L K Advani is an influential leader of the pro-Hinduism BJP, India’s largest party. Whether one agrees with him or not, one can not dismiss his statements. An excerpt from his recent speech. Highlights mine:
‘Democracy and Conflict Resolution in Asia’
Dainik Jagran Summit
New Delhi – January 16, 2008
Worrisome developments in Nepal
Friends, I would like to make a brief comment on the happenings in Nepal . My party and I stood firmly by the side of the people of Nepal in their desire for effective and fully empowered democracy. But we also backed their other aspiration, which was suppressed by the rise of Maoist forces in the politics of Nepal : namely, preservation of Nepal as a Hindu kingdom with constitutional monarchy. Maoism and democracy are a contradiction in terms. The two cannot go together. It is unfortunate that they have gained ascendancy in the polity of Nepal.
This has grave implications not only for Nepal but also for India , given the close nexus between Maoists on both sides of the border. The Prime Minister is right in characterizing Communist extremism or Naxalism as the biggest threat to India ’s internal security. It is also a threat to our democracy. Why then has the UPA government remained a silent onlooker, with communists in India playing the role of a colluder, when constitutional monarchy was disbanded recently under the pressure of Maoists? The monarchy in Nepal was a symbol of its unique national identity and a source of its stability.
Also, why did the Indian communists applaud when the identity of Nepal as a Hindu kingdom was erased even before the Constituent Assembly had discussed it? Would they demand that Pakistan or Bangladesh cease to be Islamic Republics?
The examples of Israel-Palestine , Afghanistan and Nepal raise two important questions: Should India and other countries in Asia get entrapped in the Western-sponsored normative discourse on Asia ’s political evolution, or should we imbibe from our traditional values and norms? The former path is likely to ensure that we become the plaything of external powers seeking to shoot guns off our shoulders.
The second question is: Can Asia, or for that matter, the rest of the world, rest in peace if ideologies of religious extremism, exclusivism and global domination ― and these ideologies neither respect democracy nor tolerate secularism and plurality ― are allowed to grow in our midst
Full text at: http://www.bjp.org/Press/jan_2008/jan_1608a_p.htm