There is now a dire need to implement a “self” based approach in India. Countries like Japan, Israel, Britain, Germany etc have also brought themselves into the category of developed countries by awakening the sense of ‘self’ in their citizens.
To bring about social change in any country, there must be a “self” oriented collective approach. In the context of India, “self” has its roots in Hinduism itself, and the history based on “self” can be found in India. From this point of view, the Indian freedom struggle was also a spiritual and moral task, as it was a struggle for the restoration of Sanatan Dharma in India. Maharishi Sri Aurobindo also said at that time for the same reason that the struggle for freedom based on “Self” needs to be carried into all spheres of our lives.
It is said that in the year 1498, Vasco da Gama came to Calicut from Portugal not for trade, but probably to spread Christianity. The British are also said to have come for trade, but perhaps their indirect program was to spread Christianity in India. Otherwise why did they bring the priests along? Why did you even bring Christian books?
That is why it is said that the first war of independence did not take place in the year 1857, but even before that, such wars have been taking place in India. Rani Abakka (Calicut) waged war with the Portuguese and the conflict escalated by the year 1554. The basic motivation of the freedom struggle was also the sense of ‘self’. This war was also for “Self”. So, today we all should try to take the sense of “self” in the society.
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How a country’s history changes and its impact on society is clearly seen in the situation in India. The society gets disappointed after reading the wrong history of its own country. As the British used to say about India, India is not a single country, but it is a collection of many kingdoms divided into fragments, because the empires of different kings were established here on different geographical areas. The British used to say that they united all these kings and made India one country. While different kings were ruling over different parts of the country, but they were making India a great power with the spirit of “self”. The persons who inculcate negative feelings in the citizens of the country, destroy the citizens mentally and intellectually and this was done by the British in India. Sanatan Hindu intellectual books were in a way systematically destroyed by the invaders and the British.
During the British rule the British also helped the reactionary forces by inciting caste and communal consciousness. During the rule of the East India Company, the activities of Christian missionaries became very active as a result of the advent of Western civilization. These missionaries believed Christianity to be the supreme religion and wanted to spread it in India through Westernization, which according to them would destroy the religion, culture and faith of the natives in the “self” of Indianness. In this view Christian missionaries supported fundamentalists whose scientific approach, in their view, was to undermine Indian indigenous culture and beliefs and the “self” of Indianness. At the same time, he also supported the imperialists, as their expansion required maintaining law and order and British dominance.
When self-motivation awakens in Indian citizens, India lives. In the year 1911, the whole of India stood together against the partition of the Presidency in Bengal. When there was no struggle to stop the partition of India in 1947. Because during this period the British systematically undermined the sense of “self” of citizens in India. The British encouraged Muslim extremist organizations, such as the Muslim League, under a well-thought-out strategy. Once considered a Hindu party, the Congress began to accept the legitimate/illegitimate demands of Muslims to remove this label from itself so that it could be called a secular party. However, after this the Congress also tilted towards the Muslims and the Hindus in the Congress began to dislike each other. By the year 1923, the Congress excluded the song “Vande Mataram” from its various programmes. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was made irrelevant in the Congress. The contributions of Swami Vivekananda, Maharishi Aurobindo, Veer Savarkar etc. who instilled a sense of “self” among the citizens of India were also systematically forgotten. There were also attempts to divide India into different parts based on language.
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Unfortunately, India, even after independence, has failed to develop a sense of “self” among its citizens because the kind of policies implemented in India have not strengthened the sense of patriotism and sense of “self” among the citizens of the country. No development. The British and foreign invaders attacked India’s cultural heritage during their respective periods, the impact of which continued even after 1947. While after independence the citizens of the country should have developed a sense of “self” by inculcating a sense of patriotism as the economic history of India has been very glorious due to the great culture of India. India is called “Sone Ki Chidiya”.
There is now a dire need to implement a “self” based approach in India. Countries like Japan, Israel, Britain, Germany etc have also brought themselves into the category of developed countries by awakening the sense of ‘self’ in their citizens. The above four countries including India also started development in one way or another during or after World War II in 1945. Since India was unable to awaken a sense of “self” in its citizens after independence in the year 1947, it is still struggling in the category of developing country. In the absence of a “self” oriented approach, India could not have reached where it should have been today. Therefore, if India is to become a world master again, it has to inculcate a sense of “self” in its citizens. All of us citizens should take this resolution today.
On the completion of 25 years of India’s independence, Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s government probably did not organize any grand event in the country. Similarly, on the completion of 50 years of India’s independence, Shri Narasimha Rao’s government may not have organized any grand event. But now on the completion of 75 years of independence grand programs are being organized not only in India but all over the world. Now even in foreign countries, Indians have started bowing to Mother India. Gradually, the sense of “self” is awakening among Indians. Now the citizens of the country have a sense of standing on their own feet. Due to which India has now progressed towards becoming a developed nation.
A few days ago, Honorable Dr. Sarsangchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh who came to Swar Sadhak camp organized in Gwalior. Mohan Bhagwat said in a program that the world is now looking very optimistic towards India, which has many reasons to solve. The problems that are being faced in various fields. All this is becoming possible due to the awakening of the sense of “self” of Indianness among the citizens of India and it is time that the sense of “self” among the citizens of India comes into play in a big way because we exist. “Self” of Indianness. because of the self”.
– Prahlad Sabnani
Retired Deputy General Manager
State Bank of India