It may be noted that among the above five major parameters of our dynamic national equilibrium today, from the perspective of the Hindu nation and civilisation only the first is positive, while the other four are destructive.
Next, let us see what happened when in the recent past a decisive move was made to shift the equilibrium by strengthening the first parameter?how the other parameters responded and what finally happened.
The Hindu Rashtra: Deadlock of compelling and resistive forces
The RSS school of thought, BJP inclusive, has been working assiduously to reinforce the first parameter and trying to ensure its stronger manifestation in the practical life and affairs of the Hindu nation. Into what state of equilibrium can this ?stronger manifestation? ultimately lead our nation? At this point it is necessary to visualise an alternate state of equilibrium, an equilibrium where persons of impeccable integrity with deep faith in Hindu values and confidence in the strength and abilities of the Hindu civilisation are at the helm of affairs in the country, where poverty and various inequalities of opportunity have vanished from sight, where decrepit and demeaning alien ideologies refuse to gain any response within our borders, where our citizens are rational, moral, confident, deeply permeated with the sense of a living Hindu nation and empathetic with every single child of that nation (one may recall Swami Vivekananda'seulogy of Guru Govind, whom he called the ideal Hindu, see , para 13]), and our nation actively drives the rest of humanity in directions that are consonant with the core values of the Hindu civilisation. Let us, for the sake of analysis, define that state of equilibrium as a Hindu Rashtra.
It may be mentioned that this definition is somewhat variant from the RSS'sdefinition of Hindu Rashtra provided in a related website . According to the RSS, the Hindu Rashtra is like an emotional attribute of Bharat Mata, it is living and inspiring, ever-present. However, for the purpose of this article a more objective definition is needed, purely because that Hindu Rashtra will form the desired state of equilibrium of the Hindu nation, and without defining a desired equilibrium this analysis cannot proceed further along objective lines. At the end the names are not really important, what matters is what we understand to be the desired equilibrium?and that description is given above.
Having defined the system that is the subject of our analysis, including the different forces that are active within it and constitute the present state of equilibrium, and also having defined the desired state of equilibrium, we are now in a position to consciously observe the unfolding of events of the past decade. In 1998, the BJP came to power at the Centre. According to Le Chatelier'sprinciple, one of the parameters of the existing equilibrium was altered (obviously, because people committed to the Hindu Rashtra state of equilibrium came at the helm of affairs (neglecting variation in individual commitment and pressures of different allies, a separate topic in itself)), hence the other parameters of the existing equilibrium automatically came under strain?either they should shift to adjust to a new equilibrium in conformity with the change, or the changed parameter should be compelled to return to original conditions. Now what really happened?
It would be too detailed an exercise to get into the exact responses of each of the four resistive parameters. Let us just look at the major responses. For the second parameter, Islamic fundamentalists revved up their attack. More trained terrorists sent into India; Kargil, coup in Pakistan, Godhra, attacks on legislative assemblies and massacres of Hindus. (As an aside, at the end of six years Shri Vajpayee had to return to the negotiating table with Pakistan). Christian fundamentalists stepped up their activities, and those sections of the press that play the Pope'sgame were activated to denigrate the government (remember Dangs; the partisan coverage of the Gujarat riots and picturisation of Shri Narendra Modi?an example of Muslim, Christian and leftist forces working in tandem. Rajiv Gandhi presided over the massacre of 3000 Sikhs and justified it? remember his famous ?big-tree-falling-to-the-ground-statement?? yet he remained a secular hero in the eyes of our press?and the Americans were ever-inviting with visas).
For the third parameter, all the caste and region based parties started raising hell at any signs of government-supported Hindu activity, and kept on nibbling at the government. Recall the antics of some of the provincial one-woman-leader parties, the TDP and DMK, and some others. Also how pugnacious caste-based groups like SP and BSP were used to destroy Hindu unity in UP, assiduously built-up after many decades of work.
As regards the fourth parameter, the left-dominated and missionary-trained press went about rubbishing the BJP government with aplomb. Compare the treatment meted out to Dr MM Joshi vis-?-vis the anti-national Arjun Singh. For all practical purposes, the print and electronic media were at war with the government. This can be better appreciated if one can pull out a typical days? news reporting say, in 2001, vis-?-vis a typical day today. The contrast will be extremely illuminating.
Looking at the fifth parameter, the nuclear explosions of 1998 literally drove the entire set of English-speaking countries led by the US to rave, rant and sanction against India. Similar was the response from China. More tellingly, the Catholic Bishop'sConference of India and the Communist parties took out joint (!) protests against the explosions. The former was never seen to criticise the US bomb and the latter the Chinese. All the agents of subterfuge working within our borders?Islamic, Communist, Church and plain corrupt?were made to hike their pitch of activity. During the heady anti-nuclear-explosion protest days, this author asked an acquaintance who was also a mid-level communist leader?you are so anti-American, yet how come you and the Americans are together protesting against the same thing? Pat came the reply?we and the Americans fought together against the Nazis, we do not mind doing likewise again!
Thus, the altered first parameter was unable to generate sufficient momentum to shift the existing equilibrium towards the alternate equilibrium of the Hindu Rashtra. The other parameters of the system were in combination (i.e. working in sync) too powerful to be altered, and true to the principle of equilibrium of dynamical systems, these compelled the changed parameter to return to its original value. And the BJP was removed from power.