“Nationalism remains the political ideology of the BJP” – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BENGALURU: The political ideology that creates a political party, once crystallized, articulated, defined and structured for dissemination and to generate political discussion becomes the ideology of the party. In power, the party attempts to formulate policies largely influenced by its inspiring and defining ideology. As Amit Shah once told a gathering of writers and intellectuals who asked him to speak about the relevance of ideology in politics today, “when a government based on ideology comes to power, the focus is on the maximum development of the poor and marginalized”. and not of an individual or a family”.

Ganguly Anirban

From the establishment of Jana Sangh in 1951 to the founding of the BJP in 1980 and beyond, the party and movement continues to maintain a vibrant space for ideological shuffling and debates and to evolve, modify, reorient and focus its line politics and positions.

At a time of progressive de-ideologization where most political parties are unwilling or unable to define their ideological positions or programs, or have degenerated into family-owned and controlled unions in which ideological formulations do not matter in the long run, the BJP persists with its ideological dimension.

The Vichardhara stream of thought, ideology, is one of its main underlying and supporting pillars. For a worker-centered party like the BJP, which continues to grow even after more than three decades, ideology is also its lifeblood, the glue that binds and the firewall that prevents any major cracks while ensuring so that stagnation is kept at bay.

The ideological foundations of the Jana Sangh and BJP political movement remain active and its ideas remain in circulation. Throughout his nationwide tours undertaken in 2017, Amit Shah always meticulously kept aside a session with intellectuals and opinion makers, where he discussed the ideological dimensions of the party and how it influences policies and governance in the states where the BJP rules. The uniqueness of the BJP as a party lies in the fact that, as Shah often points out, “its work is guided by our ideology and we have a definite organizational structure”.

Shiwanand Dwivedi

The BJP, heir to the legacy of Jana Sangh, owes its birth to “the idea of ​​nationalism”. The vision and position of a nation, a culture and a people inspired its founding. The BJP has been advocating for a confident, self-reliant and self-respecting nation as the goal for India.

When talking about one nation, one culture and one people, the BJP does not advocate homogeneity; rather, it speaks of Bharat as an ancient nation, with great diversities but also possessing a distinct underlying unity, a civilizational continuum that needs to be recognized and expressed. This political idea is best explained in the words of Kushabhau Thakre, himself:

This [nationalism] is the heart of our ideology; for us, India is a nation, a people and a culture. Our view that India is not a nation born in 1947 but an ancient nation defined by its unique and unifying cultural identity is different from that of Marxists, who see India as several sub-nations. It is also different from the Congress view that India is a territorial nation born in 1947.

Rashtravad (nationalism) remains the BJP’s political ideology and Antyoday (empowering and uplifting the last citizen) continues to be its governing ideology and ultimate goal. These stem from the political philosophy of integral humanism. Excerpted from Amit Shah and the March of BJP by Anirban Ganguly and Shiwanand Dwivedi, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt Ltd.

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