Both the Organiser and Panchjnaya have special editions for Diwali focussed on the “Bharatiya business eco-system”. The RSS organs have profiled various business leaders since the 16th century till date, theorising business practices from “the Bharatiya perspective” and “Bharatiya business values”.
The cover story in Organiser asserts that the “Bharatiya” approach to economics has always remained unique since the ancient periods. “Based on her long experience and spiritual orientation towards life, the Bharatiya approach towards economics and business has been different from that of the other countries. Though making money was necessary for business, ethical principles and value systems guided all the activities,” the article loftily claims. It adds that evidence shows that Bharat was the most prosperous region from ancient times. “The sages and saints of our country have been emphasising higher values, and the scriptures and texts exhorted people to follow them in their day to day activities, including business,” according to the article.
Against the backdrop of the recent Supreme Court order restricting the time during which crackers may be burst on Diwali, an article in Organiser seems to claim that the festival is under seige. “With constant advocacy from certain sections of the media, in the schools and various other sources about the ‘evils of the festival’, it would be ideal to look into the genesis of this festival. Especially, with the systematic propaganda going on, schoolchildren in impressionable age will be left with negativities about Diwali in particular, and about Hindu Dharma in general and its traditional practices, if efforts are not taken towards presenting the what and why of ancient traditional practices, pastimes and festivals of Bharat like Diwali (sic),” the article claims. At a time when “anti-Hindu” forces are active, the article claims that “we should know why the much-maligned firecrackers form an important part of the festival”.
“When did bursting firecrackers during Diwali come about? It is not a recent addition as is sought to be made out. But it is an ancient practice. Today firecrackers are intended to mark a mood of celebration. But in ancient times it had another solemn connotation. Diwali season is the time when Pitrus (ancestors) who had come to earth would be returning to their respective worlds and to light up their way back, torches were lit atop tall posts. Display of dazzling fireworks in the sky during Diwali was also for this purpose only. This was known as ulka danam in ancient scriptures,” the article says. “Will it not trigger negative passions if the ancient custom of Diwali celebrated by the population for ages is sought to be curtailed — without consulting the devout or without appreciating the cultural worth of the festival?” the article asks.
The Somnath route
AN article in Organiser echoes RSS Joint General Secretary Manmohan Vaidya, who recently said that the government should enact a law and construct the Ram temple in the same way Sardar Patel had the Somnath temple rebuilt. “There is an important lead in the case of Somnath — ‘the Shrine Eternal’, which must be kept in mind by the Hindu Samaj.
When Sardar Patel, KM Munshi and other leaders went to Mahatma Gandhi with their proposal to reconstruct the Somnath temple, Gandhi suggested that the funds for the construction should be collected from the public and the temple should not be funded by the State,” claims the article. It further says that the “self-esteem” of the Hindu and Swadesi samaj has been relying heavily on the people’s participation, and less on state intervention. It adds that the on-going suits in the case of Sri Ram Mandir has made the state a crucial actor. “The appeal and suggestion which has come up now rightly suggests that the Government should make a law, hand over the land, and then Hindu Samaj can get the temple reconstructed now!” asserts the article.