News Round-up: Rakesh Kumar of Seema Jagaran Manch dies in an accident
Senior Pracharak and national organising secretary of the Seema Jagaran Manch, Rakesh Kumar died in a road accident at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on June 12. He was travelling from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur along with Seema Jankalyan Samiti’s Bheek Singh. Unfortunately, Bheek Singh also met with serious injuries and was later declared dead. The cremation was held at his ancestral village Mandi Ahmedgarh in Ludhiana on June 13. Earlier, his dead body was taken to Ludhiana by road where many people paid their tribute to the departed soul.
Senior Pracharak Shri Ashok Prabhakar and State organising secretary Shri Nem Singh were also in the same car. Nem Singh got also injuries but he is out of danger, while Shri Prabhakarji is all right.
Born in 1955 at Ludhiana, Punjab, Rakeshji had deep insights on border issues. He became a Sangh Pracharak during the Emergency. He earlier served as Prant Pracharak of Jammu & Kashmir. Recently, he was given the responsibility of Seema Jagaran Manch, which is an RSS initiative on border related awareness. Rakeshji was the backbone of the concept of ‘Sarhad ko Pranam’, a unique event in which massive awareness is created about India’s national borders.
Learn from RSS how to be a good worker—Acharya Mahashraman
Applauding the discipline and management skills of the RSS swayamsevaks, leading Jain saint of Terapanth Sect Acharya Shri Mahashraman said anyone wishing to be a good worker should learn this art from the Sangh swayamsevaks. Addressing a joint meeting of RSS workers and Terapanth activists, he said the RSS has long relation with the Sect and Acharya Shri Mahasiddhaji and former RSS chief Shri Sudarshanji enjoyed close relations. He said the present RSS chief Shri Mohan Bhagwat has maintained that closeness. The Sangh swayamsevaks accorded rousing welcome to the leading saint at Keshav Kunj, Delhi. The Jain saint gave seven sutras or formulas to the workers. First is sewa or the feeling to work for others selflessly. Second is tolerance or the strength to face challenges. Third is the feeling of friendship and avoiding irritation. Fourth formula is honesty and transparency in financial matters. The fifth is skill development. Sixth is wisdom and seventh is discipline. Welcoming the Jain saint, RSS Uttar Kshetra Sanghachalak Dr Bajranglal Gupt said this visit has energised the Sangh workers to work with renewed vigour.
RSS Pracharak wins the legal battle against Aranmula Airport
RSS Pracharak and general secretary of Hindu Ekya Vedi Shri Kummanam Rajsekharan won the legal battle against controversial Aranmula Airport in Kerala when the southern unit of the National Green Tribunal quashed the permission to international airport project on May 29. Permission to Rs 2,000 crore project at Pathanamthitta district was granted by the Union Environment and Forest Ministry in November last year ignoring the local protest. Shri Kummanam was fighting for the preservation of ecology and cultural heritage of Aranmula Village .
This victory underlines the fact that a private airport project does not come under the ‘public purpose’ category. It stands to benefit only a minority. Also, the necessity for an airport at Aranmula, when Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi Airports are nearby stands unwarranted. The hands that have played behind the evil scheme and design of the airport must remember that wetlands belong to the people, serving a public purpose. Government must never stoop so low to sacrifice this public property for appeasing the vested interests of a specific few.
Vanvasis are warriors
—Rani Laxmi Parvati Bai
“Vanvasis and Raj Pariwar have been related to each other since centuries. It is very a nice moment for me to join you at this function of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram. Protection of Vanvasi traditions and culture is very essential for security of our Sanatan society and the nation. We are one since centuries and Vanvasis are our family members,” said Rani Laxmi Parvati Bai of Travancore, while inaugurating the Kalyan Ashram function in Trivandrum on May 29. The other dignitaries who graced the occasion included Swamiji of Mata Amritanandmayi Ashram, RSS Prant Sanghachalak Shri PEB Menon, Kshetra Sampark Pramukh Shri Mohanan, former Prant Pracharak Shri Gopal Krishna, president of Kerala Vanvasi Vikas Kendram Shri Palliaraman, etc. Kalyan Ashram has been active in Kerala for the last 3 decades in Waynad, Palkkad, Kassargod, Iduki and Thiruvananthapuram districts.
Kalyan Ashram’s vice president Shri Kripa Prasad Singh said the Ashram runs 17,000 sewa projects in 378 districts of Bharat. He said during the birth centenary of Balasaheb Deshpande the Kalyan Ashram is approaching almost all the blocks where Vanvasis live. He said 206 villages of the country have been selected for village development, SHGs, beekeeping, tailoring, etc.
Time to bring leprosy affected people into mainstream
The national council meeting of Saksam, the organisation dedicated to the cause of differently abled people, was organised in Kolkata from May 31 to June 1. The meeting was inaugurated by Poorvi Kshetra Pracharak Shri Adwaitcharan Datt. The meeting was presided over by national president of Saksham Dr Milind Madhav Kasavekar. National general secretary Shri Ram Gupta was also present.
A total of 43 delegates from 20 Prants attended the meeting. Shri Adwait Datt applauded the work of Saksham and said it has created effective units in many states of the country within short duration. Dr Kasavekar stressed the need to constitute capacity building projects in all Prants. National organising secretary Dr Kamalesh Kumar said since leprosy is no more an uncurable disease the government should amend the Leprosy Afflicted of People Act, 1898, enacted by the British government, forthwith so that the people affected by leprosy could be brought to the mainstream. A resolution to this effect was also adopted at the meeting.
National vice president Shri Kashinath Lakkaraju from Hyderabad, joint secretary Shri K Gangadharan from Kerala, national treasure Shri Arun Bajoria from Kolkata also spoke on the occasion. Saksham has decided to observe birth centenary of Sant Gulabrao Maharaj from September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2015 all over the country.
Trade Unions’ pre-budget consultation with FM
The central trade unions under the leadership of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) called on the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on June 6 to present their views on budget. The BMS was represented by president Shri Baijnath Rai and general secretary Shri Brijesh Upadhyaya. The representatives of INTUC, AITUC, CITU and HMS also joined the delegation. The Minister assured the delegation to consider their demands sympathetically. The trade unions demanded measures to control price rise which is directly hitting the wages, fixation of minimum wages at Rs 15,000/-p.m. linked with DA, social security to all as constitutional liability, redressal of 10 points Charter of Demands pending since last 3 years, stoppage of FDI in rail, defence, financial sector, retail trade, education, health and media etc, curb on disinvestment in profit making PSUs . —Bureau Report