No this is not about driving cars in India are anywhere, this is about politics. This is about the politics of the extreme, where other opinion do not matter. Like any country in India we face the problem of left parties and right wing nationalism. But wait there is another party which champions itself as true representative of the people. The party which takes advantage from the left and right. There are four Major religions in India and there are the subsets. It is very complicated and one would have to make a chart. We will explore how these four religions are used and politicized in India and how the politics of election will play out in this time.
The left claims to be secular since religion does not play any role in their day to day functioning. And the right is not secular which is a foregone conclusion. But is the left in reality a secular party. A true leftist does not believe in god. So, they disagree with the majority of the population. Now if one would check the term secularism in dictionary, it says “the belief that religion should not play a role in government, education, or other public parts of society”. It does not preclude citizens from practicing their religion. Does the political playbook of the communist parties in India allow its member to practice his or her religion? Now the right wing parties of any country, India or otherwise is not secular nor do they believe in secularism. They want to indoctrinate and promote their religion into government and education. So in a way they are same as left. One wants to take religion away and the other impose it. Well it does not sit well with the spirit of secularism.
What the above quote means is religion should not have any role in government or government funded education. I.e. Separation of church and state. The left parties want no church and the Right wing want to impose religion.
And then there are the parties who call themselves centrist. True secularist or are they in India. Let us examine some of the so called secular parties.Some of these parties are The Nationalist Congress Party of SharadPawar, Samajwadi party of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Janata Dal and some affiliates, AkaliDal , DMK and AIADMK.Perhaps they are more dangerous than the left and the right because the left and right parties are predictable.
The above mentioned parties, they latch themselves as “remoras” on the so called secular bandwagon. But the so called centrists are the slippery customers. They hide behind the vile of human weakness and play vote bank politics.
Congress party is the grand old party of India from the time of our independence struggle. No party has played more polarizing role in India then the Congress Party. They have used the religious right and the left to cling to power for over 50 years. But this article is not a clean chit to BJP; god knows they have some fixing to do in their backyard. But this article is about who really stands for secularism.
The BJP is the only known major rightwing political party of India and it would not be wrong for anyone to say that. They are supported by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),Vishva Hindu Pariṣad (VHP) and Shiv Sena to name a few, but collectively known as Sangh Parivar. So how they can claim to be a secular party when many of its leaders have agendas which can be only be construed as rightwing ideology.All those who are against the BJP call themselves secular and the BJP in return say the other parties practice pseudo-secularism. They are both right
In the western countries like USA, UK, France and Germany, it is not very difficult to differentiate political parties and what they stand for. They are either left, center left, liberal,, center, liberal right, center right or Sieg heil. But in India it is very difficult to differentiate who from whom. Politics is local and it absolutely fits in India. With the decline of congress party we have not been able to have a stable government at the center for 30 years and what it means is, a party which can govern without interference and pressure of coalition politics?
Coalition form of government has become the only way out. To be part of central government, political ideology became a blurred line. However this changed in the summer of 2014 when the BJP was able to get absolute majority but since then fringe elements have taken spotlight away from Prime Minister Narandra Modi and his silence in this matter is also not helping.
So the question is who is secular in India? The answer is the people of this country. People of this country are predominately moderate and very tolerant of each other and the middle call leads the way forward. That is why no political party can ever take an extreme stand and if the BJP under PM Modi would like to succeed they will have to take a centrist approach otherwise we will again get caught in coalition government and then the practice of putting regional interest over national interest will take dominance which will only make us weak and vulnerable to threats from outside and more importantly from within.
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