NEW DELHI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday suggested that for promoting development, policies should be framed keeping local traditions and maryada (limits) in mind.
He was speaking at a function to pay homage to those killed in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, which many perceive happened due to ecological imbalance.
To contextualise the issue of floods, the RSS chief said, “Wherever development has to be done, the importance of local traditions should be kept in mind. The importance of ‘maryada’ should be understood. Development of man is important and should take place, but at the same time, maryada should be respected.”
He emphasised, “There should be restraint even in policies. It should also be there in our behaviour and attitude. People in power should be mindful of the sentiments of people before moving forward in a democracy. That is why, there is a need for understanding the importance of maryada in society.”
The RSS chief called for viewing development with a new perspective and felt there should be a synthesis of maryada, science and traditional knowledge for holistic development.