Govenor Vajubhai Vala inaugurated the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Study Chair at Rani Chennamma University in Belagavi on Thursday. The university is the only one in South India to set up this chair. The Union government will release Rs. 5.78 crore for the chair to take up research on political and economic philosophy of Upadhyaya, an RSS ideologue.
Speaking at an event at the APJ Abdul Kalam Auditorium in VTU, Vala said that the Union and State governments should follow the ideals preached by Upadhyaya. “Today, I read in the newspapers that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formed two high-level committees to boost growth and create more jobs. If we had followed Upadhyaya’s economic principles of ‘mass production by the masses’ that ensures job-oriented growth, we would not have had to face this situation,” the senior BJP leader who earlier served as Finance Minister of Gujarat said.
“Upadhyaya supported an economy built on handmade products and small industries. His motto was mass production by the masses and not by machines. However, we now have an economic system where big machines rule. When we were young, shoes were made and mended by cobblers. There was a cobbler in every street corner. But now, only big companies make shoes. And they make shoes that cannot be repaired. Every time they wear out, we have to throw them out and buy new ones. We should realise that such a system does not generate jobs,” he said.
Upadhyaya spoke of environment conservation in the 1950s-1960s. He spoke against big dams such as the Bhakra Nangal. He spoke of sustainable use of resources. He advocated smaller dams and barrages rather than big ones.
“We can see the implications clearly now. Karnataka has big dams on the Krishna, the Tungabhadra and the Cauvery. But has the problem of water scarcity ended in Karnataka? No. The solution lies in having a series of check-dams over water bodies as in Gujarat. There we decentralised the process and funded the gram panchayats which built check-dams. Now, these check-dams support farmers to grow two crops a year,” Vala said.
“It is time to go back to Upadhyaya’s policy of ‘work for all hands and water for all fields’,” he said. “Farmers don’t need subsidies. They need water for their crops. I hope the new government at the Centre implements Upadhyaya’s idea of a national water grid to save river water going waste into the sea,” the Governor said.
“Upadhyaya believed in the military might of India. When the former Prime Minister late Jawaharlal Nehru and his Cabinet colleague Krishna Menon had lost hope during the war with China, it was Upadhyaya who spoke in support of our forces. He said that our soldiers were brave enough to handle the situation and boosted the country’s morale,” he said.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Research Institute general secretary Atul Jain, Vice-Chancellor Shivanand Hosmani, registrars Siddu Alagur and Rangaraj Wanadurga, study chair convenor Mahantesh Kori and others were present.
‘Envision 2030 influenced by Deen Dayal’s integral humanism’
The sustainable development goals announced by United Nations in its Envision 2030 programme are heavily influenced by Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s idea of integral humanism. However, it has not given him any credit, Atul Jain, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Research Institute general secretary, said in Belagavi on Thursday.
United Nations officials have copied and pasted these 17 development goals from one of the several books of Upadhyaya. These were announced recently in the presence of world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the United Nations has not given him any credit for this, Jain said. He was speaking at the inauguration of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Study Chair at the Rani Chennamma University here.
Upadhayaya was multi-talented. He did not join the IAS despite being selected as he wanted to serve the country. He was an economist, humanist, writer, journalist and statesman. He distilled Indian wisdom in all his thoughts and actions. He has influenced several sections of Indian thought. He was an ardent believer in the RSS ideology. He followed what ever RSS taught him, he said.
Though he never used the word Antyodaya in his writings, the welfare of the downtrodden was the spirit and essence of his ideology. He spoke of (Samyanit Upabhog) or sustainable consumption and not today’s reckless consumerism. He favoured harnessing and not exploitation of natural resources practised by the Capitalist West. He was for ethical, sustainable enjoyment of resources and not greedy exploitation of resources that is seen now, Jain said.
He said that the study chair in the university would try to showcase the ideology of Upadhyaya in the contemporary context. Upadhyaya’s ideology was based on dynamism and he cautioned people not to be stuck in the past.
He advocated the use of appropriate technologies for India and not just thoughtless copying of technological tools. The university should ensure that the language and the narrative were not outdated. “We should uphold the geo-cultural nationalism of Upadhyaya,” Jain said.
The event organised by the university was mostly in Hindi, though one of the anchors made announcements in English. The Governor spoke in Hindi, Jain spoke in Hindi and English. Neither the anchors nor Vice-Chancellor Hosmani and Alagur spoke in Kannada.