New Year: Renewed Aspirations
By Deepak Kumar Rath
English New Year has infused new enthusiasm into one and all with chilling cold waves. The New Year is of course a celebration time and normally people prefer to stay in a holiday mood and enjoy their time at their favourite destinations. So, the travel and hotel expenses have escalated manifold. The COVID situation was slowly recovering in India, but again there is a fear of another wave. The government is making all preparations in the health sector so that we can tackle any situation. The general public is also now well aware how to keep themselves healthy. In comparison to developed countries, India is really in an advanced stage in the health care system to contain any pandemic situation. Indians are now more conscious about daily Yoga, meditation and physical exercises even in small rural areas and villages. The young population in India is more progressive now and is excelling in the field of technology, manufacturing sector, research and development so as to strengthen the concept of Atmanirbhar Bharat and reduce imports. I can say that overall there is a growth of confidence and positive thinking amongst the young generation and the Indian economy is booming slowly, in comparison to other developed nations. We can say that Amrit Kaal has started now and India is moving ahead with flying colours in the field of strengthening our economy, defence, infrastructure and education.
One issue I want to point out here, which is, despite such a rising stature of India, more focus is needed to strengthen the basic principle of Sanatan Dharma. India has its own lifestyle system, which includes Indian food, alternative system of medicines, rich Indian culture, Gurukul system of education and Indian system of economy. The basic principle of Sanatan Dharma teaches us for a casteless society and welfare of all human beings. India is the only country in the world where people from all sects and religions live in a peaceful atmosphere. Despite several attacks on Hindu Gods, Hindu temples and several acts against our age-old culture, India still has the best maintained social harmony and peace. This is substantiated by the fact that it took years to build the grand temple for our Lord Rama, but the Hindus never perpetrated any attack on any religious structures, gods or acted against any religion. Only a few orthodox elements and divisive forces, which are guided from across the border, are having a divisive agenda against the Indian society. The Britishers, Mughals and many other forces tried their best to destabilise India and the basic principles of Indian-ness, which is mentioned in our Vedas and Upanishads. But they badly failed in achieving their goals to divide India and disturb our social harmony. The modern-day syndromes like love jihad, conversion, etc, are a few examples of the agenda of those people who are continuously engaged in destabilising our society. India must now lay emphasis on tackling the menace of population bomb. Some unguided missiles, in the name of spiritual gurus, are encouraging one particular religion for the growth of their population. Hence, it is high time our government enacted a law for population control in India. I wish our well-wishers and patrons a happy English New Year.