Criticising the Congress’s “disruptive” mindset in disrupting the budget session in Parliament, the Organiser says, “When the Centre is pushing for [the] agenda of development and has successfully reversed the losses incurred due to corrupt practices in allocation of vital resources like mines and spectrum, there is a need to develop [a] dialogue mechanism in Rajya Sabha.”
The editorial slams the Congress for its opposition to the Land Acquisition Bill. It says the government had consulted the opposition and addressed their concerns, but “the opposition ganged up under the leadership of [the] dying Congress to stall the proceedings. Instead of discussing the issues related to development and farmers’ rights, reviving the Congress seems to be a major concern of this protest. The reality is farmers have been pushed into a cycle of debt by wrong policies in this agrarian country for more than 60 years. Therefore, mere land acquisition… for development projects is not going to give justice to the ailing sector, it requires an overall revamp by making it a sustainable business proposition…” According to the editorial, the Congress has been making issues out of non-issues like “snooping on Rahul Gandhi”, which was a “routine exercise of Delhi Police to maintain basic personal details”.
The editorial also praises the government’s initiatives, such as the passage of the coal and mines bills and the introduction of the GST bill, for development and for bringing transparency to governance and security.
AN EQUAL SOCIETY
Caste discrimination or extreme inequality are ubiquitous in Indian society, but the sheer faith in “Bharat’s wisdom and the capacity of Hindu society to take every century’s brightest aspect in its stride” makes one think that it can still achieve a “society without untouchability”, says VHP leader Pravin Togadia in an Organiser article. He gives the example of girls’ education in the country — despite “no education for girls” rooted in society a century back, Bharat’s women today are leading in every field: “Therefore, if an organisation like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)… so well entrenched in all walks of society… decides to put its social reforming strength behind ‘Society without Untouchability’, then it is a great hope for Bharat… It is not just a hollow dream.”
However, Togadia admits there are mammoth challenges. “‘Social psyche’, deep rooted customs, mindsets and habits take a long time to change.
The road is difficult and stony. But again, Bharat has always stood up to such challenges.
YOGA, MOTHER TONGUE
In its first issue after the RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the editorial in Panchjanya expresses concern over the future of regional languages and the criticism against Yoga — two issues highlighted at the meet.
The editorial asks, “Yoga is not just an exercise. Yoga means something that binds. Would any Indian feel bad if the world honours Indian culture? Who would not agree with it? If everyone agrees, how come there is opposition to Yoga exercises? Is it not the time to stand up in favour of Yoga vehemently?” The editorial makes a similar case for standing up in support of the mother tongue: “In a country with so much diversities, what is the language to impart primary education for our children? …Is it not time to stand up in support of imparting education in the mother tongue and Indian languages? Most studies and researches worldwide are unanimous on this. Our educationists have been raising this demand for long. Even Gandhi and Tagore had nurtured these thoughts…”
Compiled by Liz Mathew