“The world always listens to the language of the strong people and respects the nations that have strength and power. It is therefore, necessary that we need to develop a collective power of the society in order to create proper place for our country in the world. Such strength must have a strong base of ethics and values,” observed RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat while addressing the mammoth Shiv Shakti Sangam in Pune on January 3.
Asserting that leadership, constitution and government are not enough to make the nation great and developed he said an awakened society with unimpeachable national character and positive strength can take the country on the path of development and glory. “Only strong and developed countries can assert their views and cast influence on other nations. The world too follows them and accepts their culture and values irrespective of their distinguishing qualities. Before Independence we had little influence on the world. But as we became free, made some progress with nuclear technology and scientific and industrial achievements, the world began to respect and regard us as emerging power. Now, the entire world has accepted the Bharatiya system of yoga. This is the proof of strength making great thoughts acceptable to the world,” he added.
Citing the example of Israel, the Sarsanghachalak said the Jews wandered the world for over 2,000 years, spent their days in great distress and trouble wherever they went, except in Bharat. Every year they repeated their resolve to offer prayers in their chosen land of Israel. It took them 2000 years to realise their dream. But they had to fight the surrounding enemy nations to establish and strengthen their nation and convert the desert into a heaven. Likewise, we Bharateeya should also develop a feeling of oneness towards each other and make our society strong, he suggested.
Paying rich tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in his 125th birth anniversary, Savitribai Fule, the pioneer of women’s education in Bharat and RSS founder Dr Hedgewar, Shri Bhagwat appealed to the swayamsevaks and people to strive hard to eradicate differences based on castes, language, religion etc. to create a society based on equality and homogeneity.
He said the RSS’ mission has been to develop the citizens with strong national character and goodwill towards all sections of the society. We are the sons of Mother Bharat and as such we are related to each other. The Sangh aims at strengthening this relationship to create a strong society imbibed with national character. Such a society can alone build a strong nation, he said.
“The swayamsevaks who are always the first to reach and help their brethrens in distress are the personified expression of this mission of RSS. We need to worship ‘Shiva’ and ‘Shakti’ at the same time to make the society stand on the pillars of liberty, equality and fraternity, as envisaged by the great visionaries. Unless this is accomplished, we would not get proper answers to the very fundamental questions that have been dogging the society for centuries, Shri Bhagwat said.