BJP and Hindus are no more synonymous. Thanks to the forces of capitalism, religion is a negative value, not supposed to be encouraged any more. To win elections, development is a more profitable plank and this is essentially what BJP has been doing off late. BJP has successfully abandoned its mandir agenda and national debates are now focused on GDP, growth, demographic dividend etc.
All this said, BJP is still accountable to Hindus. It just proved that it still draws its cadre and support on religious basis by refusing to take a favourable stand on homosexuality. Remember how after the Delhi HC decriminalized homosexuality, we witnessed a surprising coalition of religious leaders from a wide spectrum decrying the ruling on grounds of morality, religion and what not? It is to this very gallery and precisely Hindus among the flock to which BJP has responded. So listen you young people, when they try to woo you by projecting their PM candidate as youth sympathizer, they are only recognizing your growing numbers. But when issue at hand is something very sensitive such as homosexuality, they will orphan all the liberal talk and join the ranks with their baba brigade.
Now which side am I on, if I am criticizing BJP and invoking liberalism? I am not the agent of corrupt west but a very organic, home-bred woman who is also religious and has read important Hindu texts. From this vantage point, BJP seems to be a bigger culprit! BJP is taken to be synonymous with Hinduism by our neighbouring countries. And the tag stays for rest of the world as well. Knowing Hinduism through BJP would mean taking this ancient religion to be archaic, ancient, rusty and rotten. Can’t BJP wake up to the liberal legacy of Hinduism? What stops it from accepting the fact that sex is a way of attaining nirvana in Hinduism? It should have been easier for BJP in its new found avtar of youth friendly liberal party to bat for homosexuality as there is a religious justification to it. All what BJP needs to do is to employ an astute business sense and recognize that numbers are in the favour of youth, who are on the ‘for’ side of the homosexuality debate. For young Hindus, Hinduism does not mean a religion which prosecutes you for having your way but rather rewards you for employing logic and succeed! Thus for a Hindu, homosexuality is not a crime.