In economics, the Sangh and the Prime Minister are united: analysis
On April 26, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak (head) Mohan Bhagwat addressed swayamsevaks for the second time in a month Although not unusual, this time it was different. He called the 1.3 billion people in India his own. Critics may think this was just a convenient phrase change. But his feelings are a true reflection of the Sangh’s thinking.
People who heard the three-day lecture series at Vigyan Bhavan two years ago will know that this is not a new development. Bhagwat expressed similar thoughts in his annual Vijayadashami speech as well. The Sangh considers each Indian to be Hindu. Since this is the foundation of their thinking, the mistakes of a few should not be seen as a reflection on society as a whole. And those who have made mistakes must accept them and move on.
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Bhagwat spoke of Swadeshi (indigenous) and self-sufficiency. Sangh-inspired organizations such as Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, and Swadeshi Jagran Manch have also been making efforts to achieve these goals. Recently, in his Panchayati Raj Day speech, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi also spoke about being self-sufficient from the village level. On May 12, the Prime Minister spoke about Aatmnirbhar Bharat (Self-sufficient India). RSS ideologue Dattopant Thengadi, who was instrumental in creating these organizations, was one of the most vocal advocates of Swadeshi and Aatmnirbhar Bharat. Thengadi, in his book. Third way, presented a roadmap for an independent India.
Most critics of Swadeshi They are confused about the concept. For them, Swadeshi involves turning the wheel back to the 19th century. Thengadi said, “We require computer chips and not potato chips.” SWadeshi It is the practical manifestation of patriotism. Patriotism should not be seen as isolationism. Patriots are not against internationalism. He added: “Their pleas for national self-sufficiency are not incompatible with international cooperation, provided that the latter is on an equal footing, with due respect for the national respect of each country.”
In his lectures, he cited the effect of Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on the Motilal Nehru lifestyle that was initially considered luxurious by the standards of the time. But Motilal Nehru changed Khadi at the request of the Mahatma. In his speech to the nation, the prime minister also emphasized the use of local brands.
The origin of coronavirus disease in China and subsequent news of supplying substandard Chinese products to different countries have given India a huge push to become self-sufficient. On the other hand, India has provided appropriate aid and assistance to many countries in the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The world is a family). Indian scientists and industrialists have also contributed to making India self-sufficient.
The Sangh chief also urged the government to fulfill its obligations in this regard. He said the administration will have to be more responsible and people-oriented. Recently, the Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, a Sangh-inspired organization, also announced a contest for an indigenous video conferencing application.
Both the Sangh and the Prime Minister are unanimous on the country’s economic direction. According to the prime minister, in a post-Covid-19 world, the country should be heading towards self-sufficiency, organic agriculture and a swadeshi-based economy. These are topics that Chief Sangh mentioned in his Vijayadashami speech. He also mentioned that foreign investment should also go to India only on the Indian terms. The government has rightly made recent changes to its foreign investment policy in this context.
The blockade has resulted in great improvements in the quality of the environment. Clean air and clean flowing rivers are proof. The need for a lifestyle based on the conservation and protection of nature is essential for India. the sarsanghchalak He has also emphasized the need for society to advance without exploiting nature.
At this crucial moment, the swayamsevaks They participate in various services to help all Indians, regardless of differences, who are vulnerable at this time. Today, more than 340,000swayamsevaks They are offering services at approximately 67,000 locations across India.
In addition to delivering ration kits to more than five million families, they have delivered more than 300 million cooked food packages to people and made more than 22,466 blood donations. The government and administration can maintain the blockade in the country only for a certain period of time. Society can emulate Sangh practices to keep disciples after closure.
Even after the lock is lifted, people have to learn to stay away from crowded places. Similarly, the state and the administration will also have to change according to the needs of society.
Overall, we must move towards a new, self-sustaining society and governance based on nature.
Rajiv Tuli is a member of the Delhi State Executive of RSS
The opinions expressed are personal.