THE three-day ABKM of RSS concluded in Kochi on October 27 at ‘Bhaskareeyam’, the State RSS headquarter of Kerala. It is dedicated to the fond memories of the late K Bhaskar Rao, the first Prant Pracharak of Kerala and later the national organising secretary of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram.
The meeting was attended by all national officer bearers and members of national karyakari mandal. Also were pracharaks, karyavahs and sanghachalaks from kshetra and prant level. Besides them organising secretaries and prominent presidents and secretaries of all associated organisations participated in the meeting. Dr Pravin Togadia of VHP, Ramlal of BJP and Adv. Saji Narayanan are the few names to mention. Leaders of ABVP, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Vijnan Bharati,Vidya Bharati, Samskar Bharati, Seva Bharati, Prajna Pravah, Seema Jagaran, etc. also attended the meeting. The expected number of participants was 393 and attendance was 375.
Issues related to increase of radical elements in Muslim community, affecting the security of the country, were discussed at the meeting. RSS Sahasarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabole briefed the press on the October 26, 2013.
Sarsangha-chalak and Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi inaugurated the meet on October 25. After the inauguration ceremony, the Sangh paid tribute to its veteran leaders and eminent personalities in various fields who passed away during the last six months.
RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi issued a statement on Madhav Gadgil Report on Western Ghat Conservation and on Communal and Targeted Violence Bill on concluding day of the meeting.
The ABKM held detailed discussions about the impending threats to our environment in general and the eco-system of Western Ghats in particular. The flawed development model that is being pursued and the lavish life style of some in the society are going to cause immense damage to our environment. It is the responsibility of this generation to act immediately to reverse this trend and follow the Bharatiya model of environment friendly development, so that our future generations can live in peace.
In this context, the Madhav Gadgil Panel Report on the preservation of Western Ghats Eco-system is a landmark report. It is unfortunate that instead of placing the recommendations of the Panel before the people and allowing a national debate, the Government of India chose to dump it completely. The RSS is of the view that several recommendations of the Panel are in the larger national interest. We condemn the stand of the Union Government to outrightly reject Madhav Gadgil Committee report.
The report of the committee headed by eminent scientist Dr. Kasturirangan maybe the first step, but we are of the view that it is not sufficient. We call upon the Central and concerned State Governments to reconsider their decision with regard to both the reports and initiate larger debate in the country about the future of our environment.
Communal and Targeted Violence Bill
The statement of Union Home Minister that the Communal and Targeted Violence Bill will be introduced in the Winter Session of the Parliament calls for serious opposition from all right thinking people in the country. This Bill is highly biased, unlawful and dangerously anti-Hindu. It seeks to divide the society on minority-majority lines, which is unconstitutional. Such a Bill, if enacted, will destroy the communal harmony and cause immense damage to the social fabric of the country. Instead of preventing communal violence, it will only lead to further division on communal lines thus creating more disharmony.
Only objective of the Government in retrieving this draft legislation from the cold storage and resurrecting it seems to be the usual vote-bank politics. We wish to warn the Government that this anti-Hindu and anti-harmony legislation will be opposed by the countrymen strongly. We call upon all the countrymen to expose the sinister appeasement politics of the ruling party with an eye on the forthcoming elections.
Answering a query from the mediapersons Shri Joshi said the RSS believes that every voter is responsible and liable to vote. We like to have 100 per cent polling. Therefore, people should make sure that all are enrolled in the voters’ list when they get the chance for it in January. Sangh workers will go for active campaign in this respect. The RSS will actively campaign for the enrolment of voters in the voters’ list. Answering another question regarding the Govern-ment’s move to use the wealth of temples to face the economic crisis, he said that RSS does not endorse it; government should not do it.