News Round-up Two more volumes of Dattopant Thengadi Jeevan Darshan released
Two more volumes of Dattopant Thengadi Jeevan Darshan were released at BMS Central Executive Committee meeting in Hyderabad on February 6. Releasing the volumes RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale said people become immortal in Bharat not because of possessing wealth or getting their names printed in books or newspapers, but because of the sacrifice they make in their lives. Thengadiji is today immortal because of the sacrifice that he made in his life. “We have the tradition repaying the Rishi rina. The BMS should prepare itself for it, as Thengadiji was a Rashtra Rishi,” he said. Union Minister of Labour Bandaru Dattatreya recalled his association with Dattopantji. Two previous volumes of the Jeevan Darshan were released in Delhi by Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat in August 2015.
Applauding the NDA government for agreeing to their ten major demands, the Central Executive Committee urged the government to stop “anti-labour reforms” and immediately implement all the points agreed by it so far. It also threatened to observe nationwide protest on February 24, if the government fails to act. In a resolution the Executive meeting appealed to the government to provide social security to the workers who are still outside the net of such schemes. Addressing the workers BMS president Shri Baijnath Rai demanded a constitution for the Workers Bank and also representation of workers and farmers in the Niti Aayog. —Organiser Bureau
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) workers in JNU on February 9 staged a protest outside the office of Vice Chancellor to register their protest over glorying the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal and raising anti-Bharat slogans in the University campus on the night of February 8.
The Left outfit workers shouted the slogans Go India Go Back; Kashmir ki azadi tak jang chalegi, Bharat ki barbadi tak jang chalegi, etc. The permission for the event was sought in the name of cultural programme, but was actually observed as anti-Bharat protest. These same elements have also been protesting against the hanging of Yakub Menon, celebrated the killing of 76 Indian soldiers in Dantewada and also observed ‘Mahishashur Shahadat Diwas’.
The ABVP workers were assaulted by the Left workers. Saurabh Sharma, the elected Joint Secretary of students union in JNU was terrorised by showing a revolver. About 25 ABVP workers were injured in the attack. The ABVP appealed to the VC to curb such elements. Senior student leader of JNU Gaurav Jha said they will take up the matter to the higher authorities and no anti-Bharat activity would be tolerated in the campus.
Sahitya Prachar Diwas in Delhi
In order to provide good quality literature to people, RSS workers observed Basant Panchami as Sahitya Prachar Diwas in Delhi on February 12. The campaign was conducted to apprise the new generation of the glorious history of Bharat. The swayasmevaks organised stalls in around 1,000 places at the national capital and apart from selling books they educated people about the good quality literature. Prachar Vibhag of RSS Delhi Prant published about 40,000 books keeping in view the interest of different segment of the readers. It includes books about culture, glorious history, life of great personalities, Bharat’s brave women, etc. One set of 40 books costs Rs 1,000.
Women can empowered the deprived women: Smriti Irani
Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in Thiruvananthapuram that the society should come forward to implement the schemes and laws introduced by the Government for protection of women. Government can very much bring in laws to prevent foeticide and atrocities against women. But it can be implemented only if the society steps into action. It will only be possible if a warm rapport takes place between the government and the people, she said. She was speaking at the valedictory function of Stree Swabhiman Yatra of Mathru Samithi, the women’s wing of Kerala Pradesh Kshethra Samrakshana Samithi. The Yatra, led by Samithi’s State chief Prof VT Rema, traversed from Kasaragod, the northern tip of the State to Thiruvananthapuram. The Yatra got warm receptions throughout the State. She added that the Yatra should not be confined to the four borders of the State of Kerala, but it should spread throughout the country. Mathru Samithi can empower the helpless and unprotected women under a single umbrella. —T Satisan
Nine-day camp to promote Social Voluntarism
Samartha Bharata, a voluntary organisation dedicated to promote social voluntarism, organised a 9-day residential camp from January 23 to 31, called Social Transformation Empowerment Programme (STEP) in which 67 youth participated. Eminent personalities including Dr Deviprasad Shetty, Swami Paramananda, Shri Mukul Kanitkar, Dr MK Shridhar, Shri Ravi Iyer guided the youth.
STEP focuses on empowering and connecting college students and professionals to various social organisations which are already into different facets of social transforming initiatives.
STEP was divided into two phases. Phase-I was a week long orientation camp to enable volunteers to understand the lifecycle of social transformation initiatives, and to interact personally with leading social activists and their activities. Phase-II was a six month long execution activity where social volunteers pursued and worked in a social project of their choice under the guidance of a social activist or NGO. Volunteers submitted a social impact report regarding their social transformation initiative by the end of Phase-II. This camp focused on topics from 8 social segments (Education, Health, Rural, Urban, Policy, Media, Environment, NGO enablement), covered 32 sessions by 28 eminent speakers. The topics covered, sector specific issues, motivational and ideological concepts. (VSK Karnataka)
The Battle of Sanskrit by Rajeev Malhotra released in DU
The Battle for Sanskrit, a book written by noted Bharatiya origin American writer Shri Rajiv Malhotra, was released in New Delhi on February 2 in the presence of Union Minister of Minority Affairs Dr Najma Heptulla, and noted scholar Dr Koenraad Elst. The programme was presided over by former Head of Department of Philosophy in University of Delhi Prof. Ashok Vohra. Head, Department of Sanskrit, Prof. Ramesh Chand Bharadwaj while introducing the guests, stressed the need to work on indological studies being taken up by the native writers. He said Shri Malhotra, in the book, has elaborately discussed the distorted views and derogatory remarks by another American Indologists and refused to accept their opinion citing strong logics. Dr. Najma Heptulla said there is only distinction of languages in literature; but the expressions are same. Dr Koenraad Elst condemned the Western Indologists for expressing distorted and biased views against Bharateeya ethos. Shri Rajiv Malhotra called the Western Indologists as Purvapakshi.
Common Civil Code must to realise the vision of Dr Ambedkar
Former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice MN Rao said Common Civil Code (CCC) is required to realise the vision of Dr BR Ambedkar. Speaking at a national seminar titled ‘Ambedkar's Thinking About One Nation, One Cultural and One National Goal’, organised by Mumbai-based Samarasatha Adhyayana Kendra in Hyderabad, he said the recent judgement of Supreme Court removes all the hurdles in this direction. He said Dr Ambedkar wanted to democratise Hinduism and abolish priesthood so that people from all castes can become priests.
Shri Shyamkanth Hanumanth Atre said Dr Ambedkar deplored prevalence of untouchablity, which was resulting in the downfall of Hinduism. Recalling how Ambedkar struggled hard against discrimination in the society, he said Ambedkar fought for the rights of so-called untouchables and to ensure equal opportunities to them. On this occasion, Dr TV Narayana Rao, who was awarded ‘Padma Shri’ was felicitated.
Sewa Bharati felicitates sanitary workers in Chennai
Nation is built by the service of various people at various levels including farmers, fishermen, cobblers and sanitary workers etc. In Tamil Nadu, Sewa Bharati in the process of honouring sanitary workers for their immense contribution during Chennai floods held functions at all its 15 zones. A total of 20,469 sanitary workers from 15 zones of Chennai Corporation were honoured by Sewa Bharati volunteers in a week long functions held across Chennai. On February 9, SAKSHAM and Sewa Bharati Tamil Nadu jointly provided livelihood material to differently-abled persons. (VSK, Tamil Nadu)
Historians for Objective History Writing
About 200 historians from 39 districts of Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand discussed “Bias and Prejudices in Bharateeya History Writings” at a two day worshop organised in Meerut by Bharateeya Itihas Sankalan Yojan from February 6 to 7.
National president of the Yojna Prof. Satish Chandra Mittal said what the imperialist historians wrote about Bharat's past was not history but pseudo historical propaganda. Anand Kumarswami termed those 'historians' as clowns. From Bankim, Tilak, Tagore and Aurobindo to KM Pannikar and Francois Goitre all stood for an objective history written from an Indo-centric, rather than a Euro-centric, point of view.
Prof. Ishwar Sharan Vishwakarma, HoD of History and Archaeology in Gorakhpur University cited six principles on which history writing ought to be based. Presiding over the discussion Prof. NK Taneja, Vice Chancellor of CCS University Meerut, said academic discussions and researches are not the monopoly of universities. Dr. Darshan Lal Arora, Kshetra Sanghchalak said if the nation is cut off from its root, its decimation is inevitable.
Hindusim cannot be codified— Dattatreya Hosabale
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale released a book, Being Hindu–Old Faith, New World and You, written by Hindol Sengupta in Bengaluru on February 9. The function was organised by Manthana. The book narrates the quest of a modern educated inquisitive mind to understand Hinduism from the contemporary context and to find answers on Hinduism, Hindu’s spiritual philosophy and what it means of being a Hindu.
Shri Hosabale said Hinduism is reflection of the manifestation of the whole creation and it cannot be defined or codified. “But the beauty of Hindutva on the other hand is that we can question it,” he said. Quoting Aurobindo he said Hinduism gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God.
Explaining the quality of all accepting HIndu traditions the writer of the book Hindol Sengupta said, “Hinduism has one big quality that none other in the world can claim that Hinduism is not scared of science.”
For the cause of Social Harmony
A group of about 300 pilgrims from Ludhiana visiting Sachkhand Shri Hujoor Saheb on the occasion of 350th Prakash Parva of Guru Gobind Singh was welcomed at the New Delhi Railway Station by Rashtriya Sikh Sangat leaders on February 5. The group of pilgrims was led by Yatra Committee chairman Sardar Kuldip Singh Deepa. The group was welcomed by Sikh Sangat vice president Sardar Devendra Singh Gujarat and national general secretary Shri Avinash Jaiswal. The Yatra, being conducted for the last seven years with the inspiration of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, is endeavour to promote social harmony.