State BJP general secretary Anil Dave sees the use and invocation of Hindu rituals in the Shivraj Government’s functioning as ‘refinement of language’. The RSS pracharak defends the BJP Government on this count, saying he would rather like to see more of such symbolism. “If you take out Hindutva from India, what will be left?” he asks rhetorically. Rakesh Dixit spoke to him on these issues.
Why do you want to continue singing of ‘Vande Mataram’?
We are only following Arjun Singh’s wish.
But the Union HRD Minister had wished Vande Mantaram to be sung only on September 7, never mind the confusion over the date. This whole concept of Days ... Father’s Day, Mother’s day Valentine’s Day etc … is Western. We want to see that Vande Mataram is sung throughout the year.
Is not the BJP aiming to capitalise the song for votes in the forthcoming by-elections in the State?
No, it is not an election issue. Vande Mataram is a matter of national pride
The way the government has introduced religious rituals and symbols in its schemes smacks of communal agenda.
We are promoting national culture and giving cultural names to the schemes. Only pseudo-secularists are opposed to the promotion of Indian culture .
Why should the party use cultural symbols of a particular community. Why can’t we use symbols like sickle, shoe, broom and other symbols evolved through 5000 years of civilisational march. These are acceptable to every Indian, irrespective of caste and creed.
This is a peudo-secular contention. India should have only Hindutva culture. Can you take out Christian culture from Britain or America?
But isn’t it vote bank politics?
No. BJP emphasises culture with India’s best interest in mind. Other parties and their leaders are confusing the nation on the issue for the sake of vote banks.