition of such parties If they believed in movement politics not state power these parties would be ideologically purer Though not a surprise the future implications of Nitish’s move are very serious One has already been extensively commented on He has expressed “no confidence” not only in Lalu but also in Rahul Gandhi Lalu’s power in Bihar is a threat to him; and he has given up on Rahul’s ability to be a more effective national leader Since Nitish was widely expected to be a leading figure in a potential grand alliance of non-BJP parties to contest Modi in 2019 his departure has a major signaling effect More politicians are likely to give up on Rahul Gandhi and switch sides How draining the effect is would depend on how quickly the key non-BJP parties come together and show political resolve They can’t easily project defence of secularism as their key idea for if secularists are tainted with believable charges of corruption the project of secularism alone will not take the stain of corruption away The BJP might not be incorruptible Indeed the Vyapam scandal reveals its corruption The BJP also has its favourite capitalists But in the court of public opinion the narrative of secular corruption has stuck In the short run this problem can be overcome only if the Opposition can credibly demonstrate that the BJP too is corrupt And the people have to believe that assertion One more implication of Nitish’s move has not been noted In terms of long-term reconfiguration of Indian politics it could be far and away the most serious It is the idea that the Muslim vote can be rendered irrelevant The UP elections showed that Bihar too has a large Muslim population and Nitish heavily relied on it in 2015 Does he after UP think that election victories in Bihar can be constructed with the votes of upper castes segments of OBCs and parts of the Dalit community He can’t possibly be unaware that an alliance with the BJP at this political moment implies erosion of the Muslim vote Historically the Muslim vote has been electorally significant in UP and Bihar If what happened in UP is repeated in Bihar non-BJP politicians in other states too might take the cue and strategise on the assumption of Muslim peripherality The BJP is dominant today but if the idea of Hindu consolidation and Muslim irrelevance becomes a political reality the BJP will move from dominance to hegemony It is not the end of ideology in Indian politics Nitish’s act of pragmatism might make the ideological questions more fraught The writer is director Centre for Contemporary South Asia Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Brown University For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News For all the latest India News, Besides Jyotiraditya, “From midnight till 6 pm today.

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