October 22, 2008

 

Zugzwang

Zugzwang is a term from Chess. From Wikipedia - "It describes a situation where one player is put at a disadvantage because he has to make a move."

The Govt of Maharashtra is in the same position as for as Raj Thackrey issue is concerned. They waited for too long to arrest him. And now that they have done it, the govt still stands to lose. As Raj is described in far more ruthless terms ("urban terrorist") on English news channels, his support base in Maharashtra can only increase.

I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be the cornerstone of his political career and his party comes to power in the next decade. While the English media cluelessly brands him as troublemaker, he is far more articulate, shrewd and perspicacious. The moment the party acquires substantial mass, he will attract the "thinking class," which people generally associate with BJP right now. Then the makeover the party will be complete.

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