A new Constituent Assembly to bring about a complete overhaul of the Constitution, statutory guarantees to prevent the posts of Prime Minister, President and Chiefs of the Armed Forces going to people of foreign origin, and unification of the territories of India and Pakistan to reaffirm the eternal truth of Akhand Bharat. These are the highlights of a draft National Vision Document authored by K.N. Govindacharya, former Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary and ideologue of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Released here on Friday under the banner of the National Self-Respect Campaign, the 39-page document emphasises the need to return to India’s nationalist moorings. The document regrets that six decades after independence, India remains captive to western ideas of development, and is without a national identity rooted in its own culture and environment.

The document accuses the mainstream parties, including the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, of surrendering to opportunistic impulses merely to grab and retain power. “They are even ready to work under a foreigner for the sake of office and power.”

The time has come to jettison the Constitution, which was modelled on western parliamentary democracies. It ought to be framed keeping in mind India’s culture and tradition, says the document, recommending that a new Constituent Assembly be tasked with its drafting. The new Constitution should expressly bar people of foreign origin from aspiring to the posts of Prime Minister, President and Chiefs of the Armed Forces.

The document goes so far as to seek the merger of Pakistan with India on the ground that Akhand Bharat is an eternal truth. A mere line drawn on the ground cannot separate two territories and two people united by a common civilisation, it says.

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