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Madhya Pradesh govt wants Simhastha declaration on fast track

The 51-point Simhastha’s Nectar Universal Message is along the lines of what the RSS has been emphasising upon for decades. Will Madhya Pradesh’s Simhastha declaration find its reflection in working of all BJP-ruled states in the coming days?

bhopal Updated: Jul 19, 2016 18:52 IST
Simhastha declaration

The RSS chief took part in the ideological conclave organised in Ujjain during Simhastha from May 12 to May 14.(File photo)

Will Madhya Pradesh’s Simhastha declaration find its reflection in working of all BJP-ruled states in the coming days?

This is a question being asked in the BJP circles after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at Nagpur on July 6 regarding its implementation.

The RSS chief, who took part in the ideological conclave (Vaicharik Mahakumbh) organised in Ujjain during Simhastha from May 12 to May 14, seems to be keen on implementing the declaration known as Simhastha Sarvbhaumik Amrit Sandesh (Simhastha’s Nectar Universal Message).

The 51-point declaration, released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the valedictory function of the three-day meet, covers varied subjects concerning human life, value-based education, women empowerment, forest and environment, economy, industrialisation, way of life, co-existence in society etc.

The subjects in the declaration are along the lines of what the RSS has been emphasising upon for decades.

Having met the RSS chief, Chouhan wishes to expedite the implementation of the declaration. So, the departments concerned have been asked to prepare a blue print which Chouhan may review on July 27.

The departments have to prepare a short-term, a medium-term and a long-term programme for it.

“How to maintain the traditional lifestyle in the era of modern civilization, and how to bring different communities on a common platform and find out a recourse to minimise the ill- effects of consumerism and market-oriented economy is one of our major concerns,” said an official associated with organising of the ideological conclave.

The government has already started implementation of the declaration.

For instance, the state government’s plantation programme under a ‘Hariyali Utsav’ which the government has been organising for years, is seen as part of the Simhastha declaration.

Chouhan may undertake a 100-day ‘Narmada Prikrama’ programme from November 11 to spread the message further on ecology.

He will take a round of Narmada, interact with people including people’s representatives along the river and engage them in Narmada and environment conservation campaign.

Since reforms in education sector what many call it saffronisation of education is one of the major areas of concern for the RSS.

The declaration says, “The education system needs redesigning to encourage inter-dependence, compassion, friendship, mercy, humility, respect, patience, faith, gratitude, transparency and co-operation rather than unhealthy competitiveness.”

It further says, “Value-based education should be included in the academic curricula so that these are inculcated from the early years and treated on a par with other subjects. Indeed, this should be the core around which the entire curricula should be built.”

“Study of values is not meant for personal development alone but aims at building an orderly society, striking a relational balance and defining a model life….Respect for all religions should be infused in the young through introduction of appropriate academic curricula……The relationship between science and technology is the same as spiritual growth has with Yoga and Dhyan. The comprehensive view of life that one learns through yoga can help create an ideal society.”

Minister of state for school Deepak Joshi says, “We are going to include whatever good there is in the holy text of all the regions in the school curriculam. Unfortunately, when we talk of study of the Geeta as a part of school curriculum we start facing accusations that we are saffronising the education system. The fact is the Geeta contains the universal message of love and brotherhood.”

Promoting RSS ideology

The 51-point Simhastha declaration covers subjects concerning human life, value-based education, women empowerment, industrialisation, co-existence in society, etc

The departments concerned have been asked to prepare a blue print which Chouhan may review on July 27

The departments will have to prepare a short term, a medium term and a long term programme for implementing the declaration

Chouhan may undertake a 100-day ‘Narmada Prikrama’ programme from November 11 to spread the message further on ecology.