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The Saga of Sacrifice of Arjun Tirki , 9th grade student in the 1971 war

Translation of excerpt from Dr. Mohan ji Bhagwat’s speech :

Swayamsewak should also understand that by doing simple tasks whole heartedly in the daily shakhas they will become fully developed individuals who consider the whole society as their own, without any animosity towards others in their mind and they will do whatever is required in the interest of the nation, without any hesitation. This is a well-known fact. Swayamsewaks of the Sangh are doing various duties all over the country. Over one lakh seventy thousand social service activities are conducted by Swayamsewaks in distant areas, where there is a need, like forests, mountains and rural areas, working along with the society, spending their own money and effort and without taking any monetary help from the Government. They have entered into many sectors of the society and there they have done many praise worthy tasks. The swayamsewaks are the first to arrive whenever there is a minor or major crisis and they are always prepared to work for the welfare of the country and if necessary, to sacrifice their lives.

This incident was during the 1971 war with Pakistan, when Bangladesh was not yet created.  When the Pakistani soldiers were entering the West Bengal border, a vanvasi boy called Arjun Tirki, studying in ninth standard, who was the mukhya sikshak of the shakha, noticed this and ran to the BSF camp and told them that the Pakistani soldiers were entering and asked the BSF soldiers to come quickly. There were only three or four people guarding the post and a whole Pakistani regiment was coming. The BSF jawans gave gunpowder boxes to the boy and asked him to take the boxes to the post said that  they would be following. The boy delivered the boxes to the four soldiers and stayed with them. During the fight he was shot and became a martyr.

There is a memorial in a village near Raigunj dedicated to Arjun Thirki. He was a true swayamsewak of the Sangh. It is easy to sing the song ‘O mother may your glory remain forever, though we may or may not be here for four days’, but to become ready for this it is necessary to have dedicated practice every day. With this practice Swayamsewaks with strong qualities having an understanding of the clear meaning and respect for Hindutva in the mind, having the strength to protect Hindutva with body mind and intellect, with strong intention to take the whole society with them and walking along side with the whole society, will be developed or created.

 

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హరిహరక్షేత్రం – 500 ఏళ్ల దేవాలయ పునరుద్ధరణ

కామారెడ్డి జిల్లాలోని మండల కేంద్రం భిక్కనూరు, స్వయంభూ శివాలయం శ్రీ సిద్ధ రామేశ్వర క్షేత్రానికి ప్రసిద్ధి. ఈ ఊరిలో ఇప్పుడు ఒక మహత్తర కార్యం జరిగింది. శ్రీ కొడకండ్ల రామగిరిశర్మగారి సారధ్యంలో  అక్కడి గ్రామస్థులoతా పూనుకొని, షుమారు 500సంవత్సరాల పురాతన దేవాలయాన్ని మరమ్మత్తులు చేసి, నూతన విగ్రహల స్థాపన చేసి పునరుద్ధరించారు. ఐదు రోజులపాటు దేవాలయ సంబంధిత విధులు శాస్త్రోక్తంగా వేద పండితుల ద్వారా సంపూర్ణమైనాయి. హరిహరక్షేత్రం  శ్రీ వెంకటేశ్వర స్వామి, శివ పంచాయతన దేవతల విగ్రహాల మరియు యంత్ర ప్రతిష్టాపన, దీప స్థంభ స్థాపన మహోత్సవం, సప్తమీ శుక్రవారం 26 ఏప్రిల్ 2019న జరిగాయి.

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శిధిలమైన ఈ జీర్ణ ఆలయ పునస్థాపన పనులు, భిక్కనూరు బ్రాహ్మణ సేవాసమాజం పునరుద్ధరణ నిశ్చయంతో, గత సంవత్సరం ప్రారoభమైనాయి. అతి వేగంగా 8నెలల కాలంలోనే పనులు పూర్తి చేసారు. తిరుపతి వెళ్లి అక్కడి స్థపతుల చేత ఎంతో కళాత్మకoగా విగ్రహాలు చెక్కించారు. పంచాయతన సంప్రదాయానుసారంగా వెంకటేశ్వర స్వామి, శివుడు, పార్వతీ దేవి, వినాయకుడు, మరియు సూర్య దేవతా విగ్రహాల ప్రతిష్ట, యంత్ర మరియు దీపస్థoభ స్థాపన  జరిగాయి. శ్రీ సిద్ధరామేశ్వర క్షేత్రానికి, ఈ హరిహర దేవాలయం  అనుబంధంగా ఉండేది. 60సంవత్సరాల క్రితం విగ్రహాలు చోరీ అవకముందు వరకు, శ్రీ సిద్ధ రామేశ్వర క్షేత్రo నుంచి బ్రహ్మోత్సవాల సమయంలో ఊరేగింపు ఈ ఆలయానికి వచ్చేది.  

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శ్రీ సిద్ధరామేశ్వర క్షేత్రానికి 600సం. పై బడిన చరిత్ర ఉంది. ఇక్కడి స్థల పురాణం ప్రకారం, దట్టమైన అడవిలో సిద్ధగిరి, రామగిరి అనే ఇద్దరు యోగులు, కపిల గోవు ఒకానొక ప్రదేశంలో పాల ధార కార్చడం చూసి, అక్కడ తవ్వగా స్వయంభూ మహాలింగo బయటపడింది, తిరిగి చూడగా గోవు మాయమైంది. ఈశ్వరుడు ఆ యోగులకి సాక్షాత్కరించి, ఒక తాళపత్ర గ్రంథాన్ని ఇచ్చి ఆ ప్రకారం దేవాలయ నిర్మాణం కావించమని కోరగా, ఈ స్వయంభూ సిద్ధ రామేశ్వర క్షేత్రం, కాకతీయ శిల్పకళా రీతిలో నిర్మించబడింది. హోలీ పౌర్ణమి ఐదు రోజులు ఇక్కడ బ్రహ్మోత్సవాలు ఘనంగా జరుగుతాయి. ఆ సమయంలో ఉత్సవ మూర్తుల పల్లకీ సేవ, ఇద్దరు యోగుల సమాధుల వద్దకు వెళ్లి తిరిగి దేవాలయం చేరుకుంటుంది.

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శ్రీ సిద్ధ రామేశ్వర క్షేత్రానికి,  శ్రీ కొడకండ్ల రామగిరిశర్మగారు, వారి కుటుంబ సభ్యులు అనువంశిక అర్చకులు. ఆయన వేద పండితులు, బహుముఖ ప్రజ్ఞాశాలి. తమది అర్చక వంశం అవడంవల్ల, శ్రద్ధ తీసుకుని ఈ కార్యక్రమానికి పూనుకున్నామని, కులమతాలకు అతీతంగా గ్రామస్థులంతా సాయం చేసి చేయూత నిచ్చారని తెలిపారు.  ఒక జీర్ణ ఆలయ పునరుద్ధరణ, నూరు ఆలయాల నిర్మాణంతో సమానమని అన్నారు.  శిధిలమైన పురాతన దేవాలయాలు, పూజకు నోచుకోని దేవాలయాల పునరుద్ధరణ చాలా పుణ్యకార్యమని, అది సంఘానికి, రాష్ట్రానికి, దేశానికి ఎంతో క్షేమకరం, వృద్ధికరం, శ్రేయస్కరమని తెలిపారు.               

 

తెలంగాణా శాసనసభ- కాంగ్రెస్ సభ్యుల ఫిరాయింపు

ఇటివలే డిసెంబర్ 2018లో ఎన్నికైన తెలంగాణా శాసనసభలో, 11కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ ఎంఎల్ఏలను తమ పార్టీ వైపు మళ్లిoచుకోవడానికి తెరాసకు ఎక్కువ సమయం పట్టలేదు, మూడు-నాలుగు నెలలలోనే ఈ ఘనతని కేసిఆర్ గారు సాధించారు. కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ బలం పదికి పడిపోయింది, కాబట్టి వారికి విపక్ష పార్టీ హోదా కూడా పోతుంది.  మిత్ర పక్షమైన మజ్లిస్ పార్టీతో కలుపుకుని తేరాసకి విధానసభలో ఎదురులేనట్లే.

 ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ రాష్ట్ర విభజన-తెలంగాణా రాష్ట్రo ఏర్పాటు సమయంలో- 2014 ఎన్నికలలో కూడా తెరాసకు 2018 ఎన్నికలలో వచ్చిన మెజారిటి రాలేదు. అప్పుడు కేవలం 63 సీట్లు మాత్రమే వచ్చాయి, ఆ తరువాత 1-2 సంవత్సరాలలోపు, ఇతర పార్టీలనుంచి దాదాపు 25 మంది ఎంఎల్ఏలు, ఎంఎల్సీలను తెరాసలో చేర్చుకున్నారు. కొందరికి మంత్రి పదవులు కూడా దక్కాయి. ఫిరాయింపుదారుల చట్టం క్రింద కోర్టులో, కాంగ్రెస్ తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీలు కేసులు దాఖలు చేసినా,  వాటికి అంతుపంతూ లేకపోయాయి. ఎన్నికల కమిషన్, న్యాయస్థానాలు ఈ అవినీతిని అరికట్టడంలో పూర్తిగా  విఫలమయ్యాయి.

ఈ చరిత్ర తెలిసీకూడా, అంటే తెరాసకి వ్యతిరేకంగా ఇతర పార్టీలకు పడ్డ వోట్లు, తిరిగి తెరాస పార్టీకే వస్తాయని తెలిసీ, తెలంగాణా ప్రజలు, పార్టీ ఫిరాయించని ప్రతినిదులకి, ప్రత్యామ్నాయ రాజకీయ పార్టీలకు వోట్లు వేస్తే బాగుండేది. డిసెంబర్ 2018 విధానసభ ఎన్నికల సమయంలో, ఇరవై లక్షలకు పైగా వోటర్ల పేర్లు గల్లoతైనపుడు కూడా, తెలంగాణా రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వo మరియు  ఎన్నికల కమిషన్ పైనా విమర్శలు వెల్లువెత్తాయి, అయినా రీ-పోలింగ్ కూడా నిర్వహించలేదు. తిరిగి వెంటనే ఈ పార్టీ ఫిరాయింపులతో రాజ్యాంగ స్ఫూర్తికి వ్యతిరేకంగా పూర్తి ఉల్లంఘన జరుగుతోంది.

గతంలో ఫిరాయింపులపై ఎన్నికల కమిషన్, న్యాయస్థానాలు తీర్పులు  వెలువరించడంలో విఫలమైయాయి కాబట్టి, ఈ తాజా వ్యవహారంలో రాజ్యాంగ పరిరక్షణ చర్యలు ఎవరు తీసుకుంటారు? ప్రజల తీర్పును పక్కకు పెట్టి, ఫిరాయిoపుదారులు పార్టీలు మారిస్తే, ఇది ప్రజాస్వామ్య వ్యతిరేక చర్య కాదా? ప్రజాస్వామ్యoలో ఎన్నికలు అత్యంత కీలకం, ఆ ఎన్నికల ఫలితాలనే తారుమారు చేస్తే, మన దేశ ప్రజాస్వామ్యం సుస్థిరంగా ఉండగలుగుతుందా?

 

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Kashmir. Perpetually in the news, for the wrong reasons.

‘Kashmir is an integral part of India’. I have heard this line parroted by leaders of all political hues. It has always sounded like an arbitrary statement designed to rebuff Pakistan, and to reaffirm India’s military might over a coveted geographical area.
Recently I came across facts that have changed my perspective on Kashmir totally. Facts that have astounded me. But more than that baffled me, for they reveal glaring lacunae in the history we have been led to believe so far.
Understandable that the British established a syllabus for us that was designed to obliterate our glories and inculcate shame in us for all things Indian. But, 70 years past independence, we are guilty of still toeing their line. Why?????
The facts I speak of are proof that Kashmir is the fountainhead from which flows our culture, in fact everything that defines our identity as Indians.
Due to my education in an elite school, i had considered myself reasonably well  informed. Yet, i had no clue at all about the significance of Kashmir vis a vis Indian history and that it was home to Panini, whose Ashtadhyayi is considered the most scientific and flawless treatise on grammar in the world.
Patanjali, who gifted to humanity his Yog Sutra..
Sharangdev, considered the father of both Hindustani and Carnatic music.
Acharya Abhinav Gupt, one of the greatest scholars of all times, who wrote 46 literary classics, including the renowned Abhinav Bharti. His principles of ras are being taught in 80 universities around the world.
Kashmir was considered the abode of Saraswati, the highest seat of learning in India, and was also referred to as Sharda Peeth. So much so that when students graduated from Kashi, they took 4 symbolic steps towards Kashmir, denoting their aspiration for higher learning.
Almost the entire body of Sanskrit literature has its origins in Kashmir.
Rajtarangini, an authoritative historical tome on the royal lineage of Kashmir, written by Kalhana in the 12th century, outlines the greatness of King Lalitaditya, possibly the most powerful Indian Emperor of all times, whose kingdom in the 8th century extended from the Caspian Sea in the north to the Kaveri basin in the south, and included Assam in the east.
How many Indians have even heard his name???
How many of us know that Srinagar was established by Ashoka ?
That Mahayana Buddhism was spread across Mid Asia, China and Japan by Kashmiri monks?
Who are these educationists who are deliberately withholding such vital slices of history from our text books?
How will the present as well as future generations realize that Kashmir is the keystone of our heritage through millenia, finding mention even in our oldest scriptures?
It is not a piece of land. It is the abode of the soul of India.
“Kashmir is an integral part of India” now  has a new meaning for me. It is no longer a statement, but an impassioned avowal!
Source Correction :
The article was incorrectly attributed to Ira Pande through groups on Whatsapp ..
On another google group, it is attributed to a different writer, Amit .
However, we are retaining the post for the fresh perspective it gives on the issue.

Vanchinathan – Remembering the Great Hero on His 106th Death Anniversary

 Vanchinathan Iyer, popularly remembered as Vanchi, was a fearless freedom fighter, who participated in Bharat’s independence movement and gave up his life as a symbol of the uprising of Swatantra Bharat against the British and the atrocities committed by them in the name of governance. At the age of 25, he assassinated Robert Ashe and embraced brave death.

Hailing from Tamil Nadu, he was born to parents Raghupathy Iyer and Rukmani Ammal in Shenkottai (then part of the Travancore Kingdom) as Shankaran Iyer in the year 1886. He completed his schooling and higher education in Shenkottai .

Vanchi is notable as being one among the first and prominent Tamils who took part in the struggle for freedom and in some instances initiated the fight against the British Raj.

While working in Travancore, he came under the influence of many nationalists like V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, Neelakanta Brahmachari, Subramaniya Siva and Subramaniya Bharathi. They were his mentors and together they belonged to the Bharatha Matha Assocation (1900).

Robert William Ashe was the collector and district magistrate of Tirunelvelli district in year 1911. He was engaged in activities that were largely favourable to the ruling British class , ignoring and ensuring that the interests of the locals are never addressed nor issues pertaining to them redressed. He is also accused of propagating missionary activities of forcible conversion. Ashe was also instrumental in working against V. O. Chidambaram Pillai’s shipping company (established as the first indigenous Bharatiya shipping company between Tuticorin and Colombo) which led to its liquidation, and later in Pillai’s arrest.

On 17th June 1911, the Maniyachi Mail left Tirunulvelli Junction for Maniyachi with Ashe and his wife Mary Lillian Patterson aboard. They were on their way to Kodaikanal with their four children. At 10:38 AM the train pulled in at Maniyachi. The Ceylon Boat Mail was due to arrive at 10:48 AM. As the Ashes sat facing each other in the first class carriage, waiting for the Boat Mail to arrive, a neatly dressed man with tufted hair boarded the carriage and pulled out a Belgian made Browning pistol and shot Ashe at point blank range in the chest. The bullet hit Ashe and he immediately collapsed. Vanchi ran along the platform and took cover. After some time he was found dead having pulled the trigger in his mouth. The pistol was found to be empty, indicating his intention to shoot only Ashe and himself and nobody else, not even Ashe’s wife.

A letter with the below words was recovered from his pocket,

The mlechas of England having captured our country, tread over the sanathana dharma of the Hindus and destroy them. Every Indian is trying to drive out the English and get swarajyam and restore sanathana dharma. Our Raman, Sivaji, Krishnan, Guru Govindan, Arjuna ruled our land protecting all dharmas and in this land they are making arrangements to crown George V, a mlecha, and one who eats the flesh of cows. Three thousand Madrasees have taken a vow to kill George V as soon as he lands in our country. In order to make others know our intention, I who am the least in the company, have done this deed this day. This is what everyone in Hindustan should consider it as his duty.    –

                                                                          sd/-, R. Vanchi Aiyar, Shencottah

 The letter clearly indicates the motive behind the assassination was the removal of English mlechas (who eat the flesh of cow) who were destroying Sanatana Dharma. This clearly goes parallel with the common statement, “Poisonous weeds have to be removed at the earliest or else they could prove to be fatal.”

This brave and selfless act of Vanchi acted as the much needed adrenaline rush for Bharat’s independence movement. The assassination and contents of the letter caused great apprehension and unrest.

Ashe was the first and only colonial British officer to be assassinated in Dakshin Bharat throughout the freedom movement. The British were left shocked and rattled by this incident.

The Maniyachi Railway station was later renamed as Vanchi Maniyachi station. But it is greatly sad and shameful that this is the best act of secular government of Bharat to recognize the brave act of Vanchi and that this is the highest honour given to his bravery. And it is immensely angering that even this little gesture has become a thorn in the flesh of Dravidians and evangelists. It is unfortunately being used as a catalyst by #BreakingIndia forces to fulfil their agenda by demoralizing and demeaning Bharat’s history and belittling the valour of our brave heroes.

One such dangerous trend started by them is to brand nationalists from upper castes as casteists forgetting their contributions and sacrifices – this can be equated to the insult of our army jawans fighting to safeguard our borders. Falsified stores are being spread to tarnish the image of these brave warriors. One such illogical story is currently being floated around by the Periyar followers of Tamil Nadu where Ashe is eulogized as the champion of downtrodden people.

According to this fantastic spin, Ashe apparently angered Vanchinathan by taking a poor woman in labour pains to hospital via driving through agraharam. Yes, agraharam, the area around the temple where Brahmins live. Since Vanchi supposedly had so much hatred towards the lower castes, this is the reason for him assassinating Ashe.

Now this story is not only ridiculous but also completely devoid of any sense and logic. Ashe was a tax collector for the district of Tirunelvelli in the Madras Presidency, which was under British rule. Shenkottai was in Travancore state (a sovereign state). It can be clearly seen that Ashe had no business whatsoever to be in Travancore. Even if for argument’s sake we accept this falsified theory, geographical location and the city’s plan do not support this theory. In Shenkottai, the agraharam was located in a remote area outside the town. Now why would Ashe drive a woman in labour pain through the remote agraharam outside the town to the hospital inside the town? This clearly shows the baseless allegations made by these sectarian groups to tarnish the image of our freedom fighters.

Are we going to stay silent and let these fringe groups hijack the achievements and sacrifices of our freedom fighters by sullying their names with ulterior motive to break Bharat on the lines of caste? If no, then it’s high time we started teaching our children the real history which has always been ignored in our school.

Note: This article first appeared at https://madrasmamiblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/vanchinathan-remembering-the-great-hero-on-his-106th-death-anniversary/ and is being republished here with the permission of the author

source:

https://www.hindupost.in/history/vanchinathan-remembering-great-hero-106th-death-anniversary/