To see unity in diversity is India’s unique characteristic: RSS Chief
Mumbai, Dec 17: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Dr Mohan Bhagwat Tuesday described India as the only country that has not only believed in the principle of unity in diversity but has imbibed it as its national character.
Dr Bhagwat was speaking here at a function after releasing two volumes of 'Samagra Vande Mataram’ written by Milind Sabnis. The book deals with the history of Vande Mataram in detail.
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao was also present on the occasion. Shantanu Chattopadhyaya, Kolkata, descendent of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya who composed the eternal song ‘Vande Mataram’ was felicitated on this occasion.
The RSS chief further said that it was natural for we Indians to see unity in diversity. “The world talks about necessity of uniformity and are ready to tolerate diversity for the sake of uniformity. But we embrace and accept diversity in India”, he said.
Dr Bhagwat further said that there was no other country like India that has unity in diversity as its core principle. “This made India the most unique nation in the world. We worship many gods and goddesses and have varied food habits and living styles. But still the country is one”, he added.
Speaking on ‘Vande Mataram’, the RSS Chief said that ‘Vande Mataram’ was not mere words. It is the mantra that inspired many to sacrifice their lives for the motherland during the freedom struggle. Most of those who went to the gallows had this mantra on their lips.
Bhagwat called on the people to read this book on Vande Mataram and not just keep it in ‘your houses’ like other sacred books. “We must read this book. At home we generally keep Bhagwadgita. We don’t read it but we keep it. Similarly this tome should also be kept in our homes and read daily”, the RSS Chief said.
Vande Mataram is the mantra which touches the heart of every Indian, he said adding that because of this language of heart everyone understands its meaning and import. India was not just a line on the global map but the name of a characteristic, he added.
Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao said that Vande Mataram inspired farmers to fight against foreign rulers in the past. It was unfortunate that some people in India made adverse comments about this national song.