Former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in Gwalior on Sunday expressed serious concern about the bitterness visible across the political spectrum.
At a function in Gwalior’s Lashkar locality, Scindia said political leaders are currently not seeing eye to eye with each other on important issues relating to social and political issues. “It is not good sign and must end.”
He recalled the political era of his father Madhavrao Scindia, stating in those days, political discourse always involved healthy debates and discussion. “In the past, both the ruling party and the opposition respected each other as political adversaries and competitors... A code of conduct was the order of the day, and it took centre stage despite ideological differences among various groups,” Scindia said.
He said politics should be used as medium for public service alone, and not for cheap gains.
“All the forces which attempt to destroy the social fabric of a peace-loving society like ours must be crushed.”
Scindia said a difference in opinion is part of a democracy. “But acrimonious attitude is really bad,” he said, adding that his family has always been committed to growth and development, and never encouraged caste- and religion-based politics.
“I will continue to serve people across the board by following in the footsteps of my father,” Scinida said, lauding the contribution of the Baghel-Pal community since the period of the erstwhile ruler Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar in nation-building and the freedom struggle, as well as their association with Scindia family.
Scindia promised to help the community empower itself. “It is imperative to empower youths as an intellectual power, together with the country’s churning wheel of economic growth,” he said.
Quoting Swami Vivekananda, the Congress leader said India has immense potential to be developed as a strong spiritual and intellectual power, and it can be achieved by harnessing the intellectual resources for an economic growth.