What do ‘Bhakts’ Want?
Unquestioning bhakts are not good for nation’s health. BJP bhakts are bhakts of Motherland, hence support it. They wish to see the renaissance of their dear nation – Bharat, nothing more.
Sparks flew on a Sunday debate when professed Modi supporters clashed with official BJP spokesperson about lack of action against Mother-Son duo for corruption. It was not isolated incident. Before this, there have been articles, pointers on Social Media from known BJP supporters, including this writer, criticising the government on certain policies and lack of desired velocity expected of this government. There have been more angry reactions from identified non-Left figures than earlier. While this has gladdened the hearts of bitter foes of BJP, the unquestioning supporters of Modi, called ‘bhakts’ by detractors, are very upset at this public show of disunity. Some would think that, those who question the party they support can’t be true bhakts or supporters.
This is not really true. Bharatiya culture has a strong tradition of questioning the Guru and Guru must respond patiently till the shishya or disciple is satisfied. Geeta is nothing but response to persistent questioning of Arjuna. All Upanishads are, but gurus responding to questions of shishya. Bhagwan Buddha said, “Don’t believe in me, till you are convinced.” Guru Nanak Dev too convinced his opponents logically, never questioning their sincerity. So, questioning the one whom you believe in is not a sign of dissent, but of belief. Do you question your enemy? No. Can you question ‘The Family’? No. Ask Sanjay Jha and many before him.
So, let us not get distressed if supporters of Modi ji or BJP raise questions. The criticism of BJP by its supporters springs from deep faith in leadership of Narendra Modi. This faith is built on his image of incorruptible character, his strong sense of commitment to the nation and his unorthodox, non-conventional thinking. The expectations have been set high, and you can’t blame his supporters for this. The expectations are of superfast deliveries on all fronts, discounting the hurdles that are created by vested interests. But, sometimes the critical supporters simply fail to see why progress could not be made. Watching some of the great economic and social welfare measures unrolled at record pace in first term of Modi ji, perhaps raised the expectations higher. Some of the long held commitments were on to-do list.
Advent of Modi 2.0 didn’t disappoint. Suddenly we saw flurry of action – Jammu And Kashmir (check), Ram Mandir (check), Gender justice for Muslim women (check), taking care of orphans of Partition, the persecuted minorities in neighbouring countries with CAA. (check). NPR/NCR put into actionable (check). Afterall, which nation doesn’t have NPR and NCR?
Then, the Wuhan/Corona Virus struck. And everything just got locked down. It is not that people don’t understand, and supporters don’t understand. But, when they see many things that aren’t stuck because of Wuhan/Corona Virus epidemic, there is sense of unease. I meet large cross-section of people who believe that I can simply call the PM and tell him what they feel or I feel. So, they pour their hearts out, their problems and uneasiness. I have to disappoint them and tell them, I don’t really have the key to his house! So, what bothers BJP supporters these days? Just a few critical pointers –
Supporters can list out 100 more issues. I have just pointed out glaring pains points. Reader will note that except Finance, nothing else is affected by Wuhan/Corona virus. It is inertia or fear of the Left-Secular cabal. Haven’t BJP supporters given enough strength to it, so it doesn’t have to worry about these anarchists?
The irritated well-wishers of BJP are like family members who crib when their most talented member doesn’t come upto expectations despite whole hearted support. BJP leaders, rather than getting upset, should be thankful to their benefactors for speaking out with good intent. Unquestioning bhakts are not good for nation’s health. BJP bhakts are bhakts of Motherland, hence support it. They wish to see the renaissance of their dear nation – Bharat, nothing more.
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