Faced with an existential crisis in Assam where Hindus face the prospect of being outnumbered by non-Hindus; Hindus came together to vote en masse for the BJP helping the party to form its first ever government in a northeastern state.
Caste system has played a very vital role in dividing the Hindus although it is not authenticated by the Hindu holy books. There is animosity among the different castes at gross as well as at subtle level and because of this Hindus prefer to vote mostly on caste lines. And this weakness has been very well exploited by political parties.
Their strategy is simple. Entice one of the castes of the Hindus by giving them some benefits through legitimate or illegitimate means and utilize all the energy and resources to appease the minorities to get their votes. This formula is best to win the election.
For example, both Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav have played MY (Muslim + Yadav) card very successfully to win many elections. Political parties always go extra mile to win the support of non-Hindus. And to achieve this they do not hesitate to take decisions which many times can hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus.
Take the case of Mulayam Singh Yadav. During the Ayodhya movement in 1990s, he ordered firing on Hindu saints and many Hindu saints were killed in police firing. What was their crime? They were just demanding that a beautiful temple of Lord Rama should be built at his birthplace in Ayodhya.
Will any political party even dare to target non Hindu religious figures? Never. We all know about the Malda violence and how it was dealt.
And in spite of displaying such barbarism today Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son are ruling Uttar Pradesh.
In a country where 80% of people are Hindus, Hindu cannot have the temple of Lord Rama at his birth place.
Can Muslims be deprived the right to have a mosque in Mecca? It is unthinkable.
In Assam Hindus are almost about to be outnumbered because of the Muslim appeasement policies of Congress and other secular parties. But the best thing is that in this election Hindus decided to come together and so we saw the difference in the election result.
According to the survey conducted by Indian Express, 63% of Hindus voted for BJP. The survey further states that greater number of Hindus (86%) came out to vote as compared to Muslims (82%). Muslims turnouts are always greater than that of the Hindus but in this election the trend reversed. In Assam Hindus are struggling hard to protect their religious identity.
If Hindus follow the Holy Vedas properly then they will understand that caste discrimination is not at all sanctioned in the scriptures. In Bhagavad Gita 4.13, Krishna says, “catur-varṇyam maya srstam/ guna-karma-vibhagasaḥ – According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society (brahmanas,kshatriyas, vaisyas and sudras) are created by Me.”
The scriptures clearly states that these divisions are not by birth but are based on the quality which one acquires in the present life. And most importantly, it is not mentioned that one class of men should be discriminated or looked down upon by the other class. Unscrupulous people have wrongly interpreted the Vedic books which have resulted in great misunderstanding leading to chaos within the Hindu community. And this chaos can become the cause of fall of Hinduism.
Hindus should stop identifying themselves on caste lines and should unite for a common goal and purpose. The purpose of unity should not be to target those whose beliefs are different but the purpose should be to make sure that Hindus are not discriminated. The Hindu consolidation should be so strong, so formidable, so unbreakable that no political party even in their dream should even think of hurting Hindus religious sentiments.
If Hindus want a bright future then the momentum which has been built in Assam should be taken forward to each and every nook and corner of the country. The pseudo secular parties will explore all avenues to break the Hindu unity.
If we allow them to succeed then we will march towards extinction. Choice is ours!