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Modi said it was high time we extended a helping hand to the last man- the poorest man in each corner of the country

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Kozhikode (Kerala), Sept 25, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the need for creating an alternate politics as advocated by Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya who had always suggested that no section of people should be left neglected or considered as tools to garner votes.

Citing the “vikrut paribhasha (distorted definition)” of secularism propagated in the country, he recalled that long back, Upadhyaya, founding father of the Jan Sangh — the predecessor of the ruling BJP — had said that Muslims should not be mere tools to garner votes nor neglected.

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Deendayal had said Muslims should not be treated as “substance of vote market”, said Modi.

“It is in this context, we have launched our developmental programmes based on the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” Modi said in his address at the concluding session here of the BJP’s National Council meet.

“We have always tried to uphold his principles and today we again pledge ourselves to rededicate for the cause of such inclusive development,” he said.

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Modi said it was high time we extended a helping hand to the last man — the poorest man in each corner of the country.

“A country such as ours — full of young people — should have youthful dreams and youthful pace”, he said and added that the BJP’s original character was based on principles of welfare of the people and the party had never compromised with its ideals. (IANS)

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  • Anubhuti Gupta

    Its interesting to see a 180 degree turn the philosophy of BJP. From promoting a Hindu only welfare ideology to a PM who says that no muslim should be left behind or used for votes

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Well said, PM Modi’s unique and fresh political vision will lead India to its integrity at all the levels.

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Hinduism Acts As a Boundary for the Spread of Radical Islam in India: Chinese Media

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism in India

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Sep 03, 2014: Muslims in India generally stayed unaffected from the radicalization of Muslim gatherings in different parts of the world in light of the strong impact of Hinduism in the nation, which has established a mark of itself by going past a religion to end up plainly as a lifestyle and a social establishment, said the state-run Chinese media on Wednesday.

Adulating Hinduism for helping India setting up an ever lasting attachment towards the religion among different sects, an article in Global Times, titled – “Hinduism tied to India’s geopolitical standing” said that Hinduism made India a boundary for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

The article asserted that-

Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? Indian Muslims seldom have extreme organizations compared with groups in many other Asian countries. In the southern part of the Philippines, extremists backed by Islamic State have turned their occupied cities into horrible places. In southern Thailand, terror attacks staged by Muslim extremists take place almost every week.

The article called attention to the solid impact of Hinduism, the dominant religion of India while answering the question: Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world? 

“Like many other religions, Hinduism has its extreme side, but for the most part, its more moderate side has the strongest influence. Perhaps it is this more moderate influence that has helped establish India’s lasting cohesion and is one of the reasons that the country has not separated”

Indians take pride in the Mughal Dynasty, the time of history which was built up by Muslims, not even by the Hindus, however, there was a strong Hindu influence in that time also.

“In the long history of India, Hinduism has gone far beyond a religion to become a lifestyle and social institution. Both its extreme and tolerant sides have constituted the foundation for its relationship with Muslims and this dual character is going to exist for a long time,” it said.

The consequence of this relationship has made India a hindrance for the spread of radical Islam on the global geopolitical scene.

Also Read: How Hinduism is Interpreted by Western Indologists-David Frawley. Wendy Doniger. Koenraad Elst

The article brought up that the absence of Islamic fanatics in India has established its role in Asia and it has been thought about by the US, Japan, Russia and European nations as well.

“In the future, India is sure to continue to stand out in geopolitical significance when it comes to increasing religious and ethnic conflicts around the world. Where China is concerned, this significance should not be ignored”, the article concluded.


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