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Thinking of Voting For BJP? Think Again

RSS has openly taken over the control of BJP because they think that Congress is week and now is the best time for them to seize political power and push its agenda of Hindu Rashtra and Hindutva. That is worrisome for secular Indians like me who would like to see a secular BJP. Please think before you vote.

Thinking of Voting for BJP: Think Again by Col Bhaskar Sarkar VSM (Retd)  HYPERLINK "http://www.bhaskarsarkar.com" www.bhaskarsarkar.com ;  HYPERLINK "http://www.twitter@COLSARKAR" www.twitter@COLSARKAR The RSS has started openly dictating the policies and programs of the BJP. They have openly endorsed Mr. Narendra Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. They have asked all elements of the Sangh Parivar to help the BJP during elections by canvassing for the BJP and helping in booth management and getting voters to vote. Has any one thought as to why has RSS suddenly abandoned its pretence of being an apolitical social welfare association and openly jumped into the fray? My guess is that RSS feels that Congress is at its weakest and the coming Lok Sabha elections is the best chance for BJP to come to power. The RSS also feels that if BJP comes to power; it will be able to fulfill its dream to establish a Hindu Raj and promote Hindutva. RSS Agenda The mission of RSS has been revitalization of Indian value system. The organization says that it aspires to unite all Hindus and build a strong India. Its main ideologue and the second head was Mr. M S Golwalkar. When it came to non-Hindu religions, Golwalkar's view on minorities was that of extreme intolerance. He stated in the book - "We, or Our Nationhood Defined" that "The non-Hindu people of Hindustan must either adopt Hindu culture and languages, must learn and respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but of those of glorification of the Hindu race and culture... in a word they must cease to be foreigners; Or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment— not even citizens' rights." Recently some RSS and BJP's members have distanced themselves from M.S Golwalkar's views to different degrees. The tasks of the RSS are to reorganize Hindu Society, unite Hindus, and protect Hindu religion, character building and a desire to take India to the highest glory. So what is the Problem On the face of it there are none. But my association with the RSS through their chain of schools, "Adarsh Vidya Mandirs" makes me apprehensive. When RSS talks of revitalization of Indian value system, what do they want to revive? In my understanding there are many aspects of Hindu culture like nationalism, patriotism, spirit of sacrifice, tolerance of people of other faiths which are admirable and need to be strengthened. But there are some aspects which have me worried: Unquestioned Obedience of Parents and Elders This is a dangerous trend that the Sangh is trying to revive. Let us see one example of such unquestioned obedience from the Mahabharata. When Arjuna mentioned to his mother that he had won a prize; she asked him to share it with his brothers. So Arjuna, who had won the hand of Draupadi at an archery contest, was forced to share her with his brothers. Elders can also take unreasonable decisions. King Dasarath sent Ram to 12 years of exile to the forest just because he made a silly promise to one of his wives to give whatever she asked for without even thinking of possible consequences. Unquestioned obedience to parents and elders could mean child marriage, end of love marriages or inter caste marriages and justification of honor killings. Status of Women In Hindu culture, women are not persons but things. That is why they are given away (Kanyadan) at the time of marriage along with cash (Dakshina). A woman is not supposed to return to her parents till she died. A woman is supposed to obey her father till marriage, her husband after marriage and her son if she becomes a widow. She is not supposed to be educated and to be a house wife at the service of her in-laws. I love my wife, daughter and grand daughter as persons and they have full freedom to disagree and make choices. They are not things but persons to be loved and cherished. Sanskritization If RSS has its way, Sanskrit will become compulsory in all schools. It would be an unfair burden on my grand children. Mixing Religion with Politics We have seen the effects of religion dominating politics in Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt where Muslim Brotherhood have sized power in elections. In Turkey, they are slowly doing away with secularism and imposing restrictions on dressing, drinking and other personal freedoms. This has resulted in protests. In Tunisia and Egypt it has created social unrest. I have no doubt that if RSS gains political power, it will start chipping away at our secularism and try Hindu Talibanization of our society. Conclusion Friends! If you are thinking of voting for BJP, please think again. If you value your freedom to choose your career, life partner and lifestyle, RSS is not the party you want in political power. If you are a woman and consider yourself equal to men and value your freedom to choose your career, life partner and lifestyle, RSS is not the party you want in political power. Mixing religion and politics and vote bank politics will lead our country to the worst kind of social unrest. There will be riots everywhere. It will make our lives and the lives of our children full of misery. Think before you vote.