Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue MG Vaidya hinted on Monday that the BJP, which had been drifting away from Hindutva, was back on track under Nitin Gadkari, the RSS choice for BJP president.
However, the gesture is being seen more as an approval for greater RSS control over the BJP under Gadkari.
For Gadkari’s idea of a corporate or NGO-type BJP is not too different from the hi-tech politics L.K. Advani and his aides espoused. However, while Advani wanted an autonomous BJP, Gadkari, the RSS hopes, will be more pliable.
Gadkari in turn pledged allegiance to Hindutva, the Sangh's favourite theme. Welcoming 100 young professionals as BJP volunteers, he said that while the "language" of each generation changed, Hindutva remained "the soul" for the BJP.
Vaidya contrasted BJP under Gadkari with the party in 2009. “When Sudheendra Kulkarni said the BJP should break with the RSS, I said they should break with Hindutva, and the chord with the RSS will automatically snap,” Vaidya said, referring to Advani's former aide.
"After 2009, they say Hindutva is their soul. The soul is invisible but gives urja (energy). It's good that the same urja is being remembered in 2010,” Vaidya added.
He said Hindutva was not religion but the essence of Indian values and all those who upheld these were Hindus.
On the Babri mosque demolition, he said, "A sign of sampradyik gundagardi (communal rowdy-ism) has been obliterated. There can be a mosque nearby, but only a temple will come up at the spot."