Is BJP Hampering Hindu Revival?

For India to truly rise, it is high time that Hindus build a strong and confident Hinduism rooted in the eternal principles of Sanatana Dharma.

Two years have passed, since the so called Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP was elected with a whopping majority to the lower house of the Parliament, the Loka Sabha. The BJP was successful in creating an atmosphere of positivity and hope for the masses and thanks to its charismatic PM candidate Shri Narendra Modi, it was also successful in rightly tapping the aspirations of a young India. But, electoral Pundits have long debated if these were the only causes for the BJP’s decisive victory. Some have, time and again, asserted that it was the cultural aspirations of the Hindus, which brought them to power.

While I cannot tell how the BJP itself views its victory, I can vouch for the fact that a large number of hard working and dedicated volunteers, who were truly responsible for the win, did see in BJP an end to administration by self-alienated and self-hating ‘seculars’. There was a huge aspiration to have a government, which was sympathetic and proactive towards Hindu causes. But, two years down the line, it appears that the hopes were ill-founded and based on ignorance about political realities. The question, which many are asking now is, whether the BJP is hampering Hindu revival? Whether it is becoming the biggest hurdle to achieve the goal of rejuvenation of Sanatana Hindu Dharma?

The task of Hindu revival is certainly not simple. Enormous challenges and obstacles, especially from well-set, deep-rooted ideologies, would have to be overcome at every single step. To re-establish Hinduism as something more than a “primitive”, “pagan”, “confused polytheistic religion” in the mainstream discourse, adventurous intellectual endeavours must be undertaken. Modern day world is no more measured on the physical strength of the people, but on the strength of their intellect and ideology.

A task like this must need a strong, confident and a well-rooted leader. For long, Hindus have put their weight behind RSS/BJP to bring about Hindu rejuvenation, or rather, RSS/BJP has for long thrust itself as the leader working towards the Hindu cause and yet, at a very fundamental level, especially in the intellectual sphere, very less progress has been made.

Whenever the BJP has been elected to power, be it at the Centre or at the States, it has neither tried to develop a network of intellectuals and academic think tanks dedicated to creating India’s grand narrative and preparing a Hindu response to various contemporary challenges, not has tried to bring in policy changes, which could be considered as favourable to Hindu cause. Though, of course, it has put forward few initiatives towards this directly, it is too little and too late. More importantly, many of them were implemented hastily and in a compromised manner, and some were even aborted in the middle as soon as an allegation was thrown at it.

The BJP has for long been afraid of getting branded as a Hindu party and has been desperately pleading to ‘Indian Secularists’ to certify it as a “secular enough party”. This, however, has not materialised for a simple reason that no matter what the BJP says and does, BJP/RSS simply do not fit into their ‘secular narrative’ and political scheme of things. The two years of the Modi government is no exception to this.

During the last two years, the Modi government has hardly shown any inclination towards addressing outstanding Hindu issues like Uniform Civil Code, Article 370, revising history curriculum, freeing of temples from government control,  cow-protection, and addressing the issue of evangelism. There is no indication that the things will change in near future.

It is quite evident that many of these issues are simply raked up during elections and once in power, they are put on to the back burner to be used again during the next elections. All these compels one to re-evaluate the role BJP in Hindu revival.

The RSS-BJP duo carries with it a sense of apologetic and defensive attitude. Though, presently in power, it is still an opposition in the academic and intellectual contours of the Indian psyche. The RSS/BJP, in-spite of having a strong, nationalistic, self-less and determined cadre base has failed to develop a coherent theory for the Hindu revival movement. It has failed to evolve any political discourse rooted in Indic worldview. Instead of changing the terms of engagement with the people and other political parties in its favour, the BJP, for long, has walked on the path laid down for it by other opinion makers like secularists, Marxists and the west.

This has led to huge information gaps and large-scale misunderstanding of the Hindu revival movement among the intellectual classes, as well as the masses, all across the world. As a result, most information reaching the public regarding Hindu issues, are provided by those ‘intellectuals’, who are blatantly hostile to concerns of Hindu community and hence create a Hinduphobic narrative around most such issues.

It is this biased narrative that has created misleading tags like Hindu terrorism, Hindu Nazi, etc. and has falsely branded legitimate issues of Hindu society as fascism. The stray “headlines grabbing” actions of the Hindu fringe and BJP/RSS’s inability to reign in on them only adds to reinforcing these misleading tags. But, the greatest failure of RSS/BJP is in its inability (and disinterest) to counter these false narratives and build a genuine Hindu narrative on the foundation of truth and Dharma.

This inability and a disinterest in fighting the ideological and perception by the RSS/BJP make one question, whether the BJP is hampering, more than helping, the cause of Hindu revival?

It is high time that Hindus come out of their cocoons and work towards understanding their own culture, tradition and identity. Instead of depending on political organizations like BJP, they should become responsible and make efforts to revive Dharma and create India’s grand narrative. Hindus have become weak not because of others, but because of their own inertia. For India to truly rise, it is high time that Hindus build a strong and confident Hinduism rooted in the eternal principles of Sanatana Dharma.

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Philosopher and Economist, writing on Philosophy, History and current affairs.
  • Kamal

    Kudos to the author for bringing out the facts. BJP and RSS both are very naive, afraid and shy if taking pro Hindu issues in an open and assertive manner. Their espousal of Gandhi and Vajpayee both pillars of treachery and treason towards Hindus is one of the manifestations of this anti Hindu ideology of BJP and RSS

    • Shreevalsan

      Who except naive Hindus would elect a traitorous windbag like Vajpayee as PM? While he was expected to abolish or slash Haj subsidy, Vajpayee actually raised it, thus earning the nickname ‘Hajpayee’! Such is the quality of Hindu leadership.

  • Krishan

    Survival
    requires struggle. Fortunately, Hindus always were blessed with religious leaders
    who led by example, suffered personal hardships, made sacrifices but kept the
    lamp of hope burning for Hinduism. BJP may not be doing what Hindus may have
    expected it to do, but BJP is not hampering Hinduism, either. I have not heard
    any BJP leader barking: “Was Ram an
    engineer?” arrogantly questioning the legitimacy of Ram Setu. Unfortunately, I do not live in India, so I do
    not have a hand on its pulse. it appears to me though that Hindus should consider
    BJP and RSS only as their partners in getting what they want most, but not as “their
    leaders” in this struggle. It appears to me that unshackling Hindu temples of Indian
    government control should be priority one; it would be no different than
    unshackling of India from the British control and the results that fact
    yielded. It appears that Hindus need to design a three prong attack: (1) This is
    clearly an issue of fairness and justice. As far as I know, the British did not
    treat Hindu temple and Muslim mosque managements differently. After all, worship
    houses of other religions do not have the same government “oversight” (and
    interference) as Hindu temples do. I do not know if this has been challenged in
    the Supreme Court. Can’t the discriminatory laws be declared unconstitutional? (2)
    The issue requires a broad based effort to move the politicians in the desired
    direction. The general public does not waste its time if they think they have
    no stake in it. What will the lower caste Hindus get out of it? As a minimum, will
    all temples be open to them to visit, if they so choose? Can the “lower castes”
    expect to be treated by “upper castes” with the same respect upper castes Hindus
    give to non-Hindus? (3) As I understanding it, the corner stone of Hindu Dharma,
    a civilizational splendor, is in the Mahavakya: “Thou art That” (Tat Tvam Asi);
    other Mahvakyas are not in conflict with it. How dare we look down upon another
    Hindu as an untouchable – simply because he does us the favor of carting away our
    poop! Or some such filthy business we create but would not attend to it
    ourselves! The point of all this is that Hindus need a massive educational
    campaign to uplift themselves and others. None of this will be quick, easy or
    inexpensive. But I take heart that this article has shown a bright light on
    this issue. Many thanks to Srinidhi Rao.

  • Shubhangi Raykar

    We Hindus have to make sure that Modi -Bjp comes back to power in 2019 as well if Hindu revival means anything to us.

  • Shubhangi Raykar

    I think the Hindus all over India have to assert themselves and come together beyond caste and creed. RSS has been much maligned for no reason and the secularist sicular Hindus are ab great impediment. Hindus should start propagating Hinduism , reconvert the neo converts.

  • Shreevalsan

    One reason BJP fails Hindus each time it is elected to power by Hindus is that, unlike any one else in India, they are true followers of the wretched Gandhi and not of Lord Krishna. Cowardice is as natural to Gandhians as valour is to true followers of Krishna.

  • Darshan

    The root of the problem is that no one wants to take initiative. Everyone is ready to blame others and offer advise.
    – It is wrong to expect that a political party or government changing the nation from cultural perspective – Government’s primary role is to – draft policies for good governance, infrastructure development, law and order, social justice, security, economic policies, etc. BJP is doing good in these areas than any other party, so it is foolish to go back to congress or any other party to improve in these areas.
    – What is the role of educational institutes in nation building ? We have a basic problem here. Educational institutes should inculcate basic values in every citizen, motivate them to serve society, provide required skills to excel in different fields. Effectively, produce a good citizen who is capable of solving problems of a common man and build a future for next generation.
    – In case of Hinduism, whose responsibility it is to make sure Hindus understand the rich heritage, Dharmic values, carry forward it next generation with few adjustments ? Gurus from Mathas and Temples should be doing these things. These should be the centers for anything to do with Hinduism.
    – Our Family system which is unique to our society also has a responsible role to play by aligning to our core values of Hinduism.

    I see that some commentators mentioned some handful of intellectual names contributing to this cause. That is not good enough. They can’t reach the masses who are in majority. The scale of effort that is required is very huge.

    What RSS is doing is to just highlight these requirements and make us understand that we have a duty to do in all these areas. It is right now spread too thin across all these areas with limited number of resources it has. Finally it is the responsibility of each citizen, and thus society to take care of corrective actions.

    The question is how many people are ready to spare time and energy for this cause ?

  • Shreevalsan

    The great intellectual, the late Sita Ram Goel, always believed that the Sangh Parivar, particularly the BJP, is an impediment to Hindu revival because of the innate anti-intellectualism of the parivar, its utter buffoonery, its extreme cowardice and eagerness to get a pat on the back from the hard-core enemies of Hinduism. RSS naivete is to be seen to be believed. Can buffoons like Mohan Bhagwat and Ashok Singhal and opportunists like Modi, Jaitley (Jai-Italy?) and Sushma revive Hinduism? Never.

  • malavika

    If Modi admin showed 10% of the concern it showed towards Sonia Maino when she fell ill in Varanasi towards its Hindu constituency we, Hindus would have been far better off.

    Modi adm,in is continuing with the divisive RTE applicable to only Hindu run schools and it is creating a havoc amongst the Hindu schools. At this rate during the Vikas Purush reign all the Hindu run schools will close down or will be bought over by Christo-Islamic Hinduphobes. This admin is not even bothered about assault on Hindu traditions, Sabarimalai, Shani temple, Jalli kattu, Dahi Handi.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/Pvt-schools-cry-foul-as-state-holds-back-NOCs/articleshow/53803275.cms

    • Savarkar’s Disciple

      Time has come for Hindus to either revive the Hindu Mahasabha or come up with an alternative Hindu Bauddhika Kshatriya Political Goonda party(based on Savarkar,Goel and tinge of Bal Thackrey)…. according to pareto principle 80 percent of the product/service is bought by 20 % loyal customers this also applies to practical politics ie hit the BJP where it hurts them the most the HINDU CORE CONSTITUENCY….

      • krishnamoorthy

        Goona party at the cost of Hinduism and its adherents being branded as terrorists! Only intellectual onslaught on those ‘secular’ forces will pay back.

    • krishnamoorthy

      My relative children are studying in schools baring the names of Shankara, Veda Vyasa located in Chennai South started by Hindu stalwarts. But due to financial constraints it is learned that these schools were taken over by Christrian Management and changed the face of the school curriculum, prayers and permission of leave on important occasions like Navaratri and other Hindu festivals. They are thrusting dry secular narratives on the children. I personally saw them studying those lessons. You are right in giving a statement like: “continuing with the divisive RTE applicable to only Hindu run schools and it is creating a havoc amongst the Hindu schools. At this rate during the Vikas Purush reign all the Hindu run schools will close down or will be bought over by Christo-Islamic Hinduphobes.”

      • malavika

        Really sad to hear that.

      • Shubhangi Raykar

        That is why all Hindus have to come together and start movement against the governments which collect the temple revenues and leave only 15% for the temples. That money can be used for the revival of the educational institutions of the Hindus

  • vpnc

    was the secular narrative built by a political party? the congress might have supported it. but it did not create it. so why look to the bjp, a political party, to build a counter narrative?

    • malavika

      Congress and its chamchas are THE protagonists of secular narrative. These media wallas are Durbaris of Dynasty.

    • JustSaying

      Really ?

  • Audit Uscirf

    All governments, friendly or otherwise, root for status quo. JFK & Johnson’s friendly govt did not sign civil rights act until million man marched in streets of DC.

    If Hindus want equality then they should start a peaceful mass movement pressurizing all political parties to support their cause. Such mass movement should be started only when friendly govt is in power. A friendly govt would be reluctant to kill marchers and more willing to provide equality. In other words, Modi will not give Mulayam style order to shoot.

  • Parantap

    This article concludes on already known note, but leaves the reader in utter confusion where to join the effort and what efforts have already been made. Whether author leaves that out deliberately or by ignorance, I wonder. But people should know that many path breaking research and publishing has already been done. Though scope of work that remains to be done is massive.

    Any keen reader can look up the works of –
    1. Dharampal Ji
    2. Sita Ram Goel
    3. Rajiv Malhotra
    4. Sri Aurobindo – India’s Rebirth, The essays on India
    5. From western society who fight for dharma – Dr. David Frawley, Stephen Knapp, and Dr. Koenrad Elst books, Micheal Danino (great respect for them all personally)
    6. Vamsee Juluri.
    5. Lesser known ones – Sanjeev Sanyal, and Nilesh Nilkanth Oak.

    Look them up on YouTube, and on amazon, flipkart. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

  • Ashish

    its foolish to blame BJP, when the political movements & issues related to Hindus are not supported by Hindus themselves. Its true that we have got a thumping majority in LS but that’s also a fact that we just got 31% of vote.
    I know this is how democracy work,. But you also have to understand that just 30%(if you exclude 1% non-hindus) of Hindu vote accept BJP leadership rest of whatever the majority of % doesn’t.
    So in my view BJP is just trying to be accepted by growing population of non-hindus in near future by not touching these so called sensitive & communal issues. They’re just building & securing their future.

    • Shubhangi Raykar

      When the voting is 60 % 31 % is ok.

  • Alpagya Brahman

    Hi Shrinidhi,

    Agree with you on the herculean task of dharmik revival , we majorly have two objectives:
    1. to have an unbrella dharmik .org to give us the value system.
    2. understand the idealogical/religious threat which has already seeped in the civilization and its preventive measures.

    we have taken just 69 years to reach Mars and develop at a pace , only because we had no conflict.(unlike pre-partition.)

    The Modi govt is just testing waters (it seems), it will not make any rash call because Majority of Hindus still dont undrstand the threat value to our Dharmik system.

    Do let us know of such an organization as a starting point.

    • Parantap

      Look up the works of –

      1. Dharampal Ji

      2. Sita Ram Goel

      3. Rajiv Malhotra (recommended as starting point, especially books Breaking India, and Being Different )

      4. Sri Aurobindo – India’s Rebirth, The essays on India

      5. From western society who fight for dharma – Dr. David Frawley, Stephen Knapp, and Dr. Koenrad Elst books, Micheal Danino (great respect for them all personally)

      6. Vamsee Juluri.

      5. Lesser known ones – Sanjeev Sanyal, and Nilesh Nilkanth Oak.

      • Alpagya Brahman

        Parantap,
        Thanks for the additional insight ,

        im big follower of Sita Ram Goel and Koenraad Elst works and have picked up Rajiv Malhotra recently.