Sampoorna Gram Devalaya Sandarshanaa Rath Yatra launched
Since centuries, India has been combating the menace of invasion that aimed at destroying the rich Hindu heritage of temples. The efforts have still not been completely abated. However, in spite of all these attacks, the saffron flag is still hoisting with vigour. Hence, it is the duty of each and every Hindu to preserve this rich culture and tradition so that the entire world can thrive in peace and brotherhood thereby bowing at the feet of Bharatmata.
It is with this view in mind the Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi of Musheerabad in Andhra Pradesh launched the Sampoorna Gram Devalaya Sandarshanaa Rath Yatra from June 21. The Yatra, being conducted under the guidance of Shri Kamalananda Bharati Swamiji, began with the inauguration of Shri Jnana Saraswati Ammavari Devalayam at Basara in Adilabad district.
The yatra commenced exactly on the same date as that of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri. In its first phase, 26,000 villages will be covered with an average of ten villages per day. Three to four Mandals will be covered in the first phase with a total number of 1,140 Mandals. The Yatra will continue for a wide span of ten years from 2012 to 2022. At least 1,00,000 temple trusts will be formed having a strong force of 10,00,000 volunteers so as to conduct social service activities at the temple in each village. Young men and women in the age group of 18 to 30 years will be members of the service trust for each temple so as to effectively utilise the young blood for nation building.
Till the time of writing this report about 70 villages had been covered by the Yatra. When the Yatra reaches a particular village, the schedule comprises of activities such as welcome, darshan of devalaya, introduction of the village, gathering information, issuing guidelines, oath taking, election of office bearers, division of labour, finalisation of service programmes and farewell.
A wide range of developmental activities including single teacher school, libraries comprising of books on Hinduism, setting up of personality development centres, organising blood donation and medical check-up camps, maintaining goushalas, Ved Pathshalas, special traditional school for girl students, youth-centred activities, gymnasiums, leprosy eradication centres, Yoga training centres, mobile clinics and libraries, ambulance service, veterinary hospitals, self-employment training, free coaching classes, nutritious food for children and pregnant women, training in Vedic Mathematics, astrology and music, maintenance of crematoriums and assistance for final rites, anti-superstition camps, eradication of social evils such as untouchability, celebrating anniversaries of national heroes, production of panchgavya medicines and cow dung manure, production of Hindutva-based feature films and magazines, etc are initiated with temple as the nucleus. Bhakt Mandalis are also being constituted for the propagation of spiritual, philosophical and social service programmes so as to build a classless society dedicated towards the protection of environment. (FOC)
Symposium by DRI on significance of mass movements
Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) organised a symposium on ‘significance of mass movements’ in New Delhi on June 25. The symposium was organised to remember the Emergency imposed by Congress government in 1975.
Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist Shri Rambahadur Rai, who played a key role during the JP movement, described movement as the means of developing leadership. He said whenever there is any conflict in the society and the rulers get autocratic, a movement is generated. But today some people are confused and think that a movement is the destination. Whereas, the fact is that movement is just a step. He said the definition of nationalism devised by great leaders like Lal, Bal, Pal, Gokhale and Gandhiji through their agitations has today changed and national interest appears to be no more important for the leaders. He termed the declining value of rupee and unprecedented hike in dollar as a conspiracy which needs to be exposed, as some internal elements are behind this game.
Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi recalled the role played by RSS activists during the underground agitation against Emergency. In the beginning, Shri Rajkumar Bhatia, former national president of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, introduced the topic of discussion.
Karnataka’s one of the most reputed service organisations, the Rashtrot-thana Parishat, set another milestone, this time in healthcare. The Parishat’s Rashtrotthana Rakta Nidhi is now the number one Blood Bank of the State as far as total units of blood collected and transfused is concerned.
The Parishat is a RSS initiative in Karnataka. Established 18 years ago, the Rashtrotthana Rakta Nidhi has collected blood from 1,75,073 donors. The collected blood has been given to 1,31,593 patients. Rest of the blood was processed for PCV collections, serum separations, etc. The total units of blood collected till March 2012 is 2,89,321. This Blood Bank is an ISO certified Blood Bank and provides blood to the needy on a 24×7 service.
Former Union Law Minister Dr Subramanian Swamy released a book on Emergency in New Delhi on June 25. Written by Rajya Sabha MP Shri Gopal Vyas, the book, Satyamev Jayate, has been published by Sanjivani Prakashan. The function was organised by Rashtriya Patrakarita Kalyan Nyas at the Constitution Club.
Releasing the book, Dr Swamy said the information collected in the book is very useful for those who only read about the Emergency and did not experience its terror and trauma. He said during those days some people were fighting against the autocratic regime openly, while some were active underground.
Shri Gopal Vyas said the book is an account of the pains and sufferings that the people underwent during the Emergency and their fight against the then regime. President of Hindusthan Samachar Dr Nand Kishor Trikha said the Emergency pushed the nation decades back. Former Governor Shri Kidarnath Sahni, senior BJP leader Shri Omprakash Kohli and many others prominent personalities were also present on the occasion. (IVSK)
In an event organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Mumbai on June 17, a total of 14 people from 4 families returned to Hindu fold. It included 8 Christians and 6 Muslims. Braving the heavy rains all of these people arrived at Wagheshwari Devi Temple to embrace the Vedic faith of their forefathers. All the people participated in the yajna and recited the Vedic shlokas. VHP zonal head Shri Anand Kumar Pande addressed the gathering while district secretary Shri Arvind Dubey presented photo of Lord Shiva and a copy of Sri Ramcharitmanas to all those who returned to their roots. (FOC)
Jammu unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a five-day Personality Development Camp at SR Public School. A total of 45 students from different institutions of the State paarticipated in the camp, which began on June 25. The camp was formally inaugurated by Shri Surinder Sharma, Director of JK Channel. He said the youth are definitely excelling in various fields but they lack in moral values. He appreciated the ABVP for conducting the activities for building moral character among youth. Dr Virender Koundal, State president was also present on the occasion. Shri Ajay Sharma, National Executive Council Member delivered the welcome speech. (FOC)
A training camp for the workers of Poorva Andhra Durga Vahini was organised at Bhadrachalam in Khamam district from June 1 to 7. A total of 56 shiksharthis from 13 districts participated in the camp. Apart from physical training, the activists were also imparted intellectual, religious, spiritual and personality development training. Akhil Bharatiya Mahila Pramukh of the VHP Smt Meenakshi Peshwe, national vice president of Durga Vahini Smt Chandrakanta Devi and many other prominent VHP and Durga Vahini leaders were present in the camp.