Shri J Nandakumar speaking at the seminar in Coimbatore
Coimbatore: “The idea of Bharat is rooted in Hindutva, which is revealed as philosophy (rather Darshan) and poles apart from the concept of ideology. This Hindutva, emanated from the Vedas and Agamas, is all-inclusive and all-encompassing in nature and, has naturally created a heartening and enriching milieu that has shaped many eminent right-thinking intellectuals in our ancient society,” said national convener of the Prajna Pravah Shri J Nandakumar, while speaking at a seminar on April 15. The topic of the seminar was ‘Role of Intellectuals in Good Governance’ and it was organised by Indian Economic and Cultural Centre.
“This philosophy was later reflected in our Puranas and Itihasas like Ramayana in its all enormity and depth. Unfortunately, the incessant flow of this philosophy and knowledge system was broken following myriads of invasions and external aggression that eventually resulted in the decay of our nation,” Shri Nandakumar added. Referring to the difference between our Darshan and the Western notion of ideology, he said Bharat was a land of peace and harmony until it was delinked from the philosophy of Hindutva after Darshan was replaced with ideologies like Islamism, Catholicism and Communism, which are exclusivist in nature.
He said a course correction was necessary when Bharat became Independent, but we failed to make it as the rein of power fell in wrong hands. “The Nehru Government did not take any initiative at the policy level to decolonise Bharatiya minds. The real process of liberating intelligentsia and academia from the grips of perverted ideologies started only in 2014. The need of the hour is to ensure continuity of this process at least for the next 10 years,” he added.
Luminaries like Shri PR Krishna Kumar Warrier, MD of the Ayurvedic Trust, Shri Praful Sejpal, Naam Hindu, and Prof P Kanagasabgapathi, Director IECC also shared their views.