Tejashwi Yadav might have failed to achieve his ultimate mission of dethroning NDA dispensation from Bihar, but in moral terms he is indeed the winner.
Not only was he fighting against the incumbent state government, but the might of the Indian State as well since NDA is also ruling the Centre with the Who’s Who of BJP including Narendra Modi and Amit Shah throwing their weight behind Nitish Kumar. Yet not all-conquering BJP, rather RJD has emerged as the leading party in terms of seats won — an excellent feat getting hidden under NDA victory and shrill winning chant of BJP!
Most importantly the attitude of much underestimated Tejashwi deserves special mention. Without getting provocated by Modi’s and BJP’s relentless character assassination of Lalu Prasad and invocation of that much-repeated so-called “jungle raj” during his regime(as if Bihar and India is presently “shining” in the “glory” of “Good Days”!) with shameless ranting of rabid Hindutva coupled with fanning Islamophobia and shrewd play of caste factors; Tejashwi Yadav didn’t stoop himself down to personal mudslinging despite his father being vulgarily attacked. And far from bringing religion and caste into fray, Tejashwi instead confined himself to bread and butter issues (including health and education) plaguing the general population of Bihar and India. Just like Rahul Gandhi, Tejashwi Yadav has also acted as an ideal leader talking of basic problems affecting the common people and striving towards redressing it instead of playing to the gallery unlike his political adversaries who have directed all resource energy and time towards irrelevant Grand temples, Gigantic statues, Sky-kissing flags, “Gomata” or Bullet trains catering to the rich.
Not mere gaining of power or government formation, but conscience and morality should call the last shot in political front(as in all spheres of life) and Tejashwi Yadav has indeed passed this litmus test in flying colours. If such positive politics do not get electorally rewarded, then it is nothing but huge loss of the communally polarised society itself.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata-114.