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RSS leader wants India’s economic policy to be drawn from Hindu religious texts

J. Nandakumar's book Hindutva for the Changing Times also warns of 'Islamisation of West Bengal' and says Kerala media 'suffering from Stockholm Syndrome'.

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New Delhi: Senior RSS leader J. Nandakumar has suggested that Hindu religious texts should form the foundations of India’s economic policy, in his new book titled Hindutva for the Changing Times.

The author also asks companies to consider adhering to the principles of profit maximisation that are expounded in ancient Hindu scriptures.

The book, which is slated to be released in Delhi Thursday by the RSS’ joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, further raises alarm about the “Islamisation of West Bengal” and accuses Malayalam language media of suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome.

Nandakumar, who hails from Kerala, heads the RSS-affiliated outfit Prajna Pravah in Delhi. He was formerly the deputy head of Prachar Vibhag, RSS’ media and publicity wing.

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Dharma guiding economy, Islamisation of West Bengal

The book states that Hindu religious texts encourage entrepreneurial spirit and profit-making but discourages an exploitative system.

Dharmashastras can contribute and enrich modern assumptions about good business by laying down rules in complex religious, legal and moral ideals of dharma,” the book says.

Our endeavour, it further states, should be to reinstate those business ideas since India is “poised to play a leading role in shaping the world order”.

Nandakumar, in his book, also slams West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “Islamisation” of the state. The author says that West Bengal, with a 30 per cent Muslim population, is heading towards a “demographic catastrophe” due to Banerjee’s policy of appeasement.

He also warns: “Through the proposed Greater Islamic Bangladesh, jihadis plan to re-establish the princely state of Nawab Siraj-id-Daulah (1733-57) — spanning Bangladesh, Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.”

The author further accuses the Mamata government of removing words that have a “Hindu connection” from school textbooks in order “secularise” the language. The RSS ideologue has called for an installation of a “nationalist” government that will restore normalcy and prevent Islamisation of West Bengal.

Malayalam media suffering from Stockholm Syndrome

Based on his analysis of media coverage of the Balakot air strikes in Kerala, Nandakumar, in his book, accused the Malayalam language media of bias.

A former editor of Kesari, an RSS mouthpiece in Kerala, Nandakumar also says: “A close analysis of the media reportage in the wake of the post-Balakot strikes would reveal that the so-called mainstream Malayalam media brought out a bulk of pro-Pakistan reports to build an anti-India narrative.”

Quoting from a few “false” and “biased” reports, the author adds: “Looking at all these developments, one feels that media in Kerala and a section of intellectuals are suffering from the Stockholm syndrome. This is very dangerous trend for the state.”

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  1. Better to start riding Horses and Camels, leave donkeys to bring back the golden old age of India, But remember we were rich within ourselves and hence looted by the invaders of their times. We could newer invade any other land to grab its wealth, resources and manpower. Same is the situation now. We are being looted by Multinationals, Online business houses who escaped the Taxes and Investors who has been guaranteed returns from our Govts, to just invest at the cost of our lives. Leave behind the Moghuls, Nawabs and Nizams , where are the other power hubs who created a global impact on world economies in ancient India and at present, simply not a single one. Indian Economy is Agri based and hence the current turmoil is mainly due to ill planned Demonetization and GST implementation which took away the smile and shine of Indian economy and took it back to more than 20 years behind the world rising states. Does the Hindu religious text guides the online business or Mall culture or rural economies in its scrips, neither any other reglious book or other religions. Religious books can certainly help us in making our life more honest in our livelihood from sunrise to sunset but currency is needed as an earning for the survival of masses. Making an honest spending may come from these books. Moreover which religious text should be followed if Industrial output has to be raised and GDP should be able to stand on its feets. Just for the sake of appeasing the masses to attach them the stigma of being a Hindu may not resolve the fiscal deficit created by wrong policies by the Govt. Religious scripts matters on or before an Inauguration ceremony, paying last respect to a dead person amongst others. Even if the Govt. still consults the former P.M. Manmohan Singh to lay a helping hand in tackling the economic challenges, it will help a lot. Equally important is the social fabric of our country to be maintained with secular values and freedom to its people , rather teasing them with threats and intimidation, leave persecution behind.

  2. Economic policy should be separated from party politics and ideologies. We have had futile debates in the past about Hindutva vs Secularism. They contribute nothing to the economic development of the country. There is no such thing as Hindu economics , Islamic economics or Christian economics. More the country suffers from economic stagnation and recession, the consequent unrest and dissatisfaction will override all ideological considerations. BJP will suffer further electoral losses. Instead of heeding to utter nonsense written in the above referred book, the government should focus on measures to stimulate economic growth.

  3. THAT will REALLY help! ok gut everything, trash everything. From science to economy to the constitution. That is the mission of bjp/rss.

  4. This will take us even further from participating in a global economy. Based on GST collections, Ms Sonali Ranade reckons the economy grew at 0.17% in the first nine months of the current financial year. Not the official claim of 4.5%. A poor nation with over 1.3 billion people cannot become a laboratory for ideological experiments.

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