Ripples 49- Modernisation Without Westernisation V

Dattopant stated if southern countries unburden themselves of low self esteem and focus on mutual co-operation, they will be able to comprehend themselves to be more capable than the northern countries.

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I have been reflecting in my own way on Dattopant Thengadi Ji's Third Way. I present these small "ripples" that it has caused in my mind in a series. I am glad it has found its resonance in many thinking minds alike. I hope the readers have read the earlier article in the series before moving ahead. 
Also Read:  Ripples A Reflection On Dattopant Thengadi's Third Way Part 48
Dattopant states that all are aware Mao is given the credit sinification of Marxism (roughly described as the process by which non-Chinese societies come under the influence of Chinese culture, language, societal norms, and ethnic identity) and had courage to declare that ' modernisation is not westernisation'. He stated if southern countries unburden themselves of low self esteem and focus on mutual co-operation, they will be able to comprehend themselves to be more capable than the northern countries. They should have integrated approach. Where economy would not be considered in isolation but ecology and ethics must be acknowledged as integral components.
We need-

1) The careful study technology of all would help to identify and assimilate the appropriate one.

2) The technology which suits the local conditions and needs, is to be identified and introduced.

3) It should support the existing conditions and should be flexible enough not to run the risk of unemployment at a great scale, wasting the existing talent and defunding of the means of production.

4) It needs to focus on decentralisation of the process of production

The society would need to approach the values of life in a different way-

1) Purely economic and materialistic values of life in a way clash with the individual development in its real sense.

2) The cultural and psychological surroundings should able to creat dissociation between social status and personal wealth.

Many of our distinguished scientits don't support the attempts to delink modern science from culture completely. On 24'th June 1983 prof K. I. Vasu of the Indian Institute of Science of Bangluru when spelt out the philosophy of Swadeshi Science Movement stated that,'such policy and plan would be truly Swadeshi in spirit and fully Swadeshi in execution. It can make our nationhood fulfilled,ruralism protected, culture and the whole world preserved'.
Our environmentalists are devoting serious efforts to initiate the 'Swadeshi Technical Movement'. With proper motivation, our scientists' community may accomplish this task.

Our country has phenomenal intellectual resources. What we need is national will to support it. Shri Guruji was of the opinion that 'we need to revive the spirit of inherent unity and the awareness of it's life purpose in our society. The rest would be taken care of.'

J.L. Brockington (is emeritus Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., and is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles, mainly on the Sanskrit epics and the history of Hinduism.) In his well known book 'The Sacred Thread' observes that ' Hinduism doesn't reject the old in favour of the new, but blends the two, expressing new dilemmas in traditional language and accommodating fresh insights to established view points'.  

Prof. Vidya Deshpande

Professor 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,