Hindu Nationalism, Savarkar, and politics in India

The reaction to Rihanna and Mia khalifa’s s tweets in the last few days by people in India was spontaneous. To say it was  an  overreaction or otherwise is irrelevant. Hauling up Twitter saying it was responsible for allowing these tweets also is ridiculous.  And it is interesting to see the reaction mainly comes from the Hindu section of the society. I Hardly find any influential voices either from the Christian and Muslim community of   Indians in this outcry. It is also interesting to see in the last six, and odd years after Narendra Modi became the prime minister and BJP in power in many Indian states, Hindu nationalism is proudly flaunted. I am using the word Hindu nationalism deliberately instead of Indian nationalism because it is so evident on most issues that concern India; the Muslims and Christians have taken a back seat and don’t appreciate India’s direction under Modi. Is it because the Christians identify themselves with the ones that converted them, and all their spiritual and religious empathy lies in far off land where they don’t have any connection except Bibles, Christmas pudding, and Christmas trees. By faith, Muslims do not identify themselves in any nation they live in as they don’t believe in countries. They believe only in the Muslim ummah. The ones that stayed back in India after the 1947 partition did not do that voluntarily, as they claim. They were too impoverished to travel to Pakistan. When these hate Hindu Muslim intellectuals of India argue that they stayed in India because they love India is a specious argument. This resurgent Hindu India wants to be free from the shackles of Indian secularism. What is claimed as secularism in India is blatant communalism that panders to a minority community of 225 million-odd Christian and Muslim Indians against a majority population of about one billion Hindus.

Both faiths don’t believe in any other god other than their gods. Christianity regards the nonbelievers are heretics, and only Christ can save their souls.

I don’t want to quote from the bible about heretics as then I need to mention half the old testament and the rest half of the new testament.

Islam thinks the nonbeliever who is a kafir either should convert to Islam or…..

I do not want to quote from Quran as some fanatic would find that offensive. There are more than 350 verses in Quran about how to deal with kafirs.

In contrast to the above two, Hindus do not say there are no gods other than their gods. Hindus are henotheistic, meaning the worship of one particular god without disbelieving in the existence of others.

The clash between these two will decide India’s future. Savarkar’s vision of India will eventually overcome these anti-India subversive forces that hold back Indias’s potential to become a power in its own right truly. The secular India wants the status quo to continue; otherwise, their influence in the power-sharing of governance is slipping away. Their ability to set the narrative either internally or externally is becoming more tenuous. The effects of this power slipping away from their hands resulted in them opposing everything the Modi government does. Be it procedural governing steps like census, economic reforms, or educational reforms. The first significant assault against this Hindu India was mounted when the Indian parliament passed the citizenship amendment act. Similar to the Lautenberg Amendment of 1990 of the USA that facilitated the resettlement of Jews from the former Soviet Union and persecuted religious minorities from other countries and Jews, Christians, and Baha’is from Iran.Citizenship amendment act grants citizenship to persecuted hindus, Christians, and Sikhs from neighboring Islamic countries, namely Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangla Desh. The next assault again on this Hindu India is the present farmer’s agitation that is going on around the national capital of India, New-Delhi. I don’t want to delve into the subject as the details are available in the public domain put by the Government of Indias websites.This effort to derail a democratically elected government rings a deja vu of what happened here in the USA  when electoraly defeated President Trump’s supporters stormed the United States Congres to bodily harm the then vice president Pence and other senators.

Earlier paragraph, I mentioned the name of Savarkar. This man is so relevant to Hindu India’s identity. It’s a pity many young Indians do not know much about him or his political philosophy, which is woven closely into the ruling Bhartiya Janata party’s fabric. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966), Many may not know he was a young student in Britain with revolutionary ideas about India. The British sensed he could become a rallying point for Indians to revolt against them and he was arrested in 1910 and was brought back to India, and was incarcerated in the infamous circular jail in the islands of Andamans. British were able to deal with a more pliable Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and his followers by a charade of arrests nothing comparable to the way they brutalized Savarkar.

Savarkar was to undergo two life imprisonment, and in the three years, he was in the Andaman jail. He was brutalized and subjected to unspeakable horror. What Gandhi or  Nehru endured in their so-called imprisonments could be trivialized as the guest house stays. Later he was brought to Ratnagiri jail in Maharashtra in 1921 and was released in 1924 with the condition he will never participate in politics again. It is effortless for the venal Congress politicians steeped in corruption and comfort to belittle Savarkar for agreeing to give up politics. Nehru or Gandhi neither were flogged nor used like cattle to turn the oil mills like Savarkar was, nor were they given worm-infested food. I am not belittling Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi. But he was a smarter version of anna Hazare. He knew how to work the British masters. If Savarkar were allowed to continue his freedom struggle, India’s history would have taken a different turn. But natural justice prevailed. His vision of India is now getting realized through the ruling BJP and prime minister Narendra Modi. Savarkar’s Hindutva was not some regressive philosophy shackled by narrow concepts of faith. To put it in today’s context, Hindutva was a sort of easel with a canvass. The ideas that shaped this geographical entity for several thousands of years were the spectrum of colors. He wanted to use that to construct a picture of India vibrant in its composition. He wanted the Hindu heritage to build a healthy India that could be morally superior to Western powers. The anti-Hindu groups Fear it as the construct would then be from the Hindu way of life, which is, in essence, plural by nature, tolerant inherently by practice. This narrative does not conform to either Christian Indians and Muslim Indians’ religious beliefs, which will lose their political base. The political base for the above two religious denomination India was the congress party, which started with the  following goals

1. To promote friendly relations between nationalist political workers from different parts of the country.

2. To develop and consolidate national unity feelings irrespective of caste, religion, or province.

 3. To formulate popular demands and present them before the British Government.

The first two were myths, and congress did precisely the opposite. These goals of congress have divided  India based on language, faith, caste. Since myths do not sustain reality, the so-called grand old party now reduced next to nothing as they ended up pleasing none.

Since the Indian subcontinent partition was religious, India should have opted to be a Hindu Rashtra or a Hindu nation, which would have put to rest for good all the 700 years of Islamic and Christian ghosts that haunted it. It would have redefined Hindu society’s structure on a  modern basis, as Hindus equal in all respect. The caste, which was a creation of the western colonizers, would not have any constitutional sanctity. If India is “secular, “it is because of the majority community of Hindus. But Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi and Nehru squandered that opportunity. Unfortunately for India, they were not of the same mettle as Savarkar. And to this day, India is paying the price for the blunders committed by these two men.