The Spine of Bharat is Sanatana Dharma, says RN Ravi The Spine of Bharat is Sanatana Dharma, says RN Ravi Over the next 25 years Bharat aims to become a leader of the world and in this journey a spiritual resurgence makes integral part, said Tamil Governor of Nadu RN Ravi. He was speaking on Sunday at the centenary celebrations of the “Palace for the Poor” facade building of the Ramakrishna Mission Student Hostel and Residential High School. As a result of colonization and the damage it has caused to culture and spirituality, Mr. Ravi said, the course of the nation has been hijacked from the dharmic way of life. “The rise of Bharat must be on all lines. It cannot be limited to material prosperity and the growth of science and technology. The spine of Bharat is Sanatana Dharma, and this dharma must rise for the overall ascension of Bharat,” he said. “It took a long time for the nation to have visionary national leadership, which could give a fundamental course correction in progress and contribute to Bharat. The national leadership is looking at Bharat as a whole and all these interventions in place for growth development are with the vision of Bharat as one entity,” he said. Mr Ravi said vested interests had created the impression that secularism, as defined in the Constitution, had nothing to do with Dharma. “It is a malicious and distorted interpretation. This political interpretation has put the institutions that are supposed to advance the Dharma in a very difficult position. Dharma is all-encompassing and inclusive,” he said. Stating that he does not There is no equivalent word for Dharma in English or any other language, Mr. Ravi said the word “religion” should not be used when talking about Dharma, as the latter is much more comprehensive. institution celebrating its centenary, the Governor hailed the sacrifices, contributions and dedication of those associated with it. “Our vision is to build a Bharat as envisioned by Swami Vivekananda, with muscles of iron and nerves of steel but whose spirit is Vedantic. We need to think about the ways and means by which institutions like this can trigger and ignite the spiritual resurgence of Bharat,” he said. A special mailing envelope was issued to mark the centennial celebrations and aid was distributed to drama artists, conservation workers and others. S. Gurumurthy, editor of Thuglak, spoke about the importance of family in Indian culture and tradition. Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission and Adhyaksha, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai; B. Selvakumar, Chief Post Master General, Tamil Nadu Circle and Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, Philanthropist and Vice President, Ramakrishna Mission Students Home were present on the occasion.