Since I have nothing better to do today, I was mulling over the anger of Ashraf types on the nuclear deal. As hinted at by shri Kgoanji.
But before I do, a quick recap of recent history.
The BJP has been, since the mid 90s, trying to woo the muslim masses.
After the 1992 'incident'
, they have had a hard time living down their image as anti-muslim. So, the BJP had been trying very hard to win the muslim votes. A a result, they took a lot of steps which eventhe congress would have shrunk from, to appease muslims. For example, it was the BJP that gave university status to Jamia Hamdard, while Congress vehemently denied the same to AMU.
Muslims had been voting tactically against the BJP since 1992, supporting the strongest non-BJP local candidate against the BJP opponent, regardless of party affiliations. Mulayam was one of the biggest beneficiaries.
However, after the BJP took over, and the promised genocide did not occur, the muslims began to look at the BJP in a less negative light. The Vajpayee bus ride to Lahore was an eye opener for the community. And contrary to popular opinion on this forum, IMs do look at the state of INdo-Pak realtions as a kind of rough and ready barometer of that government's attitude to Indian muslims in general.
And then Godhra happened.
The work of a decade was destroyed in two months. The muslims have been shying away from BJP ever since.
And now the Congress has jeopardized the antipathy of muslims to the BJP with this deal.
Take a step back and recall the vote banks the congress maintained in the past, which sustained its power for four decades. It was the lower caste+muslim+Brahmin combine.
VP Singh destroyed the lower caste base of the congress by deploying Mandal artillery against it. Which led to the rise of leaders like Laloo, Mulayam and Mayawati. Brahmins sided with the BJP since the days of Ram Temple (with some recent movement away). That leaves the muslims, some of whom were taken away by local leaders like Mulayam, and some stuck with the congress.
So, the brilliant move by congress has left it with no particular political base in India (I am not sure whether they have lost support in the US though
As kgoan brilliantly asks but doesn't answer:
The real question is *what* makes the Congress so sure they can do this: i.e. take on the left, the BJP and the self-proclaimed muslim "leaders" simultaneously and take it to its logical end, i.e. to become the centre of the political system again?
What indeed? Tampered Electronic Voting Machines?