It was always evident that Hindutva is not an ideology. The simple reason is that it was based on hatred; hatred of Muslims, Christians, and the whole world that didn’t fit in the ‘emotive’ structure defined by whoever considers himself a follower of Hindutva.
It was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar [who was not all Vir as proved by his grovelling letters to the British in the days of the Raj] who coined the word ‘Hindutva’. Savarkar was merely trying to impose the fossil of a defunct system of Brahmaminism on Indians in the name of Hindutva. “We Hindus are not only a Rashtra, a Jati, but as a consequence of being both, own a common Sanskriti, expressed, preserved chiefly and originally through Sanskrit, the real mother tongue of our race.” [quoted by Jyotirmay Sharma, Hindutva] Whose language was Sanskrit? Any Shudra or woman who even heard the Sanskrit verses by chance would have molten lead poured into his ears, according to Manusmiriti. Sanskrit along with all the wisdom contained in that language was the sole prerogative of a tiny minority who controlled all the lands [the only source of income in those days]. By asking us to go back to Sanskrit, whose Rashtra did Savarkar want to establish in India? The answer should be obvious.
Now comes, in the 21st century, the BJP’s version of Savarkar. It’s Arun Jaitley, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha. According to the Wikileaks, he said that the Hindutva is merely a political ploy to win votes. When the cable was published by The Hindu on March 26, 2011, Jaitley merely answered that he had not used the word ‘opportunistic.’
True, he had not used the word [as he claimed one day after the leaks]. But does the word matter? Or does the meaning, the intention matter?
This is exactly where the BJP goes wrong. It plays. It plays games with words [all the present leaders of BJP]. It plays games with riots [Narendra Modi]. It plays games with history’s antiquated symbols [L K Advani].
Why doesn’t BJP stop playing and start taking life seriously?
Politics is not just a power game like in the days of the ancient kings.
Has the BJP ever shown any creative, productive activity at any time anywhere? Remember Karnataka where it came to power and what it did to the minority community in many places. Or even to its own community members who dared to visit the pubs. Remember the unforgettable catastrophe against Muslims in Gujarat under Narendra Modi’s reign. Remember Orissa, where they did not have power and yet… Remember demolitions. And only demolitions. No creations.
That’s where the BJP went wrong. It never had a constructive ideology. It always wanted to seem to go back to the Vedas and their Sanskriti. Seem to. Never in reality. Because in reality it cannot go back. No nation can go back to the history and the civilisation of millennia ago. Nations go forward. That’s why the Hindutva ideology will fail in India. That’s why Arun Jaitley has to eat his words symbolically. That’s why the BJP will not come to power in India.
The BJP can come to power if it gives a relevant ideology to the people of India. Relevant to the 21st century. Forget Savarkar. Leave aside hatred. Start from something tangible, something other than no, no. Start saying yes to something, please.