BJP releases manifesto 2014 – Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat

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India is the most ancient civilization of the world and has always been looked upon by the world as a
land of wealth and wisdom. India has been credited to have developed, apart from philosophy and
mathematics, science and technology of a very high order, which had attracted scholars from all over
the world. Al-Andalusi, a Spanish scholar in the 11th Century, in his monumental work ‘Tabaqat al-
Umam’ had discussed the state of science in different countries. He writes, “The first nation to have
cultivated science is India… India is known for wisdom of its people. Over many centuries all the kings
of the past have recognized the ability of Indians in all branches of knowledge.” Andalusi further states,
“Indians, as known to all nations for many centuries, are the metal (essence) of wisdom, the source of
fairness and objectivity. They are the people of sublime pensiveness, universal apologues, and useful
and rare inventions.”

India’s contribution to the march of civilization goes back to several thousand years before the Christian
era. From the Vedas to Upanishads and Gautam – the Buddha and Mahavira – the 24th Jain Tirthankara
and then to Kautilya and Chandra Gupta and down up to the eighteenth century, India was respected
for its flourishing economy, trade, commerce and culture. It had an international outreach from Korea
to Arabia, from Bamiyan to Borobudur and beyond. Before the advent of Britishers, Indian goods were
internationally recognized for their quality and craftsmanship. India had a much bigger role and presence
in industry and manufacturing than any nation in Europe or Asia. It had a well-developed banking
system and equally renowned businessmen, along with its financiers, who were contributing to create
a flourishing and progressive economy. According to Sunderland, India was also one of the greatest
shipbuilding nations and consequently had an access to international markets. Indian prosperity held
the world in thrall. It was this wealth which attracted the foreigners – from Alexander to the Britishers.
Historical records establish the level of progress and prosperity attained by India before the advent of
the Europeans. Indian advancement in mathematics, astronomy, physics and chemistry along with
the biological sciences has been well recognized. India was a land of abundance, prosperity, affluence,
a land of sharing and caring living in perfect harmony and peace with the nature. From ancient times
almost all religions practiced in different parts of the world, have existed peacefully in India and will
continue to do so. India thus provides the most ennobling experience in spiritual co-existence.
BJP recognizes that no nation could chart out its domestic or foreign policies unless it has a clear
understanding about itself, its history, its roots, its strengths and failings. In a highly mobile and
globalized world, it is imperative for a nation to know its roots that provide sustenance to its people. \
Indian freedom struggle, which was inspired by Tilak, Gandhi, Aurobindo, Patel, Bose and others, had
a clear vision of the civilizational consciousness of India. These leaders had directed the freedom
movement, keeping the Indian ways and thoughts in the centre of their action. They had a vision to
reconstruct the political and economic institutions of India as a continuum of civilizational consciousness,
which made India one country, one people, and one Nation.
After achieving independence, the leaders at the helm of affairs lost the spirit and the vision, which the
freedom movement had evoked. They discarded the vision and adopted the institutional framework of
administration created by the Britishers which was quite alien to India’s world-view. It is unfortunate
that these leaders could not comprehend India’s inner vitality, which was the main force responsible for
India’s survival despite several attacks and prolonged foreign rule and thus, failed to rekindle the spirit
of India.

BJP Manifesto: Read the full text here

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