Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel impressed all at the Harvard India Conference lecture in Boston. He addressed the jam-packed gathering of curious listeners who were keen to learn the thought process of the leader of a tribal-dominated state.
The chief minister not only gave various suggestions on improving the rural economy and agricultural development but also took questions from the curious researchers and scholars at the University.
The administration, researchers, teachers and scholars of the prestigious University, who were present at the conference, invited the chief minister for the next year’s Harvard India Conference also.
Speaking at the topic of “Caste and Politics in Democratic India”, Baghel said that right to production and pride of citizenship could not be secured until castes are given proportionate representation in politics.
He added that a strong nation can only be built by following the path shown by the architect of Constitution Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. He mentioned that ideology of equality is required for socio-economic strengthening of various castes and social contract based on wisdom, compassion and fraternity.
He said that a prosperous nation, dignified society and fearless citizens could be built only when emphasis would be on increasing self-reliance of villages while following the path of Mahatma Gandhi.
He added that the purpose of politics is that everyone should contribute in ensuring racial pride and collective nationality.
The chief minister began his address with a quote by Swami Vivekananda who said, “I am the representative of the country which dared to start the tradition of seeing the God in human being. Lord Shiva is present in each creature and service of humanity is service of God.”
The chief minister answered a bunch of questions after the address and mentioned that Chhattisgarh has implemented a scheme, “Narwa, Garwa, Ghurwa and Badi” to strengthen the rural economy.
On a question on Naxalism, the chief minister said that the problem will completely eradicate once issues such as illiteracy, poverty, exploitation and starvation are addressed.