In backyard Mangalore, BJP loses Sangh vote


The disgruntlement in the Sangh is also on various other levels, including dalliance with big money that came with access to power, caste favouritism ("towards Brahmins and Bunts"), value being given to "outsiders" rather than core, long-term workers, and degradation of the set ways of discipline in the Sangh.

"It is the sand mining mafia, the drugs mafia, the real estate mafia that is dictating the course of the Sangh and its activities," said the official.

He added that while some Sangh cadre may still work for the BJP in the elections, they would be motivated by immediate profit rather than Hindutva.

According to Rajaram Tolpady, professor of political science at Mangalore University, the BJP and Sangh Parivar are in the midst of a serious ideological political crisis where the Sangh's specific agenda is different from that of the BJP.

"We saw it in the socialist parties in the 1950s where they did not know what to do with power but were very effective in opposing power. The RSS and Sangh who have traditionally opposed power and focused on cultural anchoring have not known what to do with power," Prof Tolpady, who was once associated with the RSS, said.

The professor also believes that while the aggressive Hindutva practised in Mangalore in the last five years was initially with popular consent, "after a while it became extreme and very violent, which has had an effect on the psyche of the people".

According to the Sangh official, there is feeling among the committed members that the organisation is best suited to function without power.

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