Pawan Kalyan has outdone George Fernandes and is Arun Shourie, only in reverse. Maybe he was bored walking the Shining Path and has chosen the saffron path instead.
Midst the State bifurcation hustles when Pawan Kalyan found Jana Sena party in 2014, his stress on the much-derided word ‘ideology’, is what stood out prominently. Expounding on his party’s ideology, Pawan went ahead and even released a book titled Ism. Only limited copies of the booklet were sold. And now the book and the word itself seem to have disappeared from his discourse. For Pawan, the last few years since his launch have been an ideological rollercoaster ride. Nonetheless, it would be safe to say now that the only thing constant about the man and the party is, this persistent confusion.
First, a quick look at his JSP’s ideology on its website will leave one with a sense of vagueness stemming from all its glorified and clichéd idealism. There is no detailed analysis of the socio-economic situation or social reality in general. Even in Pawan Kalyan’s multiple TV interviews, one cannot find any ideological consistency. Other than a quote from Gandhi here, a reference to Bhagat Singh there, or professing love for Che Guevara’s Humanism but not his Communism, Pawan Kalyan’s interventions lacked discursive depth. By eulogising Modi and the BJP’s version of principled chauvinism, Pawan Kalyan, like every other politician in this country too is taking refuge in aggressive nationalism.
Second, it is again safe to say that an alliance with the BJP, seems like a foregone conclusion now. Right from the inception of the party, Pawan wanted to shoot over the shoulders of his partners. The tactical move only proved disastrous in the long run. Pawan Kalyan chose to side with the BJP-TDP alliance in 2014. In 2019 he opposed both and sided with the left parties and BSP in the State. Now, his newfound bonhomie with BJP again, indicate a weak and directionless politics.
Even before Pawan Kalyan, his elder brother Chiranjeevi launched Praja Rajyam Party, later merged it with Indian Nation Congress. Chiranjeevi famously used the call for social justice as core ideology despite fully trying to leverage the Kapu identity for electoral gains.
Pawan Kalyan finally seems to have woken up into the BJP’s social engineering plans for AP, and he seems to be more than happy to be the face of it. Given that he went so far as to say that his party’s ideology is very much akin to the RSS ideology, this is pretty evident. Or one could say Pawan Kalyan has outdone George Fernandes and is Arun Shourie, only in reverse. Maybe he was bored walking the Shining Path and has chosen the saffron path instead.