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
The work of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is progressing relentlessly. Last year, the places where the Shakhas is held grew by nearly 550. Now, shakhas are held daily in more than 34,000 places and weekly milans are being organised in more than 15,000 places. That is, the work of the Sangh in society is being carried on in nearly 49,493 places through shakhas and milans. Along with this, there has been an increase in the numbers of 1600 shakhas and 1700 weekly milans. Sah Sarkaryavaha Shri Dattatreya Hosbaleji conveyed this information to journalists after the formal inauguration of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal of Sangh in Sharda Vihar in Bhopal.
The session of the Karyakari Mandal was inaugurated by the Sarsanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagavat ji and Sarkaryavaha Shri Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi in the Guru Govind Sinha conference hall, by worshipping the image of Bharat Mata with flowers. About 350 workers of the Sangh drawn from all parts of the country were present. For the coming three days, the All India officebearers, Sanghachalaks of areas and states, karyavahas and pracharaks will deliberate on the working plan for three years, expansion of activities and their consolidation.
SahaSarkaryavaha Shri Dattatreya Hosbale said that the Sangh work within the society has increased. The youth has a big role in the expansion of Sangh’s activities. Through the feature of ‘Join RSS’ in the website, techno-savvy youth are joining the Sangh in large numbers. The number of youth joining the Sangh through this web feature grew by 48% in 2016 and 52% in 2017 over 2015. All these figures are from January to June. The largest number come from the age group 20-35. The Sangh is organising activities like village development, family education and social harmony. The efforts of the workers of the Sangh have brought about commendable change in about 450 villages.
Shri Hosbale pointed out that the Sangh believes that when families prosper and become stronger, the nation will also be empowered meaningfully. With this idea, workers of the Sangh began the experiment of “Kutumb Prabodhan” (family education)in Karnataka 15 years back. Today this experiment is being conducted all over the country and is yielding positive results. In order to understand the importance of “ Kutumb Prabodhan “, everyone should read a book by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam which is based upon on his conversation on family education with Jain Saint, Acharya Mahaprajna. This book is a good guide to family values and nation building.
Shri Hosbale said that this session of the All India Karyakari Mandal will prepare a working plan for the coming three years. A Karyakari Mandal is operational for three years and this term will be completed in March 2018. He observed that an assessment of the expansion of the work of the Sangh, its current activities, the benefits flowing from them will be presented at this session. The work of the last six months will be reviewed. The session will also discuss matters related to Sangh training camps (Karyakarta Prashikshan Varga).
Sah Sarkaryavaha Shri Dattatreya Hosbale said that the work of the Sangh in Madhya Pradesh is good from the beginning. The Sangh from Madhya Pradesh has produced many proven workers. It was after a long time that the All India Karyakari Mandal was meeting in Bhopal. He said that the speech of the Sarsanghachalak on Vijayadasami threw light on the policy of the Sangh. The intelligentsia has also expressed its agreement with and support to the opinions of the Sarsanghachalak on different matters. Shri Hosbale said that every section should be firm over his opinion, but a healthy dialogue should be conducted between communities. He said that the number of murderous attacks on Sangh workers have increased in Kerala, West Bengal, Punjab, Karnataka and a few other places. The attacks on Sangh workers demonstrate the ideological defeat of the assailants. In order to protect the existence of a particular ideology, its workers are attacking the swayamsevaks of the Sangh.
Inauguration of ‘Dharahor’ Exhibition – The Sah Sarkaryavaha Shri Sureshji Soni inaugurated the exhibition ‘Dharohar’ centred on the Life and Philosophy of Great Men at 8.15 in the morning. The exhibition illustrates the life and philosophy of Kushok Bakul Rinpoche. This is his centenary year. He did yeoman work for spreading education and social reform in Jammu & Kashmir. Along with this the exhibition also highlights the life and philosophy of Guru Govind Singh whose 350 centenary and Sister Nivedita whose 150th centenary are being observed this year. Some of the pictures that were exhibited also relate to the founder of the Sangh, Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar.
” Two thirds of the shakhas of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are in villages and one third are in the towns. This is because about 60% of the population of India lives in the villages. In today’s world, there are many challenges in the preservation of villages. The Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal resolved that much more work needs to be done in the villages through the RSS Shakhas. The question of social integration is a major and immediate challenge. Inspite of the vast expansion of information media there is still a large gap in communication of appropriate and accurate information to the villages. Much work needs to be done to carry correct information and perspectives to villages. At the end of a three day meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal , Sarkaryavah, Shri Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi addressed a press conference. Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, the Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh also was present at the conference.
Shri Bhayyaji Joshi said, that the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal has considered the issues of village development and family education and upon these deliberations a program for addressing these issues has been developed. For a long time now farmers and villagers have been grappling with very pressing problems. The Sangh believes that farmers have to be made self reliant. The government must closely consider and intimately understand the issues that face the farming community and frame policies that closely match the priorities of the farming community. He said that farmers must be made prosperous and economically autonomous. So the government policy must ensure that farmers will receive a fair, appropriate and full price for their produce. He also said that to work for village development the Sangh will actively involve volunteers in the 30 – 35 years age group.
The Sangh has resolved to strengthen the family through an active policy of family education. The family is very important in the forming of individual character. Character development in children is most effective when the proper samskaras are received from the family. Swayamsevaks work to ensure that families become the source of social enlightenment. Through social work, the Sangh has reached about 20 lakh families. Through this work about 1.25 crores of people have come into contact of Sangh. To bring good samskaras into the country, family education is the most important work. These issues have been considered in the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal and a final program will be formed in the Pratinidhi Sabha to be held in March.
Sarkaryavah Shri Bhayyaji Joshi, responding to a question, said that the question of the Rohingyas is a most important one. We have to understand why they are being expelled from Myanmar. There are other countries too that border Myanmar. Why did not those countries allow the entry of Myanmar Muslim refugees. We also have to identify the areas where these Rohingya Muslims have already settled in India. They have chosen Jammu and Kashmir and the city of Hyderabad to stay. From their behaviour it is clear that they have not come here to seek refuge. The government must have a clear and coherent policy on how to deal with refugees. The policy must have clarity about the conditions of the refuge, their location and the period of such refuge. We must have a policy for the return of these refugees to their home countries at an appropriate time. Bharat has always welcomed and treated refugees very generously. But before we welcome these refugees, we must check their antecedents. There are limits to the argument for human compassion. He emphasised that, the advocates of the rights of Rohingya Muslim refugees must closely consider the antecedents of these groups.
In response to a question on the Ram Mandir, Shri Bhayyaji Joshi said, that the Sangh desires that all the obstacles with regard to the mandir must first end. The Mandir can then be built. The government must work towards clearing all such obstacles. At the moment a lot of work towards the construction of the Ram Mandir is going on at Karseva Puram. As soon as the obstacles end, the construction of the Ram Mandir will start. Talking about the question of reservations, he said that, reservations must continue until the objectives for the program as set down by Babasaheb Amdedkar are fulfilled. It is for the the beneficiaries of the reservation system (the disadvantaged sections of the society) to decide for how long they need reservations to continue.
Note : Above is a Translation of Hindi Press Release of RSS ABKM2017 Press meet proceedings.
Shakhas of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and shakhas of Rashtra Sevika Samiti are designed for men and women respectively. However, both work cohesively for the pristine glory of Bharat. ( Telugu Talk )