“The word nationalism itself is a condemned word. So, I do not say nationalism. I say dharma of my country, which is its fragrance and soul,” he said.
The BJP had passed a resolution in March saying, “Nationalism, national unity and integrity are an article of faith of the BJP.”The party has also sought to grab the ‘nationalist space’ in the recent past amid raging debates over returning of awards by intellectuals, the JNU row and the PoK surgical strikes. The BJP MP from Uttarakhand said the word ‘ideology’ was a “communist construct”, earning a few sniggers from the audience.
“I do not accept that ‘ideology’ is an Indian construct. It is a western construct, a leftist, communist construct. They wanted to frame everything within their four walls. When someone says that you are an ideologue, I feel that someone from the Stalinist era is speaking of Gulag and Siberia. For me, the Indian construct would be dharma,” he said.-