Cricket bat should not become the symbol of defeat of democracy: Kamal Nath
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today said in a message to the young people’s respresentatives: “let your bat be a symbol of India’s victory (in sports) and not the symbol of defeat of democracy on the streets.
The chief Minister gave this message without directly referring to Akash Vijayvargiya, the first time BJP MLA from Indore and son of National BJP General secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. Akash is now in judicial custody for assualting a municipal officer with a bat and obstructed the official machinery to perform its functions in broad daylight.
Kamal Nath said India has two great qualities. Firstly, it is the world’s largest democracy and secondly, it is world’s youngest nation. It is but natural that the country has greater expectations from the elected young representatives. Why not? When it comes to democracy, we have a glorious heritage.
The Chief Minister has said that the full-grown banyan tree of Indian democracy that we are witnessing today has deep roots. The seeds of sacrifice were sown deeper and today it stands as a source of inspiration for the entire world.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru used to say that only cultured youth will build the country’s future. Today, elected young representatives should introspect and think about the path they wish the country to follow in future. One path leads to fulfillment of expectations of the glorious heritage of our democracy and another one leads to fanaticism. Friends, fanatic approach can bring cheap popularity but it cannot enrich our democracy, nath has emphasised.
Young people’s representatives, according to the Chief Minister, are responsible for making the law and not violating it. You are expected to assert yourself with logic without exceeding the dignified limits.
Praising the glory of Indian cricket, nath said, today the whole world is witnessing our shining bat. Our cricket team is on the victory path and we all are confident of winning the World Cup. But the victory cannot be achieved without hard work. Players have to work hard and observe discipline and show patience. Patience, coupled with tolerance, brings maturity. And maturity lays the foundation of victory. Be it sports or democracy, the principles are the same.
I am not saying this in a parochial manner. This is my humble request to young colleagues across the politial spectrum. As Chief Minister, it is my duty to maintain a dialogue, the CM has underscored.