In his book Rashtriya Suraksha, RSS Sarkaryavah Mohanrao Bhagwat speaking at a seminar for doctors, says that national security has become an issue of concern. There was a time when we were completely free but in 1948, Pakistani infiltrators attacked Kashmir and occupied a part of the state. After this, we fought four wars and despite 60 years of democracy, the security arrangements in the country are far from satisfactory. We have had Chinese infiltrators who entered our country in the north and north-east; in the east we have Bangladesh from where the infiltrators keep marching in every now and then; Pakistani agents are active in crossing the borders from the west and north-west into Kashmir.
In Vikas ka Naya Pratiman Sumangalam, Sanghchalak Dr Bajrang Lal Gupta'sthree lectures are quoted which he had given on mangal vikas, hoping for the good of the country by highlighting Indian values of life as seen against the evils of Western development and philosophy. He begins by expounding on the serious economic and financial crisis the Government of India is facing. So what is the way out of this whirlpool of problems? What path should India choose for its growth and development?
Dr Gupta points out two primary views about this ? India can counter its burden of problems by emulating the growth pattern, technologies and growth models of the wealthy West by taking assistance from foreign investors and multinational companies. Contrary to this is the view that on the basis of an all-round and balanced development philosophy of India, the nation can gather strength to forge ahead by adopting indigenous equipment, technique and technology. Here the need is for an open discussion on this aspect and Dr Gupta feels that it should have been done well before Independence to identify the right instrument or path but unfortunately no significant effort was made in this direction. He points out that though Mahatma Gandhi did offer advise on some important steps to take in this direction through his book Hind Swaraj, after Independence, however, the nation fell in such hands which ignored him by calling such steps meaningless. The reason for this could be the mentality of the leaders to be subjugated and subjected which did not help India to become strong and self-reliant. As a result, their sights were set on the achievements of the developed West and foreign ways and certain steps were imposed on India. Thus whatever was discussed regarding India'splans on growth and development remained surrounded around the two popular styles of governance at that time ? capitalism and socialism. As a result, we kept on existing on a market-controlled capitalism and state-controlled socialism on which our schemes and plans were formulated. Today we have in front of us the conditions of nations which adopted capitalism and socialism as also that of India. Seeing all this, Dr Gupta advocates that the time is ripe for finding the right path in the light of our past experiences.
The third book on the Indo-US nuclear deal is in both Hindi and English and talks of the ?separation plan? as dictated by the USA in which India has to begin identifying the separate ?civilian and military nuclear facilities and programmes in a phased manner?, much to the Indian public'sindignation. Under this deal, India has agreed to accept permanent legally irrevocable international inspections on its entire civil nuclear programme, while the five established nuclear powers have offered only 11 facilities of their own for international inspection. India has agreed to place 35 of its nuclear facilities under external inspection and the shutting down of one of the country'stwo bomb-grade plutonium-production reactors ? the Cirus Research Reactor at Trombay.
Under the Indo-US nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made a commitment to a foreign power ?on a programme that symbolises India'spride and independence,? says the author.
In the book on Hindu Mansikta, Thengadiji speaks on the working style of the RSS at a seminar held in Ludhiana in December 1990. At the seminar he supported the objectives of the RSS, the role of shakhas and the importance of the art of building up swayamsevaks. He gave concise and incisive replies to queries like what is terrorism? Why is it present? What is the solution to bring it to an end? What should be the role of the government and the public in this respect?
Shri Mohanrao Bhagwat, in his speech to information technology and management students at a seminar held in January 2009 in New Delhi spoke on the role of the youth in nation-building. He said that the youth are the backbone of any country because the thoughts and actions of the youth are always productive; they are not affected by an opposition. What they however need is channelising of their thoughts and guidance in utilising their energy constructively while making good use of their time. He asked the youth to devote their intelligence, dharma and time to establishing a society which will make the country a leading super power in the world.
(Suruchi Prakashan, Keshav Kunj, Jhandewalan, New Delhi-110055.)