This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
This begs the question, why did he do it? Varun Gandhi is no intellectual giant, but he is not a moron either. His only possible motive for making a speech like that is for electoral gains. So did Gandhi badly miscalculate? I'm not so sure. For sure, the speech has been roundly condemned by the media and those who write letters to the editor. But we have to remember that is not the constituency he was addressing in his speech. The immediate parallel can be drawn to post-Godhra Gujarat. Narendra Modi's indifference to the atrocities being perpetrated on Muslims - indeed his thinly veiled encouragement to the perpetrators - evoked revulsion on most right thinking Indians. Even the leader of his own Party, Vajapayee, initially expressed his abhorrence, before being silenced by his party members. In the end though, Narendra Modi had the last laugh. He was re-elected with a thumping majority. The point I wish to reiterate is that it is not easy to fathom what really goes on in the mind of a particular section of society. As the Gujarat election results showed, the alienation of Gujarat's Hindus from the Muslims was deep rooted, even though, before Godhra, it had not been openly expressed. If Varun gandhi is not disqualified from contesting the election in Pilibhit, he may actually win. The only thing one can predict about politics is that it is unpredictable.