Saffron-Zion bhai bhai

Note: "Bhai Bhai" means "Brother Brother"
Saffron-Zion bhai bhai 
Amulya Ganguli
August 25,00120001.htm

Left to itself, the BJP would have sent the Indian
army to Iraq immediately after the American request.
From its Jan Sangh days, the party has been
pro-American in its outlook.

A major reason for this orientation was its
anti-communism. Since the US was battling the 'evil
empire', the Jan Sangh-BJP could not but be its ally.
It had no time during the Cold War for Nehruvian

In addition to the Jan Sangh-BJP's anti-communism,
another reason which made it gravitate towards the US
was its pro-business economic line. Known as a party
of traders which favoured the market forces, it didn't
think much of the controlled economy under the
Congress's licence-permit raj. In both these aspects,
the BJP's policies have finally won the day.
Non-alignment is dead and so is the licence-permit

There is a third aspect, however, which is new. It is
the BJP's  tilt towards Israel. The inclination wasn't
much in evidence earlier. In fact, the praise lavished
on Hitler's Germany by the BJP's guru, M.S. Golwalkar,
wouldn't have amused the Israelis. In his book, We or
Our Nationhood Defined, Golwalkar said: "German race
pride has now become the topic of the day. To keep up
the purity of the race and its culture, Germany
shocked the world by her purging the country of the
semitic races  the Jews.

"Race pride at its highest has been manifested here.
Germany has also shown how well nigh impossible it is
for races and cultures, having differences going to
the root, to be assimilated into one united whole, a
good lesson for us in Hindusthan to learn and profit

So far as Golwalkar is concerned, not only did German
exclusivism lead to the eviction of Jews from Germany
(and their extermination), but "the Hebrew nation in
Palestine died a natural death" when "Palestine became

The BJP today, however, is more than a little pleased
with the revival of the 'Hebrew nation' in Palestine.
The feeling is not the result merely of admiration for
the ability of the Jews to overcome huge odds. The
reason why the BJP wants to reach out to Israel is the
perception that it is imbued with anti-Muslim feelings
because of Palestinian terrorism.

However, the Israeli diatribe against terrorism is not
a little disingenuous. Israel made abundant use of
terrorism while attaining its nationhood. Among the
Zionist organisations engaged in murder and mayhem
were the Irgun, whose leader was Menachem Begin, a
future prime minister of Israel, and the Stern Gang.
Among their most devastating acts was a truck-bomb
attack on King David Hotel in Jerusalem, which killed
91 people, in 1946, and the assassination of Lord
Moyne, a British minister, in 1944.

After Lord Moyne's death, Churchill told the House of
Commons: "If our dreams for Zionism are to end in the
smoke of assassins' pistols and our labours for its
future to produce only a new set of gangsters worthy
of Nazi Germany, many like myself will have to
reconsider the position we have maintained so
consistently in the past." Churchill wasn't the only
one to compare the Jewish terrorists with the Nazis.
Louis Spears, the British Minister for Syria and
Lebanon, also accused the Zionists of a rabid
nationalism indistinguishable from Nazism.

The horror with which the rest of the world regarded
the Holocaust earned so much sympathy for the Jews
that their acts of terrorism have now largely been
forgotten. Instead, the focus is  on Palestinian  or
Islamic  terrorism, the factor which has brought
Israel and the BJP closer together.

The BJP has always envied the ease with which Tel Aviv
launches its offensives against the Palestinian
targets. The saffron hawks have always been in favour
of such attacks against the terrorists in Kashmir and
their bases in Pakistan. Their supporters have often
wondered why India cannot replicate Israel's military
onslaughts against Muslim terrorists.

The answer  that Israel can afford to do so because
it has the unstinted support of the US  has never
seemed convincing to the Hindutva hardliners. They
seem oblivious of the fact that, in this part of the
world, it is Pakistan which has been an ally of the US
for the last half a century. The BJP's latest
objective is to undo this equation. It wants India to
replace Pakistan as America's first choice as an ally
in South Asia and thereby become the Asian Israel, as
it were.

The moves for a US-India-Israel axis is significant in
this context. The case for such a tie-up is that these
democracies should cooperate in the matter of fighting

Islamic menace. When Jaswant Singh was India's
external affairs minister, he had confided to his
Israeli hosts during a visit that till the advent of
the BJP, India's foreign policy towards Israel was
hostage to the previous government's pro-Muslim bias.
Now that the BJP has corrected this unholy tilt, the
Indian government is all set to be a close ally of

The only fly in this ointment is that large sections
of Indians may not take too kindly to an overt
alliance with the Zionists and the American neo-cons
(many of whom are Jews) if only because it will pit
India directly against the Muslim world. Even a
hardliner like L.K. Advani has noted that there is not
a single Indian in al-Qaeda while there are
Pakistanis, Indonesians, Saudis and others. This
remarkable fact suggests that, first, the Indian
Muslim has faith in his country's pluralism and,
second, he does not believe that India is involved in
a clash of civilisations.

An alliance with America and Israel will dispel such a
notion. The BJP may not mind antagonising the Indian
Muslims to consolidate its saffron vote bank. But it
is doubtful whether the rest of the country, including
the BJP's allies in the NDA, are ready for such a
dangerous anti-Muslim line with its portents of
unleashing a civil strife.

Besides, Israel itself has begun to overdraw on the
world's reserve of sympathy for the Jews. As the
earlier comparisons of the Zionists with the Nazis
showed, the former's brutal propensities were
recognised even during World War II. Now, the Israeli
offensive against the Palestinians has confirmed the
Jewish preference for merciless policies. Even a
section of Israeli army recruits have been so appalled
by their government's cruel attitude that they have
refused to fight the Palestinians, saying that they
were not prepared to "expel, destroy, blockade,
assassinate, starve and humiliate an entire people".

An Arab League member had once noted that the Jews had
become so Europeanised as to be unrecognisable to
Arabs as their one-time Semitic 'cousins'. Instead,
they were imbued with the European will to impose
their 'imperialistic... materialistic... ideas and
trying to implement them first by British pressure,
then by American pressure, and then by terrorism'. And
now by the US-backed military prowess, it can be


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