Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Head, Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR), believes that all the roles came to him as a part of destiny at the same time based on his liking and his intimation and whatever abilities he had.
A noted researcher, social worker, renowned author and parliamentarian, he believes that he is a karyakarta, so whatever role the supreme or decision maker thought would be suitable for him, he has been playing it dutifully and trying to contribute as per his capability & capacity.
In this episode of The Journey, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe opens up about Indian Culture and it’s rising significance in the current global scenario. The Journey, hosted by Shaina NC brings you the stories of India’s vibrant democracy straight from India’s coveted Parliamentarians.
Popularity is not parallel to ability
Talking of governance, Sahasrabuddhe said that post the second world war there was an end to colonial rule in several countries and they called it the third wave of democracy. Many countries started adopting the democratic government system, but democracy is not only about elections or political parties, it is about governance. When it comes to governance certain kind of capacity building is required. Popularity is not parallel to ability, so therefore the people who get elected we want to convert them into people with abilities and skills and make them aware of the process of governance. Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini offers training to them. This training is based on three lines which are
Relation between Policy & Research –
The idea of political party competition in a democracy hinges upon policy views that a political party adopts. It is unfortunate that not many political parties are vowing to the policy views. We believe that every political party should have an ideology and the ideology has to reflect through policies. Later on, policies are required to be taken forward for implementation, and the party comes into power. There is a definite linkage between the two, otherwise, the very rationale behind setting up a political party becomes questionable.
ICCR & Ramayan Festival :
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe states that one cannot imagine the idea of India without the Ramayana, Mahabharata or Bhagwad Geeta as these are part of India. Keeping this thought in mind ICCR started a Ramayan Festival back in 2015. Every year ICCR conducts this festival and invites several countries.
Gen Next Democracy
Sahasrabudhhe emphasised that democracy is a part of our culture and it is not only about music & dance. It is also about culinary and cuisines, philosophy, languages, Ayurveda etc. India has a lot to offer to the world when it comes to cultural prospects. In respect to this, ICCR launched a programme named ‘Gen Next Democracy Network ’ that calls youth from various democratic countries to India and get acquainted with India’s heritage, culture and functioning of Indian democracy. The programme invites politicians under 35 years of age from over 75 democracies across the globe.
ICCR curated this programme to make the younger generation a part of India’s Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav journey.
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Sahasrabudhhe says that many political parties have become dynasty-driven parties over the time which is a very sad state of affairs. He believes that the very rationale for the existence of a political party is lost somewhere. He says that democracy is all about choices, if there are no choices the very core element of democracy becomes null & void. It is very essential to have parties with ideologies in a democracy, and emphasis on idealogy gets lost in the midst of too many elections.
ICCR’s role in making India a global power –
Sahsrabudhhe says that many countries like China and U.K have the institutions like Confucius Institution, the British council & American centre. ICCR should be seen in the context of these organisations. The very mission of ICCR is to make global communities understand what India is all about. He believes that there is a huge backlog on that. India has a huge amount of goodwill in global communities but they have a little understanding about Indian Systems, ICCR’s prime objective therefore is to make them aware of India’s .