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Are We Politically Disintegrating?
His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri
(Published in 1966 Annual Number)
The only panacea for all the present ills of our Government, is the zealous pursuit of Dharma in all walks of life. India is now passing through critical times. We are now in a crucial stage in the history of our country. We have ignored the lessons of history and have allowed the disruptive and divisive tendencies to grow unchecked. On August 15, 1947, when we secured independence, we were inspired by the highest ideals, sanctified and cemented by the sufferings cheerfully borne by the crusaders for Swaraj.
We then eagerly looked forward to a glorious future of a united India blossoming into a powerful nation.The first few years of our hard fought-for freedom, were full of meritorious achievements, fertilised by the best brains from all sections of the community.
The very fundamental mistake committed by the Government of India in relegating “Dharmic Life” to the background, has been the direct and inevitable cause of all our failures in the task of national integration.
Formerly Dharma was the cementing force which used to bind all the Indians together from Cape Comorin to the Himalayas. Now that it has lost its ground, we are nonplussed and know not what to do. The ideal of Dharma placed by the ancient men of wisdom, will surely come to our succour in solving all our troubles and problems.
Formerly a person in Varanasi or Manasa Sarovara would always think of his co-brother at Rameswaram. They would be hand in glove with each other when they met and this fundamental unity of India based on religion and morality has now been replaced by other considerations, and the outcome of it all, is utter chaos.
There were kings in days of yore who were the repositories of Sanatana Dharma and its high ideals. But now the country has been torn asunder by the suicidal slogans of “My State first.” This slogan should be replaced by “India first and then the rest.” This state of affairs could be conveniently replaced by the introduction of administrative zones controlled by the centre.

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