Bharatiya Janata Party

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, literally "Indian People's Party"[1]) is a political party in India. The main agendas of the party are Hindu nationalism and social conservatism. The BJP and its associated organizations often mix mythology with history and religion with science in their politics and public policies.[2][3]

History[edit]

  • Founded in 1980.
  • 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.[4]
  • In the 2004 general election, the BJP did not get enough seats in the parliament to form the national government.
  • In the 2014 general election, the BJP won 282 seats and formed the national government. Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India.

What their leaders say[edit]

'Astrology is the topmost science'[edit]

In 2014, a BJP MP (Member of Parliament), Ramesh Pokhriyal, described astrology (in HindiWikipedia's W.svg, astrology is called jyotishWikipedia's W.svg) as the topmost science, saying,[5][6]

Jyotish[7] is a science to make calculations lakhsWikipedia's W.svg [100,000s] of years in advance. All other sciences have been dwarfed by our ancient astrologers. Astrology is the number one science for the entire world. We should promote the science… I want to say that astrology is the topmost science in the world.
—Ramesh Pokhriyal, BJP MP[5][6]

'Ancient nuclear test'[edit]

MP Ramesh Pokhriyal also claimed that an ancient Indian sage, Kanad,Wikipedia's W.svg who is thought to have lived around the 2nd century BCE, conducted a nuclear test:[5][6] He said,

Today we are talking about nuclear tests. Lakhs of years ago, Sage Kanad had conducted a nuclear test. Our knowledge and science do not lack anything.
—Ramesh Pokhriyal, BJP MP[5][6]

So, according to his argument, the Trinity, the nuclear test conducted in 1945 was not really the first nuclear test. An ancient Indian sage conducted a nuclear test far before Trinity.

'Millennia-ago genetics research enabled in vitro fertilization'[edit]

In the Indian epic MahabharataWikipedia's W.svg, a character KarnaWikipedia's W.svg is described as having born to an unmarried woman. In 2014, India's prime minister Narendra Modi, while delivering a lecture in front of a group of doctors and other professionals, said that Karna's birth outside his mother's womb is the proof of the existence of genetic science in ancient India :[8]

We all read about KarnaWikipedia's W.svg in the MahabharataWikipedia's W.svg. If we think a little more, we realise that the Mahabharata says Karna was not born from his mother’s womb. This means that genetic science was present at that time. That is why Karna could be born outside his mother’s womb.
—Narendra Modi, BJP politician and the 14th Prime Minister of India[8]

'Ancient cosmetic surgeon successfully grafted elephant head on human body'[edit]

GaneshaWikipedia's W.svg is a well-known Hindu deity. His body is that of a human and his head is that of an elephant. In 2014, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi suggested that this could be possible because an ancient Indian plastic surgeon transplanted elephant's head on the body of a human being.[8]

We worship Lord Ganesha.Wikipedia's W.svg There must have been some plastic surgeon at that time who got an elephant’s head on the body of a human being and began the practice of plastic surgery."
—Narendra Modi, BJP politician and the 14th Prime Minister of India[8]

'Cow urine and cow dung cure cancer'[edit]

In 2015, Shankarbhai Vegad, a BJP politican and a Member of Parliament, claimed that cow urine and cow dung can cure cancer.[9] He said,

I am witness to it, cow dung and urine are a 100 per cent cure for cancer.
—Shankarbhai Vegad, BJP MP[9]

'Cow is the only animal to inhale as well as exhale oxygen'[edit]

In 2017, the education minister of the Indian state of RajasthanWikipedia's W.svg Vasudev Devnani claimed that the cow is the only animal that inhales as well as exhales oxygen.[10]. He underscored the 'scientific significance' of the cow by saying:[10]

The cow is the only animal that takes in oxygen and also releases oxygen. ... there is a need to understand the scientific significance of the cow and ensure that the message reaches all people...
—Vasudev Devnani, education minister of the Indian state of Rajasthan[10]

In 2018, the animal husbandry minister of the Indian state of UttarakhandWikipedia's W.svg Rekha Arya repeated this claim. She said that the cow is the[11]

only animal that not only inhales oxygen, but also exhales it.[11]

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References[edit]

Articles on RationalWiki about Hindu nationalism
  Bal Thackeray  -  David Frawley  -  Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh  -  Hindu University of America  -  Hindutva  -  Mohandas Gandhi  -  Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  -  Sanskrit  -  Savitri Devi  -  Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America