Why has BJP forgotten its nationalist agenda?

By J.G. Arora

Patriots Forum: March 11, 2014

Ever since it ruled the country from 1999-2004, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been substantially de-based and de-Hinduised. Though its opponents term BJP as a Hindu outfit, BJP prefers to be known as a ‘secular’ party; and its leaders prefer to be known as ‘secular’ leaders.

And BJP’s pseudo-secular leaders have forsaken BJP’s nationalist ideology.

Though in their massive public meetings held across the country, BJP’s top leaders including its national president as also its Prime Ministerial candidate have proclaimed their ‘development’, ‘India first’, ‘vote for India’ and pseudo-secular agenda; they are silent about uniform civil code, abolition of Article 370, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus in Kashmir, and infiltration of crores of Bangladeshis into India.

Besides, they have never asserted that if voted to power, they would implement the policy of genuine secularism which means justice for all and appeasement of none; and have never claimed that they would undo the fake secularists’ division of the nation into majority and minority, and would review the government’s policies and programmes which have been motivated by the politics of appeasement of minority.

Furthermore, though vide its judgement dated July 12, 2005, Supreme Court termed Bangladeshi infiltration as “external aggression” and held that “Bangladeshi nationals who have trespassed into Assam or are living in other parts of the country have no legal right to remain in India and they are liable to be deported”, like other fake-secular outfits, BJP is silent over crores of Bangladeshi infiltrators grabbing India. Not a single Bangladeshi infiltrator has been deported even from BJP ruled states.

This write-up explains that BJP must revive and re-assert its nationalist agenda if it wants to save India from disaster.

Sophistry of fake-secularism

Logically in 1947, on India’s partition on religious basis and creation of Pakistan as demanded by Muslims, truncated India should have been declared a Hindu republic to re-assert its Hindu identity. However, a perverse ‘secularism’ has been foisted on Bharat where anything which is anti-Hindu, pro-Muslim, divisive and sectarian is ‘secularism’ though genuine secularism connotes separation of state and religion; and non-discrimination on grounds of religion.

Most of Indian political parties practise the outrageous and fake ‘secularism’ which has resulted, inter alia, in crores of Bangladeshi infiltrators grabbing India bit by bit; genocide and eviction of Hindus from Kashmir; government control over all prominent Hindu temples whereas no mosque or church is covered by such control; special rights to Muslim majority Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370; scholarships, free-ships and incentives to non-Hindus by central and many state governments; demand for reservation for Muslims in government jobs even after the creation of Pakistan; and provision of Haj subsidy though none of 57 Islamic countries gives any such subsidy.

Congress-isation of BJP

Successor to nationalist Bharatiya Jana Sangh, ‘secularized’ and de-Hinduised BJP was formed in 1980. Because of its ‘secularisation’ and de-Hinduisation, BJP got just two Lok Sabha seats in 1984 elections. Shell-shocked BJP went back to Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s nationalist ideology; and attacked the Congress on issues of pseudo-secularism and appeasement, terrorism, pathetic plight of Kashmiri Hindus, Article 370, uniform civil code, infiltration of Bangladeshis, Shree Ram Janmabhoomi temple; and increased its tally to 182 seats in 1999 elections.

But during its 1999-2004 rule of the country, BJP forgot its nationalist ideology and agenda. It did not punish even the Pakistan-sponsored attack on Indian Parliament in December, 2001 since the then Prime Minister’s ‘fight to finish’ never started.

And though a really secular government cannot fund any religious pilgrimage, BJP increased the amount of Haj subsidy. Moreover, during the 2004 elections, the then Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee offered two lakh jobs of Urdu teachers and substantial grants to Madrassas.

BJP’s traditional supporters were shocked at the Congress-isation of BJP. Consequently, BJP was unseated from power in 2004 when it won 135 Lok Sabha seats as against 182 seats in 1999.

Subsequently, L.K. Advani’s remarks about M.A. Jinnah’s secularism and BJP’s deplorable dilution of its ideology reduced its Lok Sabha tally to 116 seats in 2009 elections despite UPA’s atrocious policies during 2004-2009.

BJP’s defeat in 2004 and 2009 Parliamentary elections was not the defeat of BJP’s nationalist ideology; it was the defeat of BJP’s forsaking of its nationalist ideology.

Way out

BJP’s embrace of pseudo-secularism and forsaking of its nationalist ideology have destroyed its once unique identity. To save the nation from ruin, BJP must re-assert its nationalist agenda; and take the following steps:

i. BJP must reject the fake secularists’ division of the nation into majority and minority. BJP must proclaim that if voted to power, it would implement the policy of genuine secularism which means justice for all and appeasement of none; and same rights and duties for all citizens.

Moreover, since actions speak louder than the words, BJP must dismantle “Minority Cell” in BJP, and Minority Commissions in BJP ruled states. Human Rights Commissions would safeguard every citizen’s rights.

ii. Since nationalism includes development, good governance and pro-people policies, BJP must oppose divisive, communal and appeasement policies being pursued by fake-secular political parties in the name of ‘secularism’.

iii. BJP must work for uniform civil code as stipulated in Article 44 of the Constitution. Besides, it must work for deletion of Article 370 to bring Jammu & Kashmir’s complete integration with the rest of India.

iv. Lacs of Kashmiri Hindus have been driven out of Kashmir and forced to live like refugees in their own country. BJP should work for their rehabilitation in Kashmir.

v. BJP should work for liberation of Hindu temples and shrines from government control so that Hindus enjoy the same religious rights as enjoyed by other communities.

vi. BJP must work for implementation of Supreme Court’s judgements dated July 12, 2005 and December 5, 2006 to deport crores of Bangladeshi infiltrators; and for curbing the continuing infiltration of Pak-Bangla nationals.

vii. BJP should work for discontinuing all Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangla road and rail journeys, cultural and sports relations, and peace talks till Pakistan and Bangladesh stop their terrorist and demographic invasion against India.

Since politics of appeasement and fake-secularism pursued by various political parties has crippled India and divided the nation into majority and minority, BJP must re-embrace its nationalist ideology and take the above-mentioned steps if it wants to save the nation from looming disaster.

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