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Constitution, Armed Forces and RSS Keep India Safe – Justice K.T.Thomas

“If asked why people are safe in India, I would say that there is a Constitution in the country, there is democracy, there are the armed forces, and fourthly the RSS is there.” said Justice Thomas in a program in Kerala. He was speaking as the Chief guest at the valedictory program of the Prathmik Siksha Varga ( Instructors Training camp ) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at Kottayam, Kerala.
Justice KT Thomas is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India and one of the most respected judges.

Justice Thomas appreciated the Sangh for imparting discpline and sense of patriotism to protect the country. He said, “If asked why people are safe in India, I would say that there is a Constitution in the country, there is democracy, there are the armed forces, and fourthly the RSS is there.
What prompts me to say is that the RSS had worked against the Emergency. The RSS’s strong and well-organised work against the Emergency had reached then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi…. She understood that it could not go (on for) long.”
“If an organisation has to be given credit for freeing the country from the Emergency, I would give that to the RSS.

“The word “Hindu” in fact connotes the culture of Hindustan. In the past, Hindustan had inspired everyone, now that word has been set apart for the RSS and the BJP.” he said. Speaking on the topic of Secularism, Justice Thomas said that the Constitution has not defined secularism. “The minorities use secularism for their protection, but the concept of secularism is much more than that. It means that dignity of every individual should be protected. The dignity of a person should be seen above partisan approach, influences and activities,” he said. Secularism he said, is not to protect religion.
He said, “In the Constitution, religion has the fifth position —fundamental right of religion should come only below an individual’s fundamental rights.”

Stating that India is the only country which has a commission for minorities, Thomas said the section of minorities has not been defined in the Constitution. But the concept of minority in India is based on religious belief and population size, he said. “Minorities feel insecure only when they start demanding rights which the majority segments don’t have,” he said.

In the past, Justice Thomas had said that he became an admirer of the RSS in 1979 when he was posted as district judge of Kozhikode, adding that simple living and high thinking was its hallmark. “I am a Christian. I was born as a Christian and practise that religion. I am a church-going Christian. But I have also learnt many things about RSS,” he had then said.

He had also called to end the smear campaign on RSS by some motivated sections.  

 

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Behind the hype of Christmas

Contributed by Prabhala

Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who is believed by Christians to be the son of God. Christmas is a big holiday season in Europe and North America and other nations. The economics is huge. USA alone spends about 600 billion dollars in the season. Although the festival is celebrated with much fanfare and happiness in Europe and NA, the attendance at churches is decreasing in these countries. In contrast, Church attendance is 90% in Latin American and Christian African and South East Asian nations. Hence, in order to spread its gospel, the church to has identified hotspots in Latin America (Brazil), Africa (Nigeria), China and in South East Asia (Indonesia, India).

Although in India, official statistics estimate 2.5 % of the population to be Christians, general consensus places the figure at about 5-6%, while scarier estimates mention much higher figures. Predominant presence of the Christians in India is in south and north-east of the country but the church has successfully broken into North India and neighboring Nepal in spite of anti conversion laws in some states of India and in Nepal.

Churches in India get hyperactive during Christmas. All sorts of public gatherings (called Prayer and healing meetings, 2nd coming of Jesus gatherings etc.) are organized across the states (more importantly in central and south India). It is a big occasion for the churches to raise money, travel to the hinterlands of the country in the guise of singing groups and of course induce conversions. The recent arrest in Madhya Pradesh of carol singing groups trying to convert people is a case in point – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42363561.

Churches go overboard in the celebrations. In the coastal states miles and miles of stars are everywhere. Pamphlets, Gifts, Books are distributed and gatherings organized. Political leaders are eager to join the celebrations to protect their vote banks.

The ongoing inculturation in India is a serious issue. If it is not addressed in time it can tear apart the social fabric of the country. Over the years, the church has got smarter; they understand that if they accept Hindu culture, traditions merge them into Christian practices; the process of converting Hindus can be hastened. Hence, they are now using Hindu culture, customs and dressing methods to to entice Hindus into their fold. Increasingly we find that –

  1. Gradually churches are now being called temples – They are now called “Devuni Gudi” in Telugu. Church architecture is being replaced with Hindu temple architecture
  2. Candles are being replaced with Hindu Oil lamps
  3. Churches are using Hindu worship methods – Sahasranamam to Jesus
  4. Churches are now being called Ashrams
  5. Fathers and Sisters are calling themselves as Acharya and Sadhvis
  6. Bharatanatyam is being taught in Christian schools replacing Vedic mudras with Christian mudras

The above methods were deployed earlier in Christianizing Europe, Latin America and Africa.

“Christianization (or Christianisation) is the conversion of individuals to Christianity or the conversion of entire groups at once. Various strategies and techniques were employed in Christianization campaigns from Late Antiquity and throughout the Middle Ages. Often the conversion of the ruler was followed by the compulsory baptism of his subjects. In some cases there was evangelization by monks or priests, organic growth within an already partly Christianized society, or by campaigns against paganism such as the conversion of pagan temples into Christian churches or the condemnation of pagan gods and practices.[1] A notable strategy for Christianization was Interpretatio Christiana – the practice of converting native pagan practices and culture, pagan religious imagery, pagan sites and the pagan calendar to Christian uses, due to the Christian efforts at proselytism (evangelism) based on the Great Commission. “  Source – Wikipedia

Clearly India should stand up to the continuous attempts to destroy its culture and hijack its people from their roots. The church is pulling no stops to take Christians in India away from their ethnic identities and cultural values. It is using propaganda to distance our people from their age old practices.  It is now or never for this country to stop this inculturation.

 

Rama Sethu – Valmiki Ramayana and Geologists

The Valmiki Ramayana, gives details of the Rama Sethu ( or Rama’s bridge ) in 85 shlokas in the Yuddha Kanda. Unfortunately, our Itihaasas ( epics ) are dismissed as Myths by so-called “Eminent Historians” . They specialize in demeaning our nation and its heritage. Strangely, they had no problem in calling it Adam’s bridge but Rama Sethu is a big NO.

Now that a popular Science Channel has broadcasted that Geologists confirm that the bridge is man-made, hope some good sense prevails among Indian historians and they remove their colonial glasses.

A few shlokas from Yuddha Kanda are below wherein the construction of Rama Sethu begins…

Yuddha Kanda – [Sarga] 22

tato nisR^iSTa raameNa sarvato hari yuuthapaaH || 6-22-52
abhipetur mahaaaraNyam hR^iSTaaH shata sahasrashaH |

te nagaan naga samkaashaaH shaakhaa mR^iga gaNa R^iSabhaaH || 6-22-53
babhanjur vaanaraas tatra pracakarSuH ca saagaram |

te saalaiH ca ashva karNaiH ca dhavair vamshaiH ca vaanaraaH || 6-22-54
kuTajair arjunais taalais tikalais timishair api |
bilvakaiH saptaparNaishca karNikaaraishca puSpitaiH || 6-22-55
cuutaiH ca ashoka vR^ikSaiH ca saagaram samapuurayan |

samuulaamH ca vimuulaamH ca paadapaan hari sattamaaH || 6-22-56
indra ketuun iva udyamya prajahrur harayas taruun |

taalaan daaDimagulmaamshca naarikelavibhiitakaan || 6-22-57
kariiraan bakulaannimbaan samaajahruritastataH |

hastimaatraan mahaakaayaaH paaSaaNaamshca mahaabalaaH || 6-22-58
parvataamshca samutpaaTya yantraiH parivahanti ca |

prakSipyamaaNair acalaiH sahasaa jalam uddhatam || 6-22-59
samutpatitam aakaasham apaasarpat tatas tataH |

samudram kshobhayaamaasurnipatantaH samantataH || 6-22-60
suutraaNyanye pragR^ihNanti hyaayatam shatayojanam |

nalaH cakre mahaasetum madhye nada nadii pateH || 6-22-61
sa tadaa kriyate seturvaanarai rghorakarmabhiH |

For details , Read Valmiki Ramayana Yuddha Kanda

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