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Politics in India: The Congress is Bad, but the BJP is Worse

Updated on December 27, 2017

The BJP is not the Alternative to the Congress


India is passing through a critical period. The Congress party which has ruled much of the period after independence has brought the country to the nadir with corruption seeming an endless factor. In contrast one expected the BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) to be better, but from all accounts the BJP is worse and a poor substitute to the Congress party. A few of the facts summarized below may throw some light on the BJP and its ethos.

BJP Support

a) Ram Rajya. This is a period that refers to the time when the God Ram ruled India. Hindus believe this period to be one of prosperity and the rule of law. The BJP always talks of Ram Rajya, without really spelling out what they mean by this Ramrajya. Most of the time it is equated to anti-western thought, less equality for women, opposition to English and attacks on women being and modern and wearing western dress as well as attacks on minorities.

b) The BJP claims it is a nationalist party whose aim is ‘Akhand Bharat’ (One India). Yet at the grass roots level it allies with sectarian and regional parties. An example is its alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena leader BAL Thackeray and his son Udhav Thackeray have won votes on the grounds that Biharis and north Indians are foreigners in Mumbai and the party has also at times launched systematic tirades and attacks at people from Utter Pradesh and Bihar. Yet the BJP is allied with this party for almost 20 years. It sees no dichotomy in its concept of ‘Khanda Bharat’ and the parochial Shiv Sena. It is also an ally of the Alkali Dal a communal party in Punjab, though at times the Akali party has preached sedition.

c) The choice of some of the men who represent the BJP is to say the least bizarre. The following examples stand out

Ø One of their foremost vote catchers and leaders in Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu is convicted for manslaughter and sentenced to 3 years rigorous imprisonment. His case is in appeal in the Supreme Court, yet he leads the BJP in Punjab.

Ø One of the top leaders of the BJP Hema Malini is in a bigamous marriage with another film star Dharmendra (who is also a BJP, Member of Parliament). Worse this man to marry again circumvented the Indian Penal code which does not allow bigamous marriages by converting to Islam. Another MP, one Vinod Khanna is recognized as the Lothario from Mumbai. He is a man without any moral scruples with marriages to younger women and liaisons s at Acharya Rajneesh ashram. Surely not a good advertisement of Rama Rajya.

Ø The ex BJP Party President has just been sentenced to 4 years rigorous imprisonment for accepting kickbacks when the BJP was in power in defense deals. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Cases of corruption against the BJP leader’s leads like a who is who in the party with Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states like Yedurappa leading the looting parties.

Ram Rajya

I am afraid the BJP cannot usher in Ram Rajya. It is the tragedy of India that both alternatives the Congress and the BJP deserve to be consigned to the dust bin of history. The BJP is worse as it talks of Ram Rajya. Surely Ram Rajya does not mean making a mockery of the law and ushering in leaders with dubious backgrounds, attacking Western mores, English and supporting parties that follow an anti-national agenda.

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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Well lets wait and see, the two scams are catching up with BJP and more will follow

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      pramodgokhale 2 years ago from Pune( India)

      Sir,

      BJP is in power, so wait for good and bad or worse. So far it is good going. transparency and clarity is visible as they assured in election manifesto.

      Prejudice will not change any government but voters decide whom they want in power.

    • MG Singh profile image
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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Indian chef

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      Indian Chef 2 years ago from New Delhi India

      MG you made many valid points . Even mask is coming off from AAP too.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi friend. START RIGHT NOW

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      Mahadeb Kar 4 years ago from Somewhere in India

      yes,it is .I agree.We can not escape as it is our responsibility to make corrupt-free ,strong,development-faced government.What we have to do is to raise 'awaz' .

    • MG Singh profile image
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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      NOTA as I said is onlyan option and not a solution. India has to do away with the present political set up. I wonder whetehr that will happen.

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      Mahadeb Kar 4 years ago from Somewhere in India

      So,difficult an option if you are going to discuss ,no time will suffice the debate.If the NOTA receives most votes,then can we not be sure the country lacks leaders,political party lacks faith of public,and we are fearing to descend to the ground .

    • MG Singh profile image
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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Its just an option and frankly has little meaning

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      Mahadeb Kar 4 years ago from Somewhere in India

      But how can the Country be run with NOTA, Is there any future casting votes in NOTA?

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      For Amit. I am not a supporter of the Congress party. I agree it has done precious little for the country and believes in crony leaership. All I am saying is the BJP is not the party that can bring change in India. We need a revolution, not BJP and throw Congress out/

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Supremeupbeat k. yes, I agree

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      Mahadeb Kar 4 years ago from Somewhere in India

      Ok, So NOTA is come in the process.

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      amit 4 years ago

      your thought is just against one party ...asking one question what congress have done in last 55 years..

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      For PRanj. Your comment is indecent and I had a good mind to remove it, but I have let it remain so that people can see and read your convoluted mind. The points made by you are meaningless and sitting in Singapore not worth replying. How a person looks , he must use a mirror. Look in the mirror and read my article carefully. You have even cast aspersions on the High Court. You are saying that what Hema Malini did is a good thing. Is this what BJP taught you ?

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      pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

      Democracy is soft system and for diversified,plural India it is a long way to go..Simple parameter in Democracy is that if in election one government voted out from power new government comes in, means somehow democracy is functioning and smooth transfer of power is more important and in India we have freedom of expression and Nehru, Patel, both did their job well to be democratic.

      It is true that voters by and large does not know to whom they vote and why, but they want to change government they change.

      Thank you Sir.

      pramod gokhale

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Promod for your comment. I am no supporter of Congress, but the BJP had 6 years and did precious little. There is so much of infighting now in BJP that is disconcerting. Frankly sitting in Singapore I feel India which always had autocracy, doesn't deserve democracy.

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      pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

      Congress is a main culprit of mess and now showering gifts to voters.Food security bill, implementation is a tough job and why they could start from 2009 when again came to power

      Sacha r panel what they offer for Muslims, nothing is action only rhetoric.

      pramod gokhale

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      ramesh 5 years ago

      what aknoledge wow you should be pm

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      chandresh 5 years ago

      i don't even know to whom i vote ....

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      MG Singh 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you Ruchira for your comment

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Useful information. Unfortunately corruption is another name for politics :(

    • pramodgokhale profile image

      pramodgokhale 6 years ago from Pune( India)

      i found bias against BJP and covering Congress and misrule of Congress.

      I feel sorry ,I do not want to write any more.

      Thank you

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