It is wrong to think on the basis of ideology which eclipses national interest: PM in JNU – education
Unveiling a statue of Swami Vivekananda on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in the national capital on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that one should be proud of one’s ideology, but should not let it overshadow the national interest.
“The hunger for ideas, debates and discussions of the students, which used to be satisfied in Sabarmati Dhaba, has now found a new place under the statue of Swami Vivekananda. But it is a mistake to think only on the basis of one’s ideology, which overshadows the national interest. Everyone is proud of their ideology today, which is natural. But we must follow our ideology in line with the national interest and not against it. This statue should show an immense commitment and intense love towards our nation, “said Prime Minister Modi, adding that if there is something that” has further damaged the democratic structure of our country; it is giving priority to ideology over the national interest ”.
He went on to say that if the need arises, supporters of different ideologies should unite for the country, giving examples from the Indian freedom struggle and the Emergency.
“When one looks at the history of the country, it is observed that in the national interest adherents of different ideologies have joined. In the struggle for the independence of India, supporters of different ideologies united under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. “
He further said: “People saw this unit even during the emergency. Former workers and leaders of Congress also joined the revolution against the Emergency (declared by the government of Indira Gandhi). The RSS swayamsevaks, Jana Sangh, Socialists and Communists also joined the revolution.
PM Modi advised the youth to strengthen the Indian tradition where various intellectual thoughts flourish.
“The exchange of ideas and the flow of new thoughts must be enabled in the country. Our country is a vibrant democracy just because of this tradition, ”he said.
The Sabarmati Dhaba has been a prominent site on campus where students have registered their protests on a number of national issues, including many against the BJP-led Center.
During his speech, Prime Minister Modi also asked JNU students to investigate “how good reforms, previously considered bad policies, have now turned into good policies.”
“Isn’t it true that good reforms were considered bad policy in India before? How did good reforms become good policies? JNU students should look into it, ”Prime Minister Modi said, and his government was the target of a series of“ reforms ”such as the demonetization of 2016, the implementation of the goods and services tax and the latest of which are the new agricultural laws.
“The determination is to improve India through reforms. The intention behind these reforms is good. A safety net is being created through the reforms. The basic foundation of this safety net is trust, ”he added.
He extorted the country’s youth, whom he called “India’s brand ambassadors around the world,” not only to be proud of India’s centuries-old identity, but to forge a new identity in the 21st century. “This statue should inspire the nation to become one, move forward on the path of youth-led development, which was Swamiji’s expectation. This statue inspires us to fulfill the dream of strengthening India ”.
He also wished that the statue of Swami Vivekananda would inspire everyone and fill them with energy. “This statue should give courage, which Swamiji wanted to see in everyone. This statue should teach compassion, which is the main foundation of Swamiji’s teaching, ”he said.
PM Modi also went on to speak about “atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-sufficient India), which he said was part of the collective consciousness of more than 130 crore of Indians.
“Today the country is moving forward with determination on the path of self-sufficiency. Today, the poor have their own homes, bathrooms, electricity, gas, clean water, digital banking, cheap mobile connectivity, and fast Internet connections. This is the safety net woven around the poor to satisfy their aspirations, ”he said, adding that before the poor were fooled by slogans. “No effort was ever made to align the poor with the system. Those who were poor were careless. They were kept disconnected and financially excluded, “he added.