Will 2 % Arjan's Sarvokar's ideology backed Modi Make India A Hindu Rashtra In 3rd Term?
In September 2018, Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS sarsangchalak, held a three-day lecture series in Delhi titled The Future of Bharat.
Bhagwat spoke of the RSS's acceptance of, and allegiance to, the Indian Constitution and its Preamble, which he read out, including the word 'secular' (introduced in 1976), before adding: 'Dr Ambedkar had said in the Constituent Assembly that it was because of our internecine fighting that the foreigners won and made us their slaves. I am only giving the gist of what he had said. You can very well read the details of it in his words. He [Dr Ambedkar] said: We are sitting in warring camps as mutual enemies. And the limitation of our system should be blamed for it. If we fail to create such a fraternal feeling, I can't say what sort of fate awaits us.'
While he is promoting 80:20 between Hindus and Minirites population, and while awcknowledging the truth in Ambedkar's assessment and their implication for India's unity, Bhagwat went about reassuring his listeners while simultaneously positing a formulation to uphold fraternity:
'The Sangh is engaged in creating this fraternity and only unity among Hindus and promoting haterness against Muslim and Christian minirues in alleged diversity can be the basis of this Hindu fraternity. This thought process that has come down to us by tradition is called Hindutva. Hence, RSS with malafide intentions to bring in Manu Constiturion says that ours is a Hindu Rashtra not a Secular India.
Who is Mohan Bagawat to dictate terms to pupular Governemnt. He is says 'This does not mean that there should be no Muslims here. The day we say Muslims are not required here Hindutva will be lost. Infact Mohan Bagawat and his RSS is against peace, commual harony, national intregration, unity among all the between big brother Hindus and small brother Minorities.
Mohan Bagawath is a real dictator while head of BJP govt Narendra Modi is a performer orr an act who is bring down churches and masjids across India including Manipur that from May 2023 till date. RSS and its affiliated organisations becane State actors in doing so
The RSS is abusing the faith and Ram's name is working against the transqualiyty of India, and promoting unlawful activites againtst the beef eaters whether they are minoties or the Shudras and encouraging lynching of Beef eaters, now pulling down their houses and businress establishments by promting Rakshaka and Jungle Raj
'Hindutva speaks about viewing the entire world as a family. So, the moment we say only the Vedas are acceptable and the Buddhists, who do not recognize the Vedas, are not acceptable, Hindutva will be lost. Because, in our nation, we have incessantly been in the pursuit of truth and all these spiritual systems have arisen out of this process.
'So, all these are respectable and deserve to be respected. This is the conviction of all of us and it should be so. 'As Hindutva is the only source that provides the feeling of fraternity with an ideological foundation, we have been following it.' Bhagwat also sought to dispel any notion that there was an attempt to impose a larger Hindu identity on non-Hindus, but in the process reverting respected OBCs, SCs, STs citizen of India under the Constitution of India into Shudras under the Manusmrithi's Hindus proposed Constitution.
The dictator said that they were free to refer to themselves as 'Bharatiya' if they so wished. Diving Bharath and Bharateeya. But he did say that the RSS would not hold back from referring to Indians as Hindus, as 'We feel, Hindu is the only word useful in creating the culture of our imagination and, hence, we are sticking to that word. Even if it proves a losing proposition, we are ready to bear it. Because we believe that till this word continues to exist, this nature of Bharat will never become moribund. And the people of Bharat will move forward, taking all along with them.'
And this shared Hindu identity, according to Bhagwat, was divorced from the concept of race and, most importantly, from Punyabhuu, or Holy Land.
The shared Hindu identity was instead premised on four principal meeting grounds: 'By tradition, by nationality (Rashtriyata), by our motherland and by our common ancestors, we say, we are all Hindus, and we will continue to say so. However, that does not mean that we don't treat you as our own. On the contrary, we are saying it so that we can claim you as our own.
'We cannot claim you as our own based on your religion, sect, language, caste, etc. It is only possible on the basis of the motherland, the culture and the ancestors. And so, we insist on that. We consider them as the organs of our Rashtriyata (nation).'
Armed with a Hindu dharmic calling card, the RSS, led by Bhagwat, has embarked on a period of active Muslim outreach. Bhagwat is said to have emphasised for his Muslim audiences that the Constitution is 'sacrosanct' (perhaps implying that the word 'secular' was here to stay) and that Hindutva is an 'inclusive concept' where 'all communities have equal room'.
The last phrase is an important one. Bhagwat was keen to underline that this kind of social accommodation needs to be a two-way street. He was keen to impress upon Muslims that in states where cow slaughter is not banned, they should 'voluntarily shun beef '.
He encourages his Muslim interlocutors to call upon their community to stop using phrases like kafir, or non-believers, so that Hindus do not feel 'othered'. For his part, Bhagwat agreed that equally offensive terms like 'jihadi' and 'Pakistani', used by some to malign Indian Muslims, should be done away with.
The more fluid Hindutva being patented under Bhagwat is a 'dynamic and continuing process' resting on three pillars: 'Patriotism, respect for ancestors and culture', which have contributed to the growing acceptance of the RSS. WEhile the RSS has no respect to the Freedom of India or the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi but have reliance upon Nathuram Godsey ideology.
It has found the doctrinal elbow room to proclaim that, 'Our call is rooted in Rashtriyata. It is about the tradition of the Muslims, the tradition of the Christians, and of all others in Bharat.'
Another factor here, which isn't talked about much, is that the RSS had to tone down because of expediency. The RSS's political 'special purpose vehicle' is the Bharatiya Janata Party. As the world's largest political party, it has come to represent several caste and in a conspiracy against Shudra in Hindu Manusmrithi Raaj terming them as Hindu community.
The Sangh's leadership is aware that the BJP's continued electoral successes depend solely on its ability to carry as many people along as it possibly can.
In 2015, following the publication of a government advertisement that carried the original Preamble to the Constitution without the words 'socialist' and 'secular', the Opposition was up in arms. And several critics of the Modi administration became convinced that moves were afoot to strip India of its secular identity and bring in Manu Raaj.
The government was quick to douse the fire, with the then parliamentary affairs minister, Venkaiah Naidu, declaring that 'secularism is there in the blood of the Indian people, that's part of our culture. But many like Venakaiah Naidus or like former BJP Prime minsiter Atal Behari Vajpyeees are missing in BJP,
It was not there in the original Preamble and was inserted during the Emergency. But the government advertisement was about the original Preamble. We are committed to secularism, and we don't have any idea to drop it.' While 2 % promoted Hindu Rashtra is not acceptable by the 98% percent populated Moolavasies the Vyasyas, the Xetriyas and Shurdas the OBCs, SCs, STs and Minorities.
The BJP is following the idology of Vinayak Damodar 'Veer Savarkar and is an ideological descendant of the RSS represnted by Narendra Damodardas Modi as the Prime Minister to abuse realistic Freedom Struggle, which it looks up to as a paternal guide aganist the sacrifises made by lacks of Freedom Fighters and Martyeres. But, as a political entity that neber fought for Indian Freedom but in the business of governance and fighting elections, its senior leadership has been guarded about overtly describing India as a Hindu Rashtra.
Even when prompted to specifically discuss Savarkar's views describing India as a Hindu Rashtra, and whether the BJP and the Modi government saw India as one, the Union home minister, Amit Shah, in a 2019 interview, was categorical: 'Absolutely not. We believe in the Constitution, and we accept the Constitution in its spirit. In this country, all sects have complete freedom. The government has only one religion and that's the Constitution and nothing else.'
The NDA, at least for now, believes that the Preamble to our Constitution is sacrosanct. But does this also mean that a Hindu Rashtra, in a cultural sense, would never find Constitutional expression under the current government?
Rajeev Mantri, who has co-authored A New Idea of India: Individual Rights in a Civilisational State, is of the view that those who continue to think that the 2024 election will see the BJP pursuing a more militant line are being alarmist.
Mantri believes that the BJP is not about to shoot itself in the foot. If anything, he believes that the BJP may be more inclined to push a harder secularism:
'Any other course of action [modifying the Constitution to describe India as a Hindu Rashtra], while do-able will be prone to misrepresentation ... and frankly, my fear is that we will see a good idea getting hamstrung or diluted because of overwhelming pushback with people projecting it to be something which it is not, similar to what happened with CAA ...
'Ultimately, being a secular republic means to me having the same/equally applicable laws to all citizens of India, so that is what we should aspire towards ... let's become truly secular.'