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Nagpur: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said there is an atmosphere of hope and enthusiasm in the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office and that “unity in diversity in India’s strength”.

Addressing the customary 90th Vijaya Dashami, or Dassehra rally at Reshimbaugh Maidan here on Thursday morning, Bhagwat lavished praise on the NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by which the country’s “esteem in the world has gone up manifold, many pro-active steps taken to improve bilateral relations with the neighbouring countries with successful results”.

“It seems the world is being introduced to a new modern Bharat (India), which is full of self-respect and self-confidence; India is reincarnating itself into an altogether new manifestation and the world is enchanted to see her new avatar with utmost optimism,” Bhagwat said.

However, he urged that all these positive vibes reach the last person in the row by turning it into an actual experience with a real positive change in his life, reinforcing his trust in the bright future of his country and his own life.

In this context, he said efforts of the Niti Ayog is in the right direction, though it would take time for metamorphosis and patience for the fructification.

He commended the policies of Mudra Bank, Jan Dhan Yojana, voluntary surrender of cooking gas subsidy, Swachh Bharat initiative and Skill Development as useful intiaitives in the developmental process.

Bhagwat expressed concerns over the country’s population policy and sought a debate on whether it is a boon or a bane, where the the current systems and resources would be adequate to provide employment and basic amenities to the masses after 50 years, or the manpower required to run the country’s systems effectively.

Without mentioning any particular community, he said the last two Census reports brought fore population ‘imbalances’ which impact our present and future.

“We need to rise above vote-bank politics to formulate a holistic approach, equally applicable to all citizens, towards the population policy. It cannot be enforced by laws or government, but require efforts to tune the society’s psyche to it,” Bhagwat said.

To achieve this, the RSS chief called for “a respectful dialogue, to bring about a change in the natural instincts, behavioural pattern, customary religious practices and cultural traditions in accordance with current times”.

However, he said the change should come from within, it should not be guided by cheap popularity or political incentives as it could ultimately affect social cohesion and harmony to the detriment of the nation.

For achieving this positive change, Bhagwat underlined the role of education – including ethical education – parents, society and media – which should be regulated while conserving their freedom to ensure that no ill-effect, knowingly or unknowingly prevails in society.

Commenting on Pakistan hostilities, expansionism from China, rising fundamentalism and chauvinism in the world order, unfair international diplomacy resulting in growth of terror outfits like ISIS add to the already complicated, serious domestic and external security and the government must deal with it firmly, he urged.

Bhagwat pointed out that for prosperity and security, the government, administration and people must be on the same page and “Hindutva could act as the common chord” in this context.

He listed several coincidences of Thursday’s rally – where eminent scientist V.K. Saraswat was the chief guest – including RSS 90th anniversary, 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the end of 125th year celebrations of RSS founder K.B. Hedgewar, birth centenary of RSS ideologue and ex-chief Balasaheb Deoras, the start of birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, the 1,000th year of coronation of King Raj Rajeshwar Rajendra Chola, 1,000th birth anniversary of Kashmiri philosopher Acharya Abhinav Gupt and the 5151th anniversary of the Hindu holy book, the Bhagvad Gita.

(IANS)

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The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament

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Newly elected lawmakers from India's ruling alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party raise their hands in support of Narendra Modi's election as their leader in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

India’s president on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the prime minister soon after newly elected lawmakers from the ruling alliance, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, elected him as their leader following a thunderous victory in national elections.

President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet that he also asked Modi to forward the names of those to be appointed as ministers in his government and the date for the swearing-in for his second five-year term as prime minister. Modi and some leaders of his alliance met the president on Saturday.

Media reports said Modi was likely to be sworn in by Kovind on Thursday.

BJP president Amit Shah announced Modi’s name as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance in a meeting of the lawmakers in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, hugs senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M.M. Joshi as L.K. Advani, left, watches after Modi’s election as ruling alliance leader, in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, after the official vote count from the six-week-long election was completed on Friday. That is well beyond the simple majority a party in India needs to form a government.

The BJP’s top rival, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, won 52 seats, and the All India Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won 22.

Unity movement

Critics say Modi and his party have applied divisive policies and used a Hindu-first strategy. But Modi said after Saturday’s vote that “this election has become a movement of social unity.” “It is generally said that the election divides, creates distances, makes walls. But the 2019 elections have worked to break the walls,” he said in his address.

On Friday, Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation to the country’s president. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until the new government assumes office.

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The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament. VOA

Gandhi, whose great-grandfather, grandmother and father were all prime ministers, personally conceded his seat, long a Congress party bastion, to his BJP rival, India’s textiles minister, marking the end of an era for modern India’s most powerful political dynasty.

Counting of the estimated 600 million ballots cast over six weeks of staggered polling — the world’s largest democratic exercise — began early Thursday.

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Hindu-first politics

The victory was largely seen as a referendum on Modi’s Hindu-first politics that some observers say have bred intolerance toward Muslims and other religious minorities, as well as his muscular stance on neighboring Pakistan, with whom India nearly went to war earlier this year after suicide attacks killed more than 40 Indian security officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Modi effectively used the incident as a major campaign tool after responding to the attack with an airstrike in Pakistan that triggered nationalist sentiments, with the BJP saying Modi is the right person to ensure India’s national security. (VOA)