Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
National
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

National Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Missing photos

By Neena Vyas

MUMBAI, JUNE 22. There was a subtle but distinct change. The portraits of the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the Leader of the Opposition, L.K. Advani, were missing from the backdrop at the venue of the press meet at the national executive committee meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party here today. Instead, pictures of the BJP's ideological mentors, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Syama Prasad Mookherjee, adorned the decorative banner.

Is the party moving away from the personality cult politics it had built around the leadership of the big two, Mr. Vajpayee and Mr. Advani? Is it applying "correctives" after having published more than 50 photographs of Mr. Vajpayee in the party's vision document ahead of the Lok Sabha elections?

A clue was available in the party president, Venkaiah Naidu's opening remarks. He launched a full-scale attack on the "virus of individualism" that affected the party and which "has to be got rid off." There was no room for "individual personality and individual identity," it was the "party consciousness, party personality and party identity" with which individuals must align their own consciousness and personalities, Mr. Naidu said.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

National

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu