Ajit Doval: India is a civilisational state where languages, ethnicities and faiths coexist

In what he said was “among his rare public appearances in the past eight years”, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval recently gave the keynote address at a book launch event in New Delhi, which he said he chose to attend because he “wanted to share his concept of the idea of ​​India” despite it being A hardened security man. India was called a civilized country.

“Why are we a nation state? Many of us may still be wondering why India is a nation if we have different races, languages, dresses and food habits. Do we have something that is our unique collective consciousness in common? And if so, where did it come from? Duval said at the launch of Ganga: The Sanatan Civilization River by author and historian Nira Misra on May 20.

“A nation is built by the collective consciousness of people who define themselves as a unique entity – who are proud of their past and together dream of a future. This is how a nation differs from a state – which has a land, a flag, and an army.”

Elaborating on his idea, the NSA said, “Before 1947, the Jews did not have a state, but their nation is 2,000 years old. They continued their struggle (for the state) because they had a unique identity. Even if a Jew lived in Kochi or Poland, he was He always thinks of his nation on the basis of his culture and civilization.”

“States have been created on the basis of geographic interests, historical events, economic interests, ideologies, ethnicity or languages,” he said, adding, “But the nation-state has a common consciousness at its core.”

India is a civilized country. Its foundation is a common civilization where every language, ethnicity and creed coexist. Our common heritage is thousands of years old. A common civilization can have differences in ideas, ideologies, beliefs, languages, and ethnicity. This concept of nation may not be accepted by many people yet, Duval said, but they will also realize when India will reach its potential. He called on citizens to preserve culture and civilization and pass it on to the next generation. “We must preserve our tangible and intangible culture for the next generation,” he said.

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Speaking about the Ganga, the subject of the book, he said: “The Ganga has a great role in our civilization. Its journey from a waterway in the Himalayas to a delta in the Sundarbans is the key to our civilization. We have seen on the bank of the Ganges the growth of civilization, we have seen the rise of cultures, we have seen the rise of cities that led to the development of Modern India”.

At the event, the ‘Draupadi Samman Patras’ Award – established by the cultural research organization Draupadi Dream Trust – was awarded to Maisa to people who have contributed to research, raising awareness or promoting Indian heritage and history. Among the laureates were the late General Bipin Rawat and the late Madulika Rawat (kissed by their daughter Tarini Rawat); Archaeological Survey, former Director General of India B. B. Lal; Judge Sudhir Agarwal is a member of the National Green Court. Shreejana Rana, President, Nepal India Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Sanjay Manjul, joint general manager of ASI.

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