by Harish Gupta, National Editor, Lokmat Group
Till May last, the utterances of characters like Ashok Singhal or Pravin Togadia of Vishwa Hindu Parishad were generally dismissed as the wild ranting of those belonging to the ‘saffron brotherhood’s’ lunatic fringe. Once the BJP under Narendra Modi came to power, it was argued, the crazy Hindu supremacists would take the back seat, if at all, and Modi would galvanize his BJP party into a unique instrument to deliver quality governance. It is a fact that, in Modi’s campaign speeches, echoes of Veer Savarkar’s Hindutva lines did ring once in a while. But the common man chose to ignore them as, with Congress collapsing with incredible determination, he thought it would be either BJP or anarchy.