The late eighties saw the upsurge for the first time in centuries of hindu political consiousness--as the ram temple movement crystalised the idea of hindutva , a concept elucidated by Veer Savarkar decades ago , but which was brought to the forefront only by the ram temple movement. The TV serial ramayan helped to bring to limelight the issue of ram janmabhoomi in ayodhya..........as the whole nation used to come literally to a standstill when the serial was aired ........inspite of its shoddy production values. So much so ,that when the serial on the life of krishna was to be aired , the government of the day was so scared that the krishna janma bhoomi issue in mathura would also become important ,that it refused to let it get aired for a while ........and later agreed to airing it only on DD metro channel , which was available only in the major cities. The sangh parivar tried to unite the hindus who prayed to different gods by making them devotees of ram and ram only. The next decade saw the demolition of the babri masjid ,communal riots ,bomb blasts .........which finally culminated in the BJP led NDA coming to power. But today with the NDA losing repeated national elections , and the BJP in a mess ,hindutva seems to be on its way out.........or so it seems. Except in gujrat , the hindutva ideology has found little firm base . In MP the BJP has won repeated elections , but this state has a muslim population of hardly five percent ,and winning here is easy . Today ,when I talk to the same friends who were fired by the nationalistic zeal a decade a ago , they get bored of the topic and dont seem to get worked up by the same bomb blasts and acts of terror which used to anger them in earlier days.........even though the terrorism has increased , not deceased........ The maharashtrians among them who earlier supported shiv sena nowadays follow Raj thakeray and fulminate against the hapless migrants from UP bihar ,since they are not capable of retaliating ..........and dont have the guts to attack the muslims , who can strike back. Of course , the unleashing of capitalism by P V Narsimha rao has not helped the hindutva cause , as upper caste hindus--the BJP's support base-- are now more interested in making money and spending it in shopping malls , good restaurants ........and above all , in stability ,which is the only way that the moolah can keep on rolling in ....... For example , if a riot occurs , the first thing that gets affected is the economy of that particular city or state..........something that today's pleasure interested people can hardly afford---I mean literally---as the moolah that fuels their enjoyment is cut off......... So who wants hindu-muslim tensions ? ......which will only bring riots and instability ...........and so hindutva has to take a back seat.......... To come to the main question ,was the whole hindutva movement a mistake ???............one certainly feels so ,considering the soft nature of the hindus ....... Of course ,there is no doubt that in absolute terms ,there was need for a party , indeed a movement to take care of the interests of hindus. But if such a movement is started , it should naturally culminate in hindus dominating the country ,and achieving their goals of common civil code , abolition of article 370 , building of ram mandir etc. Instead , the movement failed to achieve these goals , but in trying to raise them it only succeeded in antagonising the muslims , some of whom took the support of pakistan ........the most spectacular example being dawood ibrahim , who shifted bag and baggage to pakistan , and also thereby shifted the support of some people of his konkani muslim community ........earlier India supporters........to pakistan. Many bomb blasts occured ,acts of terror became more commonplace , due to co-operation of a few indian muslims. Here I am not accusing the whole muslim community of being in cahoots with pakistan ,but a small minority has co-operated with pakistan and has helped pakistans schemes of terrorism in India. On the other hand , the hindus , after getting initially excited by the movement ,left it midway ,thus achieving double trouble ......not only the original goals of hindutva remain unachieved , but now the muslims are angry , which means that more bomb blasts are surely on the way.......... In fact what has been revealed has been the soft nature of hindus , the fact that they buckle when under real pressure. Considering the soft nature of hindus ,their inability to face up to violence for long ,was the hindutva movement ,a naturally violent movement ,to be honest unsuited to the hindu nature ,a complete mistake ?? Was Savarkar --the head honcho and initiater of the hindutva movement--wrong? Was he trying to fit a miltaristic ideology on a nation not naturally suited to such ideologies and adventures.........and divided by caste and language basis anyway........?? Was he the wrong man in the wrong place ? It seems the congress has the gurukilli to manage India .......by mollifying the muslims' sentiments ,above all else........and thus maintaining the peace..... For if you cant fight with someone.........the muslims, in this case......its better to buy peace with him by giving concessions. So ,was hindutva all wrong ??