World is eagerly looking for Bharat: RSS chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat

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Guwahati, 15 October 2021: Today, the world is looking expectantly to Bharat (India) for solutions to current problems and Bharat needs to be prepared to fulfil the promise it holds, said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Param Pujaniya Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan ji Bhagwat. In a public address from Nagpur this morning on the occasion of Vijayadashami Utsav, RSS chief Bhagwat also added that ‘the fabric that binds our society together is our heritage, the chorus that rises in our hearts in praise of the glory of our ancestors and our pure devotion towards our motherland’.
Highlighting a range of relevant issues, Bhagwat emphasized on an organised Hindu society so that the mainstream value system of Bharat would be able to withstand various threats with its social strength, confidence and fearless spirit. It is the responsibility of all those who claim to be Hindus who would erect a stellar example of Hindu view-of-life with their conduct in their personal, familial, social and professional domains.
“If historically certain instances of mutual discord, injustices, violent outbreaks took place in our country, or if separatism, suspicion, disparity and enmity have prevailed for a long time, and if in the present times also something of this sort has happened, then understanding the cause of those problems, and finding ways to avoid a recurrence by uprooting those causes through our words and actions is necessary,” asserted Bhagwat.
He reminded that ‘those forces that use our differences and misgivings by dividing us, question our ability for mutual trust, and destruct & corrupt our belief systems are waiting for us to slip up’ and opined that the citizens of India need to be free of all kinds of fears as ‘the weakness gives rise to cowardliness’. Bhagwat claimed, a vigilant, united, strong and active society can solve all kinds of problem.
“We will have to meditate on ways to enhance physical, intellectual and mental strength, courage, vigour, endurance and forbearance at our own personal level. The strength of a society lies in its unity, sensitivity about collective interest and wisdom and dedication towards it holds the key in this process. It is important for everyone to stay away from any kind of conflict and to be cautious of ideologies, people, groups and precipitating events that can instigate differences,” he stated.
Sarsanghchalak Bhagwat remains clear in his views that ‘only a unified, strong and well-informed society with a national character can assert its voice before the world’. To establish truth and peace also strength is required. By becoming strong and fearless Bharat has to create a Hindu society that epitomises these words ‘neither do I threaten anyone, nor do I know any fear myself’.
RSS has been working towards this very cause for 96 years now and will continue to do till the desired goal is attained, promised the Sarsanghchalak adding that the message encased in the auspicious festival that the people are celebrating today is also the same. For nine days, the divine forces performed austerities, invoked and organised Shakti. It is then that the demons that plagued humanity in several ways were decimated, he pointed out.
Speaking about India’s 75th year of freedom from foreign rule, Bhagwat commented, “We took the reins of the chariot of our nation in our own hands to take it forward. That marked the starting point of our journey from Swadheenata (independence/self-rule) to Swatantrata (self-model of governance).” He however admitted that India did not gain this freedom overnight.
With the essence of Bharat as the basis, bearing similar images of what the independent country would look like, several freedom fighters belonging to distinct castes and communities and from different regions of this landmass made noble sacrifices and penances for the cause. The society too, alongside these brave souls, bore the sting of slavery as one unified unit.
“Only then all paths – from non-violent movements to armed rebellions – could culminate into the ultimate destination of independence,” asserted Bhagwat adding that the entire society, especially the younger generation, should take cognisance of this history, understands, and remembers it. He clarified that it’s not time to harbour feelings of animosity towards anyone.
Sarsanghchalak Bhagwat also paid tribute to Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Maharaj on the occasion of 400th Prakash Parva (birth anniversary). Teg Bahadur was targeted for his efforts to reinstate the cultural norms of the land (freedom of religion and practice of one’s beliefs without the fear of persecution) and finally martyred for standing up against religious bigotry that was much in prevalence in the then Bharat.
“Adored as ‘Hind Ki Chadar’, Teg Bahadur was the Sun in the galaxy of warriors who through the centuries braved the currents of time and laid their lives to ensure a continuity of Bharat’s heritage of a magnanimous and all inclusive religious freedom. The sense of pride for such great ancestors, firm dedication for the motherland in whose love they sacrificed their lives, and the generous & all-assimilating cultural heritage, nurtured by those brave souls, are all cornerstones of our national life,” declared Bhagwat.
He however warned that a systematic effort is underway to confuse the world and even the citizens of the country, through misrepresentation and propaganda against Bharat’s people, the present scenario, Bharat’s history, Bharatiya culture and the socio-cultural groups that are working for the national rejuvenation of Bharat.
The crooked minds are up to their same old tricks and search for newer avenues to further their misdeeds. Given their vested interests along with supremacist fanaticism rallying some support, misusing people’s gullibility to misguide them, infuriating people by exaggerating their present and imagined difficulties, creating some or the other form of unrest in the society, constant bickering, quarrelling, spreading terror and creating an anarchic state to revive one’s stale narrative and slap it in the society’s face – these tendencies have been exposed for a while now.
He also expressed concern over different unregulated broadcasts of varied material like the OTT platforms which are open for everyone’s indiscriminate consumption. In the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, online education was to be introduced and today school-going children are hooked on mobile phones as a rule.
But in absence of prudence and a regulatory framework, it will become difficult to predict in which way and to what extent will this emerging phenomenon of contact with fair & unfair means sweep the Indian society. Moreover, Bhagwat observed ‘what extent anti-national forces wish to use these means is well-known’. He was clear in mind that the government must make efforts to regulate these affairs urgently.
Mentioning about the probable third wave of novel corona virus infection, the Sarsanghchalak commented that the Indian society through its collective efforts exemplified resilience. The second wave was far more destructive and it did not spare even many young people. He appreciated the efforts of the men & women who selflessly dedicated in the service of humankind despite serious health hazards posed by the disease.
“The danger continues to loom on our horizon. Our battle with corona virus is as yet unending, however we are more or less prepared to face the third wave as vaccines have been administered en-masse and will need to be completed. The society at large is vigilant and Sangh Swayamsevaks along with several other righteous people and organisations have trained workers to support in case of emergencies,” he stated.
In a different way, Bhagwat opined that the pandemic has reinforced the usefulness of Indian traditional knowledge systems and the vision emanating from selfhood. The people experienced the efficacy of our traditional lifestyle practices and Ayurvedic medicinal system in fighting and tackling the corona problem. In a geographically vast and densely populated country like India the need to reimagine healthcare, which is not just from a preventive but also from a wellness point of view, becomes important.
Public gatherings, wedding festivities and the like were prohibited during the corona times. A plain and simplified version of these events had to be carried out. While the visible fervour and enthusiasm were dampened in the process, resources like wealth and energy could be conserved, the direct and instantaneous positive impact of which was palpable on our natural environment.
“It would be wise to learn from these experiences and endeavour to adopt a nature-friendly lifestyle as a way to prevent wasteful expenditure and frills when usual life is restored. A widespread movement that advocates a nature-friendly lifestyle is growing strong. Sangh Swayamsevaks too as part of environmental conservation activities are educating people about water conservation, plastic use eradication, and tree plantation,” he added.
Bhagwat also highlighted the issue of rapid population growth in the country and commented that ‘this challenge must be duly considered’. He cited a resolution which was passed on the issue during the RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meeting at Ranchi in 2015, where it highlighted various challenges of imbalance in the population growth rate along with the steps to taken to control the population of India.
“Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal is of the opinion that the severe demographic changes brought forth by the analysis of the religious data of Census 2011 highlight the necessity of the review of population policy. Vast differences in growth rates of different religious groups, infiltration and conversion resulting in religious imbalance of the population ratio, especially in border areas may emerge as a threat to the unity, integrity and cultural identity of the country,” he revealed.
Raising the issue of abrupt growth rates of Muslim families in bordering localities of Assam or West Bengal, Bhagwat indicated the unabated infiltration from Bangladesh. He cited Upamanyu Hazarika Commission appointed by the Supreme Court and several judicial pronouncements from time to time have also corroborated these facts. Pointing out that the infiltrators are usurping the rights of indigenous citizens and slowly becoming a heavy burden on the resources, he added that they are also creating socio-cultural, political and economic tensions.
Bhagwat supported the move to curb the illegal infiltration from across the borders and prepare a National Register of Citizens to prevent these infiltrators from acquiring citizenship rights and purchasing lands. He also mentioned that in the present circumstances, news of persecution of native Hindus, growing criminalisation and a mounting pressure on them to escape their areas where an imbalanced population growth has surfaced.
The uprising of Taliban in Afghanistan and its impacts on India were also included in his address, where Bhagwat stated that the predisposition – passionate fanaticism, tyranny and terrorism in the name of Islam – is sufficient to make everyone apprehensive of the Taliban.
“Taliban has time and again alternated between Kashmir and peace talks simultaneously. This is an indicator that we cannot retire in complacency. Our military preparedness on the borders needs to be alert and sound on all ends and at all times. In such a situation, the internal security and stability of the country must be secured by the government and the society with caution and vigilance,” stated Bhagwat.
Finally, the Sarsanghchalak emphasized on real understanding and knowledge about the immortal essence of the Sanatan Rashtra flowing from the ancient times with the collective consciousness of our society. Bhagwat reiterated that it is Sanatan Hindu culture which integrates Bharat’s varied linguistic, religious and regional traditions into a comprehensive unit, promoting mutual cooperation among all while accepting and honouring all as equal with identical opportunities for growth.
“All Bhartvasis, including members of those communities whose religions have emigrated from outside, will need to understand that besides the differences in our spiritual beliefs and methods of worship, we are all inheritors of a common eternal civilisation, culture and ancestry,” declared Bhagwat adding that ‘this unique inheritance is the very ground of our religious freedom and every person is free to choose a way of worship she/he deems suitable for oneself’.

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