Rewind: The Core Values Of Bharatiya Jan Sangh And Handling Of RSS By Former PM Vajpayee
Core of Hindutva
Despite the re-indoctrinations of parties, few things remained the same, the allegiance to the RSS and keeping alive the Kashmir issue, Article 370 & Uniform Civil Code in civilian debate space. Even though very little has been done on these issues despite both the incumbent and past BJP governments having promised in campaigns about the repealing of Article 370 and implementation of Uniform Civil Code. Despite the lack of activity of on these two issues, any dilution of intent is considered as a desertion of the Hindutva ideology.
Such a desertion was suspected to have happened during Vajpayee regime. Vajpayee is much known for his great diplomatic skills and political acumen. He was the leader of one of the biggest coalitions of modern India and he had to play it safe with respect to the choice of words, laws, and actions. This treading of the middle line was once perceived as going soft on Hindutva’s core issues like Ram Temple, Article 370 and Kashmir. This perceived softening of stance was cited as a reason for RSS and some hardline members to consider quitting the party and start a separate movement. Balraj Madhok had written a letter to the then RSS chief Rajendra Singh for support.
Despite the developments, Vajpayee government almost completed its full term and called for early elections. His decision of early elections proved costly as Congress returned to power.