Saints demand concrete action plan for protection of GangaSenior saints of the country have demanded a concrete action plan for ensuring free and minimum flow in the Ganga. They told the Central government to enact a law in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament to this effect. Failing which, they warned, the saints would be compelled to launch a decisive battle for the Ganga. The saints issued this warning at the Sant Uchchadhikar Samiti meeting of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad held in Haridwar from June 19 to 20. About a hundred senior saints from different parts of the country attended the meeting. Prominent among them were Shankaracharya Swami Vasud-evananda Saraswati, Pejawar Swami Shri Vishvesh Teertha, Swami Rambhadracharya, Swami Ramdharacharya, Swami Yuvacharya Shyamasharan, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, Swami Govind Dev Giri, Swami Vishnupuri, etc. the VHP leaders including Shri Ashok Singhal, working president Dr Pravin Togadia, general secretary Shri Champat Rai, general secretary (organisation) Shri Dinesh Chandra and others also attended the meeting. About the Ganga the saints also told the Central government to align with the commitment given by the British Government to Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916. Demanding reconstitution of the Ganga Basin Authority, the saints said scientists, environmentalists, saints and social activists should also be included in the Authority.In a separate resolution on Sri Ramjanmabhoomi, the meeting urged the saints to conduct countrywide mass awakening for building Sri Ram temple in Ayodhya. This awareness campaign will be conducted before the beginning of the Poorna Kumbha in Prayag in January 2013. The saints also reiterated their demand to hand-over the entire land to the Hindus by enacting a law in the Parliament. In the beginning of the meeting, Shri Champat Rai explained the agenda of the meeting. He said corruption could not be curbed without building people of high character. He said the identity of India has been of a spiritual state and not a secular one, as being said by a group of people. (Ravindra Saini)
Sangh Shiksha Vargas conclude in Delhi
“In the modern education system we have paid more attention to language and knowledge than the values of life. This resulted in the loss of mutual understanding in the society. Despite that, there are many mothers who are imparting good samskars and values of life to their children. This is the reason Bharat is still alive,” said Akhil Bharatiya Bauddhik Pramukh of RSS Shri Bhagaiyaji. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of second year Sangh Shiksha Varga in Delhi on June 16. A total of 179 shiksharthis from Uttar Kshetra (Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir) underwent training at the Varga, which began on May 27 at Maharaja Agrasen Technology Institute, Rohini. RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat was also present in the Varga for three days.In his speech, Shri Bhagaiyaji stressed the need to change the education system, which is uprooting the new generation from its cultural roots. “The new generation is attracting to the West only because we have failed to apprise them of our glorious past. They read in the textbooks that whatever technological advancement is seen has been done only in the West. We have to change this picture and thinking,” he said.Prior to it, the first year Sangh Shiksha Varga of Delhi concluded on June 9. A total of 300 swayamsevaks underwent training. Speaking at the concluding ceremony, Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh Shri Suresh Chand said the RSS wants that all good people should join hands to make the nation stronger. In his speech, Major General (retd) Shri VK Dhul said 65 per cent of our population is today around 30 years of age and this section can play a key role in the development of the nation. (IVSK)
Rashtra Sevika Samiti has organised 35 training camps this year across the country. About 5,000 activists are being imparted training in these camps. A similar training camp of four Prants (Kashi, Awadh, Goraksh and Kanpur) was organised in Kanpur from May 27 to June 14. A total of 225 Sevikas underwent training. Pramukh Sanchalika of the Samiti Pramilatai Medhe was present in the Varga for four days i.e. from June 4 to 7. Addressing the activists, Pramilatai Medhe said just assuming top posts by some women does not make the women safe and secure. “There are so many women at top posts today but it has not benefited the women. The country should be in the hands of the sensitive people whether they are men or women,” she said. She also criticised the television show, Satyamev Jayate, saying that just highlighting social evils would benefit none. Nobody can eradicate these evils only through propaganda. It will only hurt the self-respect of the country, she said stressing the need to create a team of idealistic workers. She said the Sevika Samti is doing the same work for the last many decades.Akhil Bharatiya Bauddhik Pramuk of the Samiti Dr Sharad Renu addressed the concluding ceremony. She said the country would not achieve its pristine glory until the women play an active role in social transformation. She said the prime task of the Samiti is to awaken and educate the women for this responsibility. Presiding over the function noted gynecologist Dr Bina Agnihotri, said the task of national reconstruction is incomplete till the 50 per cent population of the country is not involved in the task. RSS Prant Pracharak Shri Anandji, Kshetra Sanghachalak Shri Ishwar Chandra were also present at the concluding ceremony. (FOC)
Bajrang Dal training camp in Delhi
A week long training camp of Bajrang Dal was organised in Delhi from June 10 to 17. A total of 90 youth participated in the camp. Addressing the youth at the concluding ceremony the VHP spokesperson Shri Prakash Sharma said the culture of disco, drink and drug is damaging the country. He emphasised that the distorted history being taught to the youth is driving them away from their roots. He said the Bajrang Dal, since its inception, has been awakening the youth to face any challenge before the nation bravely. During the camp, the participants were educated on different topics including damages being done by western culture, service activities, disaster management, Communal Violence Bill, 2011, etc. Shri Lakhiram Sharma, noted social activist of Delhi and training head of the Bajrang Dal Shri Manoj Verma were also present at the function. (FOC)
Veteran journalist, writer and social thinker Shri DG Lakshman who will turn 60 in July, retired from Hosadigantha as chief editor. He was associated with Hosadigantha, a leading Kannada daily, for the last 26 years. He worked untiringly for the upliftment of the newspaper right from the days of its inception. However, even after his retirement, he will continue as one of the Directors of the Jana Bharati Prakashan Limited, under which Hosadigantha, Vikarama (a weekly) and Aseema (monthly) are published. He will continue to head the oldest Sangh journal of Karnataka, Vikjrama, which was instituted in 1948.Shri Lakshman has also authored many books including Kargil Kampana, based on the Kargil war and Ghosh Tapaswi on RSS Pracharak Subbu Srinivas. He has been honoured with the prestigious Nachiketha Award in 2003 by the former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. In 2009, he was conferred the NB Lele Award by Hindustan Samachar. He also got Charaka Award from Governor of Karnataka in 2010 and Rajyostava Award in 2010. Currently Shri Lakshman is also the Sah Prant Prachar Pramukh of RSS Karnataka.
(Rajesh Padmar in Bengaluru)