BJP the ‘Only Alternative’, Only Hindus Are ‘Spiritual’: MEA releases E-book promoting Upadhayay’s ideology

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E-Book on Deendayal Upadhyaya published by External Affairs Ministry on government website says the BJP is the only political alternative in the country, Hindu thought is Bhartiya thought, and only Hindu society can be spiritual.

External affairs minster Sushma Swaraj (PTI); RSS ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya (MEA); Foreign secretary S. Jaishankar (PTI)

On September 22 The Ministry of External Affairs uploaded an e-book with the title Integral Humanism on the home page of its official website, to mark the birth anniversary of RSS ideologue and Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Deendayal Upadhyaya.

External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj describes as the product of the “hard work of MEA officials” – falsifies independent India’s early political history and shockingly describes the Bharatiya Janata Party as the only political alternative for the country.

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“When India’s struggle for freedom was covered under the shadow of two-nation theory, at that time in 1942 he started his public life through Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He engaged himself in Sangh-work as an excellent organiser, writer, journalist and orator…”

“The democracy of the country required a capable Opposition; Bharatiya Jansangh (sic) emerged as a strong Opposition in the first three Lok Sabha elections. He made full preparations so that with time this Opposition becomes alternative …

Pages 24-25 of Integral Humanism, e-book published by the Ministry of External Affairs, September 22, 2017. (images from The Wire)

“From 1951 to 1967 he remained the general secretary of Bharatiya Janshangh (sic). He got the responsibility as President in 1968. Suddenly he was murdered. Only the party, Bharatiya Janata Party, developed by him became the political alternative.” (emphasis added)

This text indicates that n attempt being made to promote the BJP at the taxpayers’ expense?

In the original Hindi, which the e-book also contains, that last sentence sounds even more blatant: उनके द्वारा विकसित किया गया दल, “भारतीय जनता पार्टी” ही देश में राजनैतिक विकल्प बना (‘Unke dvara viksit kiya gaya dal, ‘Bharatiya Janata Party’, hi desh mein rajnaithik vikalp bana’). This line is more accurately translated as: “The party that he helped develop – the BJP – became the only political alternative in the country.”

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The introduction also distorts the reality of the first three parliament when it asserts that the Bhartiya Jan Sangh “emerged as a strong Opposition in the first three Lok Sabha elections”. In the elections of 1951-2, 1957 and 1962, the Jan Sangh won 4, 4 and 14 seats respectively. The actual Opposition to the Congress was the Communist Party of India, which won 16, 27 and 29 seats respectively.

Hindu thought, Bhartiya thought. Credit: MEA’s e-book, Integral Humanism. (images from The Wire)

In keeping with Upadhyaya’s attempt to gloss over the ‘Hindu’ identity of Hindutva by using words like ‘Dharma’ and  ‘Bhartiya’, however, after defining Dharma as “eternal principles that sustain an entity”, the book leaves the reader in no doubt that one is talking about Hinduism: “Our scriptures tell us that to follow the Vedas, to act according to the fundamental principles of our scriptures, to entertain truthful and pious thoughts and thus to develop the virtues in us is Dharma.”

Most disturbing is the neat equation the MEA makes at the end of the e-book between “Bharatiya thought” and “Hindu thought”:

The Hindi version of the text notes: “मानवता की एकता की आधार आध्यात्म होगा। आध्यात्म केवल भारत व हिंदू समाज के पास है। … एकता के आधार की रक्षा के लिए हिंदू समाज के संगठन का कार्य अपनाया है।”, i.e. ‘Spiritualism is the basis for the unity of humanity. Only India and Hindu society has spiritualism… In order to defend the basis of this unity of humanity, Hindu society has begun the work of organising itself.”

These peculiar theories may form part of Upadhyaya’s life and work but they represent the thinking and philosophy of a political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and its parent body, the RSS but surely sushma Swaraj cannot approve of the MEA becoming a mouthpiece of the BJP? And why are officials of her ministry, whose duty is to serve the country signed off on such a publication that undermines the democratic system of the country?

Sources: The Wire

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