Union Home Secretary Amit Shah said on Saturday that Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s belief in Indian language and culture is reflected in the new education policy recently released by Narendra Modi’s government.
Opening a two-day international webinar on “Lokmanya Tilak – Swaraj to Autonomous India”, he also said that Tilak’s ideas are being promoted through Prime Minister Modi’s vision of a “New India” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat (Autonomous India).
The Home Secretary said that Tilak’s idea of India as a nation, Indian culture and Indian customs are equally relevant today.
“Lokmanya Tilak’s belief in Indian language and culture is reflected in the new education policy of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Tilak’s ideas are promoted through the Prime Minister’s vision of a new India and Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.
The new education policy, 2020, was approved by the Union’s Cabinet on July 29 and proposes sweeping changes in school and higher education.
Teaching up to grade 5 in the mother tongue or regional language, lowering the stakes for board examinations, a single regulator for higher education institutions except law faculties and of medicine and common entrance tests for universities are part of the reforms of the NEP.
The webinar was hosted here by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations on the 100th anniversary of the death of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
Referring to Tilak’s famous quote that the foundation of a true nation rests on the foundations of culture and traditions, Shah said, “Any reform that undermines or disrespects our past cannot help achieve a true nation.
The Home Secretary said that Tilak played a key role in the realization of India’s independence movement in letter and spirit and made an unprecedented contribution to the freedom movement.
The slogan “Swaraj is my birthright and I will have it” given by Tilak, will always be written in gold letters in the history of the independence movement, he said.
“This slogan may seem natural to say in the present day, but in the 19th century very few people could have dared to pronounce it and sacrifice their lives and work to make it come true.”
The Home Secretary said that this Tilak slogan served to awaken Indian society and convert the struggle for freedom into a mass movement, thanks to which it became known as Lokmanya Tilak.
The Home Secretary said that despite being an established orator, thinker, philosopher, writer and social reformer, Tilak was rooted in the ground.
If one is to know the glorious history of India and Indian culture, then Tilak’s writings will have to be understood, Shah said, adding that reading his literary works would give young people knowledge about his great personality. by Tilak.
“By being inspired by him, young people will be able to reach new heights in their lives.” Shah stressed that in the name of social and political reform “we cannot afford to adopt British models for our institutions”.
Tilak wanted to instill love of the nation among the people based on the pride of Indian culture. In this context, he has set up gymnasiums, arenas, anti-cow slaughter institutions, he said.
The interior minister said Tilak was a staunch opponent of untouchability and had started a movement to unite the society divided into castes and sects.
Referring to Tilak’s significant contribution to connecting the working class to the national movement, Shah said Tilak started celebrating Shivaji Jayanti and Ganesh Utsav to connect the people to the struggle for freedom, which changed the direction of the movement. for independence.