Category Archives: Seva

Jadav Payeng & the Story of Mishing Forest

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An unbelievable story of an vanavasi( tribal )  from Assam, the echo of whose work travelled thousands of kilometers from the waters of Brahmaputra to the President at Rastrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

It has been believed that our holy river Brahmaputra has invoked harm and misery for the north east of India.  The reason being, the river Brahmaputra by the time it reaches Assam, carries long distance sand, soil, mountain rocks, huge debris along its course. As a result, the course widens till the time it reaches the banks of Assam, badly affecting the villages lining the banks. Every monsoon the flood waters, would wash away the plantations, trees and villages, altogether leaving the banks as a barren land.

In the year 1979, the young Jadhav Payeng after his 10th class exams, came back to his village and was strolling on the swiped out banks of the river Brahmaputra. He was taken aback to see more than 100 dead snakes lying on the banks.

Moving ahead, he realized that the entire bank seems to have been converted into a crematorium of dead reptiles and animals. He felt very sad and was deeply moved by this sight. This left him sleepless for several nights. His village elders told him that due to the decline in forest cover and deforestation, animals lost their homes. Young Payeng was absolutely convinced by their talks.

The very next day, the 16-year-old Jadhav, himself decided to plant few trees, and planted 50 seeds and 25 bamboo saplings. More than 35 years later, today the then washed away barren land host 1360 acres of lush green forest without any government aid or support.

The forest is now home to 5 Bengal tigers, more than 100 deers, wild boars, around 150 wild elephants, rhinoceros and many more wild animals. To widen the forest area, young Jadhav would travel early morning, 5 kms on a bicycle, crossing the river. He would plant more tree and saplings on the other side of the river and come back in the evening.   Continue reading

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Common Smaashana ( Cemetery ) for All Hindus

Dasari Rangayya Smaaraka Smaashana Vaatika

By constructing a common cemetery for all castes, Metpally village is one step ahead of other villages in social harmony (sāmarasata). All castes share a common cemetery in Metpally (chinna) village, Keshavapatnam mandal, Karimnagar district.

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By allowing all the opportunity to enter into Siva’s ground, the village elders have inaugurated a movement to create social goodwill in all, which is unmatched in the history of the state. Like many other villages, they have demonstrated splendid ideals by taking a step forward, at a time the tangled knots of untouchability in Hindu society are being loosened.

Sukti Details

The sub-inspector of Husnabad, Sri Bhoomaiah, Sri Tummala Sriram Reddy were the chief l eaders of this divine activity. At a time when caste divisions are playing into caste politics, for providing a common facility for last rites to everyone, they alloted 20-30 kuntas, spent Rs. 20 lakhs, and built a cemetery that looks like a beautiful park. The facility is large enough to allow two cremations simultaneously. While cremations normally cost Rs. 15,000, here the cost of a cremation is estimated at only Rs. 5,000. With contentment, one can watch here the rites that enable the departed soul to reach an auspicious end.

The daily upkeep and organisation of the facility are being looked after by Sri Satyam, who runs a mechanic shop, Sri Ravi, Sri Ellareddy and other close companions. The cemetery was inaugurated in February, 2016, this year. It has witnessed so far (till June) nine cremations including those of two from Scheduled Caste community. Arrangements have been made for water for bathing and for wood so as to avoid inconvenience to the users.

This achievement of Metpally village is like a slap on the face of those who shout themselves hoarse from any available mike that the atrocities of the forward castes have increased, and is a standing reproof to those who support untouchability by arguing that all fingers are not created equal. It is also a lesson – instead of fighting, all village elders and youth should accord respect to everyone irrespective of caste, and build the feeling of harmony.”

In his Vijayadashami address in 2015, Sarsanghchalak of RSS had called for Hindu society to work towards ensuring that all HIndu have common access to temple, cemetery and water sources. Metpally village stands as an example in that direction.  This is #Hindutva in action.

News Source in Telugu by  Sri Appala Prasad, Samajika Samarasata Vedika

The story of Raju Nag of Chota Chindanaar :

-Dr.Mukund Karmalkar

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A medical camp was fixed in Chindanaar Village of naxalite dominated Abujmarh region of South Bastar – was threatened to be cancelled for certain intra-village rivalary. It was Dec’ 12, 2015. A space was requested in near-by govt. school. I could feel a tensed up Dr.Ram Godbole. In a staff room adhocly cleared up for patient’s checkup and testing – a dusty lady walked in with her little son saying that her son takes frequent breaks while playing and had a frail health. As fear rose in my mind – I nervously put my hand on his chest – and felt the blood rushing thru’ causing chest movement. I called in Dr.Ram Godbole and he could also hear the murmur of blood flow. We decided to investigate further. But, it was difficult to explain the parents. The suspicion was that the child had a Congenital Heart Disease but it required to confirm the diagnosis. For that imaging studies were required to be done. We took the address of the child and the Arogya Rakshak JITU went with parents to his home – so that he could be followed up. Next was the challenge before us about how to image his heart. We requested for a meeting with Dantewada collector and asked him for permission to use the Ultra sound machine at the district hospital of Dantewada. He immediately accepted the proposal but said that I need to conduct a medical camp at the hospital open for all in Dantewada. We decided to accept it as otherwise the patients have to be shifted to a very distant place just to come to a diagnosis.

Dr. Ram Godbole worked hard in explaining to the parents the need to take the child to district hospital and which was at last accepted when Jitu told that he will pickup and also drop back the child after the test and all this took a couple of months to achieve – which indicates the challenge required to be faced to advance each small step in this area – sometimes making you feel why at all we need to struggle? and for whom ?

On an evening of February when I was scanning after a hectic medical camp schedule – Jitu walked in with the child into the ECHO room. Dr. Ram Godbole was there. As I put the probe on his chest it clearly showed that there was defect in the wall dividing upper part of his heart called ASD ( Atrial septal defect ) – so the pure and impure blood got mixed up before it was pumped into circulation! ! It meant that there was no pure blood in his circulation so obviously his capacity to exert was less and development was stunted…. Dr.Ram Godbole was worried as I told him this needs to be corrected as early as possible as the life of child was at stake. It was a impossible for the family to afford an ICR ( Intracardiac Repair ) at a distant place. But, fortunately Koparkarji of Pune had told us about an institution in Raipur – about 500 miles off this village – SAI SANJEEVANI – which undertook such surgeries. We took the cue and Koparkar helped us in getting an appointment with the paediatric cardiologist – Dr. Yogesh Sathe.. We travelled to Raipur in April and met him and had a very warm yet robust interaction… As, everything was set and all threads woven the child was shifted with his sister to Raipur by Jitu. Dr.Ram Godbole stayed put at Raipur as the diagnosis was confirmed at Sai Sanjeevani. Dr.s decided to immediately conduct the surgery on the child and RAJU NAG was successfully operated on 26/04/2016. He had got a new life. With a quick and good postoperative recovery

Raju Nag has been discharged and is normal child now. Koparkarji’s Krudatnyata Trust, Pune; Vanavasi Vikas Samiti, Chattisgarh and Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, Raipur – bore all the expenses. It is a success story of organised effort to which Dr. Godbole played a central role. It is a success story of a Arogya Rakshak’s effort called Jitu Bek. It is a story of weaving a garland for our motherland called Bharat and an experience in national integration. There are many such Raju Nags waiting for us to locate and touch. May all of us contribute in this effort to our might.

Bharat Mata Puja in Kandhamal

Bharat Mata Puja on 67th Republic day in Kandhamal

Bharat Mata Puja on 67th Republic day in Kandhamal

Bharat Mata Puja is celebrated every year by villagers in the district of Kandhamal on Republic day. This year also it was celebrated with a religious fervour by the villagers. It was started by the inspiration of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, who, with his unceasing service motivated several million people! Taking cue from his teachings of fearlessness as preached by Swami Vivekananda and Shraddha as exemplified in the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a fragrant breeze of change has begun! Continue reading

Buddhists warm up to RSS – Service in J&K


Source: The Economic Times

By AKSHAY DESHMANE

For Ringzhen Tundup Shastri, the floods sweeping Kashmir valley is like yesterday once more.

Shastri, a practising Buddhist like many Ladakhis, was a part of the relief effort in 2010 when a cloudburst caused massive floods and wiped away entire villages in the region.

His ‘voluntary organisation’, the Ladakh Phande Tsogspa (LPT), was among those which sought to fill in where the government failed, earning goodwill from locals and contributing to the creation of a fertile ground for the first ever LS victory for the BJP from Ladakh.

Shastri, a ‘scholar’ of comparative religion from Banaras, is the head of RSS in Leh district; and President of the Tsogspa or ‘Ladakh Welfare Sangh’, which is a front organization of the RSS. Parivar activists see the floods of 2010 as a watershed event in Ladakh for the organization as hostility from locals towards it decreased notably following its extensive relief work carried out in the aftermath of the floods.

“In Ladakh, people do not know us as the Sangh. They all know Phande Tsogpa, because of our relief work after the 2010 flashfloods. Like the Kashmir’s floods today, Ladakh also saw devastation and we put in severe effort in helping the flood affected, which created goodwill for us,” Shastri said. But this was not always the case.

In the early 80s, when a team of RSS workers sought to put up the first shakha in Ladakh, there was resistance from Buddhists as well as political parties, as the latter was perceived as a ‘missionary organisation’ working with an agenda to convert people to Hinduism.

Ladakh Pracharak Dhaniram says, “We had to assure people that, unlike some Christian NGOs, we are not here to convert people from Buddhism to Hinduism.” According to BJP’s Leh president Cheering Dorjee, anti-RSS hostility grew during the NDA’s first reign. “Then J&K Pracharak Indresh Kumar pushed for the Sindhu Darshan Yatra, which was taken up by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani by officially inaugurating it on the banks of the river outside Leh town. I think there was some Hindu agenda in that, which they could not fully realise then,” Dorjee explained.

He further claimed that the “Hindu Agenda” could not be realised because of anti-RSS campaign by the Ladakh Buddhist Association, Congress and National Conference. But a combination of different tactical measures adopted by the Parivar’s outfits helped it overcome the social opposition.

THE LADAKH MODEL OF THE PARIVAR

Committed Buddhist cadres like Shastri and Vice President of LPT, Lama Tashi from Zanskar, were uniquely placed to allay fears among Buddhist majority about the RSS.

For, both are practicing Buddhists of the Mahayana school and the local Buddhist religious organizations appear to be favourably disposed towards them.

Pracharak Dhaniram detailed some subtle but symbolically important practices adopted in Sangh-run institutions here. “We told them (the Buddhists) our agenda is nationalist, not religious. At our Shakhas, we started hoisting both the RSS’ saffron as well the colourful Buddhist flag. In schools, we recited Sanskrit prayers as well as Buddhist goddess Manjushree’s prayers. This assured the local people that we are not here to carry out conversions,” he said.

Other RSS full timers point out towards the social welfare activities taken up since 2010. “When local residents witnessed work done by ‘Phande Tsogspa’ and Seva Bharati, they warmed up to us.

Schools, computer training centres, environment awareness seminars get better response now,” said a pracharak from Jammu. Today, there are at least four active Shakhas in Leh town, and more are sought to be made operational.

BUDDHIST CLERGY WARMS UP TO RSS

Konchuk Namgyal of the Ladakh Gompa Association, which controls all monasteries, said, he has heard positive things about LPT’s activities.

“They even call me for their annual Sindhu Darshan yatra, as has been their practice for the past few years of calling five Buddhist priests to offer prayers alongside Hindu priests. I attended it once in 2013. While I am aware about the agenda to convert Buddhists to Hinduism, I have not seen anything like that so far. If they do it, we will oppose it,” he said. Dr Tondup Tsewang of LBA was a little more circumspect. “I do not know of links between LPT and RSS.

I had heard about Phande Tsogspa while co-ordinating relief works of NGOs in 2010. They were very much involved in the work,” he said