Vidya Bharati's18th national sports meet
Vidya Bharati's18th national sports meet concluded in Agra recently. About 700 sportspersons from all 11 kshetras participated in the meet. Uttar Kshetra, which comprises of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir, emerged the champion at the meet. Inaugurating the meet, Shri Rajnath Singh, senior BJP leader and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said the sports strengthened body and mind and also developed the feeling of patriotism and social harmony. Shri Dinanath Batra, vice president of Vidya Bharati, stressed the need for imparting patriotic education in all the schools of the country. Speaking at the concluding ceremony, Shri Kalyan Singh, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, appreciated the efforts of Vidya Bharati in imparting patriotic and quality education in its schools. Shri Kamta Prasad Singhal, who presided over the function, said the Vidya Bharati apart from providing quality education, was also scoring in sports.
Shri Guruji Samman to Swami Asimanand
Noted saint and Shradha Jagaran Pramukh of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Swami Asimanand was honoured with Shri Guruji Samman in Jaipur on December 10. Pejawar Swami Vishveshteertha Maharaj presented him a shawl, a memento and a cheque of Rs 100, 000 as mark of the honour. The award has been instituted by Shankar Smriti Samiti in the birth centenary year of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsangachalak of RSS. Senior BJP leader and former HRD Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi was the chief speaker at the function. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion include Shri Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi, Rajasthan BJP president, Dr Taradutt ?Nirvirodha?, Prant Prachar Pramukh of Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, Shri Chandraraj Lodha and Shri Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi. In the picture Swami Asimanand (left) receiving the award from Pejawar Swami Vishveshteerth Maharaj in Jaipur.
Bridge the gap between Vanvasis and Nagarvasis -Adhish Kumar
RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Shri Adhish Kumar has stressed the need to bridge the gap between Vanvasis and Nagarvasis. He was addressing a gathering of Poorvanchal Kalyan Ashram workers in Kolkata recently. Talking about the popular belief that Mother Teresa did the maximum service work among Vanvasis and her organisation is running about 700 service projects across the world, Shri Adhish Kumar said the Poorvanchal Kalyan Ashram ran over 450 projects in West Bengal alone and the total service projects run by Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in India were over 11,675. He pointed out that the service projects run by the RSS inspired organisations across the country were over 65,000. Speaking on the occasion, Sadhvi Ritambhara stressed the need to spread education among Vanvasis to stop their exploitation. Shri Lodharam Lat and Shri Anantlal Mahato were honoured for rendering outstanding services in the all-round development of Vanvasis in Purulia district of West Bengal.
Veteran Sangh Pracharak, Manikchand Vajpayee passed away in Gwalior on December 27. He was 87. He had not been keeping well for some time. He breathed his last at 4.30 a.m. at Gwalior Sangh Karyalaya. He was cremated in Gwalior on December 28. Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee flown from Mumbai to Gwalior to participate in the cremation. A large number of Sangh Swayamsevaks and Prant adhikaris paid tribute to him at the Gwalior Sangh Karyalaya and later at the cremation ground. Manikchand Vajpayee, who was honoured with various awards, was born on October 7, 1919, at Bateshwar in Agra. He became a Sangh Pracharak in 1944 and in the initial nine years he worked in the Bhind area of Madhya Pradesh. He was instrumental in setting-up of a college in Bhind. He fought against Emergency and had been in jail for over 20 months. After the death of his wife in 1985, he again returned as Sangh Pracharak in the same year. He had also worked as organising secretary of Madhya Pradesh Jana Sangh from 1951 to 1954. He worked as Prant Prachar Pramukh of Madhya Bharat Prant and also worked for Swadeshi Jagaran Manch as Kshetra Sanyojak in Madhya Kshetra. Manikchand Vajpayee earned a name in Hindi journalism while working as the editor of the Indore edition of Swadesh. He wrote a number of articles that became very popular. The prominent books edited and compiled by him include Aapatkalin Sangharshgatha, Pratham Agnipariksha, Bharatiya Nari: Vivekanand ki Drishti Mein, Kashmir ka Kadava Sach, Pope ka Kasata Shikanja, etc. His book, Jyoti Jala Nij Pran ki became very popular. He also authored Madhya Bharat ki Sangh Gatha.