Unveiling a statue of Swami Vivekananda on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in the national capital on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that one will have to be proud of one’s ideology but will have to not let it eclipse the national interest.
“The students’ starvation for ideas, debates and discussion, which was content in Sabarmati Dhaba, has now found a new place under the statue of Swami Vivekananda. But it is flawed to think only on the basis of one’s ideology, which eclipses national interest. Everyone takes pride in their ideology today, which is natural. But we will have to follow our ideology in the line of the national interest and not against it. This statue will have to teach enormous commitment and intense love towards our nation,” PM Modi wished, adding whether there is one object which has “hurt the democratic set-up of our country the most; it is giving precedence to ideology over national interest.”
He went on to say whether need arises, adherents of different ideologies will have to unite for the country, giving examples of the Indian freedom struggle and the Emergency.
“When one sees the country’s history, it is going to be observed that in national interest, adherents of different ideologies have come together. In the struggle for India’ independence, adherents of different ideologies came together under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.”
He further said: “People saw this unity even all over the emergency. The former workers and leaders of the Congress also joined the revolution against the Emergency (declared by Indira Gandhi government). The swayamsevaks of the RSS, Jana Sangh, socialists and communists also joined the revolution.”
PM Modi advised the youth to give a boost to the Indian tradition where diverse highbrow thoughts prosper.
“Idea sharing and the go with the flow of new thoughts will have to be enabled in the country. Our country is a vibrant democracy only on account of this tradition,” he said.
The Sabarmati Dhaba has been a prominent site on the campus where students have registered their protests on quite a lot of national issues, including many against the BJP-led Centre.
Right through his address, Prime Minister Modi also asked the JNU students to research on “how good reforms, thought to be poor politics earlier, have now transformed into good politics”.
“Isn’t it true that good reforms were thought to be poor politics in India earlier? How did good reforms grow to be good politics? The JNU students will have to research it,” PM Modi said, with his government being targeted following quite a lot of “reforms” like the 2016 demonetisation, implementation of the Goods and Products and services Tax, and the most recent being the new farm laws.
“The unravel is to make India better through the reforms. The intention in the back of these reforms is good. A safety net is being created through the reforms. The basic foundation of this safety net is confidence,” he added.
He extorted the country’s youth, whom he termed “the brand ambassadors of India world over” to not just be proud of the centuries-old identity of India, but to carve a new identity in the 21st century. “This statue will have to inspire the nation to grow to be one, move forward on the path of youth-led development, which was once Swamiji’s expectation. This statue inspires us to fulfil the dream of making India strong.”
He also wished that the Swami Vivekananda statue inspires everyone and fills everyone up with energy. “This statue will have to give courage, which Swamiji wanted to see in everyone. This statue will have to teach compassion, which is Swamiji’s teaching’s main foundation,” he said.
PM Modi also went on to talk about the “atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), which he said, was once part of the collective consciousness of more than 130 crore Indians.
“Today the country is moving forward with determination on the path of self-reliance. Today the bad are getting their own homes, toilet, electricity, gas, clean drinking water, digital banking, cheap mobile connectivity and fast internet connection. This is the safety net weaved around the bad to meet their aspirations,” he said, adding earlier the bad were misled by slogans. “No effort was once made ever to align the bad with the system. Those who were bad were uncared for. They were kept unconnected and financially excluded,” he added.