Vichar (Ideology/Idea) Maha (Grand) Kumbha, the first of its kind that Kumbh Mela has witnessed ever. Ujjain’s Ninnora village, in the heart of India, honored intellectuals not only from all over India but from around the world in their joint mission of making the world a better place.
In this 3 days event, scholars and dignitaries like Bhutan minister DN Dhungyel , SK Devamani from Malaysia, Sadhan Chandra Majumdar MP of Bangladesh, Khil Raj Regmi of Nepal, Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Jharkhand C.M. Raghubar Das, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Rajasthan C.M. Vasundhara Raje, leader of opposition in Sri Lanka R Sampathan,Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena addressed various social and political issues in conference. Nearly 800 scholars visited Kumbha Mela 2016 to join hands together for their collective efforts in bringing into awareness some crucial issues and proposing ways to deal with them.
The moments of highlights could be none other than the exaugural speech by Narendra Modi Ji in Ujjain. The idea that made Vichar Mahakumbha Event in Madhya Pradesh so unique is that political and scholarly minds of India and abroad utilized a spiritual platform for connecting traditional and culture values to environmental and social issues for scientific and economical reasons.
Narendra Modi Ji believe that we, Bharteeya, have inherited from our great ancestors the skills of conflict management. The skill that comes really handy in the time when developed countries are holding seminars and brainstorming to configure conflict management. Backing his notions about our inherent skills, he claimed, it is our duty to use our skills against the two most crucial issues that has been plaguing humanity-
1.Terrorism 2.Climate Change
He continued that ‘holier than thou’ attitude is the root of all conflicts which slowly leads to terrorism. The only way to liberation is to look within our inner self and evolve instead of averting and ignoring problems or accepting problems as our fate.
He pointed out that we are rich in our glorious and immortal cultures and as the descendants of that great culture it is our duty to present it to the world but, but, but in a scientific way. “ It is India’s duty towards world to unite because we have the skills to do that. We are good at using it.”
And, it is where the marketing tactics and skills come in the scene. “ We , Indians, don’t know how to market ourselves,”was his thinking. We have failed so far to understand the language of branding. They (foreign nations) have been calling us unorganized.But couldn’t they see that we have been hosting and organizing such mega events where number of attendees surpasses populations of Europe’s countries. And why can’t they see it? Because marketeers or photographers , instead of showcasing our management skills,are busy promoting Naga Sadhus in Simhastha. Is Kumbha Mela all about Naga Sadhus?
The point here is that the world needs to know our truth. And they can know and understand our truth if we speak the language they can comprehend and not what we are comfortable with. We need our culture , he believes , but we also need to test our culture on the scales of time. “What’s the point of having a culture if it’s not serving any purpose anymore,” he questions.
In the end, he shifted his attention to Dharma Gurus and akharas (traditional religious institutes). He requested them to continue preaching about Moksha and dharma but base them in scientific foundation. Explain followers how and why our culture has taught us to see our family among sun and moon, how our culture has taught us to bow to our mother Earth! How the environment issue is deeply affecting us spiritually! How girl- child education and women empowerment is needed for our culture! He requested them to hold such talks one week, every year.
It is the ocean of mind that needed to be churned. For adding elixir of knowledge to our world. Change should be embraced and not feared off. And with that note, the Vichar Maha Kumbha 2016 was wrapped up for next Kumbha Mela.
For his complete speech, please visit here.