BJP’s Hinduism and India’s National Security

BJP’s Hinduism and India’s National Security
BJP’s Hinduism and India’s National Security

Literary Motaher Hossain Chowdhury wrote in one of his articles – ‘Religion is the culture of the common man, culture is the religion of the common man.’ Motaher Hossain Chowdhury’s comments show that religion is completely connected with people’s beliefs and behavior. People’s faith in religion is not something to be taken for granted. Many times people can give life for religion.
In terms of religion, people can be divided into three groups – believers, non-believers and agnostics. But majority of people believe in some religion or the other. For this reason, if religious sentiments are hurt, extreme reactions are created. Religion-centered conflict occupies a large place in the history of civilization. Europe has had wars of religion for a long time. Christians and Muslims killed each other for years in the Crusades. Secularism, which saw religion as a matter of people’s personal lives, originated in Europe. In order to protect public life and establish peace from the long-standing conflict between Catholics and Protestants, the rule was that church and state would remain separate. The church should be kept out of state affairs. Despite this, it has not yet been possible to build a state without the influence of the Church in the West. This is why the King or Queen of Britain is the ‘head of the Church of England’. The newly elected President of the United States must take the oath with his hand on the Bible. The country’s currency reads ‘In God We Trust’. The Roman Catholic Church is certainly not as powerful as it was in days gone by. Nevertheless, the Vatican and the papacy state that the Pope is influential in Christendom and the world. The Pope still plays an active role in international diplomacy. The Pope’s visit to Cuba brought about a substantial change in Cuban-centric views.
Meanwhile, the BJP government in India has brought major changes in the central sphere of the state. Hindutva is the state philosophy of BJP. However, the BJP government has not made such an official announcement. Secularism was not part of the Indian constitution in 1950 when it was framed. Secularism was later constitutionally recognized as the state philosophy during Indira Gandhi’s regime. So is the Congress the champion of secularism and the BJP the nurturer of Hinduism? The matter is not so black or white. Rajiv Gandhi started his election campaign from Ayodhya. He announced that India will be made ‘Ram Rajya’. The start of the election campaign from Ayodhya is symbolically significant. It was there that the Babri Masjid was razed to the ground
to establish
However, India’s minority Muslims are in great danger under BJP rule. They are unable to practice religiously sanctioned activities. Many people have lost their lives or been harassed on trumped-up charges of eating beef. BJP is getting the materials of Hindutva philosophy from Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh-RSS. RSS has been active in India for many years. Their hate propaganda has pushed Hindus and Muslims into separate cells. Many fear that Indian Muslims may become victims of the Holocaust at some bad time in the future due to the spark of hatred. Recently, a BJP leader went to Assam and gave a speech – India was divided because of Nehru. Now the ‘lost’ territories have to be brought back to India. Such verbal utterances may not cause a temporary reaction, but their far-reaching consequences are dire.
In late May this year, a religiously insulting comment by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in a TV debate angered Indian Muslims as well as the governments and people of several Muslim-majority countries. It has also angered Muslims in other parts of the world. Due to these outrages, BJP temporarily expelled Nupur Sharma from the party. Meanwhile, Delhi media unit chief Naveen Kumar Jindal has also been expelled from the party for sharing screenshots of offensive comments on Twitter. The BJP has said it is against ideologies that insult or disparage any community or religion. Indian diplomats, in an attempt to appease angry Islamic nations, said the comments did not reflect the Indian government’s position and were the party’s “fringe hawkish views”.
Nupur Sharma is not really a marginal character. Until his ouster, the 37-year-old lawyer appeared night after night on TV talk shows in support of the Modi government and party. Nupur Sharma, a law student at Delhi University, started her political life in 2008, the same year she was elected president of the student council as a candidate of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (AVBP), the RSS student organization. He completed his Masters in International Business Law from the London School of Economics. After returning to the country in 2011, his political activities continued to expand and deepen.
Nupur Sharma is a reckless woman. His mastery of English and Hindi languages ​​attracted the attention of many viewers. He was inducted into the BJP’s media committee for the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections. Two years later, when fresh elections were held in the state, he became the BJP’s candidate against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. No one expected Nupur to win. But his spirited campaign brought him under the spotlight of BJP politics. He was appointed as the party’s official spokesperson in Delhi. In 2020, he became the BJP’s ‘National Spokesperson’. Within a short span of time, Nupur Sharma became a familiar face to the Indian audience. Most evenings he would attend TV shows and shout and berate dissenters. After being expelled from the party, Nupur Sharma wrote in a statement – He retracted his comments ‘unconditionally’. Despite that, he did not give up. He claimed, “He said these things in response to the constant insults and disrespect to the Hindu god Shiva.”
Supreme Court of India has severely reprimanded Nupur Sharma. The Supreme Court of the country has said that the entire country has plunged into turmoil due to his one comment. The court also asked him to appear on the television screen and apologize to the countrymen. It has also been said that because of one of his comments, sentiments of people across the country have been hurt. The court also raised the issue of the Hindu tailor who was brutally killed in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The judges said, Nupur Sharma did not think about the consequences of his irresponsible comments.
Nupur Sharma should be tried for the ugly comments he made about the beloved prophet of Muslims, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The Indian leadership and people must think about how to preserve the unity and integrity of India as a nation. While there is agreement on some issues in vast India, the range of dissent is not to be trifled with. In order for India to survive, the faith in the hearts of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians and Sikhs cannot be harmed. Things like Nupur Sharma’s offensive comments can become a source of far greater risks than what India perceives as security risks.
Dr. Mahbub Ullah: Economist; Former Professor, University of Dhaka

The article is in Bengali

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