‘Hindu undercurrent’ this election was bigger than Ram Janmabhoomi’

State VHP attributes Modi’s victory to ‘conducive atmosphere created for Hindutva’

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Published:June 7, 2014 5:03 am

Congratulating Na-rendra Modi for becoming the country’s Prime Minister, the Gujarat unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), in the latest issue of its magazine,  has credited the BJP’s victory to a “Hindu undercurrent” that was bigger than the one witnessed during Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

In the June 2014 issue of the VHP mouthpiece Vishwa Hindu Samachar, the editorial piece carries a detailed analysis of the 2014 Lok Sabha election, which attributes Modi’s victory to “a conducive atmosphere created for Hindutva” that ran parallel to the BJP’s much-touted “good governance and development”.

The article narrates how the colour of election was saffronised right from the RSS chief’s appeal for 100% voting and the distribution of pamphlets resulting into a massive turnout of voters that broke all the previous records. “This fact has to be accepted that the BJP started its campaign with the agenda of good governance and development, but indirectly it created a Hindutva atmosphere. Known in the country for Sohrabuddin encounter, Amit Shah was announced as the BJP’s head in Uttar Pradesh’s election. Shah immediately went to Ayodhya for a darshan (homage) and revealed what was concealed in the heart of the BJP,” the writer Kaushik Mehta, Gujarat VHP chief, states in the editorial.

The magazine claims that this election saw the Hindu undercurrent much bigger than the movement during Ram Janmabhoomi Andolan. “This time the Hindu undercurrent was much bigger than the Hindu undercurrent prevailed during Ram Janmabhoomi Andolan. Hindus voted in large numbers beyond their caste and creed,” the editorial, in Gujarati, says.
It also cites several instances that occurred during the Lok Sabha elections that, according to the VHP, contributed to creating and spreading Hindutva. It says, “The model of Ram Mandir in the hoarding put up at Modi’s rally in Faizabad, Amit Shah’s statement of “Apmanno badlo levano avsar aavyo che (Time has come to take revenge),”not giving a ticket to Muslim candidate despite the demand of Rashtravadi Muslim Manch in-charge Indreshji and Shah’s comment that Azamgadh was the hub of terrorists,  ‘Hinduised’ the atmosphere,” the article states.

According to the magazine, Modi showed that the path to power in Delhi doesn’t go via Raebareli or Amethi, but passes through “the spiritual capital of Hindus” — Kashi — and that’s why he was made a candidate from Varanasi after Vadodara. It refers to several other highlights of elections that reportedly raised Hindutva factor, including Modi’s statement, “Lakhi rakho… Bangladeshiyo ne kadhi mukish (note it down…will send Bangladeshi nationals back),” the statement of Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh who had said, “Those who will not vote for Modi will be sent to Pakistan” and the statement of Muslim leader Imran Masood, who  threatened Modi “to  cut into pieces”.

“Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat ulema-e-Hind, Muslim Personal Law Board, Milli Council, Jamiat Ahle Hadish… and similar Muslim organisations appealed to the Muslims to unite against Modi. But the result was opposite. It polarised Hindus. Congress’s appeal to Imam Bukhari also united Hindus,” it states.

The article states that though the new government has been formed in the country, the “seculars” are still blabbering. It says that the new government has ended the ten years of misgovernance. “Therefore, there are expectations from the government to bring back the black money, form a corruption-free administration, build Ram Mandir and repeal Article 370, among others,” it said.

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    Media Matters
    Jun 8, 2014 at 11:43 am
    Muslim had double responsibility as a citizen and experience Islamic legacy. As a catalyst we have to be on deliverying end. At the same time, if Muslims are dignified as a natural citizen, next coming period will be a period of game change.
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      Kangana Rawat
      Jun 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
      Before Narendra Modi and Miyan Nawaj Sharif do something for Adani, we must understand there are more Muslims in India then stan and I think if we would decide things on religion basis then you can imagine what they are actually focusing on.
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        Kangana Rawat
        Jun 7, 2014 at 7:38 am
        India and stan are like brothers. But stan is not able to get control on its own problem and they are making it a point to create things tough for not only India also to the people who are suffering most.
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          Kangana Rawat
          Jun 7, 2014 at 7:38 am
          India and stan relations are very crucial and the today’s fact, religion should not be the basis to form a country, what was done is done, but not anymore. Democracies all around are a good thing.
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            Kangana Rawat
            Jun 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
            Kashmir was an independent state with its own Raja – like several other states. The question is we all (India, stan and the people of Kashmir) had agreed that there will be a referendum and people of Kashmir will decide.
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              Kangana Rawat
              Jun 7, 2014 at 7:38 am
              Now BJP is in power and almost first fortnight over with Mr Narendra Modi as a PM of India. Congress should must muster courage to make BJP realize they were wrong. But this is also a fact that dog can bark the human can not do same thing.
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                Kangana Rawat
                Jun 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
                Referendum in Kashmir never happened, some of us Indians may not like that fact, but Government of India recognizes that, even BJP Government did not deny it once before. We have to handle through care and love.
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                  Kangana Rawat
                  Jun 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
                  Sometimes lots of things lay in history people rather not want to know or ignore but the fact is that that time Raja Hari Singh was King of that region he wanted to dissolved his state with India unconditionally but Nehru send Mr. Abdulla to UN who made all these arrangements.
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                    Kangana Rawat
                    Jun 7, 2014 at 7:38 am
                    That is not culture of congress. Only at present who are on Government they can speak lie, spread wrong message in society and even spread tension for want of vote. Let that party spoil the Indian tradition Congress is not for wrong thing.
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