17 Oct, 2015
The philosophy of the Upanishads is being sought to be transformed into a battering ram against minorities. Attempts are being made to transform Hinduism – a religion with no central panel of saints, no single church and no single godhead, its dizzying multiplicity the secret of its invincibility – into a wannabe copycat version, indeed a mirror image, of militant Islam or aggressively evangelical Christianity.
Can such a project succeed? Probably not. Those in the Sangh Parivar who have always decried the vote bank politics and ‘minority appeasement’ of their ideological rivals are themselves playing vote bank politics and majority appeasement in trying to convert Hindus into a monolithic voting block. They have failed to realise that the nature of Hinduism is such that a Hindu vote bank cannot exist. In fact, the Hindu vote bank is a myth.