This is based on a speech delivered by Shri Dattopant Thengadi, an eminent thinker and prominent labour leader, at a seminar organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad, New Delhi, on August 13, 1983.
We will feel amply rewarded if this publication initiates a public debate on the important issue of 'Modernisation without Westernisation'.
We in this country have instinctively realised that 'the cultural wealth to which we are natural heirs belongs to the whole humanity, that it is India's obligation to offer to others the benefits of her unique culture and to accept from others their best'. We always welcomed healthy trends in other cultures. We have been constantly engaged " in a rich give and take with other peoples". We have been always "interpreting one civilisation to the other" and trying to find out what is common between them. In their sub-conscious minds Hindus have always felt that human misery anywhere constitutes a threat to human happiness everywhere.
Authors : Shri Dattatreya Bapu Rao (D. B. Thengadi)