Rajpath (King’s Way) or Yogapath (Way of Union) What does India need?
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I, Dr. Smita Ranjeet Gautam with all humility submit before your goodself to consider renaming Rajpath (King's Way) a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to National Stadium, Delhi which symbolizes the British Raj as योगपथ YOGPATH (Way of Union) with the following background:
1. After the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the East India Company's rule was transferred to the Crown in the person of Queen Victoria in 1958, who in 1876 was proclaimed Empress of India. The British Raj was also called Crown rule in India, or direct rule in India thus undivided India became officially a British colony.
2. British exploited India economically, culturally, historically, ethnically, scientifically while cashing in on a windfall of treasures. They broke the backbone of Indian civilization as proposed by Macaulay in British Parliament in 1800s. Indian economy was the second largest economy in the world until the British came. During British rule (1857 to 1947) Indian economy grew at zero percent.
3. India suffered too many famines in which about 60 million people from the subcontinent perished during British rule mostly attributable to mismanagement. The British were no angels and they did what any colonial country would have done with a rich but ailing client state. The way British ended their rule of India was an epitome of irresponsibility that resulted displacement or death of a few millions. If we summarize British Raj, we can say that there was no Raj but robbing of natural resources from Indian Subcontinent.
Why योगपथ YOGPATH (Way of Union)?
1. Yoga - a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice is India’s gift to the world assuring harmony between mind and body. It promotes harmony among people and the natural world.
2. Yoga raises awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours. All these elements are essential to building a sustainable future of dignity and opportunity for all.
3. Yoga has now been inscribed as an element in the UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity during the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Yoga has become the 13th intangible cultural heritage that has been listed from India so far with UNESCO.
4. Yoga is a solution for restoring the health of fellow Indians. This solution is unique as it seeks to involve each and every Indian in fight against ill-health. The cost to the society for adopting a healthier life through Yoga is virtually zero and that adds positive impact on our GDP.
5. Indian Democracy is the finest union of executive, legislature and judiciary power; Founding Fathers of our Constitution crafted methods by which all the three pillars of democracy are able to function independently, yet ensuring balance between each other, so as to operate keeping national interest supreme in an effective manner.
6. Most respected Prime Minister, Shri Narendrabhai Modi has played a key role in having the United Nation declared June 21st as the International Yoga Day in 2014. Government of India has been taking forward the momentum created by celebration of International Yoga Day in 2015 and 2016 with greater and more active participation of youth & other stakeholders of the community.
7. More particularly, Rashtrapati Bhavan, the creation of architects of exceptional imagination and masterfulness, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker when constructed was called the Viceroy’s House which was changed to Government House on August 15, 1947 when India became independent. Finally, it renamed Rashtrapati Bhavan during the term of President Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
In view of the foregoing, I once again humbly request you to consider renaming “Rajpath” as “Yogapath” coinciding with 21st June, 2017- auspicious International Yoga Day and give Yoga a tangible place in the heart of India so that we can look forward to a healthier and happier India in years to come.
Dr. Smita Ranjeet Gautam
(Consultant Homoeopath & Yoga Teacher)
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