PUNE: BJP President Amit Shah, who was on a one-day visit to city, said that rented mules can’t defeat the purebred horse. He was addressing the social media team of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its volunteers at the Bal Gandharva auditorium on Sunday. He also visited the Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi and Sant Tukaram Palkhi later in the day.
Shah said that social media has to be handled with conviction, “You should not handle social media just as volunteers but as warriors. BJP is cleaning the dirt of the Congress for the past four years. If we answer the rumours on time and fight back the misleading information, BJP will stay in power for 70 years,” said the BJP president
He also said that social media is not for entertainment. Well-researched information, well-developed arguments can be used to puncture the fake and viral news spread on social media. The volunteers should be aware and updated about what is being said in newspapers, TV channels and make sure to be prompt at the village, taluka and State-level while handling media.
‘Chanakya opposed dynasty politics 2,300 years back’
Delivering a lecture on the relevance of Chanakya in today’s times later in the evening, Shah said that Chanakya had opposed dynasty politics thousands of years back. “In his political philosophy, Chanakya had clearly stated that if a prince is not sensible or mature enough to handle the reign, then he must never be made king,” Shah said, taking a shot at Rahul Gandhi. He further said, “We can see in this that Chanakya opposed dynasty politics 2,300 years back.”
Shah said, “Chanakya’s life and persona cannot be explained in words. It is beyond description. I stand to talk about Chanakya on the day Savarkar bravely jumped off and escaped from the British ship. Chanakya, a person whose body of work has left an impact on the Indian society, has been limited to a myth in our society. His thoughts, his ideas have long been ignored. Chanakya was the first person who had imagined a nation from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka. He was the first to imagine a unified India,” said Shah.
“Chanakya was born in times when the world was seeing a rise of civilisations and all these civilisations had their eyes towards India. India then was at the peak of the spiritual and philosophical achievements, but the systems here had collapsed. There were small states which were fighting among themselves. Taking a lesson from Alexander’s invasion, Chanakya swore to unify the country,” Shah said.
Shah said, “Chanakya left behind a unified, well-oiled functioning nation that worked efficiently for the next 1,000 years. He changed the rules at Taxshila. He made education free for all princes and royal scholars in exchange of a small unit of each states army being positioned in the Khyber region and one lakh soldiers were stationed in Taxshila.
After Chanakya’s times, India became a nation that contributed 35 pc of the world’s GDP. He created a network of scholars and thinkers who kept India and it’s rulers strong under Chanakya’s principles. He was the first to assert that the ‘nation is greater than the king as if the nation survives, only then the king will survive’.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Aniruddh Deshpande said, “Kautilya Chanakya was a great thinker of India. His thoughts are immortal. Unfortunately the country saw corruption and misgovernance for decades. We learned Marx, Smith and other western economists, but a rich ‘arthashastra’ by Kautilya was ignored and not taught in schools. We hope that in the coming times this injustice will be undone and these immortal thoughts will be revived.
The public lecture ‘Aarya Chanakya: Jivan Aur Karya: Aaj Ke Sandarbh Mein’ was organised by the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat were also present.
Besides them, State BJP Chief Raosaheb Danve was present for the programme along with hundreds of RSS swayamsevaks and BJP volunteers.