Bharatiya Janata Party vis-à-vis Hindu Resurgence

Bharatiya Janata Party vis-à-vis Hindu Resurgence

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Author: Koenraad Elst
Publisher: Voice of India
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 177
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185990476


This book highlights the increasing distance between the BJP's actual policies and the Hindu expectations among the public on which the party capitalizes. The proble3m is serious enough, and this work is a contribution to this debate.

In spite of Hinduism's nominal magnitude, the chance that Hinduism gets wiped out by its enemies can no longer be discounted. More than ever, fortunes are spent on the war to destroy Hinduism in favor of Islam or some suitable adapted variety of Christianity or Marxism. The hostile activities of Islamic and Christian agitators and the attempts at Hindu demoralization and loss of Hindu self-respect by the secularists are now compounded by a fast-spreading loss of Hindu memory at the mass level by consumerism and Western pulp media.

If the Hindutva politicians and activists want to spare themselves the prospect of going down in history as a bunch of buffoons, they will have to get their act together quickly. Instead of wasting energy on petty politicking and limited goals such as the recon version of a few sacred sites, all eyes should be set on the major goal, which is the liberation of fellow Indians from the predatory religions which have alienated them from their ancestral culture.



1. Anything But a "Hindu" Party
2. "Equal Respect for all Religions"
3. What is Wrong with "Hindu"
4. The BJP Flag
5. How the Rama Card was Thrown Away
6. Sangh Parivar, The Last Gandhians
7. Gandhian Non-Violence
8. The Sangh's Anti-Intellectualism
9. The Sangh as Dinosaur
10. Anti-Intellectualism in Action
11. "I am a Hindu Communalist"
12. Vulgar Nationalism
13. Hindu and Other Peoples' Nationalism
14. The Sangh's Muslims
15. A Party of Shopkeepers
16. Things to do for the BJP
17. Christ in India
18. Hindus Wielding The Sword of Islam
19. How Not to Deal With Islam
20. How to Deal with Islam
21. Know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Make You Free
22. Hindu Objections
23. Conclusion

Appendix 1: A Reply to Kanchan Gupta
Appendix 2: Some Comments by Shreerang Godbole