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Difference in meaning of ‘Bharat’ and India and marriage as a sacrament and contract.

Difference in meaning of ‘Bharat’ and India and marriage as a sacrament and contract.

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January 7, 2013
Difference in meaning of ‘Bharat’ and India and marriage as a sacrament and
contract.
It is really surprising that statements of Mohan Bhagwat on the above matters arebeing misinterpreted. The first statement when Bhagwat pointed out that rape takes
place in ‘India and not ‘Bharat’, he only meant that women are worshipped as mother in
Bharat as is evident from the words used in the convocation address to students in
Taittiriyopanishad as ‘Matru Devobhava’ to wit mother is God incarnat
e who provideseverything and gives protection to her children. Thus, women in Bharat is
 
‘Poo
 jya
Vastu’
 
[object of worship] whereas under western materialistic life style when Bharatbecomes India she becomes
 
‘bho
g
a vasthu’
 
i.e., object of sexual pleasure and thereforerape or sexual onslaught on women takes place there which is a stark truth.There such a difference be
tween ‘India’ and ‘Bharat’ is pointed o
ut by greatest historianof the 20th century Dr. Radha Kumud Mukherjee as early as in 1954 in his book titled
“Fundamental Unity of India” thus:
 The name Bharata Varsha is not a mere geographical
expression like the term ‘India
having only a physical reference. It has a deep historical significance symbolising afundamental unity.The Rig-Veda, one of the oldest literary records of humanity, reveals conscious andfervent attempts made by the rishis, those profoundly wise organisers of Hindu polityand culture, to visualise the unity of their mother-country, nay, to transfigure motherearth into a living deity and enshrine her in the loving heart of the worshipper.Respect for womanhood has been the most cherished value of Bharat from timesimmemorial and therefore the very mentioning of that word conveys that feeling whichmay not be the position when the word India is used which at present is more influencedby western materialistic life style.Then coming to the second statement of Mohan Bhagwat, he was only pointing out thatmarriage in Bharat is sacrament and not a contract which can be revoked or severed atany time according to the choice of husband or wife as the case may be. As far as thestatus assigned to women in Bharat, what he meant was the same as the eminent
English author Kerry Brown in her celebrated book ‘Essential Teachings of Hinduism
 

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