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The incumbent occupying the seat of the Prime Minister of India may live under the delusion that the aforementioned equation – a product of his politics – is at par with Einstein’s E = mc2and which lets him erroneously experience a eureka moment in the Archimedean spirit. Nevertheless Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha-Upanishad which means the world is one family. This verse is engraved in the entrance hall of the Parliament of India and is said to be the “loftiest Vedantic thought”.

Ever since he has come to power, the Prime Minister of India has invoked the term Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam(VK) umpteen times. On 27 September, 2014 while addressing the 69th U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, he referred to the term as India’s philosophy. This was his maiden speech at the U.N. Next on 24 November, 2015 in Singapore he reminded the audience that Indians believe in VK. He again invoked VK on 9 July, 2016 in South Africa. Once more on 23 November, 2017 while inaugurating the two day Global Conference on Cyberspace in Delhi he said that technology breaks barriers and it validates the Indian philosophy of world is one family. As recently as 23 January, 2018 he stressed on VKat the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in solving the global problems … to bridge the existing gap in humanity.

When ‘Operation Maitri’ was launched as a rescue and relief operation in Nepal – with a predominantly Hindu population – by the Government of India in the aftermath of April, 2015 earthquake, around Rs. 7000/- crores were given in aid. India pledged this amount for the reconstruction efforts. (This is ten times the amount which the UAE government is said to have offered presently for the Kerala flood victims). The Indian aid was duly accepted by Nepal during its hour of need.

Now the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam by no stretch of imagination can be seen to be only emanating from India in a centrifugal direction towards the rest of the world. It could be that due to the constant invocation of the philosophy by the Prime Minister of India, the head of the UAE is convinced of its universality. It is in this spirit that the UAE aid should be seen. Only this time around the philosophy is gravitating towards India in a centripetal direction. In physics, as in life, action and reaction are equal and opposite.

The interconnectedness of the world cannot be denied. The whole world is a global village. Those in power who have been chanting the mantra of VK would do well to remember Krishna’s discourse in Bhagwad Gita:

“There are some people who do not see whether or not the world is connected. For them it is meaningless, because they always live in a self-created darkness, devoid of knowledge. These are tamasik people who are lazy, slothful, inert and blind to reason and truth.”

The powers that be cannot wish UAE out of the global village.

The real issue which is getting obfuscated is the hatred which the present rulers in India based in New Delhi have towards Muslim people and Muslim majority countries; the latter gets seen as enemies in relation to the ideology which permeates the Sangh Parivar. No doubt since 1992 the invocation of Ram and Ram temple at Ayodhya has thrown up at least two prime ministers from within the BJP fold. The right wing forces would do well to remember that when Sita was abducted, Ram had no hesitation in accepting aid and help from birds and animals in locating her whereabouts. Ram even enlisted the help of Vibhishana, younger brother of Ravana, the latter being perceived as the enemy of Ram.

The legend in Ramayana where the then Prince Dashratha unleashed an arrow on a boy Shravan Kumar who had come to a lake to collect water for his sick and aged parents, who were both blind and whom he had been carrying on a sling, needs to be remembered by those ruling India. When Dashratha went to tell about Shravan’s death to his parents, the latter cursed Prince Dashratha who later suffered in life. Dashtratha’s kingdom too suffered.

By killing the foreign aid the puffed up bullies in Delhi have done ‘a Dashratha’act on the needy, hungry and thirsty people of Kerala devastated by the recent floods. Keralites would never forgive the rulers of India for their betrayal.

Dr. P.S. Sahni is a member of PIL Watch Group and can be contacted at: pilwatchgroup@gmail.com

Key: K signifies in relation to Kerala

 

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