Dipok Barthakur felicitated with Karmayogi Award
“The neglect of certain areas or the people of our society has proved very costly to the entire nation. It also contributed hugely in making the nation weak. The feeling of alienation that has developed in the hearts of some people of north eastern areas is one example of it. Such a feeling can only be rectified by our own efforts. We should change our thinking towards these people,” said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat. He was addressing a select gathering in New Delhi on September 1 after felicitating Shri Dipok Barthakur of Assam with Swami Vivekananda Smriti Karmayogi Award.
The award, which consists of a memento and a cheque of Rs one lakh, was presented by My Home India, a forum established to connect the people of north-east with the rest of the country. Retired IPS Shri Prakash Singh and convener of My Home India Shri Sunil Deodhar were also present on the occasion. Noted businessman of Delhi Shri Sajjan Kumar Garg presided over the function. Senior journalist Shri KG Suresh introduced Shri Dipok Barthakur and his outstanding work.
The Sarsanghachalak said some insensitive decisions towards those areas by the policymakers and the politicians too have led to the current problems in the region. Therefore, it is our collective responsibility to rectify those mistakes and also to remove the mental blocks that have been stimulating us to widen the gap between our own people.
Shri Prakash Singh said not only the Government of India but also the rest of the society has neglected north-east, though the region has cultural relations with rest of the country for centuries. This is the reason that the mischievous activities of missionaries and false propaganda could create a divide between us.
Accepting the Award Shri Dipok Bharthakur said terrorist and separatist organisations have started attracting the youth of the region due to the problems in the region. Even today these organisations are terrorising the area under the guise of religion. Inspired by Shri Eknath Ranade, Shri Barthakur has been working in the area through about 34 different nationalist organisations and has managed to stand firmly against all anti-national elements.
Founder of My Home India, Sunil Deodhar brought forward the point that people from North East India would like people from rest of the country to understand them.