Source: News Bharati English23 Jan 2015 16:40:10
New Delhi, Jan 23: India is no longer a country of the Third World but fast emerging as a global power. The world is also looking at India from this angle as no other country has the potential and capability to become a global power, observed Arun Kumar, Director, Jammu Kashmir Study Centre here.
Arun Kumar, a senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary, was speaking after releasing special security numbers of Organiser and Panchjanya weekly magazines here at a function held recently.
The special volumes of both the weeklies are dedicated to present security challenges and ways to address them. Kumar said the strategic location that India finds itself is the main reason of its becoming a world super power.
Arun Kumar, who has been closely watching the developments in border state of J & K attracted the attention of the audience to the fact that until recently Britain was considered to be the major global super power. The British Empire was extended from Turkey to Australia covering half of the world. But in reality, it was not British Empire but an Indian Empire, he said adding that the Indian power give the strength to the British Empire.
Before 1947, when it was almost clear after the World War II that Britian would be leaving India, they studied in depth how to protect their interests. They published a number of reports on this and it was through these reports that one understands how important India was for them, he said.
Calling for looking beyond the rhetoric of Maoism and Naxalism being exported by the neighboring countries, Arun Kumar said that that according to independent thinkers India will play a major role in comng 40 years in the multi-polar world and maintain balance of power along with USA, Russia, European Union, China and Japan.
Stating that India was the real strength of the British Empire he said that the British Empire extended from Turkey, Egypt, to Singapore, Malaya, Indonesia and Australia and New Zealand to East and South Africa. They had made three major military camps in this vast area at Port of Spain, Eden, and South Africa. But India had the Garrison above all. They set up four Garrisons at Chennai, Kochhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The entire Indian Ocean was converted into British Lake. In the World War I 18 lakh British soldiers were engaged out of whom 14 lakh were Indian soldiers! In World War II the number of British soldiers was 25 lakh out of whom 20 lakh were Indians! That is to say that actually the Indians fought on behalf of the British and won the war. This was the strategic location of India which Britain used to control and rule over its vast Empire.
Arun Kumar in his scholarly discourse highlighted the position of every individual Indian. He said he was not referring to strategic location of the country. Our society is more vibrant and ready to accept changes. We have adopted new things, discarded old outdated customs and changed ourselves according to changing times in the past 3-4 decades. No other society has shown such a readiness to accept changes and inculcate them in their social life. Wherever we went we changed the world perception about us. That is why the world looked at us and expect us to be a world leader, he said.
Stating that India has all the strength to become a world super power but for our behaviour, attitude and the atmosphere in our country. The reason for this paradox is resultant of the absence of a ambitious society and a vision to become a global leader. If we manage to get them we could change the world and perform the role the world is expecting from us.
Elaborating his views Arun Kumar said that only ambitious nations can play a role in the world as a change agent. The nation nurse some ambitions, dreams and labours towards their realization. With this ambition Japan could rise from the ashes, Israel could emerge as a strongest nation in the Middle East after obtaining its land following a struggle for 1800 years and Germany could be united after 50 years. Even China can compel the world to change its perception towards it why can’t India achieve this? The only reason was lack of ambition. After independence, the leaders failed to ignite the minds of the people with this ambition, with this vision and miserably lacked to give them the mission to translate that vision and fulfil that ambition. So, the first basic lacuna was absence of a dream about the nation, the vision to fulfil that dream and the mission to accomplish this task.
Secondly, if we want to be victorious we have to create a strategic society. The strong, capable, virtuous people won sometime but they cannot remain so for long. To be victorious and remain so we need create a strategic society and not be content with just 5-10 leaders and 15-20 heroes.
The society that cannot think above power, water, roads, drains cannot emerge victorious society in the world. If I think I am Indian what meaning it does import to my mind? What does the name of my country India or stands for? What is the role of India in the world? We could not create such a strategic society after independence, he said.
A country like Britain located thousands of miles away from India had this strategic vision. It used that vision and used India to be become a world leader. It used our resources, manpower in its mission of becoming a world leader. Now after leaving India what has become of that one time global power we all know? If Britian could become world leader on the strength of our resources why can’t we? But for the only reason that we could not give a dream, a vision to fulfil that dream and a mission to accomplish to our society failing miserably to create a strategic society, he explained.
Union Minister of State for I & B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said terrorists organizations like ISIS and al Qaeda are eyeing Indian youths as they can draw their strength from them. India is the only country of youths in the world he said. They need to be given proper direction lest they tread the wrong path.
ISIS is a different terrorist organization from others he said, adding that they are capturing territories and holding them. These two terror outfits—al Qaeda and ISIS—are not together but not against each other also. They are in union as regards their mission to establish supremacy of Islam. But their tactics are different.
He sounded a warning alarm for the youth to stay away from drugs and alcohol consumption. He said that the neighboring countries are encircling India from the sea route by erecting huge ports at Karachi, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Indian Ocean was necessary for India for economic activities.
Rathore pointed to Taliban activities in Afghanistan and said that its growing hold there could be dangerous for India in future. Similarly Chinese hydro-diplomacy in the North east India involving Brahmaputra waters could also be dangerous for the country.
Hitesh Shankar, Editor of Panchjanya made the introductory remarks and stated the background of the special number on security.Managing Director of Bharat Prakashan Ltd. Presented the graph of the publications and proposed vote of thanks.