After having released the BJP manifesto in Delhi, senior BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi spoke to Outlook at Kanpur. He, however, refused to discuss anything specifically about Kanpur
How will the BJP’s foreign policy be different from that of the UPA-led government?
A country’s foreign policy should have a continuous approach. We have to frame it keeping in mind India’s national interests and the global scenario. Even in earlier times India had foreign relations from Bamiyan to Borobudur and from Lanka to Korea. We had a 24 per cent share in the world market until 1600. Take the case of Pakistan. We have to engage them, but not at the cost of national interests. Today, under the UPA government, no country takes India seriously.
What does the BJP have to offer to women in its manifesto?
We would like to provide them with greater access to education. We need to ensure that India’s women have access to higher education as well. We will also provide them with greater economic access.
There is a perception that a BJP-led government will spell trouble for the minorities.
Under the erstwhile NDA government, Muslims were treated well and no one was discriminated on the basis of religion. We had opened 200 computer centres in Urdu. Many Urdu books were translated into Devnagri. As the HRD minister, I had allowed each madrasa to have a science or maths teacher.
What does the BJP have to offer to Dalits and tribals?
The Dalits are backward and need to be integrated into the mainstream of society. Yes, we do have reservations for them in polity and the services, but the human resources indicators for Dalits have to be improved, too.
We have to provide tribals with the impetus they need to market their skills. The tribals are good at making handicrafts. We will strive to provide them with a better market in order to increase their income. For instance, they are good at making decoration pieces with a single wire. We can provide them opportunities to maximise their trade. If we provide the tribals access to information technology and computer designing, they can better design their products.
The tribals have a good knowledge of herbal medicines. Their knowledge can be harnessed by us.
How will India’s nuclear doctrine change under the BJP?
We need to upgrade the doctrine keeping in mind the changing conditions. We also need to upgrade the thorium technology. We need a credible nuclear deterrence, but before that we need to define deterrence. Until now, no one has done it. Besides, we will put nuclear technology to use in the field of agriculture and medicine to benefit the common man.
Do you see a Modi wave in this country?
Yes, there is a Modi wave.
What do you attribute Narendra Modi’s success to?
It’s his hard work, charisma and the BJP organisational backing that have made him what he is today.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
Earlier the veteran leader had denied saying that there is BJP wave and not the Modi`s. Now he does accept. Has his equations with Modi ji gone now easy ? Appears so,.
26% of the worlds gdp in 1600 alright, but it was no less than 28% in 1700...we know u guys hate aurangzeb, but professor, dont distort facts or state half- truths.
"26% of the worlds gdp in 1600 alright, but it was no less than 28% in 1700"
"26% of the worlds gdp in 1600 alright, but it was no less than 28% in 1700"
1. Prior to the industrial revolution, all products were handmade. So it is not surprising that India, given its huge population, accounted for a major chunk of the world's GDP.
2. The increase in GDP share by 2% is on account of rise in population, The construction of the Taj Mahal and other palaces during Shah Jahan's reign had a positive impact on the GDP. Aurangzeb, on the other hand was austere and was focused on the subjugation of the Deccan during his long reign.
3. The steep drop in GDP after the Industrial revolution is due to the infinitely superior productivity of machines and the economies of scale which made the existing methods of production obsolete and unviable. The impact of the industrial revolution was accelerated by the the entry of Europeans powers and the subsequent colonisation of large parts of the country.
[[26% of the worlds gdp in 1600 alright, but it was no less than 28% in 1700...we know u guys hate aurangzeb, but professor, dont distort facts or state half- truths.]]
For all we know, it might turn out you have more reason to hate Aurangzeb than any of us, unless of course you descended from the middle-east.
But then, identifying themselves with an oppressor is not a new thing. It has been there from times immemorial. Only now is it called the Stockholm Syndrome.
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