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Upholding all the Gandhian principles, of Swadeshi, Gram Swarajya and Ram Rajya

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Imbibe a true understanding of the nature and ethos of India to make it great By Rajnath Singh

It is my firm belief that as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda, India is destined to emerge as the economic powerhouse, military superpower, and knowledge hub of this century. And with the BJP at the helm of affairs steering our country towards achieving this glorious vision, I firmly believe that India will once again be acknowledged as the “Vishwa Guru” - an inclusive superpower that embodies and actualise the immortal ideal of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” (the world is a family). This is the very ideal that motivated Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and Pt Deendayal Upadhyay to found our organisation which has today, over the last six decades, emerged as the pre-eminent political party of the land...

Today India is probably the only country in the world that is waging a war on terror without any effective anti-terror law in place to deal with the situation. The BJP is not merely worried about the internal, external and economic security situation of the country. In my opinion, our civilisational moorings must form the bedrock of our growth model, and indeed, of our very existence. But today we are being administered by a government that is not only incapable of thwarting the terrorist attacks and some sort of cultural invasion coming as a negative by product of globalisation, rather than it strikes at the very core of our nationalism and cultural beliefs...

The Congress-led UPA government has actually done the unimaginable - it has questioned the very existence of Lord Rama in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court!. Even the foreign rulers in the entire history of India had never dared to say this which this government of ours in indipendent India said on record. In a single stroke, they want to not only destroy our core beliefs but also demolish everything that Mahatma Gandhi righteously stood for. Gandhiji’s political vision was “Ram Rajya”, spiritual vision “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” and his last words were “Hey Ram”. The Congress today says all this is sham. I am of the firm belief that the Congress, the self-styled heir of Gandhian legacy, is incapable of not only actualising but even visualising the Gandian vision. And on the contrary, if there is one single organisation that is truly upholding all the Gandhian principles, of Swadeshi, Gram Swarajya and Ram Rajya, it is only the RSS, which is blamed by Congress for killing Gandhi...

For any party or person to lead India to its glorious future must be capable of understanding the true nature and ethos of country. The true nature is imbibed in Bharat not in India. From all the spiritual, religious, cultural traditions and strong family values to the neo scientific concepts of Ayurveda, herbal medication, yoga, naturopathy, organic farming and environment friendliness to even pure mathematical concepts of Vedic mathematics are some facets of origianl Bharat. In the early 1990’s, I was strongly criticised for introducing Vedic Mathematics in Uttar Pradesh as the Education Minister. However today, the west is raving about Vedic Mathematics and accepting it in a big way.

Bharat is having an enormous potential to contribute to humanity. But these potentials can only usher if we are having confidence in our original strengths. We must come out of western dogma and explore our own treasure of Knowledge. All that I am trying to say is that when various parts of the world struggle with problems ranging from deprivation and violence to ecological imbalances, only our ideology of Hindutva (The meaning of which is consistenly mis interpreted an perverted by so called secular intellectuals) can meaningfully show us all the way from conflict to coherence and even from health science to mathematics and guide us in the right direction. The BJP will play the role of a catalyst to enable India to realise its actual position in the world. And I consider as a blessing of God, that I can today hope to be a part of this historical process. (The writer is National President of BJP and can be contacted at 38, Ashoka Road, New Delhi.)

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