Editorial

Genesis of majoritarianism

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/9/2019 11:41:43 AM IST

 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that ‘mob lynching’ was a western construct and should not be used in the Indian context to defame the country and that Bharat(India) is a Hindu rashtra made during the Vijayadashmi function of the RSS at Reshimbagh ground in Nagpur, has predictably drawn flak from the non-BJP political parties while those in the NDA have yet to indicate their assent or dissent. Bhagwat’s dichotomy on mob lynching was first, expressing his displeasure over several such incidents but in the same vein, said ‘mob lynching’ is not the word in Indian ethos as Indians trust in brotherhood and not to impose such terms on Indians. On Bharat (India) being a Hindu rashtra, Bhagwat said “Those who belong to Bharat, those who are descendants of Bharatiya ancestors, those who are working for the ultimate glory of nation and joining hands in enhancing peace, respecting and welcoming all diversities; all those Bharatiyas are Hindus.” The statement coming from an important functionary of the RSS, an organisation that has achieved primacy in the present political scenario is very significant. A Hindu rashtra as it may, can only mean one thing- a Hindu state and hegemony of Hinduism over all other religions. However, it needs to be pointed out that this very notion is totally opposed to the very ethos of the Indian constitution, which proclaims India as a secular, socialist and democratic entity with justice and equality for all sections as its driving force. The Indian constitution accords respect and recognition to the myriad cultures and religions. It does not recognise the primacy of any single religion. So, the claim that all Bharatiyas or Indians are Hindus is unconstitutional. One of post independence India’s defining characteristics is that the nation has managed to sustain democratic governance in the face of striking ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity. Today, the Congress, pushed to the brink of irrelevancy has sought to play the secularism and liberal card but forgets that its own leaders since the late 80s have been unabashed practitioners of appeasement policies by stoking the embers of communalism. From Indira to Rajiv, the Congress had devised appeasement politics to woo Hindus as well as Muslims. This had only enabled Hindu nationalists to claim appropriation of Hindu nationalism and accuse the Congress Party of indulging in pseudo-secularism. Having eroded India’s tradition of secularism through various decisions, leaders of the Congress party only opened the door for Hindu nationalism to gain more widespread political salience. Today the RSS and BJP have been pole-vaulted to a vantage position of giving more clarity to the gift from the Congress in seeking to promote and uphold Hindu majoritarian values. BJP is center-right party that is built out as the political wing of the RSS with its roots in the Jan Sangh - a right wing party from the Nehru era that was created to counter Nehru’s overt left wing ideas. While Congress attacks the RSS and BJP for communalising politics and dividing society; today, the RSS and BJP has changed the narrative to nationalism and terrorism. The threat to Indian secularism, liberalism and democratic values did not happen after 2014 but since the 80s when those who played with fire found themselves burned. Thus what Bhagwat had said was only to solidify what had been mixed.

 

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