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Why India Needs the BJP

Why India Needs the BJP

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The ideology that the Bharatiya Janata Party represents and its pan Indian appeal makes it an important cog in our democracy.
The ideology that the Bharatiya Janata Party represents and its pan Indian appeal makes it an important cog in our democracy.

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Why India needs the BJP
The ideology that the Bharatiya Janata Party represents and its pan Indian appeal makes it an importantcog in our democracy, argues Tarun Vijay, Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation
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n a nation where most of the political parties are known by the names of their 'owners' turning the politicalprocess into a kind of family fiefdom, the existence of a party that still runs on democratic norms and representsa completely different ethos, must be valued as a need of the society. That is the Bharatiya Janata Party. It isuseless to indulge in the contemporary dichotomies and scuffles that mar its current framework.These are trivialities and have been a part of every political party, including the Jan Sangh that saw much bitter scenes involving top guns even when that was hardly as strong as its new avatar the BJP has become.The basic question is -- do we have a future for a party that symbolises Hindu aspirations and civilisationalrejuvenation through political instruments and acts as a part of a larger saffron brotherhood that has grownstronger by each year since its emergence in 1925?Suppose if there was no Jan Sangh or the BJP there would have been no Kashmir movement, no demands toscrap two flags and two constitutional provisions for an Indian state and abolishing two Constitutional headssystem for it. Who would have taken up the cause of an invincible Indian security and carried out the Pokaran IInuclear tests while preparing for Pokaran III?The last millennium saw the foreign attacks on Bharat that is India and the target of these barbaric assaults wereessentially the Hindu population and their temples. The truncated independence should have given them thehighest freedom to flower and come to their own as a free and fearless nation would have honoured the great
 
spirit of resistance that made Allama Iqbal write '
Kuch baat hai ki hasti mit-ti nahin hamaari (There is something extraordinary that we -- the civilisation -- survived centuries of assaults)
'.But after the massacres during Partition/independence in Calcutta, Noakhali, Muzaffarabad and Rawalpindi,Hindus got the secular marginalisation and a State apparatus that looked down at anything representing their age old-bruised ethos. That is why to uphold the dignity of being a Hindu and ensure equal attitude of the Statefor every citizen without any discrimination on the basis of caste or religion, the Jan Sangh was founded in 1951.The principles were unity in diversity, one nation, one culture and one people and justice to all, appeasement of none.At the first all India session of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, its founder president Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee hadsaid, 'India has been for centuries past the homeland of diverse people pursuing different faiths and religions.The need to preserve and respect the personal laws of such people especially in matters of religion andfundamental social obligations is undoubted. In all matters concerning the rights and duties of citizenship assuch, there must be complete equality for all. We must be able to carry all sections of the people with us bycreating in their minds a healthy and progressive attitude of co-operation based on true equality of opportunityand mutual tolerance and understanding. Our party's door remains open to all who believe in our programmeand ideology irrespective of considerations of caste and religion.''Our party,' he added, 'believes that the future progress of India must be based on a natural synthesis betweenits full economic advance and the development of mind and character of the people in accordance with thehighest traditions of Indian culture and civilization. The political freedom that we have achieved will bemeaningless without economic freedom. It is a tragedy that a vast country such as India, with its almost limitlessresources and raw materials, should be steeped in poverty, disease, ignorance and degradation. Our partybelieves that without plunging the country into the vortex of violent chaos and conflict, it should be possible for usto readjust the conditions of our economic life so as to bring to an end a shameful era of exploitation and silenthuman suffering.'Without mincing any words he declared, 'Our party though, ever prepared to extend its hand of equality to allcitizens, does not feel ashamed to urge for the consolidation of Hindu society, nor does it suffer from aninferiority complex to acknowledge proudly that the great edifice of Indian culture and civilization, which hadstood the test of thousands of years, has been built, most of all by the labour, sacrifice and wisdom of Hindu
 
sages, savants and patriots throughout the chequered history of our motherland. We are not so mean as toforget that in this gigantic process our country came into contact and conflict with many foreign races andideologies and our great ancestors had the courage to fashion and refashion the country's structure inaccordance with new ideas and with the changed conditions of our society. If India's freedom is to be purposeful,a correct appreciation of the fundamental features of Indian culture -- the discovery of that unity in diversity,which is the keynote of her civilization -- is highly essential.'These lengthy quotations are essential to understand the real purpose behind the BJP, which has accepted Dr Mookerjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya as its sources of inspiration showing the ideological path.In pre-Partition days, the independence movement essentially drew from Hindu nationalist symbols and writingsexpressed through Mahatma Gandhi's Ram Rajya, Sri Aurobindo's Bhawani Bharati concept which saw India asDurga incarnate and declared Sanatan Dharma as the nationality of India, Vivekananda, Lokmanya Tilak, andSubhas Bose. They were all deeply Hindu spiritual personalities who espoused the cause of freedom, liberty,equality and democracy.There was less ideological apartheid that we see today and newspapers like
The Hindu 
and
The HindustanTimes
were not looked down just because they bore a word Hindu and parties like the Hindu Mahasabha, RamRajya Parishad etc were in the mainstream without experiencing any kind of 'ideological untouchability'.It's only after Independence under the influence of Nehruvian left-to-centre policies that the assertive Hindussegment was sought to be humiliated and segregated.In the contemporary political scene, the Congress, which once represented the federal liberal character of Hindunationalist ideas advocating equality to all, has turned into a family oriented party where internal democraticprocess is completely subjugated to the wishes and whims of a supreme leader who also happens to be a familyhead. Except for the Communist parties and the BJP there is a hardly a party that is democratically run andcontrolled from the grassroot levels.Hence, in spite of internal bickering and trivial issues cropping up, a party that was born post Independencerepresenting a distinct ideology and programmes can only be a strengthening factor for democracy. Its amazinggrowth and power to rule the nation quite successfully have further added to its credibility. Those who oppose itmust look at the fact sheet it has so far built -- giving India the best of the highways, an IT and technologicalrevolution, best run states in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and above all a credible opposition that

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