Let us Choose Wisely in 2024 Polls that is a clash of Two World Views-Civilization vs. Divisive

  • The author, who focuses on translating Swami Vivekananda’s ideas into new social, institutional and educational models, provides a deeper spiritual view on what distinguishes the key contenders for power. Choose wisely India. 

One of the central issues that is tacitly shaping this general election is two conflicting visions of the Indian subcontinent.


One view sees the Indian people as

(i) born of an ancient civilization rooted in spirituality

(ii) which acts as a substratum from which numerous branches of the same organic whole have developed.


In this view, it is the collective consciousness and collective energy of the land which is the true national identity, and all divisive actions are alien.


The other view sees the Indian subcontinent as

(i) born of a historically disparate warring kingdoms

(ii) tied together only due to Islamic and British rulers

(iii) divided and fractured in its national identity by caste, religion, and incomes


These two worldviews are clashing at every level.


The civilizational worldview believes in the unity of all Hindus, nay all Indians, and sees the civilizational substratum as a unifying force that beckons to all to be one national whole with a shared vision of the future. This view demands equal treatment of all in the eyes of the law and equal opportunity for all.


The divisive worldview focuses constantly on the divisions between Indians – division of caste, division between religions, and recently, divisions even based on color. This view seeks special privilege for a few and nurtures a sense of victimhood and historical wrongs. This view does not seek a shared future; it seeks to divide an existing pie differently rather than expand the pie. 


Which view is more appropriate for India?


History shows us that through past ages, India has risen when its shared civilizational identity, its collective energy, and shared vision have been awakened. And India has declined, nay been conquered, when it has ignored our shared identity and focused on our differences rather than our commonalities.


We are once more faced with a choice – do we choose a civilizational identity and collective success or choose a path that goes back to the British era of “Divide and Rule”? 


Let us choose wisely.


To read all articles by author


Author: Srinivas Venkatram is the founder of Illumine – an “ideas in action” Lab that focuses on translating Swami Vivekananda’s ideas into new social, institutional and educational models. Illumine’s projects and interventions have reached more than 2 million users/ beneficiaries in society.


On this channel, Srinivas offers an interpretation of Vivekananda’s ideas, through the lens of Citizenship and Nation-building. For more, visit the Reflections on The Lion’s Roar.


Also read

1. Congress Freebies could damage hard won fiscal success

2. What could prevent a third term for PM Modi


Receive Site Updates