This is laughable! BJP does not understand the definition of the word ‘Secular’. It is not in their DNA. In fact, the BJP and their allies in the Sangh Parivar desperately want the word ‘Secular’ removed from the Constitution of India as their core philosophy is based on Hindutva which by definition is against Secularism.
Let us take a lesson in history to understand BJP’s secularism:
- Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the leading ideologue of Hindutva, wrote a pamphlet in 1923 titled ‘Who is a Hindu’ /’Essentials of Hindutva’ where he defines what he refers to as citizenship for any Hindu or person who lives in the Indian subcontinent. Savarkar states that a Hindu is he who considered the land from the Himalayas or the Indus to the Indian Ocean as his Fatherland (pitrubhumi) and Holy land (punyabhumi). This meant that only followers of these religions – Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism can be true citizens. Since all the other faiths in India — Zoroastrian, Christianity, Islam and Judaism — have their holy lands outside of the Indian subcontinent their followers cannot be seen as true citizens.
- It is well known to everybody that the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was killed by an RSS ideologue and member, Nathuram Godse. The 1992 Babri Masjid demolition was led by famous BJP and VHP activists including the likes of LK Advani, Uma Bharti and Bal Thackeray. This led to communal rioting in the country leaving 2000 people dead.
- The 2002 Gujarat Riots is nothing short of a State genocide in which at least 800 Muslim were massacred.
- The ‘secular’ BJP does not have even one Muslim Lok Sabha MP. Of its 482 candidates who contested the general elections in 2014 , only seven were Muslim, and none of them won.
- As soon as the BJP came into power, Muslims were targeted using beef as an instrument of oppression. ‘Gau-Rakshaks’ were let loose and lynchings and killings of the minorities became common. They had the patronage of a Right-Wing Government and felt entitled.
BJP thrives on communalism. That is their main agenda – to divide on the basis of religion and rule.