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RSS IT Milans: An experiment beginning to take shape

Pictures of Swayamsevaks attending Sangh camps in lakhs always left me in awe. Very recently I participated in Vijaydashmi Utsav in Bhagynagar in which nearly 10,000 swaymsevaks decked up in the new uniform, marched in sync with the band. That was first personal tryst with Sangh’s organizational strength. But what will always remain etched in my memory will be 32 of us congregating for our Milan’s Dhwaj Pradan utsav. 32 is 8 times more than 4, which was our Milan strength until few months back. 32 definitely pale in comparison to numbers we usually associate with Sangh event, but our team effort for sure will stand out. Receiving first cheque was awesome feel, but this experience is something else altogether, said Tygraja RSS IT Milans Karyawaha Janki Choudhary, an IIT Delhi graduate.
Tyagraj IT Milan is one of the 50 odds IT MIlans being conducted all across the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A Milan is awarded its own Dhwaj only after its average attendance consistently exceeds 10 and has more than 20 swayamsevaks with complete Sangh uniform, Keshavpuram Khand Karyavaha Sripad Mansabdar said.

Bhagyanagar IT Milans Sah-karyavaha  Ramkrishna Ponapally, who handed over the Dhwaj, said IT MIlans – an experiment initiated just 10 years ago – is now leaping forth in all directions. It’s all due to numerous karyakartas like Janakiji and Sirpad ji across the city who put their soul into the work and regard Milan work as personal obligation, not an intellectual pursuit.

Format of IT Milan is not very different from that of any daily RSS Sakha, except that Milans happen weekly. Today, we get people working for all major global and Indian IT companies including Microsoft, Google, Accenture, IBM, Oracle, Cognizant, Wipro, Infosys etc. The distinct advantage of IT Milans is that it caters to both local as well people who come to the city for work from various parts of the country.

The fact that people from all states attend IT Milan help us better understand our nations, its rich heritage and culture. Our Milans are mini Bharath. Geet of all languages are sung in Milans, no wonder it pains us all equally when regional sentiments are flamed in part of countries in name of language and culture. For us its All One!

We follow a very decentralized working model where every Milan is free is to take up activities it thinks their locality needs or their swayamsevaks are keen to pursue. Only pre-requisite condition is that work has to be selfless and in larger national interest.

He cited example of Balagokulam. It Started nearly five years ago to help children discover and manifest inherent spark of divinity by connecting them with Hindu culture and traditions, currently it is being conducted in more than 60 gated communities across the twin-cities. Nearly 2000 children participate in Balgokulam activities every week. Increasingly large numbers of women are volunteering to conduct Balgokulam, in fact they dominate in numbers now. Indeed an overwhelming outcome for us.
 Service activities:  Milans in and around Gachibowli area run a daily Free-Tuition centre in a slum located near Gopichand Academy. They also succeeded in enrolling nearly 15 of these into to a nearby government school. These students who hail from Odisha, Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh otherwise would have never got into formal education system. Credit must also go to government school management for obliging to admit non local students. Another Milan conducts Free Medical Camps every month in Siddique Nagar, another locality dominated by migrants people who work as security guards and housekeepers in MNCs.

Senior Professionals Mandali: Another lot of Swayamsevaks  took it upon themselves to organize monthly meets for executives who hold CXO level positions in MNCs. Currently two Mandalis are being run and plans are on to start more. Idea is not to leave any strata of society untouched.

Samvit Kendra: Intellectually inclined Swayamsevaks started Samvit study circle where they discuss, debate and research on range of topics and produce original content for dissemination of nationalistic views among masses. Last year, a paper published by Samvit team on Deendayala Updhyayji’ Integral Humanism philosophy won the best paper award at a national level seminar.

Not be left far behind were women in our extended Sangh Family.  Wives of our Karyakarta started weekly Sevika Samiti Milans. Two Milans are running presently. They conduct their own separate Gurupuja Utsav.

Apart from works that have gained institutional shape now, every IT Milans keep conducting various activity like mass awareness programmes on Conversion, Swadeshi, threat posed by China etc. Collectively, we swaysmsevaks put 100s of man hour every week to realize the dream of Param Vaibhav of Motherland.

We also saw a new and a very positive trend of Swayamsevaks leaving cushy corporate job to take up farming as whole-time profession. They are now associated with Gram Bharathi and inspiring more people to take up this noble profession.

Our satisfaction lies not in changing the world, but in small achievements like more new Milans getting Dhwaj and they initiating small activities in their locality, which if not anything instill sense of national duty in them. Tiny as you may say, but so is each drop, Ramkrishna poignantly concluded.

Source : VSK Telangana Report

Rani Padmini did not choose death. She chose immortality.


A rejoinder to Devdutt Pattanaik By Sanghamitra Purohit

Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, let me begin by admitting I haven’t read the great many books that you have written. So I will refrain from commenting on them. I have, however read your tweets and the recent ones about Rani Padmini of Chittorgarh have compelled me to write this letter to you.

You seem to be disgusted by the fact that the people of Mewar and a large population of India regards Rani Padmini as a brave woman worthy of immense respect because she chose self-immolation over dishonor. This kind of reverence to a queen who lived 700 years ago for an allegedly ” regressive and patriarchal ” decision and “celebration” of her sacrifice seem to have outraged your liberal, progressive ideology. Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, please allow me to demystify some myths (pun intended) for you.

Rani Padmini was the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh who was the ruler of Mewar when Alauddin Khilji decided to conquer the Chittorgarh fort. Now, romanticism and popular culture has made us believe that Khilji attacked Chittorgarh because he wanted to “have” Rani Padmini. See Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, this is where all the confusion starts. Because your disillusionment about why Rani Padmini didn’t “choose life” also roots from this confusion. Because this idea that Khilji wanted to “have ” Rani Padmini gives rise to the notions that why then she didn’t just let him “have” her and then continued to “Survive and thrive” (your words, not mine)?

Unfortunately, Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, medieval warfare was a little more complicated than that.

Chittorgarh is not a mere fort. It’s a massive 700 acres of fortified city. Formidably built on a 180 meters high mountain top. That’s huge, yes even by medieval standards. The citadel was the seat of power in the region since 7thcentury and reasonably so. The citadel is massive, difficult to access and most importantly it’s designed to be self-sustainable when faced with prolonged siege. The water reservoirs and lands within can sustain an army of 50,000 for almost a year. Considering the dry, sandy landmasses of north western India, you can imagine why the citadel was so coveted. Yes, Chittorgarh means power. Whoever held the fort, held absolute power in the region. So now you can picture why exactly Alauddin Khilji was so interested.

Mr. Bhansali seems to have tried his best to picture Khilji as a roughed, bearded romantic but as any true historian worth his salt would tell you he was no such thing. He was a lowlife barbarian who liked killing infants over the heads of their mothers and used to boast about making towers of 20,000 Hindu skulls. As far as sexual orientation goes he was a known homosexual and pedophile. Now if this all-powerful sultan had coveted only Rani Padmini don’t you think he would have tried to have her kidnapped and smuggled out? See, I told you, medieval warfare was more complicated than Bollywood’s twisted romanticism.

The war between Maharawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji resulted in an 8-month long siege of Chittorgarh. When finally, they fought full frontal battle, The Maharawal died fighting.

Now, what do you think would have happened then? Let me clarify further. When an invader intent on destroying another kingdom attacks, he does much more than just killing the ruler. Wars are fought more on psychological level than by swords and shields. Why do you think Devdutt Pattanaik Ji that even modern nations fiercely protect the family members of their heads of states?

Now how do you think Khilji would have proceeded after he had killed the Maharawal and most of his generals and lead warriors? Yes, he would capture the fort. How do you think he would have awarded his battle worn, travel worn and hungry foot-soldiers? He would have ordered them to go berserk on the citadel’s residents. Rape any woman they find, loot anything they can lay their hands on. Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, medieval armies where known to even rape and defile corpses.

Now how would he ensure that not a single living soul would dare to resist him further? The answer is obvious. He would hold the royal women and children captive. How he would ensure that the morals of the people of Mewar is broken to such extent that no one would dare an attack on him while he stays there? He would torture his captives and set examples.

Rani Padmini was the queen of a fierce warrior clan. Don’t let the Romanticism and cheap popularization of Bollywood’s film makers fool you into painting Rani Padmini as the naive, demure fancy doll. Rani Padmini knew what is going to be the fate of herself and hundreds of other women inside the citadel. They would have been raped, brutalized in every way possible, first by the sultan and his chief generals then gradually in decreasing order of military ranking. They would have been flogged, stripped naked and paraded around. Any infants and children would have been killed before their mothers’ eyes and this would go on endlessly till the sultan had absolutely made sure not a single male Rajput is left alive and motivated enough to start an uprising. The women who survived would then had been transported to his harems to be sold and resold as sex slaves if they live. Think Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, what would it have done to the Morales of the vanquished people of Mewar who have lost family members in the long war to see their queen and her royal companions flogged through the streets and raped every day?

Rani Padmini knew better. She made sure that the Rajput flame for vengeance had to be kept burning. She knew she and her companions would have nothing but misery, torture and diseases if they are captured alive. She knew the brutes storming their walls do not even spare corpses in their desperate lust. She knew she can’t have her people see her defiled dead body. So, she made a choice.

Yes Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, a choice. The choice of a queen who deserves every bit of the goddess like reverence she commands amongst her people till date. She decided that the brutes who have killed her husband and his gallant warriors will have nothing but a pile of ashes when then breach the walls of her citadel. She decided that she will not allow herself to be defiled and insulted. She decided that she will not let her people down. She knew that her life was not merely her own but belongs to the people of Mewar who would one day rise again to avenge their beloved queen.

She could not have been righter Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, because Chittorgarh did not perish after Khilji captured it. Rani Padmini had kept the flame burning, merely a decade or so after that, Rajput sisodiyas regained control of the citadel. Chittorgarh saw lion hearts like Rana Sangram Singh, Rana Udai Singh, Rana Kumbha and many other great Hindu rulers who kept on the glory of Mewar touching unfathomable heights.

Devdutt Pattanaik Ji, Rani Padmini did not choose death. She chose immortality.

Source : RightLog.in

Ambedkar and Support for Samskritam and Vedic Civilization

A Veda Pathashala was threatened to be attacked by a President of a colony in Boduppal , Hyderabad in last week of Nov 2017.  The Vedic school received unprecedented support from all quarters. However, some pseudo-Dalit organisations have now blamed #RSS for this and have threatened to launch an agitation against the Veda pathashala, #Samskritam and Sangh invoking the name of Dr.Ambedkar ji.

Anyone who has read the Constituent Assembly discussion would know that Dr,#Ambedkar had great respect for Samskritam and supported it as the National Language. He made his own conclusions on when the degeneration of Hindu society started, but at the same time wrote very highly of the Vedic civilization in his complete works calling it egalitarian. He also mentioned about the immense knowledge of Rishikas (women Rishis) during Vedic times thus countering the propaganda that women were not exposed to Vedas. Therefore, it smells of a conspiracy when some people involve his name to attack #Veda and Samskritam. The agenda of some pseudo-Dalit organisations is to drive a wedge in the Hindu society by claiming that Veda is only for a section of society and trying to pit one against the other. I stand in support of Vedic scholars who are putting in their life for upholding Vedic knowledge.

CM of Telangana treading a divisive path

The Telangana government has been going overboard to placate the Muslims in the state, much at the cost of other communities, which would, clearly, not only distort the political discourse but also sow seeds of discord. 

The driver of a vehicle must be cautious and careful. Even a small error is a potential danger to life.  By announcing Urdu as the second language of Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) has committed a blunder that is bound to influence generations to come. Not just this, some of the other major decisions taken by Telangana government in recent times can be termed bluntly as minority appeasement for purely political gains with scant regard to the overall well-being of the state.

On  November 9 KCR designated Urdu as second official language of Telangana. He announced that 900 Urdu teachers would be recruited soon by forming a special District Selection Committee (DSC). The eligibility criteria for these posts will be framed by the Urdu Academy and the Minority welfare department. The deadline for the recruitment is 70 days and to be executed on top priority basis.

KCR has also provided for induction of 66 Urdu-speaking officers into various key departments in the government.  The State Assembly, Council Chairman, Chief Secretary and the 17 other ministers will have one Urdu -speaking officer assisting them. Likewise, the assembly administration, State Council, Information and Public Relations Department, Office of the Director General of Police (DGP), the Hyderabad City Police commissionerate and all the newly set up 31 district Collector offices will have exclusive Urdu speaking officers to receive petitions from the public.

Islamic Centre
Imposition of Urdu as the second language in Telangana is KCR’s latest spectacle among the slew of audacious largesse he has granted to appease the Muslims in the state.
He had recently proposed to construct Hyderabad International Islamic Cultural Convention Centre of international standard in an area of 10 acres in Kokapet on the outskirts of Hyderabad. He has also decided to set up a separate industrial corridor for Muslims which is in direct contrast to the democratic principles of the country.

Telangana government has also increased the quota for Muslims in jobs and education from 4% to 12%. The Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society (TMREIS) is planning to set up 120 schools at the cost of Rs.6723 Crores. 71 such residential schools (39 Boys and 32 Girls) are already functioning and remaining are likely to come up in later phases. 75% of the seats are reserved for the minorities in these schools. Urdu is a compulsory subject for Muslims while non-Muslim students can opt for Telugu.

The Chief Minister’s Overseas Scholarship Scheme for Minorities introduced in 2015-16 grants Rs.10 Lakhs per Student and one-way Airfare to those minorities travelling abroad for higher education in foreign universities. A Telangana Minorities Study Circle was also formed for 2015-16, which will focus on training minorities Candidates for competitive exams conducted by TSPSC.  It is also sponsoring 100 minority candidates who are preparing for All India Services Exams from the country’s top Institutes every year.

Officially, all the above initiatives come under Minority welfare schemes but are aimed at strengthening the Muslim vote bank for the ruling party. Official records say that there are already 1,561 Urdu-medium schools in the State with about 1.31 lakh students.

The current Urdu academy in Telangana is occupied in organising Haj programmes and religious seminars. The Urdu academy is not equipped to do any academic work .We already have a number of examples across the country where fanatics from Islamic seminaries are seen and heard sowing the seeds of separatism and refuse to abide by the law of the land. If a school going kid is fed such venom by fanatics, the result is bound to damage the social fabric of the state and country.

Till date there has been no proof of any contribution of any madrasa to science and technology. On the contrary, Madrasas have contributed immensely to the establishment of theological states across the Arab lands and in Asia too. If these are the antecedents of Islamic schools across the world, what kind of research would an Islamic centre in Hyderabad conduct? The historical evidence is simple and clear. It will be another institution supplying Islamic doctrine to schools and colleges. In the coming decade, voices of separatism would have grown with the sanction of the government and funded by the Telangana public! Chances of this scenario transpiring is high because there is none to verify the content and monitor the developments of such schools.

The language barrier will pose a big challenge to the government officers thus forcing them to agree to requests that are in Urdu. Leaders like Owaisi can easily hijack these schools to suit their own narrative and paint a favourable picture of the Nizam and Mughuls in the history books of such schools. Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao himself has always been reluctant to accept the atrocities of Nizam and the Razakars during the accession of Hyderabad in 1948. These kinds of appeasing actions by Telangana government will only sow the seeds of Muslim separatism.

A separate Industrial corridor for Muslims may be on paper today but will soon be pushed as an agenda for the 2019 general elections. In October, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Soud Mohammed Alsati expressed willingness to invest in Telangana. With such religion-based investment coming in, the ramifications for Telangana and the country as a whole are huge. KCR’s promise of an exclusive industrial corridor for Muslims will give rise to other demands. Since such a corridor would mostly accommodate students literate in Urdu,  Muslim investors could demand a “separate” welfare fund for Muslims and later insist on Islamic Banking too.

The Khilafat movement, supported by M.K. Gandhi, resulted in furthering the Muslims separatist agenda and resulted in the partition of India. Such slew of measures by a state government to appease the Muslims would result in rekindling separatist tendencies again. We can recall that MIM party head Assauddin Owaisi initially opposed the idea of a separate Telangana but agreed to support the cause only when his demand to include Kurnool and Ananthapur districts, both with a high percentage of Muslims, were included as part of the new state.

Corridor for Muslim
Measures aimed at pampering a community are bound to sow the seeds of discord in the society, creating deep chasms and spoil the social fabric. Instead of attempting to bring the madrasas into the mainstream with emphasis on science and modern computer-based education, the Telangana government is running in the opposite direction. Arabic style of dressing in Hyderabad, increase in burkha clad schools kids are manifestations of cultural assertiveness which further alienate Muslims from the mainstream. Similar appeasing measures, in the garb of secularism and Muslim identity, attempted by the erstwhile SP government in UP had almost alienated the Muslims of the state and hence this year the UP Government, led by Yogi Adityanath had to force the madrasas to celebrate Independence Day. Telangana could follow suit if remedial measures are not taken soon.

Recently, AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi proactively proposed that his party will form an alliance with TRS in the 2019 general elections. By the time nationalistic forces are strengthened in the state, the separatist elements could gain a strong foothold.

Any attempt by the central government to thwart their efforts will be showcased as being anti-Muslim. Decisions of Telangana government aimed at appeasing the Muslims could lead to serious damage to the society in the coming days if they are not effectively countered by every concerned citizen, party or organisation.

  • Surender Kunti
    (The writer is co-convenor of Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Telangana )

– Source: Organiser