Po­lit­i­cal Ide­ol­ogy

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Even to­day, there are many peo­ple who prac­tise a Hin­dutva that is not ar­tic­u­lated clearly even to them­selves. Among them are both up­per-caste and lower-caste Hin­dus and those who fit Savarkar’s def­i­ni­tion of Hin­dut­vavadi.

In their view, the cos­mopoli­tan Congress lead­ers ap­pear as es­capists who not only can’t stand up to the Mus­lims but also pan­der to them for votes.… They don’t see this trait in the well-man­nered Ad­vani who in­ad­ver­tently praised Jin­nah. The per­son who briefly seemed to ri­val Modi was Arvind Ke­jri­wal, who didn’t hes­i­tate to be seen as a prac­tis­ing Hindu and posed for cam­eras with his bare, vib­huti-smeared body af­ter a dip in the Ganga.…

Rahul Gandhi, with his lib­eral Euro­pean mind­set and a half-baked cos­mopoli­tanism, speak­ing some Hindi but bet­ter English could not weather the storm of Hin­dutva. The low-caste leader from Gu­jarat be­came the ideal, like Shivaji, for In­di­ans who had a deep-seated long­ing for ksha­tra qual­i­ties. He rekin­dled mem­o­ries of Vivekananda. It was pos­si­ble, in an­cient In­dia, for a low­caste in­di­vid­ual to be­come a ruler. A Shu­dra with his brav­ery could climb the caste lad­der and be­come a Ksha­triya. Shivaji was crowned like this.

I be­lieve this egal­i­tar­ian dream, so dear to many of us, is re­alised to­day in Modi: not be­cause of the Sangh Pari­var’s ide­ol­ogy but be­cause of the en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated by Gandhi, Ambed­kar and V P Singh. This en­vi­ron­ment be­came nec­es­sary for the Pari­var as well.

From “Hin­dutva or Hind Swaraj”

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