Razib & I played host to MJ, Kushal (Carvaka Podcast) and Vidhi.
It was a very long podcast (1hr 40 minutes) and it was really entertaining. Kushal & MJ are BJP-lite while Vidhi (if she was forced to vote) is Congress. We skipped the technical discussion since we will serve that after the elections.
Kushal was awesome and impassioned but he was schooling the Devil’s Advocate (me). Razib joined at a certain point and in these intense podcasts he provided a good balance.
Mrittunjoy and Vidhi approached the matter as scientists. Mrittunjoy gave an overview of how caste dynamics still plays a role, the emergence of BJP in West Bengal and Odisha and decimation in Uttar Pradesh, nuance of how personality politics may hurt BJP in the long run and how communalism is used by parties other than the BJP as well, if not more.
He did a great analysis of the BJP manifesto, comparing it with the other parties’, including speaking about ‘Beti Bachao, beti padhao’, ‘Swach Bharat’ and decentralisation (and federalism) under the BJP.
MJ did a great analysis of the BJP manifesto and was consistently factual. He mentioned how Dharmic politics is all about the multiplicity of voices, perspectives and possibilities and he hopes that the winner of the election will upload the same.
I’ve also promised MJ that in part 2 of the podcast after the results, we can do a detailed state breakdown of the votes. MJ presented a balance and comprehensive viewpoint that was not cynical but hopeful for India.
Vidhi had very incisive points about Modi and the BJP. She mentioned Modi’s approach to rape and she has written a pretty powerful essay on it.
By and large I’m an outsider to this discussion; I don’t have strong opinions. I do think that India has to worry about having a charismatic leader (inadvertently I claimed Rahul Gandhi was the sexy face of India aka Imran Khan).
I also did the *desi* thing (metric wetric or shetric) of “deification” “reification” where I got schooled by Razib.
Basically I got schooled by everyone on this podcast 🙂
I had alot of fun doing this podcast and I’m proud of how balanced it was. We represented all perspectives and got some very profound insight by our 3 guests. It’s also important to hear the good work BJP has done in India (courtesy of Kushal).
Also I’ve made this post sticky until Thursday; please leave *polite* comments in the thread.
We would definitely appreciate more positive reviews. Many of you listen to us, but don’t leave any reviews!