Now when it is official that Indians are riding on a high national pride under Narendra Modi’s leadership, it may be interesting to find out why it is so, and whether the pride is high enough to influence others. The high national pride reported by Pew Research Center cannot be accidental nor can such pride be purchased. At the same time, it is not to be seen as an opportunity for pushing forward anyone’s political agenda.
A tsunami of euphoria and optimism is sweeping India. Indians are finally feeling that they are getting the deserved respect on the world stage, that their country is in safe hands and the future of their children is bright. The source of their optimism is the source of their faith: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, they believe, is taking India in the right direction and will ensure that the country’s economic situation will improve a lot in one year. (Source)
For those who knew Narendra Modi’s nationalist spirit, the high tide in the national pride among Indians, in India and abroad, was expected under his leadership. His genuine national spirit has organically influenced not only his followers, but Indian citizens in general.
Interestingly, this news is a practical example of how Bhagavad Gita cannot be wrong. The karma-yoga chapter of Bhagavad Gita says: yad yad acarati sresthas tat tad evetaro janah sa yat pramanam kurute lokas tad anuvartate. Meaning, whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. (Bg 3.21)
Who can deny that from the day Mr Modi came to power, India has become a buzzword in the world? What is attracting the world leaders in India today that was covered for decades? One definite reason is the spirit of its highest leadership. Today we see western countries greeting Modi with Sanskrit verses (mantras) from Upanishads. Today we see NASA’s Marsh mission sending a cyber greetings to ISRO’s Mangalayan with a Namaskar instead of the western Hi. Today we see the world, including the UN, celebrating Yoga day. Today we see Indian ministers addressing assemblies of top world leaders. Today the world is more than eager to invest in India. Today the people of the world look at India with respect. The list goes on.
And the same India was considered an embarrassment just a few years back when one after another financial scandals ruined the country’s image abroad. I don’t want to sound political but it is difficult to overlook the drastic change in India’s image after Narendra Modi took the reins.
However, there are more important things that India needs to achieve than just becoming an industrial hub for the world. Religiously protecting the ways of traditional farming is one such requirement that India cannot afford to overlook.
Economc growth may be an attractive term, especially when the world is heading towards an inevitable and impending economic turmoil, but the government needs to keep in mind that overdoing can backfire. If this wasn’t the case, Reserve Bank of India’s Governor Raghunath Rajan wouldn’t have warned the government against chasing economic growth too fast. He knows better why he said it but there are more reasons to support his views.
While chasing economic growth and inviting international corporate giants to make in India, the Prime Minister must not forget that besides its spiritual culture, India’s true wealth is in its natural resources, agriculture and cow protection. This is historically true and will remain so in the future.
One thing that concerns many intellectuals is Modi government’s stand on genetically modified food, or GMF. It seems that there is a strong lobby in favor and the government has come under pressure. This GMF is most likely to cause various diseases in the long term. This is a verifiable fact and looking at the figures released by Health Affairs, America has the most number of sick persons in the world, and I believe this has direct link with its food culture, GMF being the prominent one.
Modi government needs to understand that trying to outsmart nature is guaranteed to be ultimately disastrous. And no ruling party has the moral right to play with the health of millions of citizens.
Plenty of research work has been done by highly reputed research groups, clearly indicating how there are compelling reasons to admit that GMF can have a devastating effect on human bodies. Is the Modi government not studying enough or is its ambitions and eagerness to bring industrial revolution in the country blocking its sense of discrimination?
“Today, consumers are kept in the dark and are part of an uncontrolled, unregulated mass human experiment the results of which are unknown. Yet, the risks are enormous, it will take years to learn them, and when we finally know it’ll be too late to reverse the damage if it’s proved conclusively that genetically engineered foods harm human health as growing numbers of independent experts believe. Once GM seeds are introduced to an area, the genie is out of the bottle for keeps. There is nothing known to science today to reverse the contamination already spread over two-thirds of arable US farmland and heading everywhere unless checked.
This is happening in spite of the risk because of what F. William Engdahl revealed in his powerfully important, well documented book titled “Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation.” It’s the diabolical story of how Washington and four Anglo-American agribusiness giants plan world domination by patenting animal and vegetable life forms to gain worldwide control of our food supply, make it all genetically engineered, and use it as a weapon to reward friends and punish enemies.” (Source)
Why India has to buy discarded technologies from the west? They are discarding because they find it to be dangerous, but they cannot admit it because they need to sell it. Simple. Many western countries, including USA and Canada have realized the potentially harmful nature of GMF but the industry is throwing all its might to prove how it is not harmful. Read this and this to get an idea of what i am referring to.
We learn from historical evidences that India, or Bharat, was leading the world just before a few thousand years. Vedic civilization was flourishing in all corners of the world during King Parikshit‘s rule on the earth. There is no doubt that Mr Modi’s high national spirit has its roots in his knowledge of India’s historical wealth, including its rich culture. It would be prudent of India not to get over impressed by the industrial growth in the west and sacrifice its own wealth, which consists of agriculture based on pure natural resources, cow protection and Vedic wisdom. Hare Krishna.