Mohan Bhagwat told the Swayamsevaks that an organised Hindu society is the bedrock of unity, integrity and sustainable progress.

Introduction

We  have  assembled  here to  celebrate  the  auspicious  occasion  of  this  year’s  Vijayadashami.

This year is the 550th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji. When our entire society, by forgetting the truth inherited from the ancient tradition and the  natural self of Bharat, got itself neck deep in a cesspool  of  hypocrisy,  falsehood, selfishness  and divide; became  weak,  defeated and  disintegrated; and  was  getting  fragmented  by repeated  thrashing  of  the  brutal  atrocities  perpetrated  by the  cruel, intolerant,  savage  foreign  invaders  from  across  the  border,  Shri  Guru  Nanak  Deo  ji  showed  a  new path of self-enlightenment based on the spiritual practice commensurate with the times through his life, gave the society a new life of oneness by ameliorating the strayed tradition. It is his legacy that gave the country a magnificent and majestic tradition of 10 gurus who removed our state of penury and inferiority.

Mahatma  Gandhi,  whose  150th  birth  anniversary  is  being  celebrated,  provided  the  political foundation  of  truth  and  non  violence  to  the  independence  movement  of  the  country. This  unique struggle  for  freedom  was  an  outcome  of  the  continuous  enlightenment  provided  by the  very same inclusive culture, based on love and truth, as propounded by several great personalities of this country from time to time. All such efforts inspired the common man of the country to come out of his home and stand firmly with a moral force against the British oppression. The remembrance of martyrdom, sacrifice and dedication of hundreds of our unarmed countrymen, who were encircled from all sides and became victims of General Dyer’s bullets, hundred years ago while opposing the repressive and unjust Rowlett act and demanding freedom in the Jaliawala Bagh at Amritsar, invokes the same moral force in us.

It  is  imperative  to  mention  these  relevant  reminiscences  this  year  because  although  our country  has  achieved  a  significant  level  of  progress  in  many  sectors  during  the  71  years  of Independence,  we  have  yet  to  move  forward  in  many  other  dimensions  of  progress  in  our  all encompassing  national  life.  Several  forces  whose  selfish  designs  are  being  defeated  or  hindered because of our progress as a well organized, strong and prosperous country have not retracted from plotting skullduggeries to block the path of our nation. We have yet to cross many a hurdles.  We can achieve this feat by treading the path of those great ancestors who have established such hoary ideals and propagated them in the society by their exemplary life based on truthfulness, piousness, penance, affection  and  sacrifice.  The  same  message  is  evident  when  we  see  the  present  play  of  hope  and despair in the country when we take a glance at the national scenario.

National Security

Border Security and internal security of the country are the issues of foremost consideration as they   ensure   space   and   opportunity  to   the   nation   for   making   efforts   towards   prosperity  and development.   Fruitful efforts have been undertaken to entwine the web of international relations by appraising  the  nations  with  our  security  concerns  and  getting  their  backing  and  cooperation.  The military, government and administration has displayed its clear intent to maintain peaceful and cordial relations with all the countries including the neighbouring ones in words and deeds, at the same time standing  and  acting  firm  and  making  prudent  use  of  our  capabilities  while  initiating  bold  actions wherever necessary in the context of national security. In this regard efforts are being initiated and accelerated to enhance the morale of our armed and security forces, making them well-equipped and to provide them with latest technologies. This is one of the reasons that the prestige of Bharat is rising in the world.

Along with this, it is essential to be more attentive in enhancing the basic amenities of armed and security forces and  their families. There have been  some laudable efforts in this regard by the government.  A  thought  must  be  given  as  to  how  its  implementation  can  be  expedited?  From administrative point of view, it is imperative that the planning and implementation of these schemes have to pass through the military officers and civilian administrative authorities and Departments like Home,  Defense  and  Finance. All  these  actors  need  to  be  more  sensitive  and  respectful  to  the endeavours of these forces and their readiness to make a supreme sacrifice even by putting their lives at stake is a natural expectation that comes up in many discussions. Every countryman needs to keep this in mind that such an expectation is sought from the society as well, as it is from the government and  administration.  It  is  utmost  essential  that  our  brethren  fighting  for  the  security  of  the  society across the border and within the country wherever required do their tasks without any worries for the social security and wellbeing of their families. After the change of guard  in the country across our Western borders, any decline in its overt and covert provocative activities especially in the states like Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, neither has happened nor was expected.

In view of the dynamic international developments, safeguarding of our maritime borders has also assumed greater significance. There are hundreds of islands at various distances in the coastal area of Bharat adjacent to the mainland. All these islands including Andaman Nicobar are situated at strategically   important   locations.   From   the   security   point   of   view,   their   maintenance   and strengthening  of  the  facilities  there  has  to  be  attended  and  implemented  as  a  matter  of  urgency. Expeditious attention needs to be given to have coordination, cooperation and resources among Navy and other forces guarding the maritime borders and islands. Our brethren habituating along the land and sea borders are firmly holding the ground  with determination despite facing several challenges peculiar to the border areas. If their wellbeing is taken care of, these locals in the bordering areas can also be of great assistance in tackling problems like infiltration, smuggling etc.  Both the government and society need to take more efforts so that relief, education, healthcare facilities and employment opportunities reach them in time and they are imbued with patriotism, valour and virtues.

The country cannot be assured about its security without the total self reliance in the field of defense production even while continuing with the multilateral exchanges wherever  necessary.

The pace of national efforts in this direction has to be accelerated.

Internal Security

The  issue  of  internal  security  is  equally  important  along  with  the  border  security  of  the country. The Union, as well as the State governments and administrations should sternly deal with the violent activities of elements, motivated or moved  from inside  as well  as outside the borders,  who challenge  the  law,  Constitution  and  sovereignty  of  the  country,  is  one  of  its  remedial  aspects.  The Union  and  State  governments  and  police  and  paramilitary  forces  are  successfully  undertaking operations in this regard. They will have to continue it with incessant vigil. But, it is a matter of fact that such elements who take part in violent and evidently illegal activities come from our own society. At  the  root  of  this  is  ignorance,  dearth  of  development  and  amenities,  unemployment,  injustice, exploitation,  discrimination  and  absence  of  sensitivity  and  sanity  of  our  society  essential  in  an independent nation. The Government and administration do have a role to play in alleviating this. But a  greater responsibility lies  with  the  society.   An  atmosphere of  warmth  and  goodwill  needs  to  be propagated by eliminating all such discrepancies within the society and embracing these brethren of our society with dignity and affection. The societal manifestation of this will have to start with the refinement  of  one’s  own  conscience  and  conduct.  An  intimate  and  regular  contact  will  have  to  be maintained with all sections of the society by becoming part of their thick and thin.

It is felt that Central and State governments have to be more transparent and should exhibit greater efficiency  and  sensitivity  in  effective  and  timely  implementation  of  several  plans,  sub  plans  and various provisions made for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled tribes. Police forces are the first to take  the  call  with  respect  to  internal  security.  The  National  Police  Commission  has  also  made recommendations for reforms in their systems. It is necessary to ponder over these recommendations pending for several years and make efforts towards such reforms.

Disturbing Trends

The  establishment  running  the  country  and  the  society  at  large  need  to  show  alacrity  in assuring  progress,  empathetic  response,  transparent  and  respectful  behavior  in  the  efforts  for upliftment of the weaker sections of the society. The lack of all this makes it easy to sow and grow the seeds  of  doubt,  detachment,  imprudence,  rebellion,  hatred  and  violence  in  these  sections  that  are severely  affected  due  to  the  deprivation,  injustice  and  negligence.    Taking  advantage  of  this,  the forces with selfish motives desirous of using them as cannon fodder in the anti-national and criminal activities  play  deceitful  games  among  them.  This  trend  can  be  understood  by  everyone  from  the continuous efforts during the last 4 years to give a specific tone to the agitations originated in some undesirable incident in the society, old and new issues bothering different sections of the society and long-standing or emerging demands.  The selfish power hungry politics with sheer disrespect for the social  harmony,  legal  and  Constitutional  discipline  and  with  an  eye  on  votes  in  the  upcoming elections  have  been  apparently  clear  behind  these  machinations.  But  this  time  an  atmosphere  of divergence,  separatism,  violence,  acerbic  hatred  and  going  to  the  extent  of  fueling  anti-national sentiments  is  being  created  by  exploiting  these  grievances.  The  leading  faces  of  the  groups  from whom  the  slogans  like  ‘भारत  तेर  टकड़  होंगे’  were  emanated,  have  been  at  the  forefront  with  their provocative speeches in such incidents at some places. When the violent activities in remote forest areas were dealt with firmly, those leading and abetting violence were seen at the forefront of these agitations  as  votaries  of  Urban  Naxalism.   To  start  with,  an  ideological  follower  group  is  created through a network of small groups and regular contact in the student hostels. Then, by infusing rabid violent   acts   in   small   and   big   agitations,   giving   anarchical   experience,   the   fear   of   law   and administration and the civic discipline is being systematically eroded among those followers. On the other side, scorn and hatred is generated within the society and against the prevalent establishment and  leadership.  Through  such  incidents  getting  instantaneously  violent,  thought  leadership  in  all sections  of  the  society  –  which  by  and  large  stays  within  the  social  order  and  civic  discipline  –  is sought  to  be  suddenly  discredited.

To  establish  a  new,  unfamiliar,  uncontrolled,  outrightly  biased Naxal leadership with blind followers solely committed to them is the ‘Neo – Left’ doctrine of these urban  Naxals.

Their cohorts  already  established  in  social  and  other  media,  intellectual  circles  and other  institutions  are  associated  with  such  activities  from  start  to  finish.  They  execute  this  by defending such activities through intellectual and other methods, through delusory public campaigns related to agitations, while keeping a safe distance and maintaining their so-called eminent positions. They  are  experts  in  freely  using  deceit  and  poisonous  provocative  language  to  make  their  vicious campaign  even  more  potent.  Treasonous  activity  by  taking  help  from  enemies  of  the  nation  is considered  as  an  additional  skill.  It  can  be  unmistakably  seen  if  we  investigate  the  source  of  the content  and  narration  in  their  social  media  campaigns.   The  actual  presence  of  Jihadi  and  terrorist elements in one way or other in such incidents is a common factor among all these. So the emerging conclusion is, this is a bigger canny conspiracy in collusion with forces from within and outside the country.  It  no more remains  just a power politics by the opposition, but in this process, politically ambitious individuals and groups – either knowingly or unknowingly – and weaker sections, crushed  under  deprivation  and  neglect  get  drawn  as  ammunition  unknowingly  or  unwillingly. Through the manufacturing of  vicious and hostile atmosphere that weakens and destroys the social cohesion – essentially the bedrock of internal security of a nation – a world of psychological warfare is being carved out. This is called as ‘Mantrayuddh’ in our traditional Rajneeti Shastras.

To eliminate such tendencies, the Government and administration have to alertly ensure that such incidents, of which trouble mongers can take advantage of do not take place. At the same time, they will have to keep a constant vigil on such incendiary elements and forces so that they are not able to  perpetrate  such  nuisance.  Slowly,  in  the  absence  of  any  support  from  society,  these  incendiary elements  will  be  completely  defused.  The  administration  has  to  make  its  intelligence  gathering mechanism more comprehensive and alert. The schemes for the public good will have to reach the last man of the society through their prompt implementation. It will have to work with skill and diligence to ascertain law and order.

But  an  accurate  and  complete  mitigation  of  these  circumstances  is  possible  only  when  all sections of the society interact with the disposition of kinship and goodwill in thought and heart.

We need  to  see  the  diversity  of  sects  and  religions,  castes  and  sub-castes,  languages  and  provinces  as expressions of unity.

The entire society should own problems and conditions specific to any section of society to find a just and amicable solution through a cordial dialogue. An atmosphere where there can be uninterrupted friendly dialogue should be nurtured through greater contact and camaraderie. Citizens  should  follow  the  ambit  of  law  and  order  and  public  discipline  in  their  daily  life.  In  this connection,  every citizen  and  politician  may remember  the  famous  speech  by  Hon.  Dr.  Babasaheb Ambedkar  delivered  on  25th  November  1949  wherein  he  advocates  that  without  all  pervasive fraternity  in  the  society,  it  is  not  conceivable  for  the  country  to  move  in  the  direction  of  justice, freedom and equality and to attain social democracy along with political and economic democracy. The safety of these democratic values and our independence can be endangered without these. The means  we  adopted  to  raise  our  concerns  when  we  were  British  subjects  may  be  done  away  after attaining  independence.  We  need  to  adopt  only  Constitutional  methods,  within  the  ambit  of  the democratic discipline.

Bhagini Nivedita has also considered civic consciousness as the manifestation of patriotism in the daily life of a citizen.

Necessity of Sanskar in the family

A  firm  and  absolute  consensus  on  these issues  among the  polity,  judiciary,  executive, local administration, organizations, dignitaries and common public and a feeling of intimate oneness in the society can be the only guarantee of stability, development and security of the country. These virtues should  be  instilled  in  the  new  generation  of  society from  childhood  itself  at  home,  in  schools  and through  social  activities.  Today,  it  has  become  pertinent  that  the  younger  generation  gets  the foundational virtues of humanity and good character in family life. Nowadays, the education curricula and the general atmosphere of the society almost lack these values. Time is running out in the wait for the  implementation  of  the  new  education  policy.  Even  though  there  are  many  individuals  and organizations making efforts for these changes both at societal and government levels, our home and family are always in our hands for making such efforts. It is necessary to see whether we are fulfilling our responsibility towards the new generation to shape their minds with virtues of natural affection, self  discretion,  family and  social  responsibility and  by setting  our  own  example  of  prudence  in  an informal and pious environment or not. A need is being felt world over to be extra attentive due to the changing times. With the increasing reach and influence of media, gadgets with newer technologies that make individuals self-centred and expose them to right and wrong information and knowledge of the world without taking into cognizance their discretionary abilities, it is all the more necessary to acquire the values of family traditions. A discretionary capacity needs to be generated in the young generation  with  affection  and  our  own  example,  for  accepting  the  worth  emanating  from  the  new world  with  an  open  mind;  and  to  guard  themselves  and  others  against  the  evil  on  the  basis  of  our value system.

The news reports about incidents of suffering in families, indebtedness, immoral behavior and rape  from  the  near  and  dear  ones,  suicides,  caste  conflicts  and  discrimination  in  the  country  are definitely a matter of concern and pain. Ultimately, the solutions to these problems lie in creating an affectionate  and  family  atmosphere  and  social  harmony.  In  this  perspective,  the  entire  society, including luminaries and leading intellectuals, need to take up the duty in this direction.

Integrated thinking:

All those who are leading the society in various fields should keep in mind that every action, speech and thought of ours should nourish all including the individual, family, society, humanity and the  environment.  Nowhere  in  the  world,  healthy  and  peaceful  social  life  has  ever  thrived  and  can thrive, merely based on the laws and fear of punishment. Society abiding by laws is not the reason but the result of its ethical standards derived from the comprehension of the traditional social values.  To adopt the customs  and conventions with changing times, one may change the  ethical  practices  and rules  but  by  remaining  firm  on  the  edifice  of  values.  The  real  and  complete  Justice  is  done  by interweaving of the four elements in consonance, namely, the natural instincts of desire and wealth that form the societal functioning; ethics that restraints such instincts, making them useful and giving through them satisfaction and happiness with pleasure; the legal system that ensures that society and families follow this discipline enshrined in these ethics; and the comprehension of values being the decisive factor in all these. The decisions taken without considering all aspects and patiently creating the mindset of the society, will neither be adopted in actual practice nor will they help in creating a new social order in tune  with changing times and positions. The situation arising out of the  recent verdict on Sabarimala temple shows the similar predicament. The nature and premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and continuously followed for years together were not taken into consideration. The version of heads of religious denominations and faith of crores of devotees was not taken into account. The plea by a large section of women, who follows this tradition, was not heard to. The legal verdict has given rise to unrest, turmoil and divisiveness in the society in place of peace, stability and equality. The questions such as why only the Hindu society experiences such repeated and brazen onslaughts on its symbols of faith, obviously rise in the public mind and lead to unrest. This situation is not at all conducive for the peace and healthiness of the society.

‘Swa’ based systems for an independent nation

Bharat’s progress will have to be achieved by rejuvenating all precincts of national life, being rooted in its eternal ethos. Whatever is available within the country will have to be rectified, reformed or if necessary, completely discarded as per times and situation; and accepting whatever is noble and useful around the world and adapt them as per the requirements of the country; Both these decisions would be based on the same ethos. This is the characteristic trait of our nation. This is ‘Hindutva’. Any country can progress by being resolute and steadfast on its original character, and not by blind copying.

The  administrative  sensitivity,  alacrity,  transparency  and  totality  in  the  implementation  of good policies of the Government are still not up to the expectations. Resultantly, the outcome of those policies is not percolating down to the last man standing in the society. The foreign British rule and administration were merely overlords of the land and territories. In the Independent Bharat, our rulers are expected to make the administration people-centric.

Political freedom is not complete in itself. All the dimensions of national life have to be reorganized on the basis of ‘swa’ (self) and self-esteem that inspired us and breathed our life with the sense of ‘we the  people’  during  the  freedom  struggle. Aspirations  of  people  of  Independent  Bharat  have  been articulated in the four different parts of our Constitution, namely, the preamble, fundamental rights, the  directive  principles,  and  fundamental  duties.  We  will  have  to  establish  our  own  model  of development  in  the  light  of  these  provisions.  Our  goals,  directions  and  accordingly  all  aspects  of national life, including the economic one, have to be steered with this spirit.   Then all our efforts and policies will be seen as fully implemented and fruitful.

Even  after  adopting  the  noble  principles  from  the  world,  it  is  absolutely  essential  for  the progress  of  the  nation  that  we  devise  our  own  distinct  model  of  development  and  corresponding framework based on our philosophical foundation.

Shri Rama Janmabhoomi

In this very same context of honouring the   ‘Swa’ of the nation, Sangh has been associated with the sentiments of crores of countrymen, in the efforts of constructing a magnificent Ram temple at the birthplace of Shree Ram who is the personification of the life energy of the nation and an icon of upholding Dharma. The place of Janmabhoomi  is  yet to be allocated  for the construction of  the temple although all kinds of evidence have affirmed that there was a temple at that place. There is an obvious game-plan of a few elements to stall the judgment by presenting various newer interventions in the judicial process. It is in nobody’s interest to test the patience of the society without any reason.

The construction of the temple is necessary from the self-esteem point of view; it will also pave the way for  an  atmosphere  of  goodwill  and  oneness  in  the  country.

This  matter  of  national  interest  is being obstructed by some fundamentalist elements and forces that play communal politics for selfish gains. Despite such machinations, the decision regarding ownership of the land should be expedited, and the Government should clear the path for construction of the grand temple through appropriate and requisite law.

Elections:

Who would lead the nation? Are prevalent policies right or wrong?  All these things have to be decided  by  the  ordinary  voters  every  five  years,  as  a  part  of  his  ordained  duty,  in  the  democratic system of our country. Such five-yearly elections are approaching ahead.  In a way, through this right, we the  people  of  Bharat,  common  citizens  become  the  adjudicators  and  controllers  of  our  national scenario. But, we also know that the decision we make on that single day of the election makes us bear the brunt of good and bad effects in the short term as well as the long-lasting gains and losses for many years, sometimes throughout the lifetime. We are left with nothing else in our hands after that single day. If we have to get the verdict which will not lead to repentance then the voters will have to rise above self, parochial feelings, petty egos of caste, language and provincial affiliations, keeping in mind that the national interest is supreme. The voters will have to ponder over dispassionately upon the sincerity and capability of the candidate, commitment of the party on the issues of national interest and for the integrity of the nation and experiences of past and present actions of both candidates and parties.

The characteristic of democratic politics is such that no one can be considered as completely right or wrong. In such a situation, non-voting or using the provision of None of the Above (NOTA) goes in favour of the one who is most ineffective. So, 100 per cent voting is essential keeping in mind national interest as supreme without getting swayed by the campaigns of all the sides. The Election Commission of Bharat also appeals for the hundred per cent voting and conscience voting. The RSS swayamsevaks have always been abided by this as a duty as citizens and will do so this time as well.

Since its inception, RSS has kept itself aloof from the party politics and the politics influenced by castes and creeds and will continue to do so.  But the number of Swayamsevaks spread all over the country, should fulfill their duty as citizens and stand in favour of putting their strength behind the overall national good. This is an essential task in the national interest.

Appeal

The existence  of  a  powerful,  virtuous  and  organised  society based  on  the  distinct  axiom  of ‘Swa’ of the nation is the fundamental and essential prerequisite of national well-being. That identity is Hindu identity that teaches us to respect all, accept all, unite all and do good to all.   That is why Sangh  wishes  to  establish  a  strong,  invincible  organised  Hindu  society  and  will  comprehensively achieve this goal. Those sections of the society who consider themselves ‘separate’ because of their religion, tradition and lifestyle or apprehensive of the word ‘Hindu’ need to understand that Hindutva is the eternal ethos of this country. While keeping its core eternal values unchanged, there had been changes in its content and conduct commensurate with times and situations and will happen so in the future as per the needs. Hindutva has intrinsic identification with the undivided land of Bharat from the Himalayas up to the seas. All the Bharatiyas  should immerse themselves in the hue of Bharat’s culture  ingrained  in  its  ethos  is  a  sincere  wish  of  the  Sangh.  The  practices  of  all  the  sects  and traditions of Bharat derive themselves from this cultural ethos. The luminaries, who have toiled hard and  devoted  their  lives  to  protect  and  nourish  the  society,  are  our  ancestors  and  the  symbols  of prestige  to  all  of  us.

Hindutva  is  behind  Bharat’s  capacity  to  embrace  the  entire  universe  with acceptance and appreciation of all its distinct diversities. That is why Bharat is the Hindu Rashtra.

An organised Hindu society is the bedrock of unity, integrity and sustainable progress of the nation. The acceptance   of   eternal   Hindutva   ethos   is   the   panacea   for   fundamentalism,   petty   selfishness, unrestrained consumerism arising out of hardcore materialism and insensitivity. Therefore, organizing Hindus is a mission leading to universal good, Bharat’s welfare, and wellbeing of humanity.

It is an appeal to all of you to be part of this sacred divine task, in cooperation with the Sangh Swayamsevaks, to carry forward Bharat’s chariot of destiny in order to put Bharatmata at the pedestal of Vishwaguru.

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