Masters of our fate

An article in the latest issue of Organiser by former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan,titled “Vivekananda...

Published:February 19, 2009 1:00 am

An article in the latest issue of Organiser by former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan,titled “Vivekananda,Gandhiji and their concept of service-oriented Hindusism” says: “It may be both interesting and instructive to recall how Swami Vivekananda and Mahatama Gandhi viewed Hinduism as a service-oriented cultural force and how virtual abandonment of their views by the Indian State and society have cost the country dearly. Both Vivekananda and Gandhiji had an original and powerful mind and also an innate faith in the inherent strength of Indian culture. Both believed in practical Vedanta and considered Hinduism as nothing but spiritual secularism based upon the highest principles of ethics and morality. Both argued that a great social and moral order could be built on the shoulders of great individuals alone. ‘If there is no purity,fairness and justice in your heart,these qualities will not be in your home; if they are not in your home,they will not be in your society; and if they are not in your society,they will not be in your state’.”

He further writes: “Vivekananda gave pre-eminent place to the idea of serving ‘the outcast Narayanas,the starving Narayanas and the oppressed Narayanas’. He posed the question to his own class: ‘What have we done,we the so-called men of God,the sanyasis? What have we done for the masses?’ He bewailed: ‘India’s doom was sealed the very day it coined the word mlechha’. He also criticised the common folk for being fatalist. He urged them to have faith in themselves. ‘The old religion said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself¿It is the coward and the fool who says this is his fate. But it is the strong man who stands up and says I will make my own fate’.”

India’s scientific tradition

The lead story in this issue is on RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat meeting a group of scientists on “energy sufficiency”. Says the news item: “RSS Sarkaryavah Mohan Bhagwat appealed to the scientists of the country to fast-forward the work on thorium technology so as to make the country self-sufficient in the field of energy. Commenting on the nuclear deal recently signed by India with the US,Bhagwat said the central government should ensure at this stage the deal should work in our favour”.

The news-item further quotes Bhagwat as saying: “In this birth centenary year of Homi Jehangir Bhabha and 150th birth anniversary of Jagdish Chandra Basu the scientists of the country should resolve to restore the pristine scientific glory of the nation. That will be the best tribute to the great scientists. Since the day science and spirituality were segregated,the problems increased many fold. Both science and spirituality will have to come together. Only then the mankind will enjoy the real benefits of science. Basically it is not their fault as they are still taught distorted texts in the schools prepared by Macaulay. The policymakers did not understand it. Today we have talent,capability and the means but not the right attitude. This is the fact that a country becomes great only with original thinking and certainly not by copying others. The glorious Indian scientific traditions must be taught to the new generation in schools and the inferiority complex developed in their minds must be removed without wasting anymore time”.

CBI’s complicity

The editorial in the RSS journal,titled “CBI as an extension of Congress?” says: “The CBI has sold its soul,senior advocate KTS Tulsi is reported to have commented on February 10,after the central investigating agency,CBI told the Supreme Court that it acted under the centre’s directive in seeking to bail out Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in the disproportionate assets case. The observation about the CBI has not surprised the political leadership in the country. But the Supreme Court admonition of the agency further strengthened the general perception of the common man about the CBI as a willing tool of the establishment. In the last five years,the agency has acquired a dubious distinction,which in popular description has come to be referred to as Congress Bureau of Investigation. This is rather an understatement considering the enthusiasm of the CBI to work as an extended arm of the Congress dirty tricks department.”

It adds: “The latest act has only exposed the agency more glaringly. The CBI pleaded before the apex court on Tuesday (February 10,2009) that it wanted to withdraw an earlier letter seeking permission for Mulayam Singh’s prosecution as it has been directed by the law ministry to do so. This move from the CBI was widely speculated during the last two months as a reward and part of the deal with the Congress by the Samajwadi Party for its support for the Manmohan Singh government during the confidence motion in the Lok Sabha after the Left Front withdrew support.”

— compiled by Suman K Jha

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