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.