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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2859

Indian Communal Politics: Hindutva Enters South India

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Communal politics has come to stay in India and since it is being nurtured and promoted by major politicians for vote-bank politics, the communal trend is not likely to die down so easily.

Although the major political outfit Congress party is also a pro-Hindu party functioning as a national party at all India level, with its anti-Muslim communal credentials it is BJP which is overtly identified as a clear pro-Hindu party with an ideology poisoned to conduct a smear campaign slamming Islam and attacking Muslims from platforms in a nasty manner and therefore taking all shorts on behalf of the saffron bandwagon.

Extreme right wing party BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has spread its tentacles across the country by unleashing anti-Muslim statements. The party has already managed to rule states including Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa and has been harboring for its influence in the South India where northern influence is restricted. BJP has a fair presence in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and trying hard to play an important role by forging alliance with the dominant political outfits in these states. Now Karnataka has also fallen to the feet of communal element s of Hindutva. Earler BJP was a coalition partner in the government of Karnataka ruled by Deve Gowda brand Janta Dal (Secular?), but the government fell recently and in the elections held last week BJP emerged the ruling party.

Hindutva captures Bangalore

Having won a simple majority in the 224-member Karnataka assembly in recently held poll, the BJP’s dream of forming its first government in South India, will most probably become a reality on May 30. BJP with 115 MLAs had met Governor on 26 May to submit letters of support and also conveyed to him that they had the required numbers in the 224-member house. BJP leaders who met in Bangalore on 27the May fixed May 30th as the tentative date for B S Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as the chief minister of Karnataka. Sources say that the required documents and letter recommending the revocation of President's rule and installing a popular government had already been sent across to the Union government. BJP has been invited to form the government.

The Indian Union Cabinet would have to meet, discuss the issue and forward its recommendation to the President following which President's rule would be revoked. Even as these procedures are underway, the BJP's core committee is currently meeting in Bangalore to discuss government formation and distribution of portfolios among the MLAs, including five independents.

The result of Karnataka Assembly poll is a reflection not only of non-BJP parties in the state, but also of the loss of credibility of the Congress party as well as the United Progressive Alliance government's performance at the Centre. Analysts say that the New Delhi's policies, particularly with regard to price rise and the crisis in agriculture sector has created resentment among the people who have rejected the Congress and chosen a communal party like BJP.

Communal Onward March

Like in the north and central India where BJP has ruled and collapsed with the positive credential of several members has become a laughing stock in public. BJP, like in any other party including Muslim League, is also interested in votes to capture power to advance the individual interests of a few party supporters and members. Public that voted for the BJP for its “character” soon found it an empty party in principles and realized that only money, muscle, crime and liquor play key roles in BJP too. Pseudo-secularialism plank the party used for garnering Hindu votes helped it straighten the grass-roots in Indian polity. Only anti-Islamism and hatred spread against Muslims have kept the party growing from state to state. Indian media, both print and electronic, essentially anti-Muslim, have offered special support for BJP.

So BJP is all set to form the government in Karnataka. During its campaign it spoke at great lengths about wiping corruption, clean governance, development and strict implementation of the law. However, it would be interesting to note that the party has 18 legislators with a criminal record who have every chance of becoming ministers once the first independent BJP government in South India is sworn in.

Core cadre of BJP that first originated in Delhi state who had been brought from Pakistan by first Indian premier Nehru after partition and labored on anti-Islamism and anti-Pakistanism and even influenced the ruling Congress party to pursue anti-Muslim policies and pull down Babri Mosque, started spreading the Hindutva ideology across the nation and in South it has less influence, but in Karnataka it has of late boosted its presence after its power base in nearby Goa.

It is interesting to note that the anti-Islamic BJP party has concentrated it growth along the Western Ghat states of Arabian Sea belt facing the Muslim nations in Arab world and Pakistan nearby. Starting Rajasthan downward up to Karnataka the party has seeded the anti-Islamic sentiments and made inroads. India is on the verge of developing nuclear enabled missiles to cover a distance of 5000 km to reach the Arab world. However, India has also managed to play good-boys in Arab world by effectively using diplomatic and media resources.

Congress Weakness

BJP has very effectively used the Congress weakness for Hinduism as well as anti-Muslim mood of Hindus to foster its advancement every where in India and the result is the latest power capture in Karnataka. Ironically it was Congress party led then by Nehru who encouraged the BJP (then Jan Sangh) to take roots in New Delhi. Interestingly it is invariably Congress party rule that invariably let BJP to capture power for itself. Congress cunningly utilizes the services of BJP to threaten the Muslims and deny their legitimate dues in the nation development. In fact, Congress party is keen that communal parties like BJP should be flourishing along side in India so that Grand Babri Mosque, destroyed by Hindu terrorists in 1992 during the Congress rule at the Centre, could never be rebuilt again in Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh.

Obviously, with the existence of its “democratic” government in Bangalore, BJP would further spread its influence in the remaining states in the South India. After all, communalization of Indian politics does promote that trend covertly and even some Muslims in national and regional parties also would support that trend. So long as Congress refuses to reconstruct the Babri Mosque as pledged by the party in 1992, the communal passion India witnesses would not die down. Congress has to shed its double-speak and consider dong justice to Muslims also. Muslims can not be fooled indefinitely, by using the BJP as a threat!

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