VHP vs. BJP of India

Difference between VHP and BJP of India

VHP stands for Vishwa Hindu Parishad or World Hindu Council. It is a non-political group of Hindu conformists. Formed in 1964, the aim to create VHP was to strengthen the position of Hindus in India and provide them with strong platform to come forward and progress. BJP, on the other hand, is a political wing that is aggressively active on political front.  Both of these work under the aegis of RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.

BJP was formed in 1980.  Though one is political and other is non-political yet both of them work on the ideologies of strong Indian nationalism and Hindu culture. BJP focuses on strong national defense and wants to work on a nationalist agenda. One thing needs to be carefully noted that despite being related to each other in one way or another, they don’t have any positive influence or impact on each other‘s function and operations. But as most of RSS members are party members of BJP as well, one may find similarities in the views and statements of both the parties.

Created to consolidate and propagate the views and ideologies of Hindu Dharma, VHP is active against the conversion of Hindu individuals to any other religion. It works to bring back those who may have converted and strengthens Hindu faith in them.  The party is strongly is in the favor to construct Rama Temple in Ayodhya at the site of Babri Masjid. BJP also takes a mellow yet a similar official stance on this topic.

BJP has become a sore eye for VHP given its nonchalant attitude towards the issue of Rama Mandir. The VHP has often criticized BJP for not supporting their cause against conversion and bringing uniform civil code now, as it was used to do in earlier times.