I will be very honest with you. I was terribly hopeful in 2014 when BJP came to power. I was hopeful because I always knew that India never actually got independence. I knew that the church ruled India before ‘independence’ via the British, and that the Church ruled India after independence via the Congress party. I have no problem with the Church per se except that the Church in India is not indigenous; whereas the Temple is. And since the temple in India is indigenous it can really be expected to truly represent the interests of the whole nation. So in 2014, I was hopeful that the temple will give us independence—independence from foreign forces, and independence from foreign interests.
But look at what the BJP is trying. Some say it is trying to create a Hindu rashtriya. There is no problem with the concept of Hindu rashtriya per se except that it is not viable. It is not viable because to achieve it you will have to use force—force of weapons, force of thoughts, force of ideology, force of propaganda, and force of money. And the problem with force is that whenever the masses are subjected to extreme forms of it, there will rise a Gandhi, a Guevara, or a Mandella that will topple the rulers. That is the thing about force; that has been proved by history time and again. What Gandhi’s legacy teaches us is that supreme leadership happens by winning the heart of the masses, not by the use of force. What it teaches us is that people will look up to you if you can show them that you stand for their interests unconditionally. And BJP with absolute majority and the backing of corporate houses was poised to do that, if it so chose. What made the setup more appealing was that India is known to accommodate spiritual heavyweights who would know better than anybody else that dwelling in the past and trying to correct it is simply self-defeating. Yet what we got to hear after 2014 is propaganda about the ancestry of minorities. They said that the minorities in India were Hindus centuries ago and that they should all acknowledge Hindu supremacy. That’s so silly. Who denies that? Who denies your explanations about ancestry? The point is why care? Why try to change the past when we should be looking at creating a better future. More importantly why question the past and force people to accept Hindu supremacy in India when the use of force would actually lead to undermining Hindu interests by questioning the legitimacy of Hinduisms claim to liberality. It is all the more absurd because what the BJP is expected to do IS actually to create Hindu supremacy! But they get it wrong—they get it wrong when they choose the wrong way to do that. Really, Hindu Rashtriya and Hindu supremacy are mutually contradictory. To create Hindu rashtriya you have to use force and thereby undermine the security of the country by creating a civil war and giving the Church a stronger foot hold in the country via the Congress party and its allies. Whereas to create a Hindu supremacy you simply have to truly make every Indian understand that you unilaterally stand for their interests irrespective of their religion or caste and irrespective of their debated ancestry. Then they will respect you, then they will look up to you, then they will back you. It’s not that tough really. Most minorities back the Congress party and therefore the Church because they have been clever conned into believing that the Church is not inimical to their interests. So when they fall for the con of the church, why can’t they fall for the genuineness of the Temple’s intent?
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