Cong critical about RSS, apologetic on separatists: Dr Jitendra

‘No place for dynasty politics in New India’

Excelsior Correspondent

BASOHLI, (Kathua) Aug 25: Coming down heavily on Congress president, Rahul Gandhi for criticising the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) outside the country, Union Minister in PMO with Independent Charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today said the Congress neither has courage nor conviction to take stand against forces inimical to national integrity but betrays its cowardice by hitting out at RSS and Indian forces which are completely nationalistic and disciplined organisations which will never resort to retaliation through terrorist means. Click here to watch video
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of Youth Parliament organised by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Sangathan here today, Dr Jitendra Singh while lambasting Congress said its leaders lost all moral authority the day they refused to take clear stand against the terrorists and separatists of Kashmir valley.
While speaking about the separatists and their sympathisers, the Union Minister said Congress and its allies including National Conference (NC) are speaking in terms of so called aspirations of the people but while referring to RSS and BJP they conveniently ignore the supreme sacrifices made by nationalistic leaders including former Jana Sangh founder, Dr shyama Prasad Mookerjee and its former President, Deen Dayal Upadayay.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the nation should ask the Congress and its allies whether they stand for those who stand by those who are fighting for integrity of India or those, who are conniving with Pakistan to disintegrate India and who are promoting ‘Bharat key Tukday Tukday’ philosophy.
Later addressing the Youth Parliament, Dr Jitendra Singh said that there is no place for dynasty politics in “New” India and that the advent of the Modi era heralds the emergence of true grassroot democracy in the country.
The Youth Parliament was organised by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Sangathan with the support of the Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. Dr Jitendra Singh said, at the time of independence, the founding fathers of the Constitution had consciously adopted the Westminster model of United Kingdom, based on the House of Commons and House of Lords, because it was realized that this was the best possible option of democratic system for a country like India.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, 70 years is too short a time-span in the life of a Parliament and the early three decades after independence carried a huge feudal baggage from the colonial past, the result of which was that in spite of a democratic order, dynastic rule flourished for the first few generations and several leading political parties of the country, particularly Congress, were the beneficiaries of this dynasty politics.
In today’s India, however, Dr Jitendra Singh said, more than 70% population is below the age of 35 years and also the third generation of post-independence India. They do not carry any baggage from the feudal past and therefore, are inclined to identify with the leadership which has risen from amongst them, he said.
The Union Minister said, the contemporary youth of India has a golden opportunity to be a part of New India where every newborn child can dream of rising to the highest position in the political hierarchy, depending upon his calibre, potential, commitment and ability to identify with the last man in the last queue.
In the years to come, Dr Jitendra Singh said, when the youth will be the decisive voter, those in public life will have to rise above all sorts of falsehood and hypocrisy, to be able to win the confidence of people, on the basis of straight-forwardness and integrity.
Among the schools that participated in today’s Youth Parliament were Navodaya Vidyalaya Udhampur, Navodaya Vidyalaya Baramulla and Navodaya Vidyalaya Kargil.
MLA Bani Jeewan Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Rohit Khajuria and senior functionaries from Government of India were present on the occasion.