Always appreciate oneness of the nation
Shri Guruji, second Sarsanghachalak of RSS, was in conversation with a group of Swayamsevaks from Tamil Nadu. The topic turned to Sanskrit as the undercurrent of the languages of the land. Someone cited an example that the terms annam and jalam are known in Tamil Nadu. Refuting this, someone else said these two terms were used only in limited circles and added that choru and neer were in use in most families, trying to argue that Tamil had unique properties. Listening to all this, Shri Guruji pointed out that neer was in fact another Sanskrit word for jalam. Shri Guruji reminded all that there was a Vedic term charoo meaning the annam offered in sacrifices. In conclusion he stressed on the need to always appreciate the underlying oneness of the nation.
A mighty social change
What could be termed as a mighty social change was silently achieved in K. Veloor, Arcot Taluk in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. For the first time ever, Harijan families in the village entered the local Perumal (Vishnu) temple. It caused no flutter. It happened like this: The Kumbhabhishekham celebration of the temple was approaching. Village elders sat together to finalise the list of invitees. Even as the discussion progressed, the temple priest came up with the suggestion, ?Why should the Harijan brethren in our own village be left out, while we send invitations to the far-off places?? The suggestion was accepted and Harijans were duly invited. There is an RSS shakha in the Harijan locality. Naturally, the temple invitation was readily honoured. On Kumbhabhishekham day, Harijan bhaktas, after having a bath, wore naamam, the religious symbol, on their forehead and went to the temple, with every family carrying fruits and vegetables on brass plates as offering. That day, all avoided non-vegetarian food. The priest of the temple is father-in-law of Vellore Sah Zilla Karyavah of RSS.
Water conservation campaign by Sewa Bharati
With the view to making people aware of importance of water, the Rajasthan unit of Sewa Bharati launched a water conservation campaign in Jodhpur. The campaign began with distribution of leaflets telling people about water problem and its solution. In Doli and Jhavanr village of Luni tehsil, 25 km from Jodhpur, the activists contacted villagers and encouraged them for digging ponds. The activists of Sewa Bharati, RSS and ABVP also cleaned the old pond of Ganesh temple, Ratanada, in Jodhpur city recently.
150 Vanvasi families return home
Hundreds of people belonging to about 150 Vanvasi families retuned to Hindu fold recently in Rajasthan. About 80 families belonging to 11 villages of Jhadol tehsil of Udaipur district, returned to their Hindi roots at a function organised by Sanskriti Raksha Manch. Shri Somyajulu, joint organising secretary of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, was also present at the function. Another function of home-coming was organised at Mangaleshwar Dham of Banswara, where over 100 people belonging to 56 families returned home by offering ahutis in the yajna. This function was jointly organised by Gayatri Parivar and Dharma Raksha Samiti.
K. Vidyasagar Rao passes away
K. Vidyasagar Rao, joint general secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, passed away on July 18 at Global hospital in Hyderabad. He had been unwell for the last 15 days. He was 56. His mortal remains were placed for darshan in Keshav Nilayam, the RSS office at Barkatpura, on July 19. Later the body was taken to Bansilalpet crematorium. Shri Babasaheb Takwale, organising secretary of Kisan Sangh, Shri Dinesh Kulakarni of BKS, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Bauddhik Pramukh Shri Madhubai Kulakarni and Shri Ram Madhav, spokesman of RSS, were among the senior adhikaris who paid their respect to the departed leader. Vidyasagar Rao'sbrother performed the last rites. Viyasagar Rao was born at Sirasapally Village in Karim Nagar district of Andhra Pradesh. After completing his education in Karim Nagar he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and worked as a Pracharak in Nalgonda and Karimnagar districts from 1967. During the Emergency, he worked as state joint convenor for Lok Sangarsh Samiti. In 1978, he was given the responsibility of farmer development project in Krishna district and later he started the branches of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh in Andhra Pradesh. Besides holding various other positions, he also worked as state organising secretary of Kisan Sangh.