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The revival of V P Singh, and why Stalin makes a natural partner

The late PM who changed the course and face of Indian politics has not been owned by any party. What has changed now is caste dynamics, and the jostling for anti-BJP space

Finally, somebody has politically owned him – Vishwanath Pratap Singh, the 7th Prime Minister of India. Though he changed the course of Indian politics, and unleashed forces leading irreversibly to the rise and rise of OBCs, a process that is likely to influence the 2024 elections, the Mandal messiah, as “VP” was popularly called, has been amongst the most forgotten of all PMs – till now.

Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said evocatively, “We all belong to V P Singh’s family, a pan-India social justice family”, while calling for “proportionate” reservations in the country. He was speaking at the unveiling of V P Singh’s statue in Chennai, at the well-known Presidency College, in the presence of invitee Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party chief. The late PM’s family members were also present on the occasion.

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