India’s ruling party can roll out the next section of its programme to train staff on these and fifteen other subjects. It’s time for BJP staff to get lessons on foreign policy, social harmony and resource mobilisation for the party.
The BJP claims to be the world’s largest political outfit with eleven crore members. it’s set a target to train 1.5 million of them on the party’s ideology, history and others.
“Cadre working at senior levels should have an understanding of all such problems, it’s nothing to do with the criticism of BJP over Dalit issues” a BJP leader told HT.
These subjects weren’t part of curriculum for mandal and district level training programme, currently underway in different states.
The new subjects are approved by party chief Amit Shah and can be included in the course for state and national level sessions that start after Diwali.
Another BJP office-bearer said, “Each training session can involve regarding one hundred fifty participants, instructions are given to also invite ladies leaders and those belonging to the scheduled Castes and scheduled Tribes.”
After mounting pressure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to break his silence, remarking, “If you want to shoot, shoot me, not Dalits.” The BJP was at the centre of conflict following the suicide of the flogging of Dalit men on suspicion of cow slaughter in Gujarat, University of Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula and different such incidents related to Dalits.
Agitations in BJP-ruled states, like the reservation stir in Gujarat and the Maratha protests in Maharashtra, too created unrest.
Experts on these subjects are being approached for developing the training materials. the concept of Bharat, relations with media, social media for political work, election management and government-party relationship ar different subjects added to the curriculum for coaching senior leaders.