On Thursday, the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said that swadeshi or indigenous items do not mean to boycott all foreign products, reported PTI. He further highlighted that India will only import those materials an technology that is not available in India.
At a virtual book event, the RSS Chief said that by Swadeshi it is meant to prefer and promote indigenous technologies and products while not prohibiting all foreign items.
“We will import whatever is suitable for us,” he said, according to ANI.
The RSS chief said that we should think of the world “as one family and not one market.” He further stated the importance and requirement of mutual-cooperation among independent nations, especially during COVID-19 pandemic.
He further supported the decision of Narendra Modi’s Government to make India self-reliant. He suggested that the coronavirus pandemic has proved that globalisation did not yield positive output.
One economic model is not applicable everywhere, he added.
Policies in India, after the Independence, were influenced by the West, he said, adding this resulted in foreign products being preferred to indigenous products.
The RSS chief also praised the new National Education Policy and said it was “a step in the right direction” for making the nation self-reliant. These policies will help the nation in understanding the potential and wisdom of its people, he said.
Earlier, in May, PM Modi announced a financial package worth Rs. 20 lakh crore to revive the hammered economy due to the coronavirus. Prime Minister said to make India self-reliant according to 5 important pillars of infrastructure, economy, system, demography, and demand.
On August 9, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had announced that the Centre will impose an embargo on the import of 101 military items “beyond a given timeline” to promote indigenisation in the defence sector, in line with the vision to make the Indian economy self-reliant amid the coronavirus crisis.