Launch of the book ‘Lohia’s Sapno Ka Bharat’

April 02, 2024 (Tuesday)
New Delhi. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia was an ideological warrior. He believed that what I think should come to the ground in the same form. He considered every important question of his time in an original manner. The principles he gave to establish social justice and equality are equally relevant even today. Lohia used to advocate taking everyone along and giving representation to everyone. He is such a great man following whose path a line of new India can be drawn. These things were said by the speakers during the launch of the book ‘Lohia’s Sapno Ka Bharat’ at the India International Center on Tuesday. This book written by Ashok Pankaj has been published by Lokbharti Prakashan.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh was the chief guest in this program and it was presided over by Gandhian socialist Raghu Thakur. Whereas, diplomat and former Foreign Secretary Mukchund Dubey; Ram Bahadur Rai, Chairman of Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts; And editor of Samajik Vimarsh and former Vice-Chancellor of Rajasthan University, Prof. Of. l. Sharma was present as a speaker.

There is a need to convey Lohia ji’s ideas to the people.
During his statement, the book’s author Ashok Pankaj said, “Lohia ji had given many such formulas of change in the Indian context in his principles, which if they had been followed since independence, then there would not have been problems like poverty in the country today. Lohia ji and the parties which are collecting votes in the elections today in the name of socialism have also not understood his ideas properly nor have they conveyed them to the public.

Talking about how the idea of ​​writing the book ‘Lohia’s Dream India’ came about, he said, “When I read Lohia ji’s thoughts for the first time, I felt that his principles about establishing social justice and equality had just been implemented. Till now it has not been understood properly. The principles he gave are equally relevant even today. We need to convey his ideas to the masses. This is where I got the idea of ​​writing this book. I have tried to summarize Lohia ji’s thoughts about socialism in this book so that if anyone wants to understand his socialism, he can get the gist of it.”

Lohia used to advocate taking everyone along
The first speaker of the program, Muchkund Dubey, quoted the contribution made by Ram Manohar Lohia for the independence of the country and said, “Whatever Lohia ji did for the independence of the country is a very exciting history. Today’s youth may be surprised to see that someone can do this!”

He further said, “We can never imagine prosperity by keeping out a large section of the country’s population, including women, Dalits and minorities. Lohia used to advocate taking everyone along and giving representation to everyone.”

Expressing his views about the book, he said, “It was very important to bring Lohia ji’s thoughts among the public in a logical and thematic manner. Ashok Pankaj has done this important work, hence he deserves thanks.”

Lohia was a true movement
The next speaker Ram Bahadur Rai said, “Dr. Lohia is and will remain a great man. Because a great man is one whose thoughts always remain relevant and Lohia ji’s thoughts are equally relevant even today. Dr. Lohia was a true movement. If he came to know that some group was raising its voice for its demands, he would definitely support them. Dr. Lohia is such a great man following whose path a line of new India can be drawn.”

Talking about the book, he said, “Ashok Pankaj has succeeded in the concept of bringing Lohia ji’s dream of socialism in the form of a book. This book is such a key that will take the readers to the ideological courtyard of Lohia ji. While reading this book and understanding Dr. Lohia, you will find that he was a voice of dissent. This book raises the question, what was Lohia’s dream? For this, it is important for us to read Lohia ji and understand his thoughts.”

Lohia was an ideological warrior
The next speaker was Prof. Of. l. Sharma said, “Dr. Lohia was an ideological warrior. He was in favor of real social structure. He believed that what I think should come to the ground in the same form. He led many big movements to bring awareness among the people. He laid great emphasis on humanism. He believed that benefits should reach the last person. He used to say that there are many levels of inequality, it is very important for us to understand them. The caste system can be attacked only through the principle of justice.”

Regarding the book he said, “According to me this book is an ocean in a river. It contains socialism, Marxism and also a lot about our Indian culture.”

Lohia considered every important question in an original manner
The next speaker, Harivansh, started his speech by narrating an anecdote about Ram Manohar Lohia. He said, “When Lohia ji returned after studying abroad, his family members asked him to do some job or business, but he refused to do the job. When his uncle asked him what business he would do, his answer was – the business of destroying millionaires.”

Describing the popularity of Ram Manohar Lohia, he said, “His voice reached even the people sitting in remote villages because he used to express his views very simply in their own language. His attire was also like that of the common people of the country. He made the last person of the society realize that he is not separate from them, but is a person among them.

Talking about the relevance of Lohia’s thoughts, he said, “Lohia ji has considered every important question of his time in an original manner. We should think about how to take his ideas forward.”

Disagreement is an element of democracy
Raghu Thakur, the last speaker of the program, said, “Lohia’s concerns were justified. But if seen from today’s perspective, things have changed a lot. If Lohia were alive today and he was asked whether he was satisfied with the way his followers took socialism forward, he would probably have expressed his displeasure about it. He said that there is a difference between words and actions. Perhaps the people who followed his ideology also did the same, due to which the movement of socialism could not move forward in that form.”

He further said, “Lohia ji is seen as a symbol of the voice of dissent. Disagreement is an element of democracy. If democracy is to be saved, we will have to stand up to voice some dissent and express our views. In today’s time, there is a greater need for us to learn from Lohia ji’s thoughts and put them into practice. In such a situation, this is a very appropriate time for this book also.”

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