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Balancing economic growth, sentiment vital: Swamy

Hindu Navavarsha Swagat Samiti felicitates Dr. Subramanium Swamy at Ravindra Natya Mandir, on Thursday.

Hindu Navavarsha Swagat Samiti felicitates Dr. Subramanium Swamy at Ravindra Natya Mandir, on Thursday.  

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The Rajya Sabha MP emphasises proper knowledge of the past for new India

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said that the country needs a renaissance and that proper knowledge of the past coupled with a balance between economic growth and sentiments was important for a new India.

Dr. Swamy who was talking on ‘The Idea of a New India: socio-economic perspective’, at an event organised by the Hindu Navavarsha Swagat Samiti in Prabhadevi also said that building a Ram temple is the fundamental right of believers.

Stressing on the importance of the past, Mr. Swamy said that new history textbooks were the need of the hour. “For a new India, we need to have proper knowledge about before the Independence. The present textbooks, which were written by Britishers, have ignored several key facts. There is no evidence of Aryans and Dravidians. Indians have the same DNA and one race. Our fighting spirit has been tremendous,” he said.

Mr. Swamy further said that everything from the past must not be followed blindly. He took a dig at Jawaharlal Nehru for Article 370, which gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, and called for it to be scrapped for a united India. “Nehru played no role in the making of the Constitution. All he did was included Article 370. This article needs to go for unity of the country,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.

Commenting on a balance between economic growth and sentiment, Dr. Swamy called for abolishing of income tax for battling corruption. “The middle class is the worst target of taxation. Abolishing income tax will increase investments and reduce corruption. As an alternative, auction of natural resources can bring more money than income tax,” he said, while adding that India must utilise its resources appropriately to bring back ₹120 lakh crore of black money accumulated abroad.

Asking Indians to stop imitating the West, he said that Sanskrit needs to be revived as a means of inter-State communication. “It is our pride. In several parts of the world people are trying to learn the language and we have been ignoring it,” he said.

The BJP leader also said that the Ram temple is a matter of India’s faith. “Islamic invaders have destructed as many as 40,000 temples. All we are asking for are three temples, including the one at Ayodhya. A masjid can be demolished as namaz can be read anywhere. Masjid is not an essential part of Islam, it can be shifted,” Mr. Swamy said.

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