The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) has come half the way to the match itself to the changed socio-cultural context in India. It has realised that ‘Indianisation’ is different from ‘Hinduisation’. The RSS chief K.S. Sudharshan, has asked Muslims and Christians of this country to ‘Indianise’ themselves. “It is only when you integrate with the culture of the land you live in, you can have sense of belonging”. He has even gone to the extent of advising Indian Christians to severe links with Western Church. In a hurry to embrace Indian Muslims also he remarked that they “had blood of Rama and Krishna in their veins”. How many Indian Muslims and Christians can digest these comments?
When ‘Penicillin’ was introduced in the market, doctors would be quick enough to prescribe it for most of the ailments. Now, privatisation has become the much-opted prescription for the ‘sickness’ of all sorts, suffered by Public Sector Under-takings(PSU’s)
There has been many successful practitioners of this ‘PRIVATO’PATHY (like Allopathy and Homeopathy), after the seasoned Financial Physician, Doctor Man Mohan Singh, legitimised the use of this great drug. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh is one among them.
One should not think that people are always innocent and harmless. They too do evil and encourage evil. In an elected democracy, every one is in need of people’s mandate and support. No one, who has public face, dares to pass a remark on People’s opportunistic thinking. People give their sanction even to the evils, that are declared crimes as per law. Classic examples for this sanction are — dowry and corruption. They take pride in giving and taking dowry. They consider it a status symbol. If they are unable to give, they curse their poverty and not the dowry system.
Where does India live? Gandhi knows it well. He answered this question amid colonial cultural onslaught on our culture in Indian cities on all our behalf long ago. “ India lives in villages.” Answer is relevant even today. Only the question is out of date.
Are Indian villages alive? Perhaps that could be the possible query, a foreign tourist makes, when he visits an Indian village. He can quench his thirst with a bottled soft drink, where village women walk miles together to fetch a pitcher- full of drinking water. If Bapu forgives us, villages die in India.
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