'India couldn't have handled Doklam without hard power'

'India couldn't have handled Doklam without hard power'

India could not have handled the Doklam crisis without hard power, RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy said here on Thursday making a pitch for a strong government at the Centre. DH file photo

India could not have handled the Doklam crisis without hard power, RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy said here on Thursday making a pitch for a strong government at the Centre.

“Hard power is necessary. Without hard power you could never have handled Doklam. Without hard power you could never have done the surgical strikes,”Gurumurthy, also a part-time RBI Director, said addressing a seminar on 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation.

India does not want anybody's territory but would also not allow any other country to occupy its territory, he said.

In this context he cited Emperor Ashoka who renounced violence after Kalinga war.

“Ashoka gave up war... he was a great man but greater man was Chanakya,” Gurumurthy said.

He argued that the philosophy was valid but must be reciprocal and accepted by all.

“It is not a recipe for pacifism. India can help change the pessimistic global narrative with this philosophy,” Gurumurthy said.

“We had a different approach and we understood that all are not one, but we have always been accommodative. That is the idea of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam',” he said pointing out that many people criticise Hinduism, without reading Vedas and Puranas.