RSS Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meeting in Kochi
Call to the nation to expose the sinister appeasement politics of the ruling party with an eye on polls.
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.
Growing jehadi radicalisation in southern states of Bharat
The Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal expresses grave concern over the growing radicalisation of jehadi forces especially in the Southern states of Bharat. Although separatist and secessionist activities exist all over Bharat, its menacing portents in recent times especially in southern Bharat in terms of their penetration among Muslim youth; terror training and export modules; attacks on Hindu activists; and active connivance with anti-national Maoists and international jehadi elements pose an unprecedented challenge to the national security. The lackadaisical attitude of successive State Governments turning a blind eye to these nefarious forces has become more worrying factor to all patriotic minds.
The emergence of Popular Front of India (PFI) and its front organisations in Kerala consequent to the ban on SIMI should be seen in this context. It’s formation as a coordinated effort between organisations like Karnataka For Dignity (KFD), Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP) in Tamil Nadu and National Development Front (NDF) in Kerala , under the purported aim of ‘promotion of democracy and social justice’ is nothing but a camouflage to perpetuate hard-line ideologies. Large scale brainwashing and weapon’s training of Muslim youth; export of such terror elements in other parts of Bharat as revealed by recent designated NIA court’s verdict in the ‘Kashmir recruitment case’; the penetration in Police and Government machinery; admission by Kerala Government to the State High Court about the links with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Tyaba and Al-Qaida clearly reveal the real face and agenda of these outfits. Their attempts to develop a political face with a pan Indian presence should be nipped in bud.
These radical forces are turning Kerala into a hotbed of anti-social and anti-national activities. While the northern Kerala is becoming safe hideout and training ground for terror elements, the coastal and other areas of strategic importance are witnessing mass purchases of lands by these elements at an exorbitant price supported by rackets of counterfeit currency and gold smuggling. Planned allurement of Hindu boys and girls, rampant distribution of hate literature proclaiming jehad, poisonous propaganda through certain media elements and disproportionate growth of Muslim population especially in north Kerala are putting the State on a ticking time bomb. The blatant support from political elements as evident from the presence of political leaders including Ministers in the family function of Abdul Naseer Madani, a notorious criminal accused in many terrorist acts including 1998 Coimbatore bomb blast case; refusal by Kerala Government to handover Marad massacre investigation to CBI, etc., have emboldened these forces to such an extent as to hatch plans to assassinate nationalist Hindu leaders in Kerala. The present UDF Government in Kerala remains a mute spectator to all such anti-national activities.
These tentacles of terror have engulfed the adjoining states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka too. In Tamil Nadu, attacks on Hindu activists and their offices, vandalising of Hindu festivals, violent demonstration on American Consulate, recent gruesome killings of State level functionaries of Hindu Munnani and BJP and armed encounter with the Police at Puttur in Andhra Pradesh, are the testimonies of their increasing grip over the State. Unfortunately, they are being completely overlooked as a result of the competitive minority appeasement by both the ruling and Opposition political parties of the State. Areas of coastal Karnataka like Bhatkal town have become a storehouse of weapons, bomb training and terror export. These forces are planning to target Hindu religious places like Tirupati, Madurai, Shabarimalai in many parts of southern Bharat.
The ABKM demands that the Union and the concerned State governments undertake extensive investigation by the Central agencies about the nature of clandestine activities of these radical groups, their links and source of funding both within and outside the country and take firm measures including a ban on organisation like PFI, to put an end to these forces. It also appeals to all patriotic forces including media to be vigilant about such elements and prevail upon the political parties and governments to act firmly against these anti-national activities.
Need for effective management of our land borders
The Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal wishes to draw the attention of the nation to the conditions prevailing along Bharat’s land borders and the conditions of the people living in villages along the borders. Bharat shares borders with eight countries. It is a matter of regret that Bharat faces border disputes with most of these countries.
The ABKM underscores the need for strengthening border infrastructure along all the land borders. Studies have revealed that border infrastructure is utterly inadequate in many border areas.
The ABKM regrets to note that the 4,057 km long most sensitive Bharat-Tibet border happens to be the most neglected one. In many sectors, carpeted roads end 50-60 km short of the borders, causing immense difficulties to the people living in border villages. Transport facilities are meagre; several villages have a bus service once a week only. Schools have no proper buildings; hospitals don’t exist; electricity is erratic or non-existent; telecommunications facility too is unavailable for many villages. Market places are far off, forcing villagers to crossover to the other side for their daily needs.
The ABKM emphasises that people living in the border villages are also our border guards just like the soldiers guarding our borders. Apathy of the Governments to the plight of these people is dangerous to border security. Lack of infrastructure in these areas is leading to lack of employment opportunities and creating livelihood problems, resulting in migration. Occupation of pasture lands by China in these areas is further aggravating the problems of the villagers.
People living in villages along Indo-Pak border and the LoC have been facing constant threat to their lives from continuous shelling from Pakistan army. Loss of property, livestock and occasionally the lives of people is a norm there. They receive meagre or no compensation for these losses. At many places people of the border villages are compelled to live in camps for years on. Even those in villages face severe problems. Their movements to their agricultural lands are restricted due to fencing , land mines, etc.
Bharat-Nepal, Bharat-Myanmar and Bharat-Bangladesh borders have become safe havens for illegal trade, fake currency, smuggling of weapons, trafficking in human and drugs, etc. Terrorists and anti-national forces use these borders to slip over into neighbouring countries. Bharat-Bangladesh border has remained porous leading to continued large scale infiltration and smuggling of live stock, including cows and its progeny. Mushrooming of illegal madrasas, mosques and settlements on both sides of Bharat-Nepal border has emerged as a serious threat to both the country.
In view of the prevailing situation, the ABKM calls upon the Government of Bharat to:
1. Give top priority to building basic infrastructure like roads, rail network, electricity, water supply, schools, hospitals, etc. along the borders.
2. In border areas constitute Village Defence Committees and give appropriate training and incentives to people in border villages and make them stake holders in border security and management.
3. Constitute an independent border management authority to manage the affairs of all borders.
4. Complete the fencing along Bharat-Bangladesh border and strengthen border security by effective deployment of forces along all other borders.
5. Provide proper compensation to the people who have lost access to their lands due to fencing, land mining, etc.
6. Develop ancient religious and other potential tourist sites along the borders. Encourage border tourism which will benefit the people living in border areas, while at the same time countrymen at large develop emotional attachment with the borders.
7. Create a mechanism for effective operational coordination between military and para-military forces engaged in border security.
8. Develop a mechanism for dialogue and co-operation between the people on the borders and the armed forces.
The ABKM opines that the greatest challenge is the defeatist mindset of the Government of Bharat. It is unfortunate that our leadership fails to display its firm commitment to protecting every inch of our territory. The ABKM demands that the Government and its officials should stop parroting that our borders are “not demarcated fully”. It is untrue. Bharat’s boundaries are well defined. Tragically, our leadership lacks courage to assert this historic truth.
The ABKM cautions the countrymen to not assume that the border security is the responsibility of the Government and the armed forces alone. Patriotic countrymen should constantly keep a vigil on the situation along our borders and be ready at anytime to safeguard them.