Bharatiya Janata Party

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, literally "Indian People's Party"[1]) is a right-wing[2] Hindu nationalist and socially conservative political party in India. The BJP and its associated organizations often mix mythology with history and religion with science in their politics and public policies.[3][4][5][6]

The Parent organisation of BJP is Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a far-right, paramilitary organization advocating Hindutva, which was banned on three separate occasions, once after Mahatma Gandhi'sWikipedia assassination (for which one of their members was responsible), and most recently after they razed the Babri MosqueWikipedia that had been built over a Hindu temple.[7][8][9][10]

History[edit]

The BJP was founded in 1980. In 1991, L.K Advani started Radh Yatra (Chariot Journey) to support the agitation to build a Ram Temple on the site of Babri MosqueWikipedia. In 1992, the mosque was destroyed. In the 1999 general election, the BJP won 183 seats in the parliament and formed the national government. Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India. In 2001, BJP minister Murli Manohar Joshi tried to introduce astrology as a course in Indian university syllabus. And he succeeded.[11] In 2002, communal riots happened in the BJP-ruled state of Gujarat, leaving 1,044 dead, 223 missing, and 2,500 injured.[12] In the 2004 general election, the BJP did not get enough seats in the parliament to form the national government. In 2007, BJP opposed the demolition of Ram Setu a.k.a. Adam Bridge (a natural geological formation at the India-Sri Lanka border), adding that it will demolish the bridge allegedly built by the Hindu God Rama.[13] In the 2014 general election, the BJP won 282 seats and formed another national government. Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India. In 2017, the BJP imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of cow for slaughter in most states of India, since cow is considered sacred in some Hindu castes.[14][15][16][17][18] In the 2019 general election, the BJP won 303 seats and formed the national government. Narendra Modi was re-elected as the Prime Minister of India. In 2019, Supreme Court of India ordered that disputed land of Babri Mosque be handed over to the Ram Temple Trust.[19] In 2019, BJP implemented a new discriminatory Citizenship Law that leads to protests and police brutality across the Country, Leaving 25 people dead within a week.[20] In 2020, Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Ram Temple.[21]

Views Towards Women[edit]

What if Hindu kings, who occasionally defeated their Muslim counterparts, had also raped their women?
—Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the daddies of Hindutva Movement.[22]

BJP has the highest number of elected officials with cases for crimes against women, including rape.[23]

Notable Members[edit]

Modi in RSS's Nazi inspired uniform.[24]
Shah thinking about how to spread more propaganda.[25]

Narendra Modi[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Narendra Modi

Modi is the current Prime Minister of India having served since 2014.

Yogi Adityanath[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Yogi Adityanath

Militant Monk, world-class misogynist and self-appointed saviour of cows and Hinduism.

Amit Shah[edit]

Amit ShahWikipedia is currently serving as the Minister of Home Affairs. He served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2014 to 2020. He is the chief strategist of the BJP and a close aide to Narendra Modi.

Nirmala Sitharaman[edit]

Nirmala SitharamanWikipedia serves as the Finance Minister under the Modi government. She was found to have asked an astrologer to help her make financial decisions for the whole country.[citation needed]

Smriti Irani[edit]

Smriti IraniWikipedia serves as the Minister of Women and Child Development under the BJP. She has advocated child abuse.[citation needed] Her educational qualifications were found to be forged.[citation needed]

Sambit Patra[edit]

Sambit PatraWikipedia serves as Narendra Modi's spokesperson who represents his party on television debates and has mastered the art of Ad Hominem attacks[26] and baseless propaganda.[27]

BJP IT Cell a.k.a WhatsApp University[edit]

Amit Shah, BJP Chief Strategist, Minister, and former president of BJP, claimed that BJP could make any message, whether real or fake, go viral.[28] BJP IT Cell is a group of paid workers who spam the internet with pro-Modi propaganda and hijack online polls.[29] It is jokingly called WhatsApp University due to their extensive use of the messaging app WhatsApp to spread propaganda.[30] IT cell is known for generating Twitter trends about boycotting famous people who criticize the government.[31]

On July 1, 2020, it was reported that BJP has appointed 9,500 IT cell heads and 72,000 WhatsApp groups for Bihar alone in order to win the state elections.[32]

The BJP also has relations with Facebook, with Facebook allowing pro-BJP propaganda to run freely on their own website that even breaks their rules and Facebook charging a cheaper ad-rate for BJP.[33]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. BharatWikipedia is the Hindi name for India, Bharatiya is the adjective form which means Indian, janata is a Hindi word which means people
  2. https://www.thehindu.com/topic/bharatiya-janata-party/
  3. Modi Puts Hindu Myths at Center of India Politics Newsweek
  4. Myths made reality, bizarre claims made for ancient India's achievements Hindustan Times
  5. BJP under Modi went too far right, centrist politics needed: Prodyut Bora, BJP IT cell founder The Caravan
  6. The Far-Right Is Going Global Foreign Policy
  7. I. K. Shukla (2003). Hindutva: An Autopsy of Fascism as a Theoterrorist Cult and Other Essays. Media House. pp.105–. ISBN 978-81-7495-143-4. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  8. Les Back and John Solomos (2000), Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, p.591, ISBN 9780415156714. "It is important to note the marriage between far-right-wing Hindutva ideology and western New Ageism in the works of writers like David Frawley (1994, 1995a, 1995b) who is both a key apologist for the Hindutva movement and the author of various New Age books on Vedic astrology, oracles and yoga."
  9. https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/11/28/rss-terrorist-organisatio_n_8670084.html
  10. Ambedkar's great grandson calls RSS a 'terrorist organisation', calls for ban, MoneyControl, Jan 27, 2020
  11. "Indian Essentials", Penguin Books India, 01-Jan-2010, 9780143065265, page 384
  12. Gujarat riot death toll revealed 11-05-2005
  13. BJP opposes move to demolish `Rama Varadhi' 17-4-2007
  14. Sayantan Bera and Mayank Agarwal (27 May 2017). "Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets will cripple buffalo trade". Live Mint. 
  15. "Centre bans sale of cows for slaughter at animal markets, brings restrictions on cattle trade". Hindustan Times. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  16. https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/leaving-beef-bans-to-the-states/article7000180.ece
  17. https://www.forbes.com/sites/leezamangaldas/2017/06/05/indias-got-beef-with-beef-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-countrys-controversial-beef-ban/#5abd7c1553c2
  18. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40116811
  19. Ayodhya verdict live: Country's unity strengthened after verdict, say religious leaders Times of India
  20. Not just CAA, it’s a struggle against authoritarianism: Academics unite against police brutalityCAA Protests
  21. Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be a modern symbol of India's collective will power: PM Modi AIR
  22. Reading Savarkar: How a Hindutva icon justified the idea of rape as a political tool Scroll
  23. BJP has highest number of MPs and MLAs with cases of crimes against women, says study India Today
  24. https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/eye-on-rss/dress-how-you-want-to-be-addressed-rss-and-fascism
  25. https://thewire.in/politics/amit-shah-bjp-fake-social-media-messages
  26. https://youtu.be/OT4taPCAsBk
  27. https://thewire.in/politics/bjp-sambit-patra-fake-news-propaganda
  28. Real or Fake, We Can Make Any Message Go Viral: Amit Shah to BJP Social Media Volunteers The Wire
  29. Fake news buster embarrasses BJP IT cell with 'edited' tweetsThe Week
  30. 'Have You Just Joined WhatsApp University': Twitter Roasts Kiran Bedi For 'Sun Chants Om' Post News Nation
  31. Deepika Padukone shows up at JNU protest, sparks Twitter calls for boycott of 'Chhapaak'The Print
  32. https://theprint.in/politics/9500-it-cell-heads-72000-whatsapp-groups-how-bjp-is-preparing-for-bihar-poll-battle/451740/
  33. https://www.reporters-collective.in/projects/eyeballpolitics-facebook-investigation