The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has begun work on its plans to build a ‘new India’ on the completion of 100 years of independence in 2047, centred around the promised Ram temple (as of now under construction) in Ayodhya, according to senior journalist Arun Anand who has years of experience covering the Sangh Parivar as a journalist.
The emphasis of the RSS is on establishing a way of social life and Indian polity that follows the principles of ‘Ram Rajya’ within the constitutional framework and the spiritual traditions of India, according to RSS saha sarkaryavah (joint general secretary) Arun Kumar, Anand reported via ThePrint.
The report defines “Ram Rajya” in the Indian context as an ideal governance model and social system where the goals and activities of society, rulers and individuals are in perfect synergy, resulting in peace and prosperity for all.
The RSS believes that the Indian society has had self-realisation during the Ram temple movement and is now ready in every way to realise the vision of ‘Ram Rajya’. However, the Sangh lays a special emphasis on upholding the spirit of the Constitution of India in its plans, the report says.
Kumar made clear indications about this roadmap at a Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) programme in the national capital earlier this month to launch the book, ‘Sabke Ram’, which is based on the anecdotal experiences during VHP’s ‘Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan’ to involve public in the construction of Ram temple.
Kumar said, describing the 25-year plans, “As the construction of Ram Temple has begun, it seems that now the Indian society is prepared to build the India that we want to make. The journey from Ram temple to Ram Rajya has to take place in the next 25 years.”
On the idea of ‘Ram Rajya’, Kumar said: “There is no need for any sloganeering. The resolve to build the temple is being fulfilled. In the next 25 years, SriRam has to be established in the heart of every person in India. And every individual has to be inspired and motivated to live the personal and family life according to the principles followed by SriRam.”
Kumar holds the critical responsibility of coordination between the RSS and its ideological mentee, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is ruling at the Centre and in several states and is currently the most prominent political party in India. He was entrusted with this responsibility earlier this year. Previously, he was the head of the RSS’s Prachar Vibhag (publicity wing).
On the future of Indian society and the institutional system of the country, Kumar said the nation will be built within the constitutional framework.
“In accordance with the spirit of the Constitution of India, we have to establish the dignity of every institution of the society, we have to create a model of social life that is suitable for the times we live in. And on this basis, we will build our nation as a sacred entity,” he said.
The thinking within the RSS is that the Ram Temple and SriRam’s life will be the focal points of this rejuvenation of the nation and society. “Just as we have to respect and follow SriRam in personal life, similarly in our national life also we have to follow him and respect his ideals,” Kumar said.
“Just like every institution and individual had their own dignity in the time of SriRam, similarly, we have to build our institutions while transforming the society, bringing necessary changes that suit the contemporary context in all the institutions of India,” he said.
Ram Rajya and also Vishwaguru
The RSS believes that in the next 25 years, the nation will have to be built in such a way that it could reclaim its position of vishwaguru (a teacher or guide to the world). But it should not be based on power and materialistic success. Instead, it should primarily be guided by the age-old spiritual traditions of India.
“It is our dream that we want to see Bharat Mata sitting on the highest pedestal of ‘Vishwa Guru’ in the world in the coming 25 years. For us there is a picture of a Bharat endowed with ultimate splendour and power but full of spirituality for which we all have to work,” Kumar said.
To follow this roadmap, the RSS working process will comprise three key elements, which also helped in the successful culmination of the Ram temple movement.
These elements are “purity of purpose, the authenticity of leadership and determination and selflessness of the people involved in this work”, Kumar said.
Overall, the RSS is preparing to begin the journey from Ram temple to Ram Rajya, which will span over the next 25 years and probably be at the centre of the national discourse.