?India'sunderstanding of the universe and time has been well defined by its seers and philosophers. Only on this recognition of its past it can chart out its path for reconstruction and future progress. When India rediscovers its holistic world-view it will recognise its original self. It will be the awakening of India which will not only resolve its civilisational crisis but will also show new light to mankind. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya'sworks are a great help in rediscovering ourselves,? said former Union HRD Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi. He was inaugurating a national seminar organised by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth on Search for a New Paradigm in the Context of Global Crisis on December 15 at Mahabir Bhavan in Allahabad. Justice (retd.) M. Rama Jois and VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal also attended the seminar.
Dr Joshi further said India is at the moment at a crucial juncture of her history and it cannot remain unaffected by the multi-dimensional global crisis which mankind faces today. ?It is the moment in the history when self-evaluation has become necessary. There are moments when the direction, which a society should take for its development, gets lost. India has to discover its world-view and redefine its path for its future,? he said. Quoting the late Dharmpal he said, ?Once we seriously get down to the task, it may not turn out to be too difficult to find a new direction for the Indian civilisation. For every civilisation there comes a time when the people of that civilisation have to remind themselves of their fundamental civilisational consciousness and there understanding of the universe and time. From that recollection of the past, they then define the path of their future?We need to undertake such an exploration into ourselves once again?.
He said the integral humanism takes into account the single unbroken wholeness underlying man, the ecosystem and the Supreme Being. He said this is in full consonance with Indian ethos and conforms to the basic Indian understanding of reality. ?It has been well recognised that no valid socio-economic paradigm can be built unless man'srelationship with the ecosystem and universe is properly understood. Since the very dawn of civilisation, the Indian mind has reflected on the true nature of universe and man and their interrelationship. The depth and profundity of their enquiry in this regard is revealed in various schools of philosophy developed in India.
The former Union HRD Minister pointed out that the various reports particularly the recently published Arjun Sen Gupta'sreport on Indian scene amplifies the failures of the development model adopted in India. ?The poorests have an income of Rs 9 per day per capita and about 77 per cent population which comes under the category of aam adami has not received the benefits of the 9-10 per cent economic grown tom-tommed by the government. A very large section of this category depends upon Rs 20 per capita per day,? he added. He also deliberated upon in detail at the global scenario, climate change, global water crisis, inaccessible and iniquitous distribution of water, western developmental model based on wrong philosophical foundations, where India stands now and can India offer an alternative? (FOC)