It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e. when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man. It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin of, the other.

Indian nationalism has struck a different path. It wants to organize itself or to find full self-expression for the benefit and service of humanity at large … God having cast my lot in the midst of the people of India, I should be untrue to my Maker if I failed to serve them. If I do not know how to serve them I shall never know how to serve humanity. And I cannot possibly go wrong so long as I do not harm other nations in the act of serving my country.

Mahatma Gandhi (Young India, 18 June 1925, p211)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PM's 'very clear' message to Swamy: Publicity stunts won't benefit nation


'Nobody's Bigger Than System'

PM Narendra Modi has sent a direct message of disapproval to Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy over the MP's attacks on RBI governor Raghuram Rajan and senior finance mini stry officials questioning their loyalty to India's interests, saying such comments were inappropriate and that Rajan's patriotism is beyond doubt. In an interview to Times Now editor Arnab Goswami, the PM said: “Whether it is someone from my party or not, I believe that such things (Swamy's remarks) are inappropriate. The nation won't benefit from such publicity stunts. People should be more responsible while conducting themselves. Anyone who believes he is bigger than the system is wrong.“ Asked that this seemed to be a clear message, the PM said, “I have a very clear message. I have no two minds about it. “Swamy's attacks on chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian and economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das were seen to be aimed at finance minister Arun Jaitley, who said the attacks were unfair and false. Modi's sharp put-down signals his view that Swamy overstepped his limits and the MP's free-flowing commentary on Rajan, Jaitley and officials does not have the backing of the BJP leadership .

Modi's remarks are significant as this is the first time he has so emphatically expressed his displeasure over Swamy's controversial references.

Defending Rajan, but on ly after he quit, the PM strongly countered Swamy's allegation that the RBI governor was not “fully Indian“, saying “I believe Raghuram Rajan's patriotism is no less than any of ours. It will be doing injustice to him if one says that he will serve the country only if he is at a particular post...Those who speak such language are doing great injustice to him.“

The PM also made detailed and significant references to Pakistan when asked about what will be the “Lakshman Rekha“ when dealing with the neighbour. “The first thing is that with Pakistan, to whom do we talk to decide about the 'Lakshman Rekha'. Will it be with the elected government or with other actors?

That is why India will have to be on alert all the time.“

“But the government only engages with a democratically elected system. Our effort for that engagement is continuing. Our supreme objective is peace,“ he said.



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