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Swadeshi Jagran Manch's - 3 day National Conference at Nagpur

Strive for sustainable development model: Bhayyaji Joshi

Source: newsbharati   
Swadeshi Jagaran Manch’s three-day National Conference 
at Nagpur

NAGPUR: Newsbharati:  “Instead of blindly aping the western model of growth and progress, we should strive to evolve a model of development which would ensure a sustainable, all-round, and total development of mankind without disturbing the environmental balance. Organizations like Swadeshi Jagarana Manch (SJM) should take an initiative in this regard”, appealed Shri Suresh alias Bhayyaji Joshi, Sarkaryawah of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Nagpur on Friday.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the SJM’s three-day National Conference at Vyas Auditorium in Reshambag premises. President of the Reception Committee noted philanthropist and social worker Prabhakar alias Bhayyasaheb Mundle, presided over the inaugural session. Others who shared the dais on the occasion included SJM’s Organizing Secretary Kashmiri Lal, National Convener Arun Oza, Co-convener Saroj Mitra and B M Kumarswamy, Satish Chandra Mishra of Vidya Bharati, Vasantrao Pimplapure of BMS, Surendra Naik of ABVP, Shashibhushan Vaidya of Laghu Udyog Bharti, Dr Ashwini Mahajan and Anup Sagdeo, secretary of reception committee. Former Pramukh Sanchalika of Rashtra Sevika Samiti Vandniya Pramilataiji Medhe was especially present on the occasion.

Addressing the 600-odd delegates drawn from all over the country the Bhayyaji Joshi in his hour-long speech made a clear cut distinction between the concepts of growth, progress and development. While the two were related to mere physical and material growth, the concept of development had the most important element of totality, he explained. This element of totality was the expression of love and compassion emanating from the heart of an individual, he added.
Stating that the western nations had set up certain parameters to measure the status of development and divided the countries of the world into developed, developing and under-developed, the RSS leader raised a question mark over this very classification. Who decided the criteria for this classification, he wanted to know. They did not stop at just dividing these countries on their own parameters, Joshi said that these nations compelled the world to accept their notions of development which laid the entire stress on material progress and acquiring immense wealth.
Objective of developmentHe said that the objective of development should be total unfolding of the personality of an individual and the society to which he belonged. Therefore, the model of development should differ from country to country. The western parameters of the development were not applicable to other countries in their totality. Since the world accepted these parameters the nations had to pay a very heavy price to ensure development in accordance with western standards.
The western concept of development caused an immense degradation of natural resources and posed a serious threat to our environment, the RSS leader said and added that this blind ambition to amass possess immense wealth has brought forth the demonic characteristic of human being. This inhuman attitude would threaten the very existence of the future generations.
This mindless material progress further caused the erosion of moral and cultural ethos, Joshi cautioned and said that this would lead to domination of demonic values and attitudes endangering the environment, resources and values. To counter this we must strive to usher in a development model based on our ethos, life style and values, thoughts, traditions and culture, he said. He said our thinking was ‘sarva jan hitay-sarva jan sukhay’ (for the good of all, for the happiness of all). Therefore, we considered this entire earth as one family. Today there was a need to consider this world as one family while searching models of development, he added.
However, he advised the audience against rejecting all that is western and just bask in the glory of our past. This would do no good either. We must take their values of social commitment, preserving national interest and honor and facilitate exchange of ideas for mutual development. We must have self pride but should now allow that to degenerate into an ego, he cautioned the SJM activists.
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 Referring to late Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay’s philosophy of ‘Integral Humanism’, Bhayyaji Joshi said that we should try to impress upon the humanity to think for the posterity while going for development. He insisted on development encompassing all aspects of human life. He said that after the industrial revolution in Europe, the Indian share of the world trade came down drastically. It was the time when our country was enslaved by the British, the 1857 war notwithstanding. During the long years of politically slavery we developed an attitude of dependent society, he said.
In the post-independence era, our leaders were more under the influence of communism, socialism and capitalism and planned the developments models based on these ideologies ignoring the basic needs and requirements of the country and society as a whole. Those who claimed Gandhi as their guide and philosopher simply ignored the Gandhian ideology and model of development, though people like Jai Prakash Narain, Vinoba Bhave and Nanaji Deshmukh tried to establish an alternative models their efforts were limited, he said.
Utilize talent properlyStating that India produced a talent in software industry, he said that most of this talent is utilized in the western companies and firms mainly because they lack the proper guidance and education on nationalism and commitment to the society. He said that the practice of equating individual success and excellence with that of the nation would send wrong signals as this would give rise to personal ego instead of national pride. We must save ourselves from such degeneration, he cautioned.
Ill-effects of copying western modelsReferring to experiment like ‘Green Revolution’ and ‘White Revolution’ Bhayyaji Johsi said that in implementing these models we caused thoughtless exploitation of our land and animal resources. Excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides increased the production of food grains but the soil lost its fertility. Similarly, in extracting more and more milk we corrupted our indigenous cow breeds he added. Moreover, in spite of good production of food grains a large number of people remained hungry and the problem of malnutrition still persisted. The production of milk increased but large number of children were still starved for milk today. The technology that was used in these experiments was foreign one and was not suitable for fulfilling our needs, he said.
India can lead the world in the field of bio-farming and water conservation, and India should take initiative in this sector by instituting some concrete projects, he suggested. The basis of Indian model was not exploitation but cooperation, he added. From family to society we ensured cooperation of all he said.
Need excellent infrastructure: Suggesting that the country must have excellent infrastructure for development the RSS leader underlined the need for exposing the talents for conducting indigenous research taking into consideration the needs and requirements and availability of resources in the country. Have full faith in the young generation, he exhorted the SJM activists. We must understand our duties and carry them out in right earnest to rid our country from the cancer of corruption.
Taking a dig at the present-day leaders, Bhayyaji Joshi called for developing leadership from among the common masses. This was the need of the hour, he said. He exhorted the SJM activists to work for removing the perversions from our social milieu and accept the challenge of treading a path for the posterity to ensure sustainable development.
Beware of ‘de-traditionalizationEarlier, SJM National Convener Arun Oza in his introductory speech cautioned the audience about the process of what he called as ‘de-traditionalization’ which was taking the Indian society by the hurricane speed. The new trend of imperialism arising out of the recent concept of financial globalization was destroying the age-old Indian ethos and life values, he added.
Describing Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as ‘mute image of corruption’, Oza called for creating an alternative model of political and economic systems to save the country from an impending doom. This model should be based on a total perspective of new, emerging India; sound mass base and organization; wide experience of constructive agitation, and patience and preparedness for a long battle, Oza said.
Earalier, Reception Committee President Prabharkar alias Bhayysaheb Mundley welcomed all the dignitaries and delegates to this three-day conference which was being held after 1991 when the SJM was founded in Nagpur by late Dattopant Thengdi and former Vice-Chancellor of Nagpur University Dr M G Bokre. The dignitaries were felicitated on this occasion.
Girls of Devi Ahilya Mandir Vanvasi Balika Chhatravas presented a street play on the concept of FDI in retails and its consequences. 
Shri Bhayyaji Joshi also released a video CD of the speech delivered by Shri S Gurumurthy, at IIT Mumbai on this occasion.
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  1. The TN SJM felt proud on relasing the above said CD. It's available for sales at Chennai SJM office. One DVD is priced at Rs.50/-. Contact: +91 9443140930