Sadanai Sangamam, a conclave of sevavritis, was organised by the Sewa Bharati at Padmanabhapuram in Kanyakumari district on April 17. A total of 5,150 sewa workers, including 4,850 women and 300 men involved in various sewa activities attended the Sangamam.
Addressing the gathering, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh Shri Suhasrao Hiremath said the swayamsevaks today serve the society in the field of education, health, culture, social harmony, village development, etc. Out of around 1,52,000 sewa projects carried out across the country, around 10,400 projects are run in Tamil Nadu alone. “Through sewa we could see a rise in education, culture, economy, self-esteem and morality of socially backward people,” he said.
Swami Vivekananda’s thought of ‘Nar Sewa, Narayana Sewa’ is practically visible in the country today. Kanyakumari district has 1,940 villages and a total of 6,597 sewa projects are run in 1,550 villages of the district. Applauding these sewa activities, Shri Hiremath appealed to the workers to reach all the nook and corners of the district in coming days. Shri Vellimalai Swami Pujya Saidanyananda gave a call to check conversions. Shri Balachandran from Moogambigai Medical College, Dakshin Kshetra Sewa Pramukh Shri Padmakumar, Rashtriya Sewa Bharati organising secretary Shri Sundarlakshman, Sewa Bharati State president Shri Ramanhathan, BJP State joint organising secretary Shri Kesava Vinayakam, Prant Pracharak Shri Senthilkumar, Shri TS Vaikundam and Shri Kamaraj were also present on the occasion. (VSK Tamil Nadu)
Dakshin Kshetra Sangh Shiksha Varg begins
Dakshin Kshetra second year Sangh Shiksha Varga began at Kanyakumari Vivekananda Kendra on April 27. Senior karyakarta of Vivekananda Kendra Shri Angirashji, popularly known as Mamaji, inaugurated the Varga. Thirunelveli Thapovana Saradha Women’s College Administrator, Pujya Bhakthananda Swamiji blessed the Shiksharthis. Puducherry Vibhag Sanghachalak Auditor Selvaraj is the Varga Adhikari. Kshetra Karyavah Shri S Rajendran is the Varga Palak Adhikari. Kshetra Sewa Pramukh Shri K Padmakumar also shared the dais at the inaugural ceremony. A total of 560 swayamsevaks (407 from Kerala, 117 from Dakshin Tamil Nadu, and 36 from Uttar Tamil Nadu) are undergoing RSS organisational training at the Varga. (VSK Tamil Nadu)
Learning organisational skills
The first year Sangh Shiksha Varga of Uttar Tamil Nadu is going on at Salem. A total of 257 Shiksharthis are undergoing training. The inaugural function was presided over by Dr K Arthanari, Chairman of Gokulam Hospitals. Uttar Tamil Nadu Prant Sah Sanghachalak Dr K Kumaraswamy spoke on the occasion. Notable among the guests were Chairman of Vedatri Maharishi Higher Secondary School Shri S Boopathy Rajan, Vice Chairman of Reception Committee Shri MGP Selvam, Smt Kalaiarasi, Smt Indra Vasu. Swamy Yathatmananda who is secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Salem, blessed the swayamsevaks. (VSK Tamil Nadu)
Take concrete steps to protect water, forests, animals and land—Dattatreya Hosabale
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale stressed the need to protect the village traditions, water, animals and the land. He also stressed on imparting good sanskars to children at home, which he said are the key to build a civilised and strong Bharat. He was speaking at a symposium organised at the Mahavir Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Siwan, Bihar, on April 25. The seminar was organised by Dharma Raksha Samiti. He stressed the need to form Dharma Raksha Samitis in every village.
Shri Subedar Singh, Kshetra Pramukh of Dharma Jagran Vibhag, said home coming is not new in our country. Adi Shankaracharya brought home many Muslims and Christians on the strength of his knowledge. He said Meer Qasim had sold 35,000 Indian women to Arab and at that time Dharma Jagran Samanvya was formed to protect the Vedic Dharma. During Mughal era many dictators from Tughlaq to Bahlol Lodi tried to convert Hindus but failed to convert majority of the people despite adopting inhuman means. He said the protest that the Hindu society displayed in those days has to be displayed today also. He said the Dharma Raksha Samiti would do this work by forming units in every village. Workers from Siwan, Gopalganj, Chhapra and many other districts participated in the seminar. —Sanjeev Kumar
P Gopichand honoured with Hindu Ratna
On fourth Anniversary of Hindu Help Line, a 24 X 7 emergency helpline, the coveted ‘Hindu Ratna’ award was conferred upon Badminton legend Pullela Gopichand. Agriculturists Dr RK Pathak and Dr RA Ram too were presented the award at a function organised in Ahmedabad on April 25. Hindu Ratna award is given to the people who contribute significantly for the society and make the nation proud in the field of art, culture, science, industry, sports, economics, Vanvasi welfare, etc.
Earlier the Hindu Ratnas were conferred upon noted actor Sharad Ponkshe, cave art expert Dr Yashodhar Mathpal, Dr Vinod Kumar for Vanvasi welfare, Shri Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, Dr Subramanian Swamy, Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti and Smt Sunanda Patwardhan.
Speaking on the occasion, the VHP working president Dr Pravin Togadia said while excelling in any field, having feet deep rooted in our glorious traditions is strength. Pullela Gopichand is a glaring example of a Hindu Darshan personified with his utmost respect for Yoga, Surya Namaskar, cows and ancient scriptures. “We salute P Gopichand for his commitment to build this strength in kids while coaching them Badminton. Dr RK Pathak is not only an agriculturist but he has also deeply experimented on Agnihotra Krishi, impact of five elements on various crops and its application today. Dr RA Ramji, an expert in organic bio-dynamic Krishi, has worked with thousands of farmers helping them get better yield,” he said.
He said the special ‘PraTo Krishi Ratna’ was started this year to recognise the creative organic farming implemented by a simple farmer family in a small village called Limbdi in Saurashtra. This award will be given every year to a farmer for his contribution in organic farming. It is the duty of every Hindu to protect Hindu’s safety, prosperity and dignity, he emphasised.