''Over 50 years of Congress rule could not transform Swarajya (Independence) into Surajya (good governance) and we should work towards it with a prudent approach,'' Mr Advani said in his concluding speech at the three-day workshop of BJP Ministers at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) near Bhayander in North Mumbai.
Stressing that BJP believed in the integrity and unity of India as one nation, a concept which has been practised since ancient years, Mr Advani cited the example of Adi Shankaracharya who hailed from Kerala and travelled all over the country up to what is now Pak-occupied Kashmir, preaching the great culture of this land.
He said, ''Unlike the Communists who think India is a multi-national state, we believe that India is one nation. One also needs to understand the difference between pseudo-secularism and genuine secularism.'' Advani said BJP, since its birth as Jan Sangh in 1951, has been steering the course of all the national issues like upholding democracy and freedom of press and national integrity. Many people, including Dr Shyamprasad Mukherjee, have sacrificed their lives in the process.
Mr Advani said, ''The NDA government was successful in instilling confidence in the minds of Indians and NRIs that this country can rise and lead the world into the 21st century. The next task is to remove the backwardness that still persists. We should radically revolutionise and change the ugly face of Indian polity.'' The former Deputy Prime Minister lauded the learning culture of BJP and added that such workshops by RMP would go a long way in training BJP ministers towards bringing ''Sushasan''. He paid rich tributes to the late Pramod Mahajan for playing an instrumental role in building a state-of-the-art training and research centre like RMP.
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