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Nationalism, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ being misused to build a militant idea of ​​India: Manmohan Singh | India News

NEW DELHI: Nationalism and the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being misused to build a “militant and purely emotional” idea of ​​India that excludes millions of residents and citizens, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday, in an apparent attack. in the BJP.

Addressing a meeting at the launch of a book on the works and speeches of Jawaharlal Nehru, Singh said that if India is recognized in the community of nations as a vibrant democracy and, if it is considered one of the world powers important, it would be the first Prime Minister, who must be recognized as its main architect.

Nehru had led this country in its volatile and formative days when it adopted a democratic way of life, accommodating divergent social and political views, Singh said.

The prime minister of India, who was very proud of the Indian heritage, assimilated and harmonized it with the needs of a new modern India, he said.

“With an inimitable and multilingual style, Nehru laid the foundations for the universities, academies and cultural institutions of modern India. But for Nehru’s leadership, independent India would not have become what it is today,” said Singh.

“But unfortunately, a section of people who don’t have the patience to read the story or who want to be deliberately guided by their prejudices, do everything possible to represent Nehru with a false light. But I’m sure, the story has the ability to reject false and false insinuations and put everything in proper perspective, “he said.

The book ‘Who is Bharat Mata’ by Purushottam Agrawal and Radha Krishna, contains selections from Nehru’s classic books, Autobiography, Glimpses of World History and the Discovery of India; his speeches, essays and letters from years before and after independence; and some of his most revealing interviews. He first appeared in English and now his translation into Kannada has been released.

The book also includes reminiscences and evaluations of Nehru by some of his contemporaries such as Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, Aruna Asaf Ali and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, among others.

“It is a book of particular relevance at a time when nationalism and the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being misused to build a militant and purely emotional idea of ​​India that excludes millions of residents and citizens,” he said. .

Singh also quoted Nehru extensively, saying that he had asked: “Who is this Bharat Mata? Whose victory is your desire?”

“The mountains and rivers, forests and fields are, of course, loved by everyone, but what ultimately counts is the people of India … scattered throughout the vast land,” Singh said, citing Nehru .

In the pages of this carefully fulfilled anthology, Nehru emerges as a remarkable man of ideas and as a leader who, despite the compulsion of politics, remained a true democrat, said the former prime minister.

Nehru’s legacy remains of great importance: “perhaps more today than at any other time in our history,” he said.

“The purpose of this book is to show the whole world and more particularly to India, how Pandit Nehru and his idea of ​​India, built on Gandhian principles, harmonizing the past and present free of communal discord, is the only way to promote the inevitable plurality of our country, “he said.

Nehru makes a very significant and relevant comment over time about the dangers of leadership falling into a trap and moving away from the common people they are supposed to serve, Singh said.

“Vanity, like fat in the human body, grows imperceptibly, layer after layer and the person it affects is unaware of the daily accumulation. Fortunately, the hard blows of a crazy world mitigate it or even crush it by complete, and there are not missing these hard blows in India.

“The school of life has been difficult, and suffering is a difficult task,” Nehru said.

In an atmosphere, when emotions are deliberately provoked and gullible are deceived by false propaganda, the misuse of communication technology, this book makes a refreshing breakthrough, Singh said.

Times of India