Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat stated on Saturday that India was formed for the welfare of the world, and the country must share its knowledge as a duty amid its rise in strength and prestige.
In his address to a gathering at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Bhagwat urged Indians to put aside their scepticism and lack of faith in the nation’s traditional knowledge system and engage in research to discover what is important and share it with others.
“Our nation was formed because of the penance of our forefathers, who wanted the world’s welfare. That is why it is our duty (to share knowledge),” Bhagwat said during the inauguration of 1,051 volumes on the traditional Indian knowledge system and related topics written by Punarutthan Vidyapeeth, an Ahmedabad-based and RSS-affiliated think tank.
We must assess our knowledge system as well as those already in place, he added, in order to “find new levels of knowledge and offer it to the world” even as India’s strength and reputation grow on a global scale.
Bhagwat stated that many people are “doubtful and carry disbelief regarding this knowledge” and that Indians should first educate themselves before attempting to educate the rest of the world.
There are those who possess actual wisdom, but we are unable to believe them because “our brain has been shaped like this,” as the RSS ‘sarsangchalak’ asserted.
Exhorting Indians to share after researching, Bhagwat said: “We should first see what existed in the past, then relearn it and present a holistic form of knowledge to the world on the basis of the Indian knowledge tradition relevant to the country, time and situation.”
Bhagwat praised the recognition that the world had given to traditional Indian medical practices like Ayurveda and yoga, but claimed that certain individuals have attempted to patent some of their aspects.
“However, we would never do such a thing (patenting). Knowledge is for all. It is for all those who work hard. It is not limited by birth, caste, nation, language and region,” he said.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is in need of a fresh perspective, and India should be the one to provide it, he remarked.
Bhagwat claimed that the difference between “Vigyan” (science) and “Gyan” (knowledge) is related to the vision and praised the New Education Policy (NEP) for the “change of vision” it seeks to bring about.
The RSS chief concluded that although science may be leading us closer to catastrophe, the real source of knowledge was “where our inclination resides” within us rather than science.