Despite heavy rains in the national capital for two days, the Virat Hindu Sammelan organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on March 1 proved to be a big hit. Amidst rains the groups of youth and women moved towards the Stadium raising slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, ‘Jai Shri Ram’, etc.
Addressing the Sammelan RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Suresh Soni called upon the Hindus to come forward to resolve the challenges the country is facing. He said the country cannot stand as a power without unity and returning to the moral and spiritual values.
VHP working president Dr Pravin Togadia gave the slogan of safe Hindu, prosperous Hindu and respectful Hindu. “The VHP wants that every person gets meal, every child gets education, every family gets a house and ever youth gets an employment. The VHP is working in that direction. The fact which cannot be ignored that prosperity of Bharat lies in the prosperity of the Hindus,” Dr Togadia said adding that lakhs of people have been benefited by the ‘Hindu Helpline’ and this scheme will be implemented to the local level also.
Shankaracharya Swami Vasudeva-nanda Saraswati termed conversion as a sin. Jain Muni Tarun Sagar Maharaj also stressed the need to curb conversion and bring back those who have been converted. He said love jihad will lead to black future, as it is a conspiracy to make non-Muslims as Muslim. Dr Subramanian Swamy said democracy and secularism can survive in the country until Hindus are in majority. He said Hindus lost 42,000 temples but we want only three temples.
Hindu Samajotsav in Mangaluru
The coastal town of Mangaluru witnessed another largest gathering on March 1, as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad organised mega Hindu Samajotsav. Pujya Sadhvi Balika Saraswati energised the mega gathering with her inspiring speech. The slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ touched sky when she started her speech.
VHP Golden Jubilee celebration Committee national president Dr Veerendra Heggade said all saints in the region should unite to make the Hindu society stronger. Pejawar Swami Sri Vishwesha Theertha also addressed the gathering. The grand procession as part of the Samajotsav was flagged off by the VHP leaders Shri Ganesh Rao and Shri Vijanath Shetty along with Odiyoor Gurudevananda Swamiji by releasing balloons in the air at Ambedkar Circle. The city was virtually saffronised by banners and flags. The procession comprised tableaux and other decorations. —Organiser Bureau
Veteran Pracharak Sridhar Acharya passes away
Veteran RSS Pracharak Sridhar Acharya passed away in New Delhi on March 1. He was 87. Born in Mangaluru, Karnataka, in 1928, Acharya became a ‘Pracharak’ in 1950. Currently, he was serving as a senior VHP functionary in Odisha. He was the first organising secretary of Bharatiya Jansangh in Odisha. He paved the way for nationalistic thinking in western Odisha. A condolence meeting was held at Saraswati Vidyamandir in Bhubaneshwar on March 2. RSS Akhil Bharatiya Bouddhik Pramukh Shri V Bhagaiah addressed the gathering.
Sarsanghachalak initiates Savarkar’s 50th death anniversary
RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat initiated the 50th Punyatithi Smriti Varsh Ceremony of Veer Savarkar in Mumbai on February 26. Speaking on this occasion he said “accepting diversity has been a unique quality of Indians”. “Dharma does not mean puja. It is a combination of character and responsibilities. We never forced anyone to change their worship habits,” he said. He applauded Veer Savarkar for his fierce nationalism, and bemoaned that the country did little to recognise his contribution to the nation. “What did we (the society) give to Savarkar? He was dragged into a shameful court case after Indepen-dence. Even his plaque at Cellular Jail in Andamans was also removed,” he said. —Organiser Bureau
NAADOJA Prashasti Award to
Dr SR Ramaswamy
Karnataka Government’s prestigious ‘NAADOJA Prashasti’ award will be conferred on veteran Journalist Dr SR Ramaswamy. The award will be given by the Hampi University on March 6 during the convocation ceremony. Dr Ramaswamy serves as President of Rashtrotthana Parishat, a leading social organisation of Karnataka inspired by RSS. Since 1979, he has been serving as editor of Utthana, a popular monthly published by the Rashtrotthana Parishat since four decades. Dr Ramaswamy has been active in the field of literature and journalism for over four decades. He is the author of nearly 30 books in Kannada and English, and of over 1,000 articles on literary, cultural, nationalist and developmental themes. He has been a staunch advocate of swadeshi. n
International Conference on ‘Relevance of Yajna’
A three-day International conference on “the Relevance of Yajna for a Healthy Society’ was held at Veda Vijnana Shodhasamsthanam at Channenahalli in Bengaluru from February 27 to March 1. Governor of Karnataka Shri VR Wala inaugurated the event. Nearly 150 scholars, academicians attended the event. —Organiser Bureau
Swayamsevaks clean hospital campus
BVP Proudh Sanskar Camp
Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) organised national Proudh Sankar camp from February 28 to March 1 at Annavaram Village of Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. A total of 573 delegates participated from all states. Sri Sri Swamy Paripoornandji Maharaj applauded the BVP for conducting such a useful programme every year for senior citizens from all over the nation. RSS Akhil Bharatiya Bauddhik Pramukh Shri Bhagiahji motivated the participants for playing more pro active role in inspiring the young generation and devote more time in local sewa projects run by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. He suggested to change the name of the annual camp as Proudh Sanskar Sadhana Shivir. National Vice President Shri B Ch Subba Rao, National Secretary Shri SN Pandaji were also present.