By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 28 Dec: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said today that the dream of New India and world peace could be fulfilled only by moving forward by uniting ancient and modern values. He was speaking at a two-day Regional Conference – “Towards Peace, Harmony and Happiness: Transition to Transformation”, here. He added that the important responsibility of handing over the heritage of cultural values to the next generation was on the present generation. It was a matter of concern that though the GDP was growing rapidly and India was the fourth largest economy of the world, it lagged behind in the Happiness Index. There was need to look back into the past to find solutions. Peace, harmony and prosperity had been the threads of Indian civilisation, which said that truth had to be upheld and unrighteousness destroyed. There had to be harmony among the people and welfare of the world.
He added it was the bitter truth that the West was coming here and Indians were going towards the West. This is a transition period. The new generation had to be given direction. In this, teachers and intellectuals could play an important role. Western countries were adopting the Sanatani tradition and, as a result, they were very much ahead in the Gross Happiness Index. Today, despite the fast growing economy, India’s position in the Global Happiness Index was 133. The country was at the 137th rank in the World Peace Index. When the Gross Eco Project connects with the GDP, it would become the Gross Happiness Product.
Rawat added that wellness was possible with Yoga and happiness was possible with wellness. In Uttarakhand, Rishikesh was known as the spiritual and yoga capital. People from all over the world came here for yoga and meditation. Adi Guru Shankaracharya established Jyotirmath in Uttarakhand. Swami Vivekananda, who gave the world the message of Sanatan Dharma, travelled to Almora, Augustmuni in Uttarakhand to obtain enlightenment. Mahatma Gandhi also visited Uttarakhand six times and experienced spiritual energy.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day Regional Conference organised by the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation at Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, on Friday.
Padma Vibhushan awardee Dr Murli Manohar Joshi said that change in society should be creative and well-meaning. It should not be destructive. For constructive transformation in society, focus ought to be on improving social and ethical values, human welfare, environmental protection and improving the shortcomings. Today, scientific and technological change had a profound effect on social relations and emotional status of the youth. People were living more in the virtual world. There was loss of human sensibilities in communication or dialogue in today’s generation and it had become more dependent on digital, virtual reality and smartphones. Human relations were becoming fictional and no longer emotional. The mobile language had changed the importance of literature, books and languages. Globalisation had expanded. There was also instability in human sensitivities. Today’s generation had also started to believe in the instability of moral values and relationships. It was worrisome that in various countries of the world today, violence, stress, arrogance, inequalities, and various problems prevailed. There was need to understand the mutual dependence of humans and the environment and take environmental protection seriously. Focus had to be not only on GDP growth, but also on overall human development. There was need to adopt nature friendly technology. Today, the social and political system had to be moulded in accordance with the environmental interests and we need to re-adopt the concept ‘Sarvajan Hitay, Sarvajan Sukhay’ of Indian culture.
Present on the occasion were Vijay Dhasmana, Colonel Bakshi, Mayor, Rishikesh, Anita Mamgain, Vice Chancellors and students of various Universities.