In last few months issue of terrorism has outplayed other issues in
mainstream media along with political and academic circles in India but
this time definition and nature of terrorism is very different the
adjective behind terrorism has been replaced from “Islamic” to “
Hindutva( aka Hindu)”. This change in definition of terrorism with its
face could bring jubilation in secular and liberal-leftist camp but as
keen observer of Indian politics and Hindutva movement in India for a
long time it does not enthuse me so much as this whole citadel of
comparative perception of “ Hindutva “ terrorism is based on the long
tradition of secularism in India to curb anti-Islamic feelings in nation
with comparative perception of supposed communal Hindu forces who in
some way feed each other as well breed competitive communalism.
This had been the way to deal with Hindu-Muslim problem days since India was under colonial rulers and tying to come out of the clutches of imperial subjugation.
In this process of struggle for freedom several legs eclipsed the
history of country and when we got independence few
questions remain unanswered and policy of dissolving to these
problems rather than solving them was adopted and Hindu- Muslim problem
was paramount in them.
Before 1920’s when Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was not in hold of
Congress party and freedom struggle several leaders from Congress from
Arvind Ghosh to Chitranajan Das and later Lokamanya Balgangadhar
Tilak defined the freedom struggle as manifestation of long cherished
dream of people of Barat to connect themselves with their original
spiritual, cultural continuity which has been disconnected once Muslim
invaders ruled Bharat and tried to Islamize this country with plunders,
destruction of temples and tried to impose Islamic values and customs on
a tradition which was totally alien to this new wave of forced
conversion and institutionalized definition of religion.
In the long history of Islamic rule in Bharat Hindus never give up and their struggle to save their values, territory, tradition and collective consciousness was always there.
It is other story to discuss how history and
academic institutions were distorted first to suit colonial and imperial
masters and later this legacy was followed by Congress rulers even
after independent country.. In this context only one thing could be said
that deliberate attempt to keep people in dark with
disinformation and academic fraud as well as media and literary
management allowed Congress to rule the nation having in
unprincipled pact with leftists for a long time.
Although Congress was successful in redefining the goal of independence during freedom struggle enthusing it with greater utopia of Hindu- Muslim unity but long cherished dream of crafting new Bharat with its own hand with its original soul and brick did not die and even Mahatma Gandhi was forced to borrow the technique of ancient Hindu tradition to communicate people in the name of “ RamDhun” and transforming independent Bharat as “ Ramrajya” .
Even though Mahatama Gandhi led the whole movement but as Bharat inches closer to the independence Mahatma Gandhi was unable to keep the flock together and new wave of ideologies romanticized youth of Congress party and some of them influenced with leftists and communists and few influenced with Mustafa KamalAtaturk model of secularism .
This chaos and anarchy of ideological confusion pave the way for indecision and fragmentation in Congress rank and file which ultimately made the whole freedom struggle direction less.
This double standard and ideological confusion in some way created a
culture of hypocrisy in the whole movement and political system. This
blatant example of hypocrisy was visible when Jawahar Lal Nehru admired
Mustafa Kamal Ataturk for his efforts to abolish Ottoman Empire and
transforming Turkey into a westernized secular state but this Congress
leadership did not hesitate to oppose the khilafat movement in India to
ignite the fundamentalist Muslims to achieve the goal of Jihad.
Since 1920 the whole movement for freedom struggle was a naked story
of ideological confusion, weak leadership and hypocrite political
culture. This was the time when it was very much clear that India
will get independence sooner or later and the whole movement of
independence converted into Gandhi-Nehru saga.
The blunders, indecisiveness, hypocrisy and submission which took
place in our leaders in this era were paradoxically later glorified as
Pulling out ourselves from the pages of history if we talk in the
context of contemporary situation of our country we can easily conclude
few things. India is desperate to come out of the weak, indecisive,
hypocrite culture of our political leadership and euphoria of
Nehru-Gandhi duo is not unchallengeable.
India is trying to connect itself with its consciousness and
unfinished long cherished dream of Bharatvarsh writing its destiny with
its own hand is desperate to manifest it.
This conclusion is not based merely on gut feeling and sixth sense
but it is result of extensive tour of several part of nation from north
to South to north east to west. If you are a traveler of India without
knowing the soul of the nation and influenced with propaganda of
secular, liberal-leftists you will easily fall in their trap that India
is changing. It is very much true that India is changing and aspirations
of people from every class of people has multiplied more times in
comparison to earlier days but what secularists with their
leftist-liberal allies tried to prove is not accurate that new India is
not cared for its identity and post modern India is totally disconnected
with its heritage, ancestral consciousness and spiritual identity.
This propaganda heightened once last year’s result of general
elections came out and euphoria of new post modern India eclipsed the
whole debate from academia to political class.
What I transpired from my visit tried to verify at several levels
before writing it into an article. In the whole country micro-level
identity consciousness is gaining ground and aspiration to enhance the
status is common phenomenon. In the whole country one other phenomenon
is collapse of ideological fraternity. Communism, secularism and
socialism don’t romanticize young people and they are guided by their
self interest rather than ideological leanings. Is it a phenomenon which
is going to stay there or it is temporary phenomenon? Which is result
of long history of hypocrite political culture and ideological market in
Ideological collapse has exposed the real cultic and decentralized
nature of India and micro-level identity based on region, caste ,
sub-caste is emerging and it has given a wrong impression to few
political observers and political parties that post-modern India is
heading towards a nation without identity consciousness and ancestral
This phenomenon reflects one thing that artificial ideological
imposition on the country does not work and at this point of time no
leader in country has national character and appeal to bind the country
with one goal and mission.
In this arena of political system some political parties are trying to enthuse a culture in country to institutionalize the corruption in the name of NGO activities.
Post modern India is curious for its development and new middle class
who seems under influence of consumerism and lavish life style is not
so insensitive and irresponsible as we often think of it. In this
post-modern India this middle class has grown to this level from its
lower middle class level with help of liberalization and it is taking
time to fulfill its desires first which had attracted it since long time
which were earlier monopolized by elite class. In last few
years approximately for one decade whenever social psyche was deciphered
this transition was ignored.
It is up to the leadership and political system in country to think
how this new middle class which is replacing traditional elite could be
used in nation building. In last one decade communism and left ideology
has been discarded and the fraud of mixing atheist communism with
secularism has been brought down as public display of Hindu identity has
not been a taboo and anti-modern at all.
At the same time divide of village and city and metro city is there
but there is one difference in the perception of this divide as it had
been explained earlier and difference remains not to define it in
leftist and communist way. In last few decades several social
groups in country had been able to get their share in political system
and this has embolden the faith of all people in country in democratic
structure as they think they are very much part of system and they will
be listened. It has been the basic reason behind my one conclusion
that any movement in India will not get any support from common people
which will talk of abolishing the system and destroy it. In this
scenario chances are very low that nexalite terrorism would be able to
overthrow the system and get mass support for its cause unless it gets
international support and high political support within our own system
and political parties.
But instead of this one interesting question remains how ideologies
will react in India in near future. It would be naïve to believe that
leftists, communists and socialists will easily believe that they are
very much outdated. Definitely they will not and they are hobnobbing
with anti-national forces and international fraternity to make them
relevant even at the cost of dividing India.
The slogan of post-modern India has been circulated by secularist and
leftist –liberal to undermine the Hindu identity of India to diminish
its prospects to convert it into Bharatvarsh but one phenomenon
which these forces has not counted for is still India is bind by its
spiritual consciousness and feeling of unity among its diversity. Few
people can call it mere intellectual argument but I want to prove it in
In few years especially in last two years regional aspirations has been surfaced as Marathi maanush, clash of states on interstate issues, several mass movements to bring few casts in reservation category. In spite of these issues one silent silver lining could be experienced that these consciousness for identity doesn’t contrast to its broader identity of Hindu and ancestral spiritual tradition of one broader HINDU family.
Even it is Marathi people he may raise hostile issues for its fellow
countrymen of few states for political reasons but when it comes the
issue of Ganpati Bappa he does not think him as a deity who is not part
of Hindu family. It is the case with Bengal is also where Bengali
language and Bengali culture is being treated as an independent entity
but when in last few years infiltration of Bangladeshi Muslims has not
only changed the demography of this state but these Muslims has also
brought with them the wahabi brand of Islam and it has made Bengali
people panicky and first time Benagalis realized their culture and
tradition is under attack.
In north Eastern states especially in Assam and Manipur where Hindus
still matter are under threat of losing their identity and it has
provoked them to call for Hindu unity. The most populated state of
India Uttar Pradesh has been considered as a failed state in terms of
governance but tension on Hindus that they are under siege is very much
visible in their action and frustration to manifest their identity in
Bihar is also a classic case where governance and development has
brought all section of people together but apprehensions are there for
those policies which advocate for greater role for Muslims in political
and social life.
One phenomenon is rampant everywhere that behind cultic and
decentralized identity consciousness there are strong aspirations
to come out of artificial and imposed ideological bondage to connect
themselves with their original ancestral tradition. The whole India in
spite of its diversity has a common feeling that this country is their
motherland and the values, institutions and system which they have
developed are their own and they are not going to allow any force
whether inside or outside to destabilize the system or encroach
It would be monumental blunder again if we think that India has lost
its Hindu consciousness and post modern India only care for development
not its values and identity. The new India even presents more
complicated picture where people tend to silent on various issues for
being politically correct but did not forget who they are and how can
they preserve themselves.
Now we don’t find young revolutionary people of leftist and communist
leanings who want to overthrow system with their utopian model of
system but they want this system to function in more accurate and
India is going through a phase of churning where borrowed leaders,
ideologies and faiths whose roots and goals are situated outside
country will no more be allowed to dictate terms in country.
In political terminology and those who love to define terms in western
context could define it neo-conservatives of India but rather it would
be defined as Neo-Hindu nationalists who want to assert themselves.
It is really unfortunate and depressing to see that polity and
leadership in country is unable to understand the mood and psyche of
country. To sum up India is waiting for a leader for a long time who can
live up to the expectations of new India and cut itself from the legacy
of weak, indecisive, hypocrite political culture. It may sound strange
for people but any new phenomenon and change in itself sound strange
initially but in few years we will witness lot of change in ideologies
and politics in India and who will not maneuver and update
themselves will be thrown out in dustbin of history. India is destined
to connect itself with its ancestral and spiritual tradition and
discover it in new dynamic, assertive, aggressive and modern way to stun
the whole world. Leaders in county as soon as will realize
that days of imposed ideologies and academic fraud are over it will be
better for them and in their interest. People would not believe in
any way that so called “ Hindutva” terrorism is a threat to
nation as “Islamic” terrorism. It is manifestation of new Hindu
nationalist wave which is in the offing.