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Only Patriotism Can Lead to "Developed India"
By Tanveer Jafri
Contributing Writer
President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (left) is being escorted by S. Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in Seoul on Feb. 7, 2006.

President of India Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, by his vision 2020, has given a call to Indians, to cooperate to make India a developed nation by 2020. All the students, youth & the people who want to see India on the path of progress & the NRI's who have brought credit to India are very happy on this declaration of the President but there is a pessimistic group present in the country who instead of giving his contribution for the development of the country is busy in his selfish & limited plans. Surprisingly, there is a student of lesser age in the country who wanted to know from Dr. Kalam that why India can't be a developed nation in 2015? Obviously today country needs young blood with such zealous & enthusiastic thinking that can play an important role with their hopeful & encouraging ideas in making India a developed nation.

At the same time, in India, here is a left group that shows to be a patriotic group but this show of theirs is unable to take the country on the path of constructive advancement. Communalism & casteism are the main hurdles in the path of Indian development. Whereas Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, an organisation that nourish esteemed Hindutva thinking & its associate organisations, Vishwa Hindu Parishad & Bajrang Dal, that are trying to unite the Hindus on the basis of the religion. These powers are misleading the Hindus that the Hindus are feeling themselves alone & insecure in the world. So all the Hindus in India should unite in the name of Hindutva. Now days, these communal organisations have started a struggle in all the villages, towns, cities, districts & states to be one under the banner of Hindutva. The persons who favour this thought don't consider secularism, a soul of being an Indian but they opine that 'The Hindutva' is the soul of India. They don't think that unity of all the Indians will lead India on the path of progress but they consider that their 'awakening' programme will help to solve all the problems of the country. The people of this organisation argue that India is as Hindu nation & it should be a Hindu state also. The people of this thought are gathering in lakhs in second week of February on the bank of the Ganga River in the historic city of Allahabad. The roots of Vishwa Hindu Parishad are so deep in this country that at present it is running 18,000 schools at 12,000 places in the country. The size of Vishwa Hindu Parishad has too much spread in India that 6000 committees of Vishwa Hindu Parishad have been established in the country & that too after taking its active part in Ram Janm Bhoomi Movement. Whereas its associate Bajrang Dal has set up its societies at 40,000 places. This meeting that will be organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in February will be at 300 Acres of land & is mainly expected to discuss about the Hindutva, Gau Raksha (Protection of Cows) & on the present position of the Hindu Culture. The estimated expenditure on this meeting is expected to be 8 crores of rupees.

In the same way, the Muslim community also attempts to unite sometimes on the basis of communalism. Such communal organisation has already divided India in 1947 on the basis of community. After 1947, the fundamental Hindutva organisation looks at the Muslim in India as the second class citizens. Whereas the Hindus the biggest majority in India, with secular & liberal thoughts, look at the Indian Muslims just like other Indian citizens. They have made many plans, committees & departments to enable them to join the mainstream of progress of the country. Some surveys done in the country have revealed that most of the Muslims in India are illiterate, poor & unemployed. Whenever the central government or any state government takes the steps to uplift the backward Muslim class, at that time these communal powers raise a hue & cry & try to nullify it by polarisation of the Hindu votes.

In India, many organisations are active on the basis of caste & community but it is a matter of pleasure that even today 71% of Indians including the Hindus, the Muslims, the Sikhs, the Christians are proud of being Indians & not on being of their own community. Last days, a reputed information service of the world, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) got a wide survey done in India. The facts that came to light after this survey those clearly showed that the persons, who depend on religion & community for politics, may spend whatever they want for their selfish ends but the survey reveals that more than 55% of Indians want social harmony & communal peace & consider communalism & casteism big hurdles. The results of this survey gave weight to the Vision 2020 of the President Kalam when it showed that 6 out of 10 Indians consider it a matter of personal importance when India becomes the super power in economic, military & political spheres. 58% of Indians expressed their views that security of India is in danger by some Indians. This survey also revealed that 50% people don't take religion seriously. This survey by BBC must have discouraged the communal & caste based organisation.

In fact, the energy used for encouraging communal & caste based programmes by some organisation, if it is used on the resources that are helpful in making India a developed nation, undoubtedly, that imagination, thought by the optimist boy, of making India a developed nation in 2015, five years earlier, as expressed by the President Kalam, can be turned into reality. All the Indians should learn a lesson from the history that tells that communalism has leaded us to nowhere. This made us weak & never gives us strength. It may be the partition of 1947 or the incident of December 6, 1992 or bomb blasts of Bombay or Godhra train incident or communal riots that took place in Gujarat, Meerut, Bhagalpur, Jamshedpur, Aligarh etc. or the terrorism that was in Punjab, two decades ago, all these shed Indian blood by the Indians. All these incidents weaken India & make India economically weaker. These incidents don't lead India to the path of progress. That's why, often a question is asked in India that how Japan that has suffered an atomic attack, is advancing by leaps & bounds. Many people ask the same question about China. There is only one answer to these questions & that is, all the people in those countries are sincerely devoted to their nation. That devotion is not a show or drama. They prove their patriotism by their deeds & duty. They don't involve in mere words. The shops based on caste & communal works don't give profits there. Such efforts are condemned in those countries.

Today, India too needs such efforts. Now they are to think, those who blow empty trumpets of patriotism, if their organisations are useful for the Hindus & the Muslims in India or the country. Undoubtedly, a person who is a native of India, if only takes pride in being of a particular community, it will not make India an advanced nation. But if all the people of India sing in the joint voice- 'We are proud of being an Indian,' certainly it will make India a developed nation before 2020.

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Mr.Tanveer Jafri, who serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times, is a noted columnist in India. He writes in a variety of issues including world peace, anti-terrorism, and national & international politics for numerous news dailies and portals in India. As a devoted social activist he is a member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy.






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