Divisive forces negating the thought that India is for all, says Dr MM Joshi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Apr 2018 10:05:37


Staff Reporter,

Debate, discussion, and perspective are the hallmarks of a scholar. And, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, former National President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former Union Minister for Human Resources, is the kind of a scholar who wants people to deliberate upon the concepts that will help the nation evolve into a more mature one. That is why when he says that the nation should think deeply about ‘Bharat Sabka Hain’ (India is for all) statement of Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), one feels that he is seriously committed to the thought.

“I am not saying that the nation should discuss the statement ‘Bharat Sabka Hain’ just because RSS Chief has made it. But, I sincerely feel that public debate on the concept will provide the nation a good opportunity to remove misunderstandings that are being planted by divisive forces,” said Dr Joshi in an exclusive interview to The Hitavada during his recent visit to the city. According to him, a healthy debate will help India evolve into a better nation. Sadly, some divisive forces want to politicise every issue and do not want the people to carry out a healthy debate.

Against the backdrop of some recent incidents, Dr Joshi observed, “Every now and then, these divisive forces politicise an odd incident and make statements that ‘India is not for all’. Time has come to ask these divisive forces why do they think so.” In fact, the people of India have a very rich history, cultural heritage, and a shared legacy that is visible in art, literature and customs and traditions too. Every person living in ‘Bharat’ is a ‘Bharateeya’ since ages, that is, from the period when none of the present-day organisations including political ones even existed, he added.

‘Bharat Sabka Hain’ is a Vedic thought. Dr Joshi explained that every one — Greeks, Shak, Hun, Christians, Muslims, Jews — were accomodated in ‘Bharat’. Many of these cultures became very much a part of Indian ethos, and some even merged themselves into ‘Bharateeya Sanskruti’. This is the land where ‘Upanishad’ injunction of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ is respected. “Despite such a rich legacy, divisive forces are trying to politicise various issues. They want to disturb the harmony that is hallmark of our culture since ages. The harmony of ages cannot be disrupted by a few incidents of today, unless there is a coterie working with political motives. Hence, they do not pick up statements like ‘Bharat Sabka Hain’ for public discourse, but go after twisting statements to suit their political narratives,” said the Chairman of Estimates Committee of the Parliament.

Dr Joshi felt that political entities looked at RSS as an organisation that had not evolved. “There has been evolution of Mahatma Gandhi, Jayprakash Narayan, Marx, and also RSS over the years. But, some people take into account evolution of organisations and ideologies only selectively,” he rued. According to him, Dr K B Hedgewar who founded the RSS, his successors Golwalkar Guruji, Balasaheb Deoras all were against untouchability and discrimination on the basis of caste. RSS’ stand against untouchability had been consistent, and later-day Sarsanghchalak like K S Sudarshan worked hard to reach out to Muslims too. “Against this backdrop, Dr Mohan Bhagwat’s statement ‘Bharat Sabka Hain’ needs to be looked at as an opportunity for the nation to evolve,” added Dr Joshi.

About the latest violent churning over the issue of reservation, the veteran BJP leader said that reservation was not to divide people but to assimilate them into mainstream. “Inequality is a result of flawed economic policies practised for years. The economic policies swung from capitalism to State control to market control, and the Governments of the day failed in striking a fine balance among these approaches to evolve a model unique for India. “Capitalism and globalisation have increased divides and suspicion as both the concepts revolve around profiteering. In the process, many felt that it was fashionable to shun spirituality. So, tendency to earn profit without conscience increased and this has created inequality,” he observed.

On attempts being made to vitiate the young minds through literature and academics, the former Union Human Resources Minister said that the solution to this problem was in restoring the process of pure learning. He said, “Today, people are learning for jobs. As a result, attention is more on short-term gains. If Sanskrit becomes the language of computers, people will learn it. Else, they will not. If people do not learn Sanskrit, they will not gain knowledge in ancient scriptures. They will not get exposed to richness of culture. Hence, it is essential to re-ignite the passion for learning. There is no dearth of jobs for a learned person.”