In the wake of her unexpectedly strong showing in the UP elections, Mayawati has announced that she wants BSP to lead the central govt in New Delhi also. Well, at least nobody can accuse her of thinking too small. Although she comes from a dyed-in-the-wool socialist background, she seems to have recently realized the great rewards to be reaped from abandoning the politics of caste-division.
We need to think about this. If a dalit-led party stripped of its caste-baiting were to embrace all other Hindu communities, it could make for a usefully stable centre-of-gravity that opponents wouldn't be able to crack.
But would it amount to a socialist takeover of the country? As the W.Bengal marxists have shown, once in power even the most vociferous socialists are willing to wholeheartedly embrace the forward-looking vision of capitalist growth over the dead-end stagnation they all inwardly know socialism represents.
Only Nixon can go to China. Likewise, it might take the lower-class credentials of a Mayawati to rally the entire Hindu community more solidly under a common banner, so that the nation can plunge ahead into the more aggressive economic reforms necessary to sustain and build on current economic momentum.
I'd prefer if a party with a more longstanding record on free market privatization like BJP were to be the spearhead of economic renewal. But because of the current lacklustre leadership, it's not clear that BJP is pushing strongly enough in the right direction. If Rajnath is favoring caste-based quotas, then what the hell do we need him for?
I'm wondering if a BSP-led national govt with BJP as a junior partner, might not be comparable to a Court of Akbar, the Moghul ruler who allowed himself to be advised by Brahmins and other infidels. What we would want to particularly avoid is an electoral face-off at the national level between BSP and BJP, which would only play into the hands of the Congress, the two Yadavs, the leftists and the other regional parochialists.
If Mayawati's current giddiness over her newfound success could persuade her to open up to Modi, that might be a useful axis to oust Sonia & Family from their Delhi Darbar(let's not forget Arjun, either). Maybe somebody like a Kalyan Singh could become a broker for this. With a more solid low-caste electoral mandate, economic reforms could then be pursued more vigorously.