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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Like The Iranian Islamic Revolution The Indian Elections 2014 Win by The BJP Was a Hindu Revolution: The Why, The Need & The Effect



(BJP/Modi won the Indian elections 2014. Though the global philosophers  haven't said so, in a 3 part series this author argues that the change is a Hindu Revolution. While this 1st part argues, why it is a Hindu Revolution (HR) and strengthening the case the 2nd part will argue why the Hindus feel that it was necessary, the 3rd part will  argue whether the world needs to fear the revolution like the Iranian Islamic Revolution)
The late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran

The Islamic Revolution in Iran

 

In 1970, surprisingly using a French government chartered flight, Ayatollah Khomeini landed in Tehran amidst a thunderous applause that heralded an Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Not having the social media sites like the YouTube and Facebook or the concept of viral spread then, TVs alone circulated the recorded videos worldwide. However, after that, the only news that came out from the Islamic Republic of Iran was that of killings, killings and more killings. Although atheistic revolutions haven't killed any less, Religious revolutions have thus been frowned upon.

Indian Elections 2014: Just a BJP/Modi Victory

 

It is true that BJP/Modi got a clear majority in the elections 2014.
However, not having a known tyrant like the Shah of Iran, India even did not seem to have a reason for revolution. Instead, with it being one of the cycles of elections after independence, a fight against a corrupt and inefficient government that lacked a strong leader, and a victory of a hard working orator, who made people believe in his Gujarat achievements and plans for future it didn't seem to have even the R of the claimed Hindu Revolution(HR). If not of Modi, it was a victory of the BJP. In fact, for general people it was a new ray of hope, for the Indian intellectuals it was a great incident to exchange ideas, for the Congress it was just a depressing cycle of cycles, for the Mumbai stock market it was the best thing that ever happened in finance and for the West it was the rise of a fearful divider, who had to be loved. Still no sign of a revolution! Being a repeat, even the landslide wasn't historic.

Still no R of Religion

 

Mr Modi giving speech using 3D technology
But then, with it ending coalition politics, initiating aggressive social media and 3D technology use, transcending the traditional cast, creed and ethnicity barriers to unite voters in one platform of development, toppling a 'ruling dynasty' and proving pollsters right after two earlier mishaps the elections in 2014 has been a revolution in many ways.Then again, far from the religious chants and violence in the Iranian revolution, it still does not seem to have the R of religion here, let alone the H of HR.


What Was Hindu in That Revolution?

 

BJP Leaders Bajpai, Advani And Modi
If the fine print is assessed as by a lawyer, context as by a historian, behind the scene as by a director and ways as by a psychologist both the modus operandi and the reasons why it is indeed a HR will be clear. For a start, as aired by a Chinese Ambassador's "India ruled China for 2000 years without sending a single soldier" and by the global spread of Yoga and Meditation, unlike an Islamic revolution HR is essentially feminine and silent. No wonder, it necessitates an expression like this.

It's true that the promised corruption free progress in economy and technology sounds secular/modern, when seen through the 'traditional/conservatives' label, but it isn't haram for the Hindus. It is, in fact, not only halal but a feature to be aspired for in Hinduism. And if history's nostalgia is brought in like the Abbasid period in Islam, it then becomes a goal that needs to be re-achieved.
Using democracy that is best suited for power transfer to the non-consanguineous and non-ordained person, it peacefully achieved a HR by using the prevalent cyclical elections. The brilliance was such that it was achieved without the hostile media even raising an eyebrow.
Not achieved during the Hindu and Muslim designated partition at independence, when the enigmatic Gandhi denied traditional Hindu Sardar Patel a legitimate prime-ministership in favour of a westernised agnostic Nehru, and during the BJP's 1st rule when it had coalition constraints, this majority rule by an openly Hindutva vouching group is indeed historic. And if Indian history is extended further, the realisation that the Hindus are having their own rule and say for the first time in a millennium or so will clearly air a major change in the Indian history. This itself strengthens the case for a Hindu Revolution.
 


Hindutva (Hinduness) Everywhere: The Sangh Parivar

 

Furthermore, Hindutva is seen everywhere..
Although not quite the feared organisation that media portrays it to be, or a BJP propelling organisation alone the voluntary, patriotic and service oriented organisation called Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is an institution that teaches discipline and sacrifice. Unlike the media portrayal back home, it is praised outside India for its voluntary work. As if A. L. Basham was on its side, as an utopian vision it seeks to re-achieve the glory of India that it once was - before it went under the foreigners. That re-achievement is going to be through Hindutva (Hinduness). Its membership can consist of ordinary members, but the dedicated ones called pracharaks have vowed to sacrifice their lives and families for the sake of its vision. BJP itself is not just another party fighting against corruption, or even like the Christian Democratic Union of Germany; as a political wing of the RSS, it has a distinct mission related to Raj Dharma. Along with other organisations it forms, what is called the Sangh Parivar (Family of organisations).

The BJP Leader Mr Modi And His Hindutva

 

Mr Modi wearing Hindu Tika in his forehead
Although, all its leaders aren't members of the RSS - much less dedicated members -some leaders of the party are. Its leader Modi, now a PM and a follower of the national icon Swami Vivekananda, is himself a pracharak. Almost reminding Lord Buddha, he has sacrificed his family life to achieve the ideals of the RSS. While birth explains the location of his pet project - proposed Sardar Patel monument - in Gujarat, and the resentment of injustice met by the Hindu tradition loving Congressman during independence explains the transcending of party affiliation, the monument's magnitude (tallest statue in the world) alludes to the glory that BJP aspires to recreate through Hindutva.

Hindu Revolution: The Showing And The Biting Teeth Tactic

 

Almost assuring Indians that the achievement will be under him; Mr Modi, who had both Hindu strongman and developer credentials, was carefully selected by the Sangh Parivar as their candidate for the PM.
Equally carefully, plans were made not to give any fodder to the grossly anti Hindu media; yet unify Hindus through both development and Hindutva. This was done because, seeing the need for Hindu unity, both for a united voice and a victory, the Sangh Pariwar that had used Ram temple issue before and succeeded, now saw it as a tired horse. It also saw the anti Hindu media alive and kicking. It, therefore, almost made the H word approach N word in the USA. As carefully as choosing its leader, and as if taking a clue from the 'divide and rule' of its previous masters, it brilliantly used the concept of 'biting and showing teeth' to beguile the media. Lauding progress and development at every opportunity, and rendering its other intensions imperceptible, it brilliantly split its ways into imperceptible Hindutva of the BJP and the perceptible yet un-discussed Hindutva of the RSS. With the brilliance matching Osama bin Laden's capture, media traced Pak army's daze. As if to reassure the worried West, It even brought in Muslim votes.

Hindu Revolution: The Showing Teeth

 

Although, BJP avoided even the H of Hinduism and amplified the development plans as said above, discerning eyes can see Hindutva at work, all the way.
Mr Modi greeting Art of Living
To begin with, unlike a moderate Bajpai or a Jinnah praising Advani, the candidacy of a hardliner Hindu, Modi, itself gives way to the importance of Hindutva in the things to come. Although, media reduced his brilliantly put 'I am a born Hindu and a nationalist ...' to a bland 'I am a Hindu nationalist', Hindutva was evident and media's inference wasn't wrong. His hardliner image even brought in 'Pak enticed conspirators against Modi, go to Pakistan', from a member. As seen in his meetings with the gurus and his mother, his greetings are unashamedly Hindu. While tracing history, and it not being of Hindu tradition he refused to darn an Islamic cap but not a turban, tracing Hindu culture in his own terms and in line with representing all citizens he touched the feet of an elderly Muslim. Constrained, he managed only a no to the Pink revolution.


Hindutva in The BJP Party Manifesto

 

The party itself wasn't entirely silent on Hindutva either. With Ram temple issue depicting a wounded pride, absence of Universal Civil Code mirroring inequality and Kashmiri Pundit refugees in their own homeland airing voicelessness of today's Hindus, and article 370 not being allowed by Raj Dharma the goal to rectify them is not just a change from the status quo but a revolutionary fulfilment of emotions that effects both the practice and thought of whole of India and beyond. Being an outcome of a struggle by the religious rather than the secular, Its plan to clean Ganga is very much religious. Although, media satisfied itself with those Hindutva agendas being put in the last pages of the BJP manifesto, the fact is that they are not there just for a show.

Hindutva at The Religious Capital Benares

 

Banaras: The religious Capital of India
Mother Ganga in Benares
In addition, Benares, called Kashi by the devout, isn't just a cultural centre of India, as claimed. Having the lone Hindu university, and bringing in global Hindus from all over the world for the pilgrimage at its famed Viswanath temple, for learning liturgy and Vedic knowledge and for performing the pre and post death rights including a holy dip, cremation and Shraddha, almost like the Vatican and Mecca, this oldest city in the world affiliated with the Hindu Lord Shiva is the religious capital of India. The attached Ganges, twice mentioned in the Vedas, isn't like other rivers, and isn't even a symbolic mother alone. This Mother Ganga is a remover of sin, whose holy water is taken globally like the Zamzam water in Islam.
Therefore, although BJP's choice for Modi's candidature in this ancient city was due to regional political necessity which did bring dividends, and Modi even won without interacting with the locals, in the light of the above the occult design to enhance HR can't be missed. Also, almost as a facilitation, the aspired Raj Dharma, like the Islamic Sharia also merges politics and faith.
And when popularity skyrocketed, the quiescent airing of dislike of pink revolution changed to an open display of Lord Ram's picture in the podium at Ajodhya. A disallowance of a prayer at the Mother Ganga even created a revolt with a religious zeal. A challenge to the election commission followed.

The Bitting Teeth: The RSS, VHP, Ramdeve etc

 

Yoga guru Ramdev
Although less noticed, the hidden biting teeth, in its turn, was no less in its activity to insure an effective HR. Although some sadhus opposed Modi, RSS, VHP, yoga guru Ramdev and many other holy men and women dedicated their efforts towards it. Even penetrating the states and villages virgin to the BJP, they offered a cocktail of messages - Hindutva, development and Modi's humble beginning. But then, restricting itself to change of government, 100% vote and teaching of Vedic techniques for the media, its door to door campaign had more to offer to unite all sects. No wonder, while parliament had more saints and RSS was thanked by Modi even before the results, Ramdev was made a hero for awakening the voters, after the results.


Victory And The Blessing From Hindu Mothers

 

Mr Modi receiving blessings from his mother
And when the chance to air its view followed, enforcing HR, Hindutva came into the open. Tracing utmost importance given to the genetic mother, guru and the Mother Ganga, the PM elect took traditional blessings from his mother and the ailing Bajpai, and then travelled to Banaras to seek blessings from the Mother Ganga. While his thank you puja at its Viswanath temple (jyotirlinga) and Ganga now got a live telecast, his promise to cleanse Mother Ganga got praise from many. Reflecting both Hindutva and the demand being from the religious than the secular cleansing of the Mother Ganga, now even got a ministry headed by a Sadhwi.
Almost reminding a no to pork export from Islamic Iran after the Shah's departure, the frown on the 'pink revolution' now climbed up to possible 'global' no to beef export. But then, true to HR and unlike any parallels in Iran, plans to safeguard cows now emerged. Getting back to human beings, Bollywood may stand corrected with traditional family oriented films.


More Show of Hindutva

 

Mr Modi bowing to the parliament
Taking 'mother' even further, while Modi put his forehead on the steps of the parliament unlike the usual kiss by the Pope, once in he made his MPs cry by invoking duty to mother in the duty to the BJP. Unlike 12 others, who took oath in the mother of all languages and a lingua franca of Hinduism, though he didn't do so despite a rumour, Sanskrit has got a new lease of life.
Its close derivative, Hindi, has been given an international dignity; and then, despite opposition, it is to be given national prestige too. Directly opposing Lord Macaulay's successful English plan, this act itself constitutes a revolution. In addition, although the concept of 'mother earth' is yet to come, this filling of India with respect of mother speaks volumes in favour of a HR.


And Finally: Surely a Hindu Revolution

 

Almost confirming a HR, while RSS chief likens the present change to the change of 1947 and sees a long term rule - even a global leader, to substantiate that goal and to avoid cyclical victory Modi orders his troops to invade virgin Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Sounding more like Business to Business; the B for B of BJP for Bharat for Bhutan, although, doesn't sound big now, it indicates a possible future baptism.
Although the above clearly shows a silent HR - as if Gandhi's satyagraha was at work - if still it is not seen, highlighting the need for the HR, next article will allude more.


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