Noted historian Prof Satish Chandra Mittal has been honoured with the 16th Dr Vishnu Vakankar Puraskar by the Baba Saheb Apte Smarak Samiti in Delhi on January 19. After doing PhD from the Kurukshetra University Shri Mittal started teaching in the same university and is now national president of the Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojna. He specialises on Indian national movement and is a renowned historian. The Puraskar is presented to those historians who have contributed in the propagation of glorious Indian history.
Speaking on the occasion RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Suresh Soni said Baba Saheb Apte focused on two topics—Sanskrit and History. He wanted that Sanskrit should become the language of the masses. He said if the history is distorted the future would also be distorted. Now since our history has been distorted we shall have to put an efforts to bring the real history into limelight.
Presiding over the function noted journalist and columnist Dr Vedpratap Vaidik said the western scholars wrote the Indian history on the borrowed sources because nobody was there to challenge them. They wrote the 1857 freedom movement as ‘revolt’. Was there our own Government at that time, against whom the public revolted? How can they say that the movement was a revolt. He said we should call it freedom movement of India. Veer Savarkar had called it first freedom movement of India.
Mahamana Malaviya contributed in all spheres of life—Dr Krishna Gopal
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal said Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya contributed in all spheres of life and the Kashi Hindu University founded by him inspires for values even today. He said Mahamana is an ideal and inspiration for modern Vice Chancellors, but the evaluation of his contribution was not done fairly in Independent India. Dr Gopal was speaking at a seminar organised in Benaras by Mahamana Malaviya Mission on January 15. The topic of the seminar was “Contribution of Mahamana Malaviya and Swami Vivekananda in India’s reconstruction”.
He said Mahamana had multi dimensional personality and he established many organisations for the propagation of Hindi. Gurukul Kangari University in Haridwar was also formed with his inspiration. Even Acharya Shriram Sharma received the inspiration of propagating Gayatri Mantra from Mahamana. He never tolerated any kind of distortion or insult to dharma and sanskrit.
Prof Devendra Pratap Singh, national vice president of Mahaman Malaviya Mission said during the 19th century every year a great personality was born. Mahamana and Vivekananda had similar views for economy of the country.
(Loknath in Varanasi)
Minority status to Jains is a divisive step: VHP
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) termed the UPA Government’s decision to extend minority status to Jains as politically motivated and aimed at dividing the society. In a statement issued in New Delhi on January 21 VHP general secretary Shri Champat Rai said the VHP does not consider any Jain living in India as minority as the community has contributed hugely in the development of the nation and enjoys glorious history. “This community has dedicated much to the country. Declaring this community as minority is definitely a dividing step. Declaration of it prior to the general elections creates suspicion on the intention of the Government. The Government is not aware that how much enmity this decision would create in the society,” he said.
Muslim miscreants vandalise Samaja offices in Odisha
Violent Muslim miscreants vandalised the premier Odia daily The Samaja offices across the State and destroyed the property worth more than five crore. They ransacked the offices located in Cuttack, Balasore and Rourkela over the publication of a purported picture of Prophet Mohammad on January 14.
In Balasore Samaja Printing Press was set on fire by the miscreants. They even ransacked the statue of freedom fighter Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das. Police arrested a subeditor Jitendra Kumar Das of the newspaper in this case. Journalist Associations, various organisations and political parties condemned this attack and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. They also demanded unconditional release of the subeditor. In Rourkela they vandalised the computers, air conditioners, telephone sets, furniture and other valuable documents. Irate mob set the printing press on fire. In Cuttack, a person who was working in the canteen was injured in stone pelting by the mob and later was admitted in SCB Medical College.
“We rushed to the site after getting information about the mob attack. But the mob comprising about 300 people came into the daily’s establishments in motor cycles armed with bamboo logs and weapons. While we stopped them near the gate, they forcibly entered into the premises after jumping over the boundary wall. The mob went berserk and damaged everything that came their way, besides setting the office on fire,” a police official from Balasore said.
The police action against Jitendra Prasad Das drew widespread condemnation from the journalistic fraternity across Odisha. Various organisations and journalists associations came to street to condemn the attack on Media. Protest programmes were held by Journalists in Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Cuttack, Puri, Rourkela and other places of the State.
Activists of Viswa Sambad Kendra observed silent protest at Lower PMG Square, Bhubaneswar. Condemning the act, the people drawn from different walks of life who took part in the protest said that the act of the anti-socials, who damaged the statue of Utkalamani Gopabandhu in protest against a photograph published on January 14, was an attack on the pride of Odisha and the fourth pillar of democracy. They demanded a thorough probe into the matter and stern action against the criminals involved in the incident. They also demanded immediate release of the journalist who was arrested by the police for the publication of an objectionable photograph and compensation to The Samaja towards the loss of its property after due assessment.
Bajrang Dal also demanded immediate arrest of the culprits who were involved in the attack on Samaja office. Pressing for their demand, Cuttack Mahanagar Unit of Bajrang Dal blocked National Highway-5. Later a delegation led by Subrat Kumar Lenka and Anand Ram submitted a memorandum to Cuttack DCP. Bharatiya Janata Party also demanded action against those who were involved in this attack. “Attack on statute of Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das has severely hurt the sentiments of Odias. We demand immediate action against the culprits. BJP believes, attack on State’s premier newspaper Samaja offices across the State amounts to attack on 4th estate of democracy” said Sajjan Sharma BJP spokesperson.
The Samaja was founded by freedom fighter Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das and is owned and managed by ‘Servants of the People Society’ (Lok Sevak Mandal), New Delhi, a trust founded by Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai. (Samanwaya Nanda)
Dr Sengottaian turns 100
Dr Sengottaian of Seva Bharathi, from Gobichettipalayam (Erode District), turns 100 on January 26, 2014. He belongs to a family of freedom fighters. Hailing from a very well to do family, Dr Sengottaian, a general physician, chose to stay in the huts of Ramanathapuram fisher folks for two years in order to care for their health. This was when he was 90. Formerly, he was the district Sanghachalak of Erode for several years.
Vyavastha parivartan ki raah by Govindacharya released
Naxalism and Maoism is a big challenge—Govindacharya
“In spite of guiding the whole world about culture, thoughts and much more for more than 1,000 years, India is today facing an identity crisis. The nation is suffering from various kinds of problems and the problem is not sarkarvad alone but is of bazarwad. We have to identify our strength and weaknesses. No mistake can be made while identifying the poison as nectar. We have to see India with the Indian perception and not by European. Our society is relationship based and we have been living in it since centuries. We must not forget our moral values. Neither Delhi can be understood as India, nor can India be understood by Delhi. Today Naxalism and Maoism are the challenges for the nation. It is high time to change the system,” said noted Swadeshi ideologue Shri KN Govindacharya at the launch of his book Vyavastha parivartan ki raah in Delhi on January 19. The book was released by senior journalist Shri Rambahadur Rai.
A symposium was also organised on the topic ‘internal and external challenges before Bharat and their solutions’. Speaking on the occasion Shri Basavaraj Patil, Rajya Sabha MP and convener of the Bharat Vikas Sangam said Delhi can be the deciding factor in controlling the present situation the country is facing. He said most of the youth want to study abroad and settle down there only, which is a matter of serious concern for the country.
Shri Rambahadur said since major part of India still lives in villages why we always focus on Delhi. If today we are talking about change, we should not forget our grass roots. The function was presided over retired IPS Shri Ajit Doval. (Nishant Kr. Azad)
Bala Sangam by KSS showcases kids talent
Noted RSS inspired sewa organisation, Keshava Seva Samithi of Bengaluru organised a unique programne Bala Sangam 2014 at KR Puram from January 18 to 19. The programme was inaugurated by senior journalist Shri HR Ranganath, who is also chairman and MD of Public TV on January 18. The valedictory function was addressed by Smt Kalpaja, director of Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre. Shri R Ravichandran, Chairman and MD of Nandana Group of Hotels was also present on the occasion. Keshava Seva Samithi is a charitable trust started over a decade ago to educate and empower the children of economically deprived people living in slums. A group of passionate and dedicated volunteers is driving this organisation and working tirelessly towards integrating more children into the mainstream of the society. About 150 slums and over 9,000 children below the age of 14 are direct beneficiaries of the various programmes and activities the KSS is implementing across Bengaluru city. The Bala Sangam showcased the hidden talents of the children through various events like sports, yoga, music, skits and folk dance, etc.
Chennai families take to serving the needy
Sankaranarayanan, a Railway Station Master, retired in 1964 after serving for 35 years. As a pensioner, he received railway pension for 35 years. By that time, he had found no use for the pension amount since his son Narayanan, an engineer, took due care of his father. The pension amount thus saved grew into a tidy sum. One day just before his demise, the father instructed his son to see that the amount is used for the benefit of the needy. Promptly Narayanan, with the help of his younger brother Mahadevan, a swayamsevak, created an endowment in the name of his father and mother, ‘Madhava Seva Samiti’ of Chennai enabled the disbursement of interest amount to children of poor parents who scored well in the VII standard final exam. An annual disbursement function is held in Chennai Sangh Karyalaya every year for the past more than 10 years. This kind of a family caring for the needy in the society picked up momentum over the years. Family of Viswanathan, a senior karyakarta of yesteryears instituted another similar set-up to help poor college students. This was again followed by the family of Ganapathy, an elderly sympathiser of Sangh, which set-up yet another corpus with similar objective with the help of ‘Samooga Seva Nidhi’.
This years’ disbursement function was held on January 18. Vibhag Sanghachalak Shri Durai Shankar presided. 37 deserving students received financial help for education. Shri Narayanan was also present on the occasion. Shri Muthukrishnan, Chennai Vibhag Sampark Pramuk, spoke on the occasion. Referring to the words of Swami Vivekananda, he highlighted the students to focus on the service to mankind. The function, organised jointly by the Jana Seva Trust and Madhava Seva Samiti, was attended by a large numbr of families which have a desire to help the poor. (VSK Chennai)
First prepare yourself for nation’s cause then tell others—Mohan Bhagwat
“Prepare yourself for nation’s cause and then tell others to do it. It is our responsibility to reshape the nation’s destiny and without uniting the Hindu society the nation cannot make progress,” said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat while addressing a gathering of swayamsevaks at the Maharaj Udaya Singh Stadium in Kota, Rajasthan on January 19. Kshetra Sanghachalak Shri Purushottham Paranjape, Prant Sanghachalak Shri Bhagawati Prasad, Vibhag Sanghachalak Shri Prabhash Chandra and many other senior RSS functionaries were also present on the occasion.
Shri Bhagwat said Bharat cannot make progress until the countrymen start thinking and acting purely for national interest and keeping the self-interests in a corner. He appealed to the swayamsevaks to follow examples to be emulated through their daily conduct. (VSK Jodhpur)
Literally from Kashmir to Kanyakumari
Samskrita Bharati, an all India movement to popularise spoken Samskritam, literally spreads Sanskrit from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Last year, shikshaks of ten-day spoken Samskrita Shibiram from all states converged in Jammu and conducted camps at 300 places in Jammu region. This year, Kanyakumari district witnessed 131 camps in which over 3,600 persons learnt how to speak in Sanskrit. 80 shikshaks and shikshikas from all the four southern states converged in the district. The camps were conducted in the premises of schools and colleges and also under street light in some places. The common closing function of all the camps was held in Kanyakumari on January 12, 2014 coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.