On day one of the two-day Republic Summit 2018, Sadhguru, Founder of Isha foundation elaborately elucidated over the topic of ‘culture and values, that power a billion’. During his address, he apprised people to bounce beyond the pre-existing boundaries and termed “nationalism” a western ideology.
He said, “Human beings have to evolve beyond the need to set boundaries. Nationalism as an idea is a western idea, for us it is a culture of truth and liberation.”
Sadhguru who was of the opinion that “nationalism doesn't mean exclusivism” believed that the concept of ‘nation’ has to nurture in the hearts and minds of people.
He said, “Nation has to be built in the hearts and minds of people. People are still identified with their caste or village. We didn't take the initiative to build the idea of nation in people's minds. Nation doesn't mean everything else is cut off. Nationalism doesn't mean exclusivism. People abroad always thought we were one nation.
We were not a land of believers, we were a land of seekers. India's nationalism can become world's nationalism,” he added.
Dr David Frawley, a Padma Bhushan awardee and a scholar on Vedas, who was part of the same panel agreed with Sadhguru and added:
"Indians doubt their own traditions, their mindsets have been turned against themselves due to the Marxist ideology. The Surge in India is starting and will be unstoppable now...
Indians are the least nationalist, I would say. Indians survive on cultural unity. This deeper nationalism has to be brought out - Indian nationalism is about the earth, soil... It is not a political concept like the western world.