Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party

 Lynn Atchison Beech
Flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party

The Bharatiya Janata Party (About this sound pronunciation (helpĀ·info); translation: Indian People's Party; abbreviated BJP) is one of the two major parties in the Indian political system, the other being the Indian National Congress.

Established in 1980, it is India's second largest political party in terms of representation in the parliament and in the various state assemblies.

The Bharatiya Janata Party designates its official ideology and central philosophy to be "integral humanism", based upon a 1965 book by Deendayal Upadhyaya. The party advocates Hindu nationalism[citation needed] and social conservatism, self-reliance as outlined by the Swadeshi movement, and a foreign policy centered around key nationalist principles. The party's platform is generally considered as the right-wing of the Indian political spectrum.

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