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In an effort to make public, especially Punjabis, aware of the philosophy of Pandit Deen Dyal Upadhayay, an Indian philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian and political scientist, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Punjab, Haryana and Administrator of Chandigarh, released the Punjabi version of his book ‘Ektam Manavvad’, in an well attended function organized Ektam Manav Pratishthan at Golden Jubilee Hall, Panjab University, here today.

Prof Solanki said, “Punjabi version of Ektam Manavvad will help people of this region in understanding the philosophy of Pandit Upadhayay and is need of the hour.” He also stressed on the need for spreading his philosophy for peace and brotherhood across the Globe.

To make India the most powerful nation of 21st century, we have to follow Pandit Deen Dyal Upadhayay’s philosophy and ideology, he said.

The book was translated by Sanjeev Sharma, a Punjab scholar under the guidance of Prof Daveshwar, eminent Punjabi scholar, who also briefed the Integral Humanism.

Vineet Joshi, Assistant Media advisor, Punjab Government, Arun Sood, Mayor Chandigarh, Dr Umender Dutt of Kheti Virashat Mission, also spoke on the occasion. Renowned Economist, Dr Bajrang Lal Gupt, who was the key speaker, briefed the gathering how Upadhyaya conceived the political philosophy Integral Humanism. He said that the philosophy advocates the simultaneous and integrated program of the body, mind and intellect and soul of each human being. His philosophy of Integral Humanism, which is a synthesis of the material and the spiritual, the individual and the collective, bears eloquent testimony to this. In the field of politics and economics, he was pragmatic and down to earth. He visualised for India a decentralised polity and self-reliant economy with the village as the base.

Deendayal Upadhyay was convinced that India as an independent nation cannot rely upon Western concepts like individualism, democracy, socialism, communism or capitalism and was of the view that the Indian polity after Independence has been raised upon these superficial Western foundations and not rooted in what Upadhyay considered to be timeless traditions of India’s ancient culture informed Dr Gupt.

“Upadhyay was of the view that the Indian intellect was getting suffocated by Western theories, which left a “roadblock” to the growth and expansion of  original Bharatiya thought. Upadhyay welcomed modern technology but wanted it to be adapted to suit Indian requirements. Upadhyaya believed in a constructive approach. He exhorted his followers to co-operate with the government when it was right and fearlessly oppose it when it erred. He believed in Swaraj (Self-governance). Pankaj Jain of Ektam Manav Pratishthan, said that efforts aare also being made to translate ‘Ektam Manavvad’ in Urdu and other books of Pandit Upadhayay in Punjabi.


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