अयं बन्धुरयंनेति गणना लघुचेतसाम् | उदारचरितानां तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् ॥ (RigVeda, Maha Upanishad 6.72)
The distinction of ‘this is mine’ and ‘that is not-mine’ is only made by narrow-minded people. For those of noble conduct, the whole world is one family.
In this world, where people are always trying to form ‘exclusive groups’ based on religion, race, and boundaries of countries, ‘वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्’ is a revolutionary thought. It is like fresh air, where we treat everyone on-par with ourselves. Like any family, we might have differences, but that doesn’t set us apart.
Most importantly, this thinking of universal family is not new, it’s coming from the oldest of Vedas, so this has been the foundation of the Indian philosophies from the beginning.
If this is the case, then why do we need an independent India, or a strong military, border protection, etc, right?
The reason is, such noble and revolutionary philosophies can only get developed and enriched, if people are safe, secure, prosperous, and free from worries of their survival.
If we hadn’t had Harihar/Bukka of Vijaynagar, Chatrapati Shivaji of Maratha kingdom, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and many others, none of this would have survived.
They are the reason, today we can talk about it, and introduce them to the world.
And if we want these philosophies of universal togetherness to survive, we need a country with a strong economy and a strong military, so that people are fearless to think. Let’s work towards that.
All The Best!