Reinventing Bharat’s Dharmic Consciousness: A Journey Under Narendra Modi’s Captaincy

Reinventing Bharat’s Dharmic Consciousness: A Journey Under Narendra Modi’s Captaincy
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India, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, has embarked on a transformative journey to rediscover and assert its dharmic roots, addressing the erosion of the nation’s spiritual consciousness over time. Initiatives like the resolution of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir dispute, the creation of spiritual corridors, and the promotion of India’s heritage globally have played a pivotal role in nurturing a profound shift in the collective Indian mindset, reawakening its spiritual consciousness. This journey goes beyond physical development, fostering a sense of pride and respect toward India’s dharmic heritage, marking a commendable achievement and heralding a spiritual renaissance in the nation’s identity.

India, or Bharat, is a land steeped in the richness of its cultural, spiritual, and philosophical heritage. It is a nation that has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, the birth of profound philosophies, and the flourishing of spirituality. For centuries, India’s identity has been shaped by its diverse traditions, its sacred temples, and its profound philosophies that have found resonance across the world. However, over time, a systematic disconnect from these roots left many Indians questioning their cultural and spiritual identity. The erosion of the nation’s dharmic consciousness was a silent crisis that had pervaded the collective psyche of its people.

Through textbooks, media, literature, and more, a subtle brainwashing had been done in Indian society. Anything Indian was painted as regressive, archaic, and inferior. It was as if our culture and heritage were being replaced with a foreign/alien blueprint. The narrative was woven carefully through the ‘educated’ class, textbooks, and other mediums, making Indians believe that their history was one of surrender and submission. India was depicted as a land that perpetually bowed to foreign rule, lacking the capacity to govern itself. These myths and distortions found their way into the hearts and minds of Indians, creating a fracture in the nation’s self-esteem.

One of the most significant casualties in this narrative was the denigration of Sanatana Dharma, or Hinduism. It was and has been portrayed as regressive, discriminatory, and superstitious. The narratives further distorted the legacy of great spiritual leaders like Adi Shankaracharya, projecting him as a malevolent figure who orchestrated attacks on Buddhist places of worship. This distorted reality continued for generations, resulting in Indian youth growing up with a diluted understanding of their heritage and spirituality.

Then came a transformative moment in India’s history – the leadership of Narendra Modi starting with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led victory in the General Election in 2014. Under his governance, India embarked on a journey to rediscover and reassert its dharmic roots. The transformation was not immediate, it is still going on, but it has been purposeful. It began with nurturing an environment of fairness and justice, creating a platform for a fair and unbiased resolution of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir dispute. This dispute had lingered for centuries, unable to find closure. The Modi government ensured that the issue was examined thoroughly, artifacts cataloged, historical evidence scrutinized, and archaeological data presented to the court. The result was a fair and well-reasoned judgment that cleared the path for the construction of the Ram Mandir – a long-cherished dream of millions of Hindus.

The next phase of this dharmic resurgence was the creation of spiritual corridors in key pilgrimage sites. The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project was launched to connect the Kashi Vishwanath Temple with the Ganga Ghats in Varanasi. Similarly, the Mathura Corridor aimed to transform the surroundings of the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple. These projects addressed a long-standing issue. For years, devotees had navigated through narrow streets and alleyways to reach these sacred shrines. The Modi government displayed a visionary approach by removing the obstacles and creating clear pathways to these temples.

The Char Dham Highway Development project further extended this commitment to enhancing the spiritual experience of pilgrims. All-weather roads were constructed to provide easy access to the four sacred shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath in Uttarakhand. The projects, which had been ignored for decades, were a testament to the government’s commitment to the dharmic welfare of its people.

Thus, Modi’s government embarked on a mission to promote India’s spiritual and cultural heritage on the global stage. It began with the proposal of the International Day of Yoga, which was adopted by more than 160 countries. The celebration of yoga has become a global phenomenon, highlighting India’s ancient knowledge system’s relevance in promoting holistic well-being.

Religious tourism has been encouraged with investments in facilities and infrastructure at various pilgrimage sites. The ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ initiative has begun to foster cultural and religious exchanges between various states and union territories, strengthening the bonds of unity. The promotion of Sanskrit and Vedic studies has received financial and academic support, underlining India’s commitment to its linguistic and philosophical heritage.

The National Education Policy (NEP) is making a significant contribution by promoting the study of ancient Indian knowledge systems, including Sanskrit, the Vedas, and Indian philosophy, in educational institutions. The NEP seeks to break the cycle of inferiority and dismissiveness that generations of Indians had been conditioned to accept.

Cultural and religious exchanges are being encouraged globally, elevating India’s spiritual and philosophical heritage. Indian educational institutions and study centers are being established worldwide, providing access to Indian dharmic knowledge and fostering a deeper understanding of India’s ancient values and traditions.

These initiatives have been instrumental in nurturing a dharmic consciousness among Indians. It has gone beyond mere temple visits and pujas, and has rekindled the Indian soul’s connection to its roots. Dharmic consciousness means understanding the culture, preserving the traditions, and celebrating the vibrant festivals. It involves embracing the values of respect, community, and self-realization embedded in India’s cultural heritage.

The journey under Modi’s captaincy has allowed Indians to redefine their identity, shedding the inferiority complex imposed over generations. It is about recognizing the wealth of knowledge embedded in our dharmic heritage and sharing it with the world. As India reclaims its spiritual roots, we have begun to see the people embracing yoga, Ayurveda, holistic well-being, and the concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – the world as one family.

Modi’s government has provided a catalyst for the nation to reawaken its spiritual consciousness. This journey is not just about physical development; it is about nurturing a profound shift in the collective Indian mindset. It is an achievement that cannot be quantified in votes or statistics, but one that is now resonating in the hearts of millions.

Today, Indians find themselves on the cusp of a spiritual renaissance, with a sense of pride and respect toward their dharma and life values. India, under Modi’s rule, has come a long way in embracing its dharmic heritage. It is a commendable achievement and a testament to the resilience and resurgence of a nation’s spiritual consciousness.

As we look to the future, the journey to reclaim and celebrate India’s dharmic consciousness continues. It is a journey marked by resilience, reverence, and an unwavering commitment to upholding the nation’s profound cultural and spiritual heritage. In this endeavor, every Indian – young and old – has a role to play, in preserving, protecting, and promoting the ageless wisdom of Sanatana Dharma.

Rohith Chakrathirtha

Rohith Chakrathirtha, based in Bengaluru, India, is an educationist, author, and science communicator, known for his books on science, mathematics, and history. He leads the Ayodhya Foundation, dedicated to enriching Indian culture, art forms, and traditional values.