By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Chengdu, 17 Jun: Tarun Vijay, RSS thinker and former BJP MP, said at Sichuan University on 16 June in an address to senior professors and students that culture unites people and more people to people contact through track-two diplomacy between two great civilisations was the need of the hour. He said that PM Narendra Modi had emerged as the great leader of the times, who had popularised Yoga for a better, healthier planet and strengthened cultural threads like never before.
He said Chinese scholars had begun understanding the RSS and BJP through vigorous academic interactions and it was a positive sign of the changing times. It would be better if the ideological belief of the India’s new leaders expressed through the writings of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya’s Integral Humanism and Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s Cultural Nationalism were also studied. One couldn’t know the emerging India without understanding the ideological roots of those who were leading this historic change, he emphasised.
He suggested Chinese thinkers study Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya and Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee to understand the new changes occurring in India under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership. He promised to gift literature on Upadhyaya and Mookerjee to Sichuan University’s library.
Tarun Vijay, Chairman of the CII-India China Forum, headed the India- China Parliamentary Group for two years. He was also Member, India China Eminent Persons’ Group, appointed by the President of India.
He was speaking on ‘India China Cultural Relations’, under the auspices of the reputed Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at Sichuan University.
The Executive Director of ISAS, Prof Li Tao, welcomed him and promised to have the works of ideological acharyas of the BJP leaders added to the library for the benefit of researchers.
Vijay said that cultural nationalism and Integral Humanism speak of the last person’s progress (Antyodaya) and are the main sources of the civilisational inspiration of the BJP within the constitutional framework of the republic.
Vijay also spoke at length on ancient cultural relations between two countries and said that, for ages, spiritual monks like Kumarajiva, Bodhidharma, Kashyap, Matanga from India and Xuanzang and Fa-Hsien from China laid the foundations of cultural, civilisational relations that had provided the strongest ever base for friendship. Modern India had seen Tagore as the greatest cultural ambassador for India-China relations, whose legacy had been taken up by a great Chinese scholar from Santi Niketan, Professor Tan Yun Shan and his illustrious son Prof Tan Chung (recipient of the Padma Bhushan).
Though Indian text books have lessons on Chinese travelers to India, it would be good if Chinese schools, too, were to teach life stories of Indian monks who brought Buddhism to China, he emphasised.
Executive Director of ISAS, Prof Li Tao and Director of the Centre for South Asia Studies, Sichuan University, Liu Jia Wei welcomed Tarun Vijay and offered the active participation of their centre in the Mandarin version of Narendra Modi’s biography, authored by Tarun Vijay.
Vijay said that the new book would contain Modi-1.0 achievements, foreign policy, economic reforms, and his personal work style that had endeared him to millions across the globe. It would also have a separate chapter on the Indian electoral scene, and the Modi-2.0 agenda as seen by the people.