Ekta Yatra: Standing up for a united India!

Published By : Admin | June 15, 2012 | 16:01 IST
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Shri Narendra Modi’s rise among the ranks of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and his joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) through the 1980s and the early 1990s coincided with a very tough period in the history of Independent India. The country faced conflict across its length and breadth and the Centre was witness to this disintegration but stood helplessly. Conflict was rife across Punjab and in Assam as the integrity and sovereignty of our Motherland were being challenged. Internally too, divisive politics ruled the roost. In Gujarat ‘curfew’ became the most common word in the household dictionary. Brother was pitted against brother, communities against communities, as vote-bank politics became the norm.

One person who rose to the occasion, living up to the vision of Sardar Patel of a united and strong India committed to values of democracy and free speech was Shri Narendra Modi. The gloomy national scenario brought out the patriot in Shri Narendra Modi, who gave his best and worked very hard for the RSS and BJP in this battle of ideals. As it is, he had established himself as not only a dedicated worker but also an efficient organizer since a very young age. It was only befitting that he would rise to the occasion, challenging the unhealthy status quo.

Shri Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad during the Ekta Yatra 

By the end of the 1980s, the country’s northern most state of Jammu and Kashmir that was once known as ‘Paradise on Earth’ had become a full-fledged battlefield. The opportunistic politics of the Centre combined with blatant subversion of democracy during the 1987 State Elections made J&K a hotbed of anti-India activities. The valley that had once been called the most beautiful place on Earth was fast becoming a battlefield as blood spilled on the streets. Matters reached such a low that even the hoisting of the tri-colour had become taboo in Kashmir. Rather than taking remedial action, all the Centre did was to watch helplessly.

Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of the Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had been kidnapped by the same anti-national elements in 1989. But, instead of taking a tough stand, the Government in New Delhi took the easier way out to quickly release known extremists with anti-India sentiments, thus giving a long rope to such anti-national elements.

The BJP could not remain a mute spectator to this systematic denigration of India’s sovereignty. It was during a visit to Kashmir that Shri Shyama Prasad Mookerjee had given up his life and decades later, thus it fell on the BJP to speak up for the cause of national unity. As a response to the unprecedented situation, the then party President Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi decided to embark on an ‘Ekta Yatra’ advocating national unity. The Yatra would begin from Kanyakumari, the place where Swami Vivekananda found the purpose of life and end with the hoisting of the tricolor at Lal Chowk in Shrinagar.

The task of preparing for the Yatra lay on Shri Narendra Modi’s shoulders keeping in mind his well established organizational skills; Putting his mind, organizational strength and sweat into the responsibility, he made elaborate arrangements in a very short span of time braving the huge risks that came with it. Without any fear, he visited every place that the Yatra would cover, meeting party workers.

He galvanized and inspired party workers, created a patriotic fervor among them, thus laying the ground for the Yatra’s success. In this process he had not only shown that he was a master organizer but he had also exhibited the ability to deliver in any circumstances at a remarkable pace, a rare virtue in public life today. Shri Modi came across as a quick decision maker even in adverse circumstances and someone who had the ability to implement what he had decided.

Shri Narendra Modi during Ekta Yatra 

The Ekta Yatra commenced on 11th December 1991, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Subramania Bharti and the ‘Balidan Diwas’ of Guru Tegh Bahadur. The prominent issues raised across the country were opposition to divisive and violent politics and an end to the menace of terror in Kashmir.

Wherever he went, Shri Modi echoed the message of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, saying that the unity of India came above everything else, and that he did not believe in different yardsticks for different sections of society. A fitting reply to anti-national elements was the need of the hour and when the time came, Shri Modi led from the front! The Ekta Yatra received rousing welcomes virtually wherever it went. Dr. Joshi stressed the need of national regeneration, which found an instant connect with the people of India.

There couldn’t have been a better eye-opener for a blind Congress Government in Delhi than the Ekta Yatra. Needless to say, the success of the Yatra was a milestone for Shri Narendra Modi, whose organization skills proved invaluable as the Yatra progressed. Shri Modi himself urged the people of India to strike the death-knell of pseudo-secularism and votebank politics. An emotional Narendra Modi watched with joy as the tricolor was finally unfurled in Srinagar on 26th January 1992! The successful completion of this rare national mission amidst the most challenging circumstances was a tribute to Shri Modi’s ability to give effective replies to the anti-national elements with unparalleled courage, vision, skill as the power of Bharat Mata yet again demolished the folly of anti-India elements.

 

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जनसंघ और उसके बाद बनी भाजपा के संस्थापक सदस्य रहे लक्ष्मीनारायण गुप्ता 'नन्ना' प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी की कार्यशैली से अत्यधिक प्रभावित हैं। नन्ना ने बताया कि वे डॉ. श्यामा प्रसाद मुखर्जी द्वारा कश्मीर में दो निशान, दो विधान के खिलाफ शुरू किए गए आंदोलन में शामिल होकर जेल गए थे। आज कश्मीर से धारा-370 और 35-ए हटाकर प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने श्यामा प्रसाद मुखर्जी सहित करोड़ों देशवासियों का जो सपना पूरा किया है। उससे वह मोदी से बेहद प्रभावित हैं और उनकी लंबी आयु के लिए ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करते हैं। हरिभूमि के साथ इंटरव्यू में नन्ना ने विभिन्न मुद्दों पर चर्चा की।

सवाल : मोदी की कार्यशैली से आप कितने प्रभावित हैं, उनके योगदान को किस रूप में देखते हैं।

जवाब : मैं, प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी की कार्यशैली से बहुत प्रभावित हूं। मैंने जिस कश्मीर में दो निशान, दो विधान का विरोध करते हुए डॉ. श्यामा प्रसाद मुखर्जी के आंदोलन में सहभागिता की और जेल गया। आज वर्षो बाद कश्मीर में धारा-370 और 35-ए हटने के बाद वह सपना पूरा हुआ। मेरे साथ करोड़ों भारतीयों का सपना पूरा हुआ। मोदी की कार्यशैली सबका साथ, सबका विकास, सबका विश्वास और सबका प्रयास है, जो देशवासियों को बिना भेदभाव के साथ एकजुटता और समानता का संदेश देती है। उनके नेतृत्व में देश का सम्मान दुनियाभर में बढ़ा है, आज भारत मजबूत राष्ट्रों में गिना जाता है।

सवाल : आप जनसंघ के संस्थापक सदस्य रहे, आपके सामने भाजपा का गठन हुआ, उस दौरान पार्टी के लिए क्या चुनौतियां थीं।

जवाब : उस दौरान पार्टी के पास संसाधनों का बेहद अभाव था। तब हम साइकिल से गांव-गांव जाकर लोगों के बीच भाजपा का प्रचार करते थे। ग्रामीणों के बीच पहुंचकर मीटिंग करके उन्हें पार्टी की नीतियों के बारे में समझाते थे। पैसों का अभाव था तो वकालत करने से जो राशि प्राप्त हो जाती थी, उसी में से खर्च चलाते थे। तब गांवों में जाकर कैंप लगाकर फॉर्म भरवाए। पार्टी से हजारों कार्यकर्ताओं को जोड़ा, जिससे पार्टी मजबूत हुई।

सवाल: उस समय की भाजपा और आज की भाजपा में संगठन स्तर पर क्या परिवर्तन देखते हैं।

जवाब : उस दौरान कार्यकर्ताओं ने साधनों के अभाव के बीच पार्टी के लिए पूरी मेहनत व निष्ठा के साथ काम किया। आज भी कर रहे हैं, लेकिन आज संसाधन बेहतर है। उस वक्त की गई मेहनत से जो प्लेटफॉर्म तैयार हुआ, उससे संगठन शक्ति बढ़ती गई और आज संगठन का स्वरूप देश में सबसे मजबूत है।

सवाल : आज भाजपा में दूसरे दलों से बाहरी नेता बड़ी संख्या में आ रहे हैं, उन्हें सत्ता व संगठन में महत्वपूर्ण पद मिल रहे हैं। इससे भाजपा के पुराने नेता अपने को उपेक्षित महसूस कर रहे हैं, आप क्या मानते हैं।

जवाब : मैं ऐसा नहीं मानता हूं, भाजपा परिवार की राष्ट्रवादी विचारधारा से अगर लोग जुड़ रहे हैं तो स्वाभाविक रूप से नए लोगों को स्थान दिया जाता है। ऐसा नहीं है कि पुराने कार्यकर्ता की उपेक्षा हो रही है। पुराने लोगों को अब पद की जरूरत नहीं हैं। वे संरक्षक के रूप में नई भूमिका को स्वीकार कर रहे हैं।

 

 

Author Name: HariBhoomi News - Bhopal

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