A new India is rising on the horizon that will not just give rise to a stronger and a prosperous nation but will also ensure peace and tranquillity in the region, in a truly Asian leadership mould
Seldom in the world history have we seen a moment when the mass movement's thought leader gets celebrated by a disciple of the ideological stream he nourished and redefined. The BJP's national executive meet in September, was that moment.
The centenary celebrations of BJP-Jansangh- RSS Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya come to a conclusion with this meeting, so carefully dated and scheduled so that the Acharya of the RSS school of thought gets a befitting tribute on his 100th birthday.
The BJP's national executive will go down in history as a victory celebration of the democratic conscience of Bharat that is India defeating the forces of slavish thuggery of the seculars and anti-Hindutva hate brigades.
It is much more than the mere records of extraordinary successes in providing power, better roads, highways, scientific achievements, ending corruption- regime and taking on harshly on terror.
Deeendayal Upadhyaya and the rise of BJP can't be understood through the progress report of a PIB generated communique enlisting the spectacular performance of the bright, dreamy-eyed young ministers.
It's a rejuvenation of nation's memory and regaining Bharat in an Indian political infrastructure that still smacks of a colonial legacy in almost every part of its movement. It was denied to us for the last several centuries by foreign invaders, it was denied to us by the Congress-left dominated regimes post-independence. I am very pleased that @SushmaSwaraj told the world of the IITs and IIMs, and greatly relieved that she didn’t credit them to the Vedas.
It is the precipitated hate in the minds of a slavish intellectual that speaks against all that which is admirable in a national repository of heritage. Nothing surprising for us Hindus. When Gazhanavis and Ghauris attacked, the facilitators were essentially from amongst us.
Deendayal Upadhyaya is a rock- like reply to all this hate and colonial bigotry putting the Hindu concept of 'good for all, malice for none'. We are proud Hindus and that exactly is the reason that democracy and constitutionalism we flourishing here inspite of its failure in all our neighbouring countries. There is no reason to be apologetic about it.
Narendra Modi, who bore the targeted assaults of a hateful army of media and politically powerful apparatus for more than ten years internalised Deendayal Upadhyaya's teachings and put them to practice. He stood firm against calumnious attacks of falsehood, and when the people of India chose him to lead the nation, he immediately began translating those ideas through his government schemes.
The first was to strengthen and revitalize the organizational setup.
The national executive saw the wonderful results of that under the leadership of Amit Shah, a grass root worker who entered public life through ABVP. It was an emotional moment when listening carefully to Shah's presidential address, Narendra Modi rose and sincerely praised him with a pat making the entire hall to give him a standing ovation.
Today 80% of India is saffron- under the BJP political rule. With 1387 MLAs, 285 MPs and ten crore members, the party which has set a record.
12,682 BJP workers have decided to dedicate their time to spread the party infrastructure and make new members all over the country.
Each district will have a separate party office equipped with video conferencing facilities and connected with the central e-library- which would provide all the party related literature along with books on nationalism, history, revolutionaries and freedom struggles.
Amit Shah's organisational capacities can amaze any objective watcher of Indian politics. He has been touring India continuously for the last four months- visited each and every BJP party state office , met thousands of workers, intellectuals, office bearers, took time to have thousands of one to one meetings, instructed re-structuring of party networks, from state to block and village levels , saw each minute details of organizational functioning, ensured personally structures of all cells within the party and patted, cautioned, and punished the non-performers.
It’s just first three years of the governance- the integral humanism is applied in every scheme and step govt. has taken so far.
Twenty-nine crore people have been brought to the mainstream of banking through Jandhan scheme. two crore eighty lakh women have been given new LPG gas connections. Fifteen crore farmers and labourers have benefitted with a lifetime pension scheme with depositing a mere twelve rupees to three hundred rupees.
More than seven crore sixty-four lakh persons have benefitted from Mudra bank loans- mostly belonging to lower middle-income groups.
When BJP came to power, a mere six hundred kms of optic fibre network was set up in India. In three years the number has gone to two lakh kms of optic fibre spread.
Nineteen thousand villages had not even an electric pole in 2014- now fourteen thousand villages have been completely electrified and by May 2019, each and every village would be getting an electric connection.
Toilet revolution, dams- the inauguration of much-awaited Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam, Bullet train, highways, unprecedented successes and achievements in highway construction and reviving waterways, eliminating more than two lakh shell companies and a war against benami properties. Not to mention the bold and courageous demonetization and GST moves. Just for the benefit of demonetization critics- only this one step has to eradicate the annual corruption of fifty-nine thousand crore- through direct benefit scheme- as the money goes directly to the beneficiary eliminating the middlemen. GDP was stabilized to seven percent from hitherto 4.7 % and inflation brought down to 4.5 % from 9.3 %. When BJP came to power, the number of taxpayers stood at 3.7 crore only. After Modi's Integral Humanism policies, the number of tax payers has gone up to 6.3 crore. The foreign policy has seen a spectacular success with peace in our heart and firmness to protect national interests. BJP's Doklam firmness has earned the nation worldwide appreciation and acclaim and help, relief work and instant resolve of problems Indians face abroad have been a great story becoming a foreign policy doctrine of humanness and Gandhian approach to knotty problems while keeping the military well-oiled and prepared for any eventuality.Its a challenging time for India. We are changing and changing for the better.
(The writer is a former Rajya Sabha Member and Columnist)