Former President of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee at concluding ceremony of RSS third year Sangh Shiksha Varg underlines the civilisational continuity of Bharat and gives a call for ending all forms of violence and intolerance to make India a happy country in the world.
Dr. Mukherjee concluded his speech with “Vande Mataram”, an anathema to Congress party and the Islamists in this country
An Address to Bharat
The address of Pranab Mukherjee at Sangh Shiksha Varg highlights an excellence of ‘Constitutional Nationalism’. The speech could not have been made on any platform other than that of the Sangh
(The writer is an author and political analyst)
President Dr. Pranab Mukherjee addressed the closing ceremony of the 'Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg', of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on June 7 at Nagpur.
This was a speech which could have been made only at RSS platform. This was a speech about Nation, Nationalism and Patriotism in the context of India that is Bharat. The speech did not mention even once the word minority. It has been ages since one heard someone with a background of Congress party talking about all Indians as being equal. The speech talked about India and its plurality, diversity and unity.
There was not much difference between the two speech i.e. of Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat and former President Pranab Mukherjee, except on two counts. First, one speech was in Hindi and the other speech was in English. Secondly, Pranab Mukherjee’s speech was a bit longer than Mohan Bhagwat’s speech.
The common part was how all Indians are equal and there should be harmony among all of them. Shri Mohan Bhagwat speaking before Pranab Mukherjee had said his organisation wanted to unify the entire society and while people might have different views, they were all children of Bharat Mata.
In his candid speech, Dr. Mukherjee, suggested that, “India was a State long before the concept of the European nation-state gained ground”. He would have been trolled for saying this by the left liberal secular media cabal. He clearly mentioned that Mughals were invaders and British were colonisers. Since Independence the-Left liberal secular media cabal led by Congress has been preaching that Mughals came to Bharat to teach how to cook biryani and British taught to bake cake.
He talked about Mahajanapadas, Chandragupta Maurya victory over Greeks and other parts of Indian history which have been masked by left liberal secular media cabal. He talked about Surendranath Banerjee, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Bal Gangadhar Tilak, completely forgotten and disowned by Congress.
He said, “Thanks to the efforts of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Princely States merged leading to the consolidation of India.” He did not give credit to Nehru for unifying India.
Dr. Mukherjee underlined the fact that, “A dialogue is necessary not only to balance the competing interests but also to reconcile them.” He pointed out to Congress party which was objecting openly to his participation in an RSS event. He also added that, “We have done well on our economic growth indicators”, praising the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP led Central Government. He ended the speech with “Vande Mataram”, an anathema to Congress party and Islamists in this country.
Apart from the word minority some of the interesting omissions from the speech of Mukherjee were the names Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Congress party itself. He mentioned Congress party but that was of before independence. Mukherjee is a Nehruvian Congressmen, the same Nehru which had invited RSS to republic day parade. He has seen the Congress and its leader’s hatred for RSS, Hindus and India from close quarters and may be that is the reason he avoided mentioning them.
His ultimate praise and belief in RSS were reflected in his words, when he said: “You are young, disciplined, well trained and highly educated. Please wish for peace, harmony and happiness. Our Motherland is asking for that. Our Motherland deserves that.” There could not have been a better speech to conclude ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’ of RSS.
In a speech of facts, Pranab Mukherjee articulated his vision for India which only RSS can fulfil. And last but not the least; he accepted the invite because he wanted to make a speech which could have been made only from the RSS platform.
Shri Bhagwat categorically stated that the RSS always upheld the age-old tradition of India of celebrating the diversity and to experience the latent unity in the diversity. Everyone born in this country is a “Bharatvasi” and the differences of language, sect or ‘sampradaya’ and political ideologies notwithstanding all are one. The RSS respects this diversity and experiences the inherent unity.