A new, pulsating India is rising, says Debroy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Aug 2017 10:21:13


Staff Reporter,

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh residential course concludes

“A new, pulsating India is rising. I welcome participants of this course who have come from various countries of the world to come to India as Indian citizens and be a part of this rise,” said Bibek Debroy, a renowned economist and a Member of NITI Aayog. His was an appeal to Indian diaspora in various countries to come and invest their efforts in India’s growth story.

Debroy made this appeal to the members of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) from various countries, at the concluding programme of ‘Vishwa Sangh Shiksha Varga-2017’ organised by Shri Vishwa Niketan-Delhi and Devi Ahalyabai Smarak Samiti-Nagpur. Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was the main speaker for the programme held at Maharshi Vyas Hall in Smriti Mandir premises in Reshimbagh on Friday evening.

Debroy, who travels across the length and breadth of India and is considered a prominent voice in policy-making in India, said that he sensed a ‘turbulent and impatient India’ of youngsters. “The country is pulsating, it is overcoming ‘Tamas’ (darkness), and is imbibing ‘Rajas’ (qualitative change). India is rising,” he said. He appealed to the HSS members, men and women, who were from 13 countries including USA, Europe, Guyana, and Australia, to come to India and be a part of its growth story.

Starting his speech in Sanskrit and later continuing in English, Debroy spoke at length on the concept of ‘Bharat’, ‘Karma’, and ‘Dharma’. Stating that he was ‘proud and privileged’ to have been born in this country, he said that ‘Bharatvarsh’ was ‘Karmabhoomi’ and ‘Dharmakshetra’ in the global context.

Thus, he said, ‘Karma’ and ‘Dharma’ were linked to each other.
“Dharma cannot be excised or removed from the life of people. It permeates the selves of people. This explains the sparkle in the eyes of even the people who live in poverty and penury,” said the economist who got educated in Ramakrishna Mission School, Narendrapur. He made a distinction between ‘Dharma’ and ‘Religion’. ‘Dharma’ emancipates while ‘Religion’ binds, he stressed. Often, he added, ‘Religion’ and ‘Science’ are perceived as opposed to each other. Religion is a matter of faith while Science involves empirical testing. Against this backdrop, Hinduism with the concept of ‘Dharma’ emerges as an encompassing idea.

At the same time, Debroy expressed concern over youngsters using some terms ‘fashionably’. For instance, he said, youngsters find it fashionable to call themselves ‘agnostic’. “The word ‘a’ in agnostic is used to indicate something negative. It stands to negate being gnostic. The word gnostic is linked to knowledge. So, by claiming to be agnostic, what are they achieving. Do they really understand this?” he wondered. Similarly, he said, people call themselves atheist. This word also has ‘a’ attached to ‘theist’, and connotes something negative. Do these people know what is ‘theism’, he wondered.

Underlining the need of thinking deeply about philosophical attributes for healthy growth of an individual as a global citizen, Debroy said that everyone should ask himself or herself a question: “Who am I?” Many people do not ask this question to themselves throughout their life. As a result they do not find a purpose in life, he said. Also, sometimes, people think that they alone can change the world. “In the Universe, we are so insignificant to effect any change. Hence, our mission in life should be to find the reason behind our being here, and improve ourselves, thereby contributing to keeping goodness intact,” he observed.

The scholar who had studied at Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College, Cambridge, also spoke on the concept of ‘Rajdharma’. “At one level, Dharma is Rajdharma. It is about governance. In old days, King had responsibility of Defence and Internal Security only, and rest everything was taken care of by the community. However, thanks to British legacy, we have developed the habit of being pampered by the Government. We seek everything from the Government. We need to understand that problems of a country can be solved by the community,” he elaborated.

Earlier, Debroy and Dr Mohan Bhagwat paid tributes at the statue of Dr K B Hedgewar, the founding Sarsanghchalak of RSS, and later performed ‘Bharat Mata Poojan’. The participants of the residential courses, men and women, performed various drills of Yoga, self-defence techniques, Lezim.

Shantakka, Pramukh Sanchalika of Rashtra Sevika Samiti; Alok Kumar, Sarvadhikari of HSS course for men; Kirtida Bhat, Sarvadhikari of HSS course for women, also shared the dais on the occasion. Alok Kumar also briefed the gathering about activities conducted during the residential course held at Suraburdi Meadows. He narrated the experiences of the participants. Neelatai Sapre proposed a vote of thanks.