National meet of Matrichhaya in Vrindavan
A two-day national meeting of Matrichhaya institutions engaged in rearing orphaned infants and kids in north India was organised in Vrindavan from December 1 to 2. Sponsored by Rashtriya Sewa Bharati, the meeting was attended by 125 delegates representing 30 institutions from different parts of north India.
In her speech, Sadhvi Ritambhara, noted Sadhvi and founder of Vatsalya Gram in Vrindavan, objected to the use of ‘orphan’ word for the abandoned children and said no one is orphan in the Hindu society. She called upon the delegates to know their energy and use it in constructive activities to make Bharat a front ranking nation in the world. The delegates also paid a visit to Vatsalyagram to see and emulate its design, working style and work efficiency. There are 200 orphaned children here ranging from new born to 14 years of age. The way Sadhvi Ritambhara has involved destitute women in rearing of the orphaned children here has received high applause from everywhere.
Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sewa Pramukh of RSS Shri Ajit Mahapatra and Rashtriya Sewa Bharati president Shri Suryaprakash Tonk jointly inaugurated the meeting at the sprawling premises of Keshavdham. In his speech, Shri Tonk explained the objective of the meeting and highlighted various activities of the Rashtriya Sewa Bharati. American based Dr Ramesh Gupta of Delhi, while presiding over the inaugural session, called upon the delegates to insist upon transparency and purity in social work. Shri Ajit Mahapatra urged to work for making India a world leader.
RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal addressed the workers at the concluding session. Citing references from the Puranas and history, he stressed that in no circumstances infants and kids be left to fend for themselves. Our society has never neglected them. Taking their care has been a part of our philosophy, he said. He cautioned the delegates about the Christian missionaries and their real intention in running orphanages in different parts of the country.
The meeting discussed at length the nature of work, management, experiences, achievements, problems, legal process and provisions in adoption, etc. The discussions were attended by Shri Suryaprakash Tonk, Shri Ajit Mahapatra, national convener Shri Sundar Laxman and Treasurer Shri Lakshman Malya. A poster depicting the activities of different Matrichhaya instutions was also displayed during the meeting. (FOC)