A party that believes that the intellectual discourse of the past should be replaced with “intellectual diplomacy” and a “progressive agenda” has gained traction in India.
The party’s founder, Yogendra Yadav, was a key architect of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign and is a well-known figure in the Indian media.
The BJP, which is seeking to become the first Hindu nationalist party in the history of the country, is now a major player in the political discourse of India.
“Intellectual diplomacy is a very important part of the progressive agenda,” Yadav told The Times Of India.
He said it should be promoted “in all areas, not only for the Indian population.”
Yadav has said he wants to transform India into a “modern, prosperous, and democratic nation.”
But his party is seen by many Indians as a “neo-liberal” version of the Hindu nationalist National Democratic Alliance (NDA) party.
The NDA is a coalition of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the ruling Samajwadi Party.
The Bharatiyas own about 40 seats in India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.
The parties are led by the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who died in January.
In a speech at the Hindu Council of Women’s annual conference in Delhi last week, Yadav argued that India has “a long way to go” in improving its social justice and equality.
“In the last 10 years, we have seen the social injustice of the majority of our society in which the vast majority of women, children, and minorities suffer from poverty, inequality, and injustice,” Yadava said.
Yadav is an academic and former government advisor. “
And this is why we need a progressive agenda, which means an agenda that works for the common man, not just for those who own the country,” he said.
Yadav is an academic and former government advisor.
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