(Excerpts from the speech of Sarsanghchalak, K. S. Sudarshan delivered at the concluding ceremony of Delhi Prant Sangh Shiksha Varg on June 27, 2004.)
The biggest problem facing the country today is that the people are not acquainted with the knowledge of the past. Rabindranath Tagore has said: ?Blessed is the country that finds its swadesh in its history.? An English child is well aware of the valour of his forefathers, of the countries that spread their regime, the sectors they introduced new innovations in, and of the places in the world where they spread their business. After reading his glorious history, he too develops the desire to be equally brave, said Shri K.S. Sudarshan.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak, Shri K.S. Sudarshan was addressing the final congregation of the Delhi Prant Sangh Shiksha Varg.
Underlining an action plan for the rejuvenation of the national polity, the RSS chief said:
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The previous NDA government made efforts to remove all such shortcomings, introduced innovations and tried to rewrite the history textbooks. But the Marxputras who have always been traitors and lacked patriotism, raised a hue and cry, terming it as ´saffronisation´. They had supported the Muslim League´s proposal for creating Pakistan in 1940, called Gandhiji a dalal of imperialism and abused Netaji as Tojo ka kutta. They not only opposed the freedom movement but also helped the British put the freedom fighters behind bars by feeding informa-tion about their activities. All eminent communist leaders, like Dange and P.C. Joshi were involved in such activities. They had staged a revolt in Bengal and Telengana at the time of Independence and conspired to keep these areas out of India. Today they apologise for those misdeeds. However, there has been no change in their behaviour, their way of thinking, their destructive activities and anti-national mentality.
They are making attempts to pressurise the new Congress-led UPA government to do all that will ruin the glory of the country. Their latest target is the NCERT-prepared history textbooks. Their modus operandi is that they coin a particular word and their stooges, who are sitting in various English newspapers, thanks to Nehru, launch a tirade against Hindus. They, without knowing the meaning of the word, use ´saffronisation´ as an abuse. They want to turn the whole country red. Is it right? If some-body wants to turn the country into its original colour, i.e. saffron, what is wrong in it? The saffron colour signifies the coun-try´s complete culture. It signifies sacrifice, love, progress and knowledge. They are using such a great colour as an image of abuse.
Soon after the new government assumed office, the Marxputras started raising a hue and cry over the school text-books. Since the new government depends upon their support, the new HRD Minis-ter too issued a statement promis-ing to ´rectify the saffronisa-tion´. The official order clearly stated that the government did not intend to withdraw the NCERT books but wanted to ´remove the portions that smelled of comm-unalism´. The minister constitu-ted a three-member committee consisting of Marxputras for recommend-ing what should be taught in place of the so-called objectionable portions. The authors of the new NCERT books, like Makkhanlal, Minakshi Jain, wrote to the committee members requesting them to point out the objectionable portions from their books so that they could remove their doubts. But they were ignored. Even their request to come personally for removing the doubts was turned down. The committee members came to Delhi, for three days and hurriedly passed the order that ´all the books were worthy of being thrown away´. They left Delhi promising to visit again on July 5 for suggesting the new books in place of the NCERT books.
Jawaharlal Nehru had been brought up and educated in England by an English maid since the age of five, as a result of which he was fully moulded in English culture. He indeed used to consider himself an Englishman.
Before formation of this committee, the Congress government of Delhi hurriedly passed an order seeking replacement of the NCERT books by the new books published by the SCERT. These books are full of misleading facts, which glorify the invaders and term the Indus civilisation as just a myth. By and large, the books make no mention of the glorious past of the country. For carrying out such changes, a pattern has to be followed. First, objections are to be raised. If no satisfactory answer comes, then only one can think of a change. The previous govern-ment, after holding wide discussions and consulting the experts, took about three to four years to prepare the books while the new dispensasion throws it all away in a single day. The Marxists then went to the Supreme Court to protest against these changes but the apex court too withheld the changes. Now, who are they to revert the Supreme Court judgment? It proves they have no regard for the Supreme Court. All they want is to lower the morale of the country, hurt the self-confidence of the countrymen and then look up to the West. In fact, they cannot survive without indulging in destructive tendencies.
Wherever in the world these communists have gone, they have developed haters in the society. Stalin used to say, ?Intense hatred is the basis of our success.? Shri Guruji had countered by saying, ?Intense love is the basis of our success.? Communism has been wiped out even from those countries where it was born. But the communists in India are still holding its tail. They continue to force the government to do everything possible that goes against asmita and Hindu culture of this country.
We say if your ideology is so powerful and is good for mankind, then why do people die without food in West Bengal where you have been ruling for the last 27 years? Why is there still unemployment and lack of industrial growth? What have you been doing for the last 27 years? In fact, they cannot do any constructive work except for spreading violence and hatred.
Macaulay had clearly stated that he would develop such a generation in the country that would be different only in colour but in hopes, aspirations, lifestyle and food habits, it would be totally similar to that in the West. He had also said if his education system succeeded, there would be no idol-worshipper after 30 years in Bengal where the British were then ruling.
Unfortunately, in India, our history has been kept hidden under wraps. We are told that our forefathers had never spread their empine far and wide. Okay, they did not do it. But what they did, is also not told. That is why our new generation finds itself unfit to do anything new but prefer to follow the others. This situation was understandable during the British regime, as they did not allow us to learn and do anything new. All they wanted was to rule here. But they were aware of the fact that they could not rule here as long as the self-respect of this country was alive. They had started taking initiatives to kill our self-respect even before the freedom movement of 1857.
Introducing the new education system in 1835, Macaulay had clearly stated that he would develop such a generation in the country that would be different only in colour but in hopes, aspirations, life-style and food habits, it would be totally similar to that in the West. He had also said if his education system succeeded, there would be no idol-worshipper after 30 years in Bengal where the British were then ruling. He could not succeed in this game-plan, thanks to the efforts of Rishi Dayanand, Ramkrishna Paramahans, Vivekananda, Ramtirtha, etc., who strongly countered the expansion of Christianity. But he successfully developed a generation that is totally distant from its roots.
In fact, with the help of this generation, which borrowed from Englishmen its way of looking at the history and the way of thinking, the British had been able to rule over us for years. The leader of such people was Jawaharlal Nehru who had been brought up and educated in England by an English maid since the age of five years, as a result of which he was fully moulded in English culture. He indeed used to consider himself an Englishman. Once, he even told John Galbraith that he was the last Englishman to rule over India. The British too wanted to hand over the reigns of power to such a person who could not only continue with their system but also protect their interests. Gandhiji too, unfortunately, ignoring the consensus in favour of Sardar Patel, supported Nehru for the post of Prime Minister and he finally continued with the British system with the help of his Macaulayite friends.
Until we are not acquainted with our glorious past, we cannot rise high. The swa is identified with swabhasha. Unfortunately, even after Independence, no Indian language could become the national language and English still dominates.
Until we are not acquainted with our glorious past, we cannot rise high. The swa is identified with swabhasha. Unfortunately, even after Independence, no Indian language could become the national language and English still dominates. Hindi was formally accepted as a national language in the Constitution, but the condition that ?until all the states agreed on Hindi? still does not allow it to replace the English language. In fact, the Indian languages were not allowed to come to the forefront.
There were people during the freedom movement who wanted education right up to the last stage in Indian languages. But disputes over the question of national language were created resulting in education in all subjects up to the research level cannot be imparted in any Indian language even after 57 years of Independence. There is not a single university in the country that imparts education in all subjects, including research in Hindi, when it is only national language that connects the whole country as the contact language. Some people had the courage in submitting their thesis in Hindi, but they had to struggle hard to get acceptance. Despite having very rich languages, we are deprived of the knowledge available with them only because we were kept away from Sanskrit.
There are a number of rich languages in European countries like English, French, German, Italian, etc., but Latin and Greek are still taught because these are classical and traditional languages. But Sanskrit, which is even the mother of Latin and Greek, is neglected in its own country of birth. The situation is so appalling that if a person wants to prepare his thesis in Sanskrit, he has to write it in English. Sanskrit language is taught through the medium of English. It is a misfortune of the country. That is why our wealth of knowledge and ancient achievements in different fields, which lie only in Sanskrit, have failed to reach our students. History written by the British only highlights the fact that this country has always been subservient to those who have invaded it. What inspiration will the children get from such history?
They claim that they have a big team of workers. Has that team ever done any constructive work? Did they develop any village? Never. But they are experts in destroying their opponents. Politics of violence has been going on in West Bengal for the last 27 years. There was a time when Bengal was the biggest industrially developed state of the country. But today it is one of the most backward states. Not only this, it now provides shelter to all kinds of violent elements like the Naxalites, who have spread a reign of terror and violence, right from Nepal to Andhra Pradesh. They do not allow even social organisations to provide medical and educational facilities in the remote backward areas. Budhadeb Bhattacharya says that RSS is his enemy number one. There is no enemy in democracy but opponents having differences of opinion. It is a misfortune of the country that such elements are active in the country, ready to undo the good work done during the last few years.
The previous NDA government made efforts to remove all such shortcomings, introduced innovations and tried to rewrite the history textbooks. But the Marxputras, who have always been traitors raised a hue and cry, terming it as ´saffronisation´.
There is an Agriculture Research Council in Lucknow, which recently published a book Vedic Krishi. The book highlights the widespread side-disseminate this information among the farmers. Just as only Lord Krishna appeared to Kansa everywhere before his death, these communists see only saffron everywhere as they feel that their end is near.
We must keep in mind that until we raise the self-respect of our countrymen and revive the glory of the past, our children will not be moved by the present plight of their country and would not acquire the inspiration to make their future bright. Shri Aurbindo had also said, ?The young generation that has the glory of past, the plight of present and the bright dreams for future, makes progress.? Our children are not aware of our great ancient scientific developments, as we have broken our links with Sanskrit, which contains all that knowledge.
The Vimanshastra of 11th century provides complete information on the aeroplane technology. Today, people wonder to find such know-how in that shastra. Recently, Sangh Sahsarkaryavah, Suresh Soni has prepared a book on India´s contribution to science. This book provides complete information on India´s achievements in the field of science. We had the knowledge on how to conduct nuclear tests. But this was not highlighted, as it could have raised self-respect among the countrymen, which these Marxputras and the British did not want.
The need of the hour is to be careful of the destructive mentality of communists and courageously teach your children in your own Indian language. Today, people are very crazy about teaching English to their children. When a small kid calls mummy, daddy, aunty in English, people feel very happy. But they forget that they are removing their children from their relations that have their own significance. There is no word for bua, nani, mami, kaki and tai in English. They have nothing beyond the words like father-mother, son-daughter, brother-sister, husband-wife, uncle-aunt and nephew-niece. Every language has its own bhavjagat (form of expression). Compared to Western languages, the Indian languages have different bhavjagat. If we teach our children in English medium, we cut them from the Indian bhavjagat and once they get connected to the English bhavjagat, they feel that only that culture is progressive. Can you translate the chaupai of Ramcharitmanas-Shriramchandra kripalubhajman?? Will an Englishman understand the lotus like hands, lotus like face, lotus like eyes, lotus like feet?We can understand the meaning of Giridhar Gopal in all Indian languages. But if you describe it in words like ´mountain-bearer cow halter´ to an Englishman, what will he understand? The English culture connects our children to lesbianism and free sex, which is not objectionable in the West.
Reviewing the film Girlfriend, a writer wrote in the Hitavad newspaper: ?The film is very timely, as lesbianism has, to some extent, achieved recognition in the Indian society.? In which society has it been recognised? It may have got recognition among the group of Marxputras which consider themselves to be the only ´India´. That ´India´ now wants to impose this perverted mentality on the whole country. Interestingly, a section of Indian media is supporting them in this conspiracy. Most of the English newspapers carry semi-nude photographs of women on their front page. Their only aim in publishing such photographs is to earn money by arousing carnal desires in the youngsters.
Nobody should have objection in learning English or any of the foreign languages as a subject. But the medium of instruction in schools should be our own regional languages. We all should demand that teaching of all subjects up to the research level to our children should be only in the Indian languages. Such demands should arise from everywhere.
We also need to stand against the invasion of the alien culture. The electronic media is doing only this. Recently, a 15-year-old girl filed a PIL in the Lucknow High Court saying that the relations depicted between the family members in the TV serial Kahani Ghar-Ghar Ki are found nowhere in her real life, therefore it should be banned. The girl herself defended her case. Admitting her plea, the court has served notices to the parties concerned.
If we inculcate self-confidence in our youngsters and remind them of our ancient glory, they can perform miracles. Some of them are doing it in different sectors today also. See the performance in information technology. Indians have the capacity to move forward in all sectors all over the world. We just need to awaken their self-confidence. The RSS is working in this direction. If we get your cooperation, we shall make India a super power in the world.