Jaipur: RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat stressed the need for Sangh Shakhas to start more projects of social change keeping in view the social needs. He was addressing the Rajasthan Kshetra executive meet of the RSS. Briefing the mediapersons, after the meeting, Rajasthan Kshetra Sanghachalak Dr Bhagwati Prakash Sharma pointed out that the Sarsanghachalak emphasised on starting several Shakha based activities in social interest. Such activities may include Parivar Prabodhan, organic farming, water conservation, tree plantation, health awareness etc. The Sarsanghachalak also stressed on skill development of the swayamsevaks through various training programmes. “The meeting discussed how to take up any of the activity through shakhas. We need to accelerate the activities for social change keeping in view our strength and the need of the society,” Dr Bhagwati Prakash said.
On sixth day of his Rajasthan tour on September 18, the Sarsanghachalak met the leaders of some nomadic communities and women organisations. The leaders of Bagmaria, Nut, Sansi, Kalbelia, Bavari, Banjara, Gadiya Lohar attended the meeting. Shri Bhagwat said the Sangh is moving ahead with the entire society for overall progress of the nation. He called upon the heads of the nomadic communities to work with firmness while arranging for their education in their society with self-respect. The heads of the nomadic community pointed out that since they do not have identity cards, ration cards, Aadhar Cards, they are deprived of the benefits of various government schemes. Shri Bhagwat assured them that the Sangh swayamsevaks would help them resolving their problems.
On September 15 Shri Bhagwat stressed on social harmony and said discrimination has no place in the Hindu society. He described social harmony as the top most necessity for health and successful nation. On September 17, the Sarsanghachalak while addressing the Sangh workers at the Keshav Vidyapeeth Jamdoli stressed on the use of swadeshi
products at home. He said the idea of swadeshi does not confine only to using swadeshi goods, but it should reflect through the glorious feeling towards the nation. Addressing a gathering of Pracharaks he said: “To be a Pracharak is a type of samajik sadhna. A Pracharak has to work for betterment of the society without involving in any negative feeling.” About 200 Pracharaks have dedicated their life to the motherland in Rajasthan Kshetra.
On September 16, the Sarsanghachalak met some saints and discussed with them the sewa activities being carried out by them. During the discussion he stressed on how to increase the number of sewa activities for the deprived people. Shri Bhagwat met Sant Shri Balakdasji Maharaj of Ramgarh (Alwar), Mahant Shri Bhagatprakash Maharaj from Premprakash Ashram and Pujya Shri Shriji Maharaj from Nimbark sect and young saint Shri Omdasji Maharaj, who runs various hostels, gaushalas, dispensaries and educational institution.
Five ‘S’ for Prosperous Nation
Chennai: Two-day Sewa Sangamam showcasing the service activities of various voluntary organisations associated with the Rashtriya Sewa Bharati was organised at the Nalli Kuppusami Vivekanandan Vidyalaya from September 18 to 19. Lt Governor of Puduchery Dr Kiran Bedi and Swami Vimurthananda of Ramakrishna Mutt inspired the workers engaged in the sewa activities.
Swami Vimurthananda said the Sewa Bharati workers are not only selfless volunteers but also self-disciplined. He said propagating about the sewa done is not advertising, it is only to inspire others. Sewa gives joy only when there is aim in it. Spiritualism and nationalism are the two eyes of sewa, which exhibits and asserts that our society will be far better in 10 years of now,” he said. Appealing to raise the standards of teaching through sewa, he said once teachers were the best brains, but today they are eliminated ones at many places. This should change.
RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh Shri Parag Abhyangar said sewa is not the new thing to our country, in every heart of the citizen it has been there. Sewa attitude is not inculcated through Veda reciting, it is the Hindu dharma tradition that has developed this attitude. Ups and downs in the society will be there, but discrimination should have no place. No one in the society should feel weak,he said.
Dr Kiran Bedi threw light on five thoughts which are needed for the nation. She stressed on five ‘S’– sanskar, sewa, swachata, sangathan and satsang. When sanskar enters one, he or she will not cheat and one will earn a place in the society. Second ‘S’ is sewa–action. If any action is done with prerna, then a healthy nation is possible. Third ‘S’ is swachata. Cleanliness is must for personal, community, society and nation. It is also important for productivity. It begins from home-neighbourhood-village-district-society-district-State-nation.
Fourth ‘S’ is sangathan—to see results we need sangathan (organisation). Transformation comes from sangathan. Every member can make the sangathan strong or weak. Sangathan is based on sanskar. Fifth ‘S’ is satsang, which begins from home. Praying together is satsang. Families which eat together, pray together always stay together. To make a healthy nation we need five S and it should start from us. On practicing five ‘S’ one ‘S’ will follow that is shanti—that brings together.
An exhibition showcasing various service work was also organised. Around 300 people participated in the Sangamam. Shri Ponnuswamy, chairman of the Reception Committee welcomed the gathering.
SJM Reviews Malnutrition Programme in Rajasthan
New Delhi: Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has urged the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt Vasundhra Raje to review the ongoing programmes for managing the Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, SJM national co-convener Dr Ashwani Mahajan said the issue of child under nutrition is a deep-rooted and
multi-dimensional problem. It needs sustainable solutions. “Our concern is that current drive in Rajasthan focuses on treatment only. Use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in SAM children is misleading, misguided and undermines local bio-diverse and sustainable food cultures. At the same time its cost is prohibitive,” Dr Mahajan said in the letter.
The Government of Rajasthan has implemented a CMAM programme i.e. Community Management of Acute Malnutrition, with provision of medical nutrition therapy which is nothing but RUTF. The SJM said the available scientific evidence does not support the use of RUTF in SAM. He further said: “The RUTF or home augmented food for children with SAM is temporarily helpful in nutritional rehabilitation under proper supervision and support. However, RUTF may not benefit a common household in
developing appropriate food habits for children as against home augmented food.” On August 28, the Ministry of Women and Child Development also issued a memo to the States making it clear that use of RUTF for SAM is not an accepted policy of Government of India. n
Discovering Rural Talent
Jammu: Bharatiya Shiksha Samiti (BSS) organised 29th State Sports Meet at General Zoravar Singh Stadium, Reasi, from September 16 to 19. The meet was inaugurated by Joint Secretary, State Sports Council Shiv Kumar Sharma, District Youth Services Sports Officer Dr Swaran Singh Chib, Joint Secretary of BSS Shri Suresh Pariha. Additional District Magistrate of Reasi, Shri Babu Ram distributed prizes to the winners. Sports secretary of the BSS Shri Sameer Krishan Saproo pointed said the Samiti runs 38 schools in the State including a Higher Secondary School, 10 High Schools 8 Middle Schools and 19 Primary and Pre Primary Schools in Jammu and Ladakh Region.
A total of 150 athletes from eight districts of J&K participated in different categories of the Athletes Meet. Shri Babu Ram praised the efforts of the BSS by providing opportunity to the students of far-flung areas like Kishtwar, Ramban, Bhaderwah, Udhampur, Reasi, Dashmesh Nagar Jammu, Palmar, Paddar, Basohli, Hira Nagar etc. to join the meet. Chief Educational Officer of Reasi Shri Bishan Singh said no other school in J&K organises such events. He presented awards, trophies and overall championship to the
The overall championship was won by Kishtwar Zone by securing 155 points, Udhampur came 2nd with 112 points, Bhaderwah 3rd with 90 points, Kathua Samba 4th with 76 points, Jammu 5th with 44 points, Ramban 6th with 32 points and Reasi on 7th position with 30 points. In under 11 (Boys) category Bhaderwah, Kishtwar and Reasi zones stood first, second and third respectively. In under 14 category Ramban, Udhampur and Kishtwar zones stood first, second and third respectively.
Defamation Case against Rahul, Yechury
Mumbai: A Mumbai based RSS activist, Dhrituman Joshi, has filed a criminal defamation case in a magistrate court against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and the CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury for allegedly linking the RSS to murder of Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh. The hearing is likely to take place on October 22. In the complaint Shri Joshi cited some purported remarks by Gandhi and Yechury and alleged that they blamed the RSS for the murder. “Statements made by the accused and the
respective political parties are in utmost sense defamatory and belittle the RSS in the eyes of
common public. There was a definite move by the accused to tarnish the image of the RSS, without citing any proof,” he alleged in his complaint. He said being an RSS worker, he feels humiliated and defamed before the common people. He has also made the Congress, its president Sonia Gandhi and the CPM a party to his complaint.
LS Speaker Inaugurates
Book Festival Website
Kochi: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the website of 21st Kochi International Book Festival (KIBF) on September 17. BJP leaders Kummanam Rajasekharan, M Ganesh, KIBF office bearers KG Venugopal, EN Nandakumar, M Sasisankar and EM Haridas were also present.
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