Ripples : A Reflection On Dattopant Thengadi's Third Way

It is a known fact that communism and capitalism have some limitations as theories and they cannot explain Indian social phenomenon fully. We as a nation and as a society need to think in terms of indigenous concepts and theories to design a suitable development model for us.

NewsBharati    26-Jan-2022 08:21:13 AM   
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Ripples 
 
The book `Third way` written by shri Dattopant Thengadi ji was published in 1998 but I think this is the right time to revisit the book again. We as a society are struggling to comprehend the complex Indian sociological, political, economical and to some extent cultural phenomenon. It would help us evolve a relevant model in the Indian context.
 
Intellectuals always attempted to understand the social reality from the prism of western theories and concepts. We are fed with such interpretations in every field. This has been creating a state of confusion in our minds for many decades.
It is a known fact that communism and capitalism have some limitations as theories and they cannot explain Indian social phenomenon fully. ( the reasons these two theories fall short of high expectation is a topic of an independent essay. It is not the focus of this writing)
We as a nation and as a society need to think in terms of indigenous concepts and theories to design a suitable development model for us.
Dattopant ji states that such model cannot treat individuals and society from the material view point alone. When people of a society accept a thought or some plan wholeheartedly it ensures acceptance and implementation. Just good and beneficial laws don't guarantee its acceptance.
And at the same time some a section of the society needs to understand and get convinced that in spite of some inconvenience caused to them, they need to look at the decision from a larger perspective. This is no easy task.
 

Thengadi 
Some non-materialistic values need to be inculcated along with the development model. Fortunately our cultural base too supports it. He made readers aware that the 'problems confronted by are society ourmore social than economic in character'. We need to appeal to 'the sublime national consciousness of Hindu society at large'. This he states should be the starting point of our national reconstruction. In this challenging task Dattopant believes, Hindu culture that holds our psyche which is sanatan Dharma, is to be relied upon.
I share my reflections here and shall discuss the book in more details in the upcoming parts. 
 

Vidya Deshpande

Vidya Deshpande has had a journey of more than four decades in the field of education. Her  main expertise is in the subject of Philosophy,  and she has worked as a teacher of philosophy and logic with Nowrosjee Wadia college for 36 years. She has been associated with the Janakalyan Blood bank for last for 38 years and has also carried out the responsibility as a management committee member of Karve Stree Shikshan Sanstha for 10 years. Her special fields of interest are Philosophy of social sciences, school education, development of skills for self reliance,  and top up skills to make students profession ready,