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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Hindutva v/s Nehruvian Consensus

While the benign Hindutva is consolidating in India, the fringe Hindu brigades are growing impatient to wipe out the religious minorities. The latter have misconstrued the nature of Hindutva, which essentially is accommodative and neutral to mode and object of worship. Although the Hindutva is the anti-thesis of Nehruvian Consensus that governed the country for 6 decades, it is committed to the basic structure of the Constitution of India, especially democracy and welfare state. Democracy includes mutual respect for all religions and freedom of religion and welfare state strives for well-being of all citizens through development and good governance. There were several flaws in the Nehruvian Consensus that went against the civilisational ethos of India and the national interest:

1. State socialism, not social democracy

2. Agnostic secularism, rather than religious pluralism

3. Left idealism in foreign policy, not realism and great power politics

4. Westernised modernity, not modernity rooted in Indian history and civilisation

5. Over-centralisation, dynastic politics and Macaulayan elitism, rather than decentralised, meritocratic and dharmic polity

6. Emancipation of the metropolis and the bureaucracy, but not of the rural communities

7. Geostrategic naivete by allowing occupation of a portion of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan and the entire Tibetan plateau by China

8. Blind eye to the demographic transformation in the neighbourhood and peripheral regions of India, forgetting the lesson of partition

9. Marxian hegemony on the grand narrative of India, pushing under the carpet Hindu achievements in science, technology, culture and philosophy and atrocities against Hindu civilisation, while propagating false theories like Aryan invasion of India, producing a couple of generations of pessimistic Hindus

10. Dharmic illiteracy displayed by failing to ban cow slaughter, to preserve indigenous Hindu and tribal culture, to protect the sacred geography of India and teach Sanskrit and Hindu culture, morality and philosophy to Hindu children

These trends has to be reversed by the Hindutva, but the Hindus must be warned against counter-productive gimmicks. Ideally, there must be a two party system with the BJP representing Hindutva and the Congress representing post-Nehruvian liberalism and leftism.

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