Words Of Sanity

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2017 10:46:05



The better we are equipped to adjust to different facets of life, better we are suited to organise our lives and usher in peace and happiness in society. For this, we also need to downplay the artificial divisions of caste, creed, language, and religion that mar progress. Unity is the key.

The world is already pestered by enough of bloodshed and arson and we can’t afford to have more of them. At least in India, we have to make an abode of peace and harmony which could teach a lesson or two to other countries. The progress of civilization means how well we can adapt and adjust to situations, whether or not they suit our convenience or are in line with our belief system.

ON A positive note, amid all the crime and political news surrounding us, there were some very inspiring and relevant words coming from new Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.


After inaugurating an exhibition ‘New India’s resolve to achieve’ to mark the platinum jubilee of the Quit India movement at Anna University, Chennai, the VP said the need of the hour for people was to stay united, shun violence and work towards equality in all aspects to facilitate India’s progress.


After a long time, we heard words of sanity and peace in a trouble-torn world. Seven decades after the country had achieved Independence, issues like poverty, illiteracy, gender inequality and caste discrimination were still prevalent, he said. “We must all resolve to fight these evils and work towards the country’s progress,” said Naidu, who was on his maiden visit to the city after taking over as Vice-President. He also urged the political leadership at the Central and State levels to work to fight these evils.


This holds importance in the present situation wherein States fight with the Centre on several issues, and projects get stalled or delayed due to the unnecessary skirmishes on secondary issues which could well be avoided for the greater good of the nation. In consequence, these things only weaken the country and thwart its overall development even as regional and party biases and vested interests take over.


It must be understood that any development in any part of the country is eventually going to help everyone. There is no ours and theirs. The feeling of integrity and unity of the country sometimes gets diluted when petty localised interests or short-term advantages weigh over and rob the nation of the bigger benefits.


Also, on the backdrop of rising violence against non-believers, non-conformists or members of certain communities on certain issues, Naidu said, “There is no place for violence in a democratic society and it must be curbed. We have to stand united against it. If violence takes place, people are the losers.” It is true that any kind of violence, even if mostly unleashed by fringe elements, sends a wrong message in society and vitiates the atmosphere, sowing the seeds of mistrust, doubt, and suspicion when actually what we need is warmth, unity and love.


The world is already pestered by enough of bloodshed and arson and we can’t afford to have more of them. At least in India, we have to make an abode of peace and harmony which could teach a lesson or two to other countries. The progress of civilisation means how well we can adapt and adjust to situations, whether or not they suit our convenience or are in line with our belief system. The better we are equipped to adjust to different facets of life, better we are suited to organise our lives and usher in peace and happiness in society. For this, we also need to downplay the artificial divisions of caste, creed, language, and religion that mar our progress. Unity is the key. India is a diverse country and will remain so. We need to accept the diversity in a spirit of camaraderie yet hold on to the thread of unity that has been India’s strength for centuries.


Unless we have freedom from these superficial distinctions that separate men from men, we cannot progress. Rather we will always find excuses to fight. The Vice-President also said that the time had come to bridge the urban-rural divide and ensure equality for all. “It is imperative to preserve the freedom won after a long struggle,” he said.
The divide between the rich and the poor is also a major discrepancy in Indian society that alienates people. There is need to ensure a more equitable distribution of resources for greater unity to flourish. India is on the cusp of a new era, with an aspiring and energetic youth force to guide the country to a brighter future.


We have to make the best of this time and clinch the opportunity to propel ourselves to unprecedented heights of economic, military and political achievements. A social regeneration is on the cards but we have also to be cautious and diligent to see through the process. We can’t lose focus and miss the bus.


We have to remove the impediments that block our progress and work together for the nation’s cause forgetting our traditional differences since we are the citizens of the new world who have to re-visit traditions or beliefs which are no longer relevant or are regressive and detrimental to the growth of the nation.


The nation’s development should be our common goal, and for that, we need unity and clarity of vision and purpose and we need to undermine and downplay mutual differences that prove hurdles in our march towards the common goal. Our diversity should be our strength for every culture and thought can contribute its uniqueness to the nation and enrich its collective legacy.


We cannot grow in isolation. We also need our political leadership to guide the people towards such a perspective. What we heard from the Vice-President should be a more frequent and dominant discourse of the nation and more and more leaders need to endorse and propagate such progressive and unifying views, which will percolate down in the psyche of the people, especially divisive elements. Also, to make way for a progressive and peaceful nation, the destructive elements should be dealt with strongly, above party, community or religious considerations.


A wrong has to be collectively condemned without fear or favour and the wrongdoer adequately punished so that there is a fear of the law and its misuse is checked. Freedom has to be enjoyed with responsibility. One’s freedom should not restrict the freedom of others. Then only there can be a feeling of affiliation and unity and inspire men to work for a common cause of nation building.
By the way, as long as there are divisions, there will be ground for hate and acrimony, and as long as there are hate and acrimony, there will be discord and violence and as long as there is discord and violence, a society or nation can never progress. For, all our energy, attention and resources will be diverted and exhausted in maintaining peace and finding grounds for harmony, leaving us with little to expend on the welfare of the nation.