Kurnool : Four years back, a group of women associated with Bhagyanagar Sambhag (Hyderabad and Secunderabad) unit of Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad (VKP) took up the responsibility of bearing the expenses of Mallikarjuna Vidyarthi Nilayam, a hostel for Chenchu Vanvasi children at Achampet under Kurnool District, Telangana.
In the first year, they took the responsibility of expenses related to food of the hostel inmates. Next year, they took over the entire expenses of the hostel. As an extension to the work, they adopted a village, Gudibanda, about 12 km from Achampet hostel. Gudibanda is a village predominantly inhabited by Chenchus (a tribe in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh). Chenchus connect their ancestry to Chenchu Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Narasimha.
Due to the work of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in this area, some of the villagers were already aware of the organisation. During a meeting attended by some of the women of the village, they said, “We do not want alms but need guidance.” VKP had earlier embarked on a project of temple construction, but due to some unforeseen reasons, the temple was left incomplete. The villagers were deeply concerned about this and expressed their desire to have a Sri Ram Mandir there. Convinced and moved by their devotion, the women team took up the task of completing the task along with the villagers. The construction of the temple began while the funds started getting collected.
Well meaning people joined the mission. During the course, Brahma Sri Narendra Kaapre Guruji, a renowned Veda Pandit, joined the mission. VKP team organised a Ram Katha at one of the Mahila Karyakartas house in Bhagyanagar between December 25 and 31, 2016. The idea was to create awareness regarding the mission for the Ram Mandir at Gudibanda through the Ram Katha. Close to 300 people attended this programme. Guruji set the ‘muhurth’ of Magh Shudha Trayodashi i.e. February 9, 2017.
On January 26, 2017, Bharat Mata Pujan was organised at Gudibanda. Later the villagers went to nearby ten villages for bhikshaatan between January 26 and February 2. They collected rice, dal, tamarind, sugar, oil and other items for prasad. The city women collected puja samagri.
From February 2 onwards, Akhand Ram Naam Sankeertan began. On February 7, a procession of the idols was taken out and on February 9 the “Vigraha Pratishtha” was performed. The responsibility of daily puja in the temple was taken by the villagers themselves. The role played by Veda Pandits was noteworthy as they lived in the hostel of the Chenchu children and stayed among the villagers for five days to connect to them. A few months back, fund was also collected for a flour mill. It was donated to the village. 50 per cent of the profit from the flour mill will go to the temple and utilised for the benefit of the village. Over 1,000 people participated in the celebrations for over three days from nearby villages. About 20 families attended the celebrations from Bhagyanagar.
—Parimala Ayush Nadimpalli
No Man or Work is Inferior or Superior
Bhopal: RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat said Sant Ravidas through his life and actions gave the message that no man or work is inferior or superior. All are equal in the society. We should never underplay the hard work we do, because the society needs it, one way or the other. Addressing a function organised to celebrate silver jubilee of Sewa Bharati and Guru Ravidas Jayanti on February 12, Shri Bhagwat said a country progresses only when it respects the hard work of its workers. That’s why we must respect our labour class and the hard work that they put in. “Everybody gives way to palanquin of a king, but a king gives up his palanquin to give way to a labourer. That has been the tradition of Bharat,” he said.
Talking about Sewa Bharati, the Sarsanghachalak said, “Sewa” in English means service. Service entails income as well. Sewa, on the other hand, does not entail any ego or income. Volunteers of Sewa Bharati carry out service of the society selflessly. They treat the society as a family and try to ensure that no member of the family is left behind. He further said a society grows with mutual help of one another. The weak must be lent some support by those who are privileged. It is duty of the privileged to help the downtrodden.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Sewa Bharati has done outstanding work in the fields of education and health etc. He said the society owes some responsibility to labourers, which, we must carry out to help them. He announced to enact a law to help labourers get houses. A book on Sant Ravidas written by Ramnath Nikhara and the special issue of Sewa Prerna were released. On fourth day, Shri Mohan Bhagwat interacted with the artists in Bankhedi and stressed the need to enrich different forms of art. Sarla-Vinod Vanvasi Hostel of Gwalior, Shri Purushottam Meghwal and Sudha Pachkhere were honoured with Sewa Samman.
Five Principles for Agricultural Growth
Bhopal: Addressing the silver jubilee function of Bhausahab Bhuskute Trust, RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat on February 10 said that in order to make the country prosperous we must understand what is a country all about. He said a country comprised of people, water resources, forests, land and animals. When a country prospers, all these things prosper as well. But real development and prosperity would come if a nation grows in accordance with its nature and culture. As the culture of Bharat is woven with water and forests and our roots are in villages, the development of water resources, forests and villages is the core to development of the country.
Talking about the need for growth in agriculture Shri Bhagwat said as in our personal life we observe “Yam” and “Niyam”, similarly for ideal and prosperous agriculture we would have to observe five principles; cleanliness, contentment, right action, swadhyaya and tap.
Cleanliness means keeping the village and its environs clean and healthy; under “swadhyaya” one needs to know about latest techniques in agriculture and understand the Indian way of farming under “tap” farmer should worship his piece of land selflessly as if it is a God, and then serving one’s piece of land with contentment. All these things are essential for good and healthy way of life. n
Sarasanghachalak visits Betul Jail to pay tribute to Shri Guruji
Betul: RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat
accompanied by RSS Sahsarakaryavah Shri Suresh Soni and other senior functionaries, visited Betul Jail in Madhya Pradesh on February 8, where RSS second Sarsanghachalak Shri Guruji Golwalkar was jailed during 1948-49 for falsely implicating the RSS in assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. All the leaders paid tribute to Shri Guruji in the barrack where he was kept.
Seminar on ‘India at 70’
Chennai: A national seminar titled “India at 70: Integral Humanism as Way Forward” was organised at Chinmaya Heritage Centre’s Tapovan Hall on February 11 to commemorate the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. The seminar was jointly organised by India Foundation, Thejas Foundation and Tamil Nadu Young Thinkers Forum.
“Deendayal Upadhyaya saw the need to educate every child in this country as it would promote the interests of the society,” said Dr SP Singh from University of Delhi. He said Deendayalji was not in favour of turning education as a mode to make gains on wealth and believed in free education for all.
Stressing importance of Integral Humanism, noted economist Dr Bhagwati Prakash Sharma said both Capitalism and Socialism are detrimental to jeopardise the world at large with the growing of terrorism on the world map and global warring which is extending beyond repair. Society has become an Individual Sovereignty where individual’s life, his freedom has taken toll on the society, in turn in country and the whole world in totality.
BJP general secretary Shri Ram Madhav said it was this great cultural identity of Bharat that eminent philosopher and economist Deendayal Upadhyaya tried to reintroduce to the people of the country. “We don’t believe in richness, we realise richness. Our country needs to go deeper into wisdom than political thoughts. On security of women he said they are all Goddesses in disguise. They should be duly protected and respected. People need unchanging eternal values, ever changing social order values for the betterment of our society,” he said.
BJP national secretary H Raja said the greatest gift to our nation from Deendayal Upadhyaya is the concept of Integral Humanism. Consulting editor of Swarajya Shri Aravindan Neelakandan said while the architects of the western thought including Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx postulated theories that considered humans as a means of wealth generators or indulgers in physical pleasure, Deendayalji took a higher view of human life and saw it as a noble entity. KS Yashaswini spoke on Integral Humanism and gender justice. She called upon the audience to think on issues of women empowerment, and appealed for more participative democracy. Political commentator MR Venkatesh emphaised on how economy and culture are interlinked.
RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sah Bauddhik Pramukh Shri CR Mukunda said the vast potential of youth force should be channelised towards nationalism. Saraswathi Rajamani, one of the INA’s oldest living veteran and SP Narayanaswami of Netaji Balak Sena were felicitated.
Teachers to promote Indian languages
New Delhi: A group of teachers from various schools of Delhi on February 11 pledged to preserve and promote the Indian languages. Representing various languages like Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, Bangla, Tamil, etc they said foreign languages are trying to dominate the Indian languages in the age of globalisation. Bharatiya Bhasha Manch convener Dr Vrishabh Jain said the agents of foreign languages are offering allurements to promote and promote their languages. He appealed to the teachers to foil all such game plans by adopting new technology.
NIOS chairman Dr CB Sharma said the medium of instruction from schools to higher level should be in mother tongue only. He called upon the teachers to translate the best books from foreign languages into Indian languages so that the Indian students do not lag behind.
Eminent educationist Shri Dina Nath Batra said the Indian languages are the best in the view of literature, culture, ideology, language and science and the teachers should teach them with full confidence and self-respect. Presiding over the function KVS Commissioner Shri Santoshmal stressed the need to propagate Indian language. A resolution passed at the function appealed to the government to implement three-language formula in all educational institutions and also to ensure medium of instruction in mother tongue.
Is CPM Peace Initiative a Camouflage? One More Murder…
Thrissur: When CPM and CM Pinarayi Vijayan took initiative to hold talks with RSS-BJP leaders, for restoring peace in the war-torn Kannur District and rest of the State, the people of Kerala breathed a sigh of relief. They thought it is a qualitative change on the part of the CPM. But, it did not take much time before they could realise that it was nothing but a camouflage for further murders. The first round of pre-planned meeting took place in Thiruvananthapuram on February 13.
The extended meeting between CPM leaders, CM and Sangh Parivar leaders was held on February 14. But, Nirmal (20), a BJP worker belonging to SC community and a student of Co-operative College, Thrissur, was brutally killed by CPM men, allegedly led by one of their Municipal Corporation Councillor in Thrissur city, on February 12 night. Nirmal and his friend, Thomas Mithun, were returning home after attending a temple festival. They were attacked by a mob of CPM men. Nirmal died on the spot. Mithun still remains critical in a nearby hospital. Nirmal is the 3rd Sangh oriented social worker to be killed by CPM goons in Thrissur District during the last ten months, that is, since Pinarayi regime took over
Thrissur District observed bandh on February 13 to protest against the political killing by CPM. Now, people suspect the genuineness of the CPM leaders’ peace initiatives.
30-day Yoga Instructors Course at Keshav Srushti
Mumbai: Keshav Srushti Vanaushadhi is organising a Yoga Instructors Course (YIC) in collaboration with Bengaluru based Vivekananda Health Global. This full time residential course will be conducted in Keshavsrushti Campus from April 1 to 30, 2017. Yoga Instructors Course (YIC) is a unique and value added course, beneficial to the aspiring students and citizens. Since the demand for trained and qualified Yoga teachers is increasing in India and abroad, the YIC course helps in creating trained Yoga teachers who can do jobs in educational institutions, corporate companies or health centres. Some of them can start their own Yoga classes. The course is so designed that an individual gets a good idea of doing daily Yoga practice for his own health.
Well known Yoga guru and founder of S Vyasa, Dr HR Nagendra is the pioneer of the Yoga Training Course. The expert team from Bengaluru will train the participants. The daily schedule for 30 day camp starts at 5 am and continues up to 10 pm having practical and theory sessions. The course is good for medical students doing their post graduation, physical teachers of educational institutions, gym instructors, house wives for better health of their families, youth aspiring for good jobs in India or abroad etc.
Tribute to Ishkumar Chadha
New Delhi: Senior Sangh functionary of Delhi Prant, Ish Kumar Chadha, passed away on February 12. He was 77. He was unwell for some time and was undergoing treatment at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Punjabi Bagh, Delhi. He was cremated the same day. He is survived by his wife and a son. A swayamsevak since childhood, Ishji, as he was popularly known, held various responsibilities in the Sangh from Nagar to Prant, and left imprint of his organisational skills everywhere. He presented an ideal before the swayamsevaks while holding the responsibilities of Sah Prant Karyavah and Prant Sampark Pramukh. He was in close contact with the swayamsevaks all over the Prant.
Born on September 20, 1939 in Lahore (now in Pakistan), Ishji came into the contact of Sangh in Lahore itself. He, along with his family members, reached Jalandhar after the Partition in 1947 and lived in a camp facing many challenges and difficulties. Later, he became a Sangh Pracharak and worked in Chandigarh. Then he came to Delhi and joined a bank. He was married in 1974. But he continued to join the Sangh activities throughout his life.n