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BJP deceived Hindus with fake Hindutva

Hindutva was always considered as a panacea for the BJP. The party once scaled the political mountain by using it. Hindutva for the BJP as projected by it is a way of life. But, surprisingly, WikiLeaks expose revealed that BJP used Hindutva only to deceive Hindus. The cable has unmasked BJP’s drumbeating on Hindutva. In the fast changing political scenario BJP has always been in a catch-22 situation over the issue of Hindutva. The ideological compulsion of the BJP comes in the way and that is why the party cannot distance itself from it entirely.

According to a cable accessed by The Hindu, “Pressed on the question of Hindutva, Jaitley argued that Hindu nationalism ‘will always be a talking point’ for the BJP. However, he characterized this as an opportunistic issue,” a cable by Robert Blake, the Charge d’ affaires at the US Embassy, to his government, had said after a meeting with Jaitley on May 6, 2005. If the contents of the cable stand true and accurate then one is forced to believe that the BJP not only deceived and mislead their supporters, but also the entire Sangh parivaar, who swear by the ideology of Hindutva in all their discourses. The expose has also severely damaged the reputation of Arun Jaitely within and outside the party and spoils his equation for the top post in the BJP. He has always been considered to be one among many for the highest post in the BJP. Jaitely is considered close to RSS unlike Sushma Swaraj and that is why he has been defended not only by party president but also by the RSS.

In the 1984 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP got only 2 seats out of 543. In the year 1999, BJP won an all-time high of 183 seats. By using Hindutva BJP rose from a mere two seats to 183 seats. It is beyond doubt that the BJP in the past gained political significance by using Hindutva but slowly and steadily people realised the hollow commitment of the BJP towards Hindutva. BJP palyed with the religious sentiments of Hindus and invariably befooled them by reiterating its pledge time and again to build a grand temple in Ayodhya. BJP’s claim to be the only party with the difference was jeopardised when BJP president Bangaru Laxman was caught on camera accepting Rs 1 lakh in cash from a journalist of Tehelka pretending to be a defence dealer and had to resign but surprisingly was reinstated by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. It was then that the claim of the BJP to be the party with the difference was questioned. BJP’s half-hearted nationalism became evident from incidents like coffin scam, Kandahar, Hawala taint and the Parliament attack during its rule.

Male domination traits of the BJP became apparent when Sushma Swaraj was isolated by the party’s top brass on the issue CVC appointment. This was not the first time when Sushma Swaraj was downsized by her own party members. On face value it seemed that Sushma Swaraj was put at par with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi when she was asked by the party to contest against Sonia Gandhi in the 1999 Lok Sabha polls in Bellary in Karnataka. But if we think otherwise it was basically done to curtail her rising popularity in those days. It was obvious at that point of time that she would be defeated. In yet another instance she was considered the generation next leader within the BJP after L K Advani and Atal Behari Bajpayee, but her uneasy equation with the RSS might have come in the way and that is why she was superseded by RSS appointee Nitin Gadkari.

Recently, LK Advani wrote in his blog, “My reaction was: I am not at all apologetic. Indeed, I am proud of my association with the Ayodhya movement. But I am extremely sad that our party’s credibility has been badly dented by the happenings of December 6.” If he had also included the Gujarat pogrom along with Babri demolition then it could have been certainly an honest submission from his side. Presently, the party is caught up in the middle of soft and hard aggressive Hindutva only to accommodate development issues and leans to the either side as per political expediency. It is because of the aggressive Hindutva tag that the BJP lost its handful of allies one by one and the remaining also have got some reservation when issues of Hindutva are used for political gains. After the era of Atal Behari Vajpayee, who was instrumental and master of coalition politics, the NDA from then onwards has been shrinking from time to time. According to a cable sent on 13 June, 2005 by U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Robert O. Blake which was accessed by The Hindu said, “Advani’s withdrawal of his resignation as party president demonstrated the power of the RSS and its Hindu nationalist allies, and their continued dominance over the BJP, and will likely increase the party’s political decline.” The more the BJP distances itself from the RSS, the greater is the possibility for the individual leaders to gain clout, which would eventually lead to infighting and groupism. On the contrary the more the BJP depends on the RSS the greater is the possibility of losing its own identity and also grip over the masses. At this juncture none of the BJP leaders have the traits which can help attain perfect equilibrium under such circumstances. Apart from all its ideological sharing in the Sangh parivaar there is remarkable contrast between RSS and the BJP. RSS is totally committed to establish a Hindu Rashtra whereas the BJP is only devoted to capturing power at the Centre. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 3

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