General elections: India 2009

BJP and Hindutva

The BJP, one of India’s national parties, found itself in a disarray following its poor performance in the recent general elections. There were post-poll problems in some other parties as well but the chaos in BJP was glaring. There is a general impression that the main reason for its debacle was its hindutva policy because it smacks of communalism or pro-hindu approach. The so called secular parties, big and small, won’t have any truck with BJP because according to them it is communal; but the very same secular parties have no qualms about having tie-up with other communal or caste-based parties.

At the most, hindutva stands for Indianness and it is in favor of safeguarding the country’s ancient culture. It also envisages a common civil code. In fact, Hinduism is a negligible minority at the international level when compared with Islam or Christianity. But some religions are bent upon wiping out Hinduism (which exists mainly in India) by converting as many Hindus as possible, taking advantage of their poverty. When Hindus do not interfere with the private affairs of other religions, why do other religions indulge in provocative conversions?

As such, the BJP has to be seen not as a communal party but as one which wants to prevent the collapse of India’s ancient religion.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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