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An Open Letter To The Prime Minister

Our country can and will, progress only when both this modern India and traditional Bharat work in tandem with each other

Photo Credit : Umesh Goswami


Dear Pradhanmantriji,

To begin with, please accept my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on the successful passage of the GST Bill. I pray to the Almighty that he shower his choicest blessings on you so you may keep up the dedication and energy with which you are working to strengthen our country’s economy.

You had recently sir, mentioned your desire and determination to create a New India by the year 2022, which also marks the 75th year of the country’s Independence. Please allow me to share a few thoughts about your vision.

Our vast geographic and demographic nation that stretches from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kutch to Assam, actually has two nations living within it – India and Bharat.

Two mindsets run and work simultaneously in this country - that of India and that of Bharat. Some believe that India resides in the cities and Bharat in the villages, but I believe that our nation resides in the hearts of every Bharatiya and the minds of every Indian.

While India talks of progress, Bharat puts a strong emphasis on its ideals. While India shakes hands with foreign collaborations, Bharat firmly and with pride, holds onto everything that is Swadeshi. While India scrutinises every aspect of the country’s prosperity with brains, Bharat is all heart!

Happiness for India increases with every increase in the virtual friend list, while Bharat is thrilled and happy to give and receive as many real hugs from friends.

It is believed that while Bharat’s contribution to the country’s population is 80 per cent, its role in strengthening the sovereignty of the nation and increasing its influence is only 20 per cent.

Progressive India’s contribution to the nation, meanwhile, is the reverse. Its population may comprise 20 per cent of the nation, but its contribution to the nation is 80 per cent. And to balance this imbalance of influential India and densely populated Bharat, sir, if we manage to strike the right balance between India’s vast scientific research and Bharat’s deep spiritual insight, India’s modern mindset and Bharat’s ancient culture and heritage, India’s functionality, its practicality, its viability and Bharat’s longstanding and revered traditions, India’s machine power and Bharat’s human resource power and if we amalgamate India’s modern lifestyle with Bharat’s traditional upbringing and family values, New India will most certainly emerge as a world leader.

Pradhanmantriji, I am sure you will agree with me that despite all odds, our country and its people stand united when it comes to serving the nation. The respect for the nation is above and beyond everything else for every individual of this country.

I firmly believe that our country can and will, progress only when both this modern India and traditional Bharat work in tandem with each other. This unique blend can surpass all odds and give our country a new meaning, a new identity and a new horizon in the eyes of the entire world.

I am certain that if we continue to work towards building our nation with the same determination, far-sightedness and devotion, then the gap between India and Bharat will cease and we shall see the rise of a new prosperous, happy and from every angle, self-sufficient nation.

The New India that we dream of and resolve to create, can happen only when we see India and Bharat walk hand in hand - shoulder to shoulder - and with each other.

With Best Wishes,
Yours faithfully,
Dr Subhash Chandra

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Subhash Chandra

The author is chairman, Essel Group & ZEE

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