| by Victor Cherubim
( May 17, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister designate of India has won a landslide victory beyond even the expectation of the majority party, the BJP. The Congress has been literally washed out. Caste politics and single interest groups and parties have lost the popular vote. There is no single Opposition party able to call itself the leading Opposition in the Lok Sabha. Arun Jaitely, the leader of the BJP has even lost his seat at Amritsar, Punjab. The Modi factor has captured the mood of the nation.
All this could not have happened overnight. It has been a long and winding “yellow brick road”, taking over ten years or more to a new vision of India of the future. We see the need for cleansing of corruption in society, the rout of Western control by the Sonia government, the demise of old party loyalties and the rise of the technocracy. As Indians working in strategic enterprises abroad, return home, bringing back with them their technological knowhow of not only in electioneering, but also combining Hindu thinking, a new vision is awakening.
The “creative visualisation” is to reclaim India once again, for a Hindu oriented politics.
with synergies of modern living. The new dimension is to bring the “vedic knowledge,”
to synchronise with smart working.
“in the context of the dharma”
In the concept of the “dharma” or “damma” as we call it, there is a new revival. Many of my readers will understand the meaning of the word “damma.” This has undergone many changes in the course of millennia.
As J.D.M. Derret points out:
“The dharma is not the result of theoretical or logical conceptualisation, but of experience lived through by several generations and interpreted in the spirit of these experiences.”
He goes on to state that “
“it is beyond the grasp of outsiders who do not share this life experience. It is group centred and group oriented. It is based on notions of authority, of duty, of consensus. It is in many ways the very opposite of law as understood in the modern West in its emphasis on equality, rights and majority votes.”
A threat to Indian secularism
Out of a population of 150 million Muslims, not a single Muslim was voted into to the Lower House of Parliament, there appears to be a conundrum. Though from an absolutist Vedantist standpoint, good and evil are relative, the two sides of one coin, as it were. “dharma” and “adharma”. This is somewhat ambiguous for some, but for the majority of India, this happens to be where they lead to the attainment of peace of mind.Without delving deeper into the psyche of religion, it is well to remember that it is felt that secularism has in some way caused corruption.
Political corruption is not only a part of the scene in India; it is also a sign of our times.
It has adversely affected the economy of India in the last years of the Congress government. It was found that more than 62% of Indians had firsthand experience of influence peddling or paying bribes. The sad story is that Swiss banks benefitted, which has been denied. The cause of this corruption was over regulation, excessive, complicated taxes and licence systems. In short too much bureaucracy brought about a“shady” government structure.
Buddhist Sri Lanka
The advent of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in 3 century BC from India was in part another revival. But unlike the Indian experience of caste and sectarianism, Sri Lanka has tried to follow the “damma” and adapted it to suit the Sri Lankan way of life.
The Hindu revival in India is seen by some as a threat to Sri Lanka. The lesson for Sri Lanka is that false secularisation which favoured particular communities in India is over. Sri Lanka has however been more pragmatic, though it has been thought of by the West and others as chauvinistic.
Lesson for the West
The 1.2 billion voters of India have rejected the “wishy washy” attitude to religion by the West. It has been said that religion has always been a part of the way of life in India and continues vigorous today. Perhaps, the continuous search for war as a way of supporting people, is rejected outright as untenable.
Much of Modi’s support is based as all know on one word, ”Hope”. The hope for India is more governance rather than government.