Unveiling the True Agenda: Right-Wing Politics Under Scrutiny

In the dynamic landscape of Indian politics, the right-wing ideology has emerged as a prominent force, shaping policies, narratives, and public discourse supported by Ruling party at the Centre. Rooted in conservative principles, this ideology houses a range of beliefs and perspectives that influence governance and societal norms. To understand the essence of right-wing ideology in Indian politics, it is crucial to delve into its core principles and historical contexts. At its core, right-wing ideology in Indian politics advocates for traditional values, nationalism (Hindu nationalism), and a strong emphasis on law and order. These principles are often intertwined with cultural, and religious considerations, Historically, the roots of right-wing politics in India can be traced back to the pre-independence era, with organisations such as the Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) advocating for Hindu nationalism. Post-independence, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), later rebranded as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), emerged as a key political vehicle for right-wing ideology, championing causes such as Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) or integral humanism as referred to by realists and centrist ideologists. One of the defining features of right-wing ideology in Indian politics is its emphasis on cultural nationalism exclusively Hindu nationalism. This narrative often manifests in debates over issues such as religious conversion, cow protection (considered a sacred figure in Hindu Mythology) historical interpretations, reflecting a broader struggle for cultural hegemony in a diverse society. In recent years, the rise of right-wing politics in India has been marked by electoral successes, ideological polarization, and societal transformations. However, the ascendancy of right-wing ideology has also sparked debates over issues such as secularism, pluralism, and civil liberties, with concerns raised about the erosion of democratic norms. The tension between majoritarianism and pluralism reflects the broader challenge of reconciling diverse identities and aspirations within the framework of Indian democracy. Right wing has sided with the Hindu mythology and creating an illusion of Hindu majoritarianism in the state of Bharat that is India. Right wing often has faced severe backlash from left wing and centrist ideologists. However, the Hindu majority of the nation has accepted it with open arms as it supports Hindu mythology rather considers “Hindu mythology as history.” Indian state is the second largest exporter of beef with (Allanasons Private Limited) holding over 31.29% volume of the total exports. Private organisations have worked towards ending this illicit and unregulated export, one of the major challenges for followers of right ideology and Hindutva. Right wing still is a quite controversial ideology and is questioned by realists all around the world. Some even seeing it as a foundation of a totalitarian or authoritarian regime in the state of Bharat that is India.

Bhavy Mehrotra (12th)

DPS Kalyanpur

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