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Misogyny, Misandry, Deceptive Media and RSS

At the outset, let me share 2 observations from the twitter with regards to the slanderous campaign against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

  1. A misandry rant against RSS chief Sri Mohan Bhagwat in a reply to Tavleen Singh’s tweet.1pressbrief_misandry_rant
  2. Tavleen Singh responds to a tweet asking her view on Mohan Bhagwat after the smoke screen cleared. She says “@netsimha I think Mohan Bhagwat, Asaram Bapu and the Jamaat-e-Islami made comments that reflect the real reason why women are raped daily in Bharat and India.”2tavleen_singh_response

Now read this hidden and buried resolution “Need to maintain the dignity of Women” passed by RSS in 2008 by its apex body ABPS (Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha), that the Main Stream Media (MSM) would not want or care to publish:

(Full text of the resolution can be found here)The ABPS sees it as regretful that women are being increasingly subjected to indecent behavior, eve-teasing, sexual exploitation, abuse and other despicable crimes. It is deeply distressing that in addition to female foeticide, dowry violence etc. they are subjected to sexual abuse at work places, public places and even homes too.

The ABPS profoundly feels the need for a radical transformation in the mindset of society to bring in a meaningful change in this de-culturising situation. Just to rely upon the laws promulgated by the Government will be self-deceptive. The society must honestly realize that it is created by the institution of family and woman is the pivot of the familyhence a developed society cannot be envisaged without an enlightened, awakened and empowered womanIt is a pressing necessity that families, education system, media and society must change their attitude to ensure a respectful behavior towards woman. The ABPS appeals to the saints and social leaders also to take a leading role in this respect.

Now the shameless deception:

First on Jan 3rd, the MSM twisted the recent speech of Sri Mohan Bhagwat in Silichar where he was responding to a query on the rise of rapes and atrocities against women in India. The YouTube video (7:45 min) conveys the message that Sri Mohan Bhagwat was clearly implying Bharat as values and expressed concern that we as a nation have forgotten human values. Unfortunately it was easy to extract and misinterpret the India vs. Bharat quote by the rabid media people possessed with scavenging instinct. There was a verbal assault on RSS chief and the key point made by Sri Mohan Bhagwat “Besides new legislations Indian ethos and attitude towards women should be revisited” got lost in the shrill accusations. Interestingly, the social media (Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook) came to the rescue and facilitated the truth. Kiran Bedi viewed the original video and tweeted in support of Sri Mohan Bhagwat’s views and commented on the media to rectify its views.3KiranBedi_comment

On January 6th 2013 the venal media was at it again. It unleashed a viral false-propaganda based on a doctored video recording from the “so called” credible news supplier source ANI (Asia News International). In its typical style NDTV picked this up and further twisted the news saying that ‘Women meant to do household chores’: another shocker from RSS chief. The English media attacked RSS chief quoting him in total falsehood that women are bound to look after their husbands by contract, and if they didn’t fulfill their duties, their husbands should leave them. Anti-Hindu, Limo-liberals became ecstatic and were all over the TV shows. They all did a great disservice to the nation by shoving the falsehood and pure lie into the minds of the millions.

See the confession by the ANI News Editor on twitter to the comment by the columnist Kanchan Gupta.4ANI_Smitaprakash_confession

If it were the good old pre-internet days like in 90s, the well-wishers and supports of RSS including a good number in RSS would have lost this psychological war of minds and perceptions.  Fortunately we are in 2013; the leftist-socialistic-hegemony, control and gate-keeping of news by few dark-souls are no more the case. Social media has spread wide into the landscape of India (rural and urban) empowering millions of ordinary people including patriots, nationalists, activists and RSS Swayamsevaks. The consumer of news has now become the producer of news and digital content. An avalanche of outrage on twitter and elsewhere on the internet built up pretty fast, thanks to the relentless effort and campaign by patriots across the middle India on Social Media.(You can read a few here SamavadaNewslaundry and Rediscovery of India). This made the main stream media to stop its slanderous tirade and were forced to bend. The media was literally caught with its hands in the cookie-jar. Its addicted habit of spit and run did not work this time. Shameless deception got fully exposed and they were forced to lick their wounds.5Sagarika_sorry_bhagwatji_CB

I would give the benefit of doubt to all those misinformed and ill-informed about RSS and its outlook towards women. Hope one would rectify their skewed perception; and the ignorance and prejudice demonstrated by equating Sri Mohan Bhagwat to Jamaat-e-Islami would go away.

For a RSS worker be it from India or from Bharat, there is no doubt on what RSS stands for and its noble mission of serving the nation. A RSS worker with total conviction says “Apne par vishwas, Apnopar Vishwas, Apne Karya par vishwas” (I trust myself, I trust my fellow workers, I trust my noble mission and work).

It is up to the well-meaning people including those who need not necessarily subscribe to the views of RSS, to see through the smoke screens, facades and pursue the truth. Who a misogynist is, who is a in misandry and who is deceptive, I shall leave it to the reader’s judgment.

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RSS Annual Report – March 2012

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha )ABPS)
16, 17, 18 March 2012
Annual Report-2011-2012

P.P.Sarsanghachalakji; respected team of Akhil Bharatiya Padadhikaris; Sanghachalaks and Karyvahas of the Kshetras; Members of the ABPS; other invitee brothers and sisters working in various fields of our national life! I extend a hearty welcome to all of you to this Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) session taking place in Yugabd 5113 -March 2012 AD.

Obituary

Today we all miss some of our brethren who had been with us for many years. Ma. Bhavarlalji Kothari, Prant Sanghachalak of Jodhpur, a dedicated servant of the Go Vamsha (cattle wealth), had just returned from a pilgrimage with family only to set off again on his final journey; Ma. Rajendraji Agrawal, who had been the Prant Sanghachalak of Kashi Prant for a long time, is no more; Sri Venkatesh Gurunayak of Karnataka, who started effective sewa activity in Gulbarga through the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and succeeded in mobilizing the support of many eminent citizens through his effable personality left us for heavenly abodes after a prolonged fight with cancer; Sri Krishnachandraji Bharadwaj, a senior Pracharak in Punjab too passed away due to old age (92 years); Shri Narendra Singhji Ma. vibhag sanghchalak of Darbhanga, Sri Rutum Kamgo, our Sambhag Karyavah in Arunachal Pradesh met with untimely demise in an accident; Sri Satyanarayanji Goyel, who was well-known for his artistic skills, too departed away permanently leaving behind his Kalakunj family; Dr. Madhukarji Bhatwadekar of Vidya Bharati from Jaipur, life-member of NMO Dr. P.S. Mathur and journalist and former Pracharak Sri Madanlalji Veermani from Kapurthala passed away. National Treasurer of Samskar Bharati Sri Puranchandji Agrawal passed away suddenly; eminent thinker who left profound impact on all of us through his perspicacious writings on social issues Sri Arvind Godbole of Mumbai and former Editor of Rashtra Dharma and former President of Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad Sri Ramnarayanji Tripathi alias ‘Paryatak’ succumbed to cancer and left us; Sri Narayanji Bhagat who was instrumental in establishing Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Jharkhand and served as its Vice President for long years and Sri Satyadeoji Ram, state secretary of Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Shri Jamanadasji Shah worked as a pracharak in Gujrat and started work in cooperative sector in Nagpur, too left for heavenly abodes.

Senior Pracharak Sri Ashwini Kumarji, who was working in the BJP passed away after a brief illness while Sri Sukumaran Nambiar, a BJP leader from Chennai and Sri Anil Gupta, a dedicated and committed activist too met with untimely death; former President of Utkal Pradesh BJP Sri Aseem Bose too passed away; Minister for Higher Education in Karnataka Dr.

V.S. Acharya passed away suddenly due to massive heart attack.

Vice-president of Bharat Sevashram Sangh Swami Abhayanand Maharaj who served Hindu refugees from Bangladesh, Pujya Panditkaka Dhanagare from Vidarbha also passed away. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri

S. Bangarappa and veteran politician of Karnataka Sri Bapusaheb Kaldate of Sambhaji Nagar, too are no more. Padma Vibhushan Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, who left an indelible impression on not only Assam but the entire Bharat through his music and veteran film actor Sri Dev Anand will now remain as cherished memories in the minds of the people of the country. Former Chairman of IAEA Dr. P. K. Aiyengar and; renowned industrialist and philanthropist Sri Arvindji Mafatlal, famous choreographer Sri Subodh Sarkar, Smt. Indira Goswami well-known writer who was recepient of Jnanpeeth Award and theatre artist Sri Satyadev Debey, Padmavibhushan hounoured first women photo journalist Homai Vyarawala, Shri Natwarlal Pandya alias ‘Ushanas’, famous for his vaishnav songs in Gujrati, founder member of Mohanbagan club and well-known indian football player shri Shailen Manna will now remain only as eternal memories of the science, industry, literary, arts and sports fields for the countrymen.

We express our deep condolences for our brethren who departed from this world due to natural disasters, or died due to violence perpetrated by terrorists and Naxalites, and we pay our homage to nobel departed souls.

Status of our activity

Sangh Siksha Vargas (SSV) take place every year; they prove useful for qualitative and quantitative improvement of our activity. In 2011 a total of 69 SSVs were held in the country. Pratham Varsha Vargas were held at Prant level while Dwitiya Varsha were held at Kshetra level. A Vishesh Tritiya Varsha Varga was also held in Nov.-Dec. 2011 at Nagpur.

In Pratham Varsha Vargas a total of 11507 trainees participated from 7322 places; 2781 trainees came from 2102 Places for Dwitiya Varsha. A total of 732 trainees from 675 places attended regular Tritiya Varsha and 474 trainees from all over country attended Vishesh Tritiya Varsha. Trainees attending Vishesh Tritiya Varsha Varga were mature in experience and responsibility. Hence the atmosphere in the Varga was very impressive. All trainees completed the training successfully.

At the concluding program of the Samanya Tritiya Varsha Varga Pujya Shri Jayendra Saraswati Maharaj, Peethadheesh of Kanchi Kamakoti Math, delivered his benediction. Sri Gana Raju of Vijayawada was the Chief Guest .  P. P. Sarsanghchalak Man. Mohanji Bhagwat also addressed on this occasion. Akhil Bharatiya President of Kshatriya Yuva Sangh, Man. Sri. Bhagwan Singh from Jaipur, also spent 3 days in the Varga and appreciated the programs.

As per the available information, currently there are 40891 Shakhas in 27978 Places. Saptahik Milans are being held in 8508 places and Sangh Mandali in 6445  places.

It was decided at the ABPS of Puttur in March 2011 to concentrate and review our work more on qualitative improvement of certain aspects of our work. Consequently at all levels in all Prants, initiatives have been taken in that direction.

Special report on P. P. Sarsanghachalakji’s Tour

P.P. Sarsanghchalakji toured 19 Prants in his itinerary this year. During this tourvargas of district and mandal karyakartas and Samanvay baithaks were organized in various prants. Mananiya Mohanrao visited Arunachal Pradesh for the first time this year in the capacity of Sarsanghchalak . He was received there with great enthusiasm. Physical demonstrations at Alwar in Rajasthan need special mention here. The swayamsevaks continuously presented non-stop physical programs for 22 minutes exhibiting their prowess. Also the meetings with special invitees and prominent personalities of the society at Guwahati, Jammu, Bhopal, Harigarh (Aligarh), Bilaspur (Himachal), Mumbai were remarkable. Besides Gurupujan utsavof Kochi and bouddhik programmes at Bhagyanagar and Nagpur deserve special mention.

Shareerik Vibhag

In the Akhil Bharatiya Shareerik Varga held at Vadodara 227 karyakartas participated. Such vargas held once in four years.

P.P. Sarsanghachalakji, Mananiya Sarkaryavahji and Saha Sarkaryavah Ma. Sureshji Soni were present in the varga and guided the participants.

Ghosh Shivir

This year in Purva Andhra ‘Jaibheri‘, in Chhattisgarh ‘Nadsangam’, in Deogiri‘Rashtra Chetana’ special camps of Ghosh Vadaks (Bands) were organized. Good programs with planned efforts were organized at various places as precursors to these camps. This resulted in impressive performance of swayamsevaks in all these events. In Ghosh camp of Purva Andhra 570 Vadaks from 27 districts participated while in Chhattisgarh 526 Vadaks from 70 places of 25 districts and 351 Vadaks from 59 places of 15 districts in Deogiri prant took part in these camps. Ghosh units are set up in these places as a result of these camps.

Bouddhik Vibhag

An All India baithak and orientation of Prant Bouddhik Pramukhs and workshop for speakers were organized after the Sangh Shiksha Varg. Similarly such meetings were held in almost all the Prants. In December, a special Baudhik Prashikshan Varg of selected swayamsevaks, who completed Third Year in recent years, was held at Bhagyanagar in which 38 karyakartas present an overview of eleven important subjects which included ill effects of consumerist life style, place and role of women in society, rural development, environmental imbalance and the concept of national reawakening as envisaged by Swami Vivekananda. This proved to be beneficial for development of next generation karyakartas.

Prachar Vibhag

Various training programme were held by Prachar Vibhag in 2011-12 on subjects like panel discussion, press conference etc under the guidance of some media experts. Baithaks for in-charges Jagaran Patrika, Vishwa Samvad Kendra, publications, periodicals etc were also held.

Sewa Vibhag

In collaboration with Rashtriya Sewa Bharati Sewa Sangam‘ programs were organized in 10 places by Sewa Vibhag. Representatives of 706 organizations from 17 prants participated in these programme. This included 3153 representatives including 480 women members. Benedictions of revered Pujya Swami Vasudevananda Saraswatiji, revered Swami Satyamitranandji, Swami Kailashananaji and other saints were received in these programs. Besides, guidance from various social activists was also provided.

These programs were successful in creating necessary enthusiasm, inspiration and impetus to the work. The experience of these programs was that such collective thinking and exchange of notes should take place on a regular basis.

Gram Vikas

With the positive effects of Vishwa Mangal Go-gram Yatra and active participation of our swayamsevaks in village development, nearly 200 villages have been converted as ‘Prabhat Gram’. In some Prants, due to project-oriented shakhas, the pace of social transformation in villages has accelerated. In most of the prantscampaigns for protection of cow progeny and bio-farming are being undertaken. Experiements in Kalpataru Patratu (Jharkhand), Mohad (Madhya Pradesh), Idakadu (Karnataka), Kathada (Gujarat) are worth mentioning here. A meeting at Mohad in November 2011 was attended by 75 karyakartas from all over the country. This meeting deliberated on expanding the scope of activities with the help and cooperation of Matrishakti (women), shishu-bal-yuva shakti (children and youth) and sajjan shakti (Virtuous people).

Vishesh Vritta

Dakshin Tamil Nadu

Massive congregation of Dakshin Tamil Nadu prant was orgnized at Kanyakumari in view of the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The congregation was attended by 15906 swayamsevaks in full uniform reflecting the growth of Sanghwork in that prant. 52000 citizens too attended the program and listened to the speech of PP Sarsanghchalakji. This massive congregation indeed reflected the acceptability of Sangh ideology and activities in Tamil Nadu which was achieved by the hard toil and untiring zeal of our karyakartas.

Hindu Shakti Sangam Maha Shibir in Uttar Karnataka

Extensive preparations were going on for this Maha Shibir for the last two years. A total of 21,763 Swayamsevaks from 1982 places attended this Maha Shibir. The Maha Shibir of entire Karnataka held in 1981 was attended by 21,000 Swayamsevaks. Our activity has grown leaps and bounds in the last several decades. Support of the local people was also impressive. 15% Swayamsevaks were first timers for such a Shibir; yet discipline, physical demonstrations and arrangements had been very impressive. Support of the media too was satisfying. This Shibir will certainly prove a landmark in the growth of Sangh activity in Uttar Karnataka. Participation from 55% Mandals in the Shibir and a total of 1616 Ghosh players from 66 places in the Shibir need special mention. An exhibition by name Yuga Drishti’ depicting various aspects of our country, culture and Sangh has also been held in the Shibir which was visited by more than 1 lakh citizens. Three symposia were organized on the last day of the Shibir; 176 saints were present in one while 1500 eminent citizens attended the other. Over 3500 women attended the third. About 47000 citizens attended the concluding ceremony of the Shibir.

Paschim Andhra

After a gap of several years camps were organized for swayamsevaks at district level. 14,890 swayamsevaks participated from 1633 places. 455 graduate students attended one camp among whom were 45 from one college.

Gond Samaj Sammelan

In Andhra, Dharma Jagaran Samanvay Vibhag had organized a Baithak of 200 prominent people of Gond community. Various problems of the community were discussed there. It was decided there to organize a massive Hindu Sammelan. 52 community meetings were organized at 40 places. 70 karyakartas travelled to 300 villages in preparation to the event. 8000 men and 3000 women attended the Sammelan. Participation of saints enhanced the prestige of the event. Program was held in the auspicious presence of Swami Chinmayanandaji and Sri Sri Vidyaranya Bharatiji from Haridwar.

Devgiri Prant

A week-long focused campaign was undertaken to strengthen Shakhas. Special efforts were made on 243 Shakhas in 151 places. It resulted in the increase of 114 Shakhas. As a follow up, Shakha Darshan program was undertaken. It had good results. A special program was organized this year. There were campaigns in the past years on issues like ‘Punyabhumi Bharat’, Prarthana Abhyas’ and ‘Surya Namaskar’ etc. Keeping the water problem in view a ‘water literacy week’ had been planned this year. Programs were held during 1-8 January in 177 villages and 120 towns. Water conservation, clean drinking water etc issues were highlighted through discussions, stickers etc. 25,692 families have been contacted. Shakhasin rural areas contributed to a great extent in implementation of this program.

Gujarat Prant

‘Social Goodwill Meetings’ (Samajik Sadbhav Baithak) were organized at 58 places in all the 38 districts for a discussion on “Communal and Targeted Violence Bill” in which 4100 special invitees were present. The presence of youth in these meetings was worth mentioning. Participation of Revered saints representing 40 different sects was also encouraging. 150,000 Gujarati and 5000 English booklets were distributed in the Prant on this topic. This issue was discussed among various biradaris during the Dipawali Milan programs.

Malwa Prant

On the occasion of Hariyali Amavasya a total of 18124 saplings were planted in 657 places. Akhand Bharat Samkalp Diwas programs were held on 14-15 Aug. in 382 places in which 33,828 students participated. A camp for selected Bal Swayamsevaks was held in the Prant which was attended by 3388 Bal Swayamsevaks from 238 Shakhas. 750 villages were contacted and public meetings held during the 10-day Jagaran Yatra of Dharma Jagaran Vibhag in Badvani district. Tribal brethren participated in it in large numbers. ‘Indal Raja Worship’, which is popular in that tribal region, was celebrated as a public festival on large scale. More than 35,000 tribals attended the festival and collectively vowed to protect and preserve our dharma and culture.

Madhya Bharat Prant

In view of PP Sarsanghchalakji’s first ever tour of Rajgarh district which boasts of having maximum number of shakhas in the Prant, karyakarta sammelan andHindu Samagam was organized. In this program 10215 karyakartas from 1020 villages were present. Besides, 9600 citizens including 900 Mahila participated in the program.

On the other hand, the route March organized in Shivpuri, one of the districts with least number of Shakhas, was unprecedented. It was decided to organize a route march as a morale booster with 10,000 swayamsevaks. To achieve this goal a schedule of programs was also drawn up. Over 1000 karyakartas attended the Baithak for preparation followed by 168 baithaks all over the district. 80 karyakartas gave full time as Vistaraks. 20 hostels, 18 graduate colleges and many other private institutions were contacted. 5,800 swayamsevaks from 350 out of the total 750 villages of the district participated in the route march. From around 100 families swayamsevaks of 3 generations participated in the march. Ma. Suresh Soniji addressed the program.

Mahakoshal Prant

Health camps were organized by Seva Vibhag for women, children and handicapped in the remote tribal regions of the Prant with the help of Sewa Bharati and Saksham. These camps were held in districts like Dindori, Shahadol, Damoh and Mandla. Sewav Basts in Jabalpur too were included. 22,621 citizens were provided with medical check up with the help of the services of 283 doctors. 604 karyakartas were engaged in this campaign. All attendees at these health camps were presented with a photo of Bhagwan Ram and a locket of Ma Narmadaji. Follow up has been chalked out.

In Jabalpur Mahanagar, environment protection scheme was chalked out by Sewa Vibhag in collaboration with shakhas and under this 5500 trees were planted.

Punjab Prant

Events that call for special mention in Punjab Prant include the Shakha Darshan program and the camp for graduate students. 142 senior functionaries have visited 423 Shakhas in a stipulated period. As a result reduction in number of Shakhas during winters could be arrested.

A camp for university students was organized in November 2011 in order to increase our activity among them. There was participation from 142 graduate colleges and 9 universities in the camp. 3 vice chancellors, 8 senior professors and 30 lecturers too participated in the camp. This camp was the first experience of Sangh for over 180 students. Follow up plans have also been drawn.

Meerut Prant

Special attention was given to expanding the work among the college students in Meerut Prant. This year too, vibhag-wise camps for college students were organized in which 2910 students from 786 places participated. Out of these, 1586 students attended the camps for the first time. The participation registered a growth of 700 swayamsevaks over the last year’s number.

Dakshin Bang

Costal districts of Gangasagar and Sunderban (South 24 Parganas) of Dakshin Bang are sensitive the districts which are sensitive and prone to natural disasters and communal tensions. Special efforts were undertaken for expansion of our work in Sunderban district. In view of PP Sarsanghchalakji’s visit special attempts were made due to which the number of shakhas have gone up from 56 to 124. 1800swayamsevak in full uniform participated in the program of PP Sarsanghchalakji. Besides 8000 citizens were also present. 500 swayamsevaks performed physical programs.

Earth Quake Relief  Work in Sikkim

The October 18, 2011 massive earthquake has devastated badly shattered the life of people in North Sikkim. But the help from our swayamsevaks was instantaneous and quick. With whatever available material they plunged into relief activities.‘Bhukamp pidit sahayata samiti‘ was formed to provide succor to the affected people. They were given tarpaulin, blankets, utensils, ration, medicines and other necessary items. For permanent relief schemes are underway under the auspices of ‘Kanchanjangha Sewa Trust-Sikkim’. Plans are being chalked out to set up hostels and other service projects.

Programs held against Communal and Targeted Violence Bill -2011

Programs were held all over the country in the context of the Communal and Targeted Violence Bill – 2011 to awaken eminent citizens, social and religious leaders. Sampark Vibhag, VHP, Adhivakta Parishad were in the forefront in organizing these programs and exposing the divisive, unconstitutional and anti-Hindu mindset of the Congress. As per information available 3117 programs were held in various places in the country in which 1,54,358 eminent citizens includes 13,652 Mahila, participated.

National scenario

Mass campaign against corruption

Massive popular campaigns were launched last year for bringing in Jan Lokpal Bill and bringing back Indian black money from banks abroad. Sangh swayamsevaks also as consciouos citizens participated in this movement in a big way. These campaigns received huge popular support. Unwarranted controversy was sought to be created for narrow political ends over the involvement of Sangh in these campaigns. Instead of addressing the concerns of these campaigns efforts were made to divert the public attention.

Reprehensible attempts were made to crush the campaigns using brute force of power.

Need of the hour is for all political, social and religious leaders to come together and brain storm over systemic reforms and inch towards that. That only can ensure solution to this problem.

Communal and Targeted Violence Bill  2011

Controversy arose from the first day itself over this proposed bill at all levels everywhere. The National Advisory Council, which is akin to parallel power centre, neither truly represents the society nor is the bill proposed by it is in national interest. Wording in the draft and recommendations made smack of political and anti-Hindu mindset. Definition of ‘Group’ in this draft totally negates the spirit of ‘One People’ in our Constitution. It divides countrymen into minority and majority. It holds majority Hindu community responsible for all kinds of communal violence. It recommends different punishments for same crime on the basis of minority and majority. This draft also conspires to divide Hindu society by including SCs and STs in the definition of  ‘Group’.

Proposal to constitute a ‘National Authority’ will undermine the Constitutional powers of the State Governments given under federal system. This draft needs to be rejected lock, stock and barrel by all sections of the society including all political parties, religious and social leaders.

Opposition to Religion-based Reservations

The decision of the Union Govt. to extend 4.5% reservations to Muslims out of the OBC quota of 27% following the recommendations of the Sachar Committee is against the spirit of our Constitution and affirmative action. There is already provision for reservations to the backward section among Muslims. 4.5% provision is only for the sake of vote bank and Muslim appeasement politics. Religion-based reservations are neither in tune with the spirit of the Constitution nor in the national interest. It adversely affects the benefits being extended to the OBCs. On the other hand the reservations for SCs/STs in non-Hindu institutions, which receive grants from the government, have been terminated. This will only result in more conversions.

Country is witnessing dangers of conversion and demographic imbalance. It is necessary to mobilise public opinion through public awakening campaigns and ensure that such anti-Hindu measures are prevented.

Unwarranted Misapprehensions

Incidents that cast aspersions on the credibility of the personnel of the defense establishment and sensational media campaigns on such matters lead to unwarranted misapprehensions in the minds of the people. It will not only damage the trust in the security establishment but also destroy the morale of the establishment. It is not in national interest to target defense establishment and the scientists. Let there be impartial investigations but it is imprudent to create atmosphere of doubt and apprehension.

150 birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

Country is going to celebrate 150 Birth Anniversary of Swamiji next year. Life of Swamiji inspires the whole country for a vibrant life. It inspires in the countrymen intense Hindutva, passionate commitment for the motherland, sensitivity towards the society and profound motivation for performing our duty. His message, delivered more than 100 years ago, remains relevant to this day.

Our Sangh work is in reality the manifestation of the ideals enunciated by Swami Vivekananda on several occasions. He said “National integration of Bharat is consolidation of its scattered spiritual strength; an organized society whose hearts reverberate with the same spiritual music. Such an organized society is Bharat Rashtra”. He further says: “By rekindling the faith in self various problems confronting the country can be gradually solved. What is required today is this faith. This society must become strong, powerful. Strength is must today. Strength is life. What makes an indivdual work? Strength only inspires one to work.”

The nature of our work is to create strength in the Hindu society. P.P. Sri Guruji had said that once we inspire our society of crores with a divine mixture, kindle pure emotions in their hearts and, inculcate discipline to use that collective strength with judiciousness, we can undoubtedly create an impenetrable, invincible and ever victorious prowess. Our resolve is to manifest such massive judicious strength in our working system of day-to-day shakha.

Bhaiyyaji Suresh Joshi, RSS General Secretary

Source : Samvada.org***

Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha-2011 Report

Rashtriya Swayamsek Sangh

Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha-2011
March 11, 12, 13, Puttur- Karnataka

Annual report presented by RSS Sarakaryavah (General Secretary) Sri Suresh Joshi

It is but natural to remember all those great personalities who awakened the spirit of affection, feeling of commitment to one’s duty and total devotion to goals and ideals dear to all of us; but who are no more with us.

Respected Kalidas ji Basu, a renowned legal luminary, a great pillar of strength for Sangh work from its inception in Bengal, one whose guidance through his incisive thinking in many difficult situations benefited our karyakartas has left us. Shri Shaligram ji Tomar, who nurtured A.B.V.P. for years in Madhya Bharat left behind his earthly existence after fighting many physical ailments since last few years. Prachar Pramukh of Nagpur city, Shri. Vijay ji Patki, whose father was a close associate of Parampoojaneeya Doctor ji, was seriously injured in a road accident. All efforts to save him proved futile and he departed from this world. A sunny personality with every ready smile, Shri Somasunderji who was vibhag pracharak of Andhra Pradesh, prant boudhik pramukh and looking after Sanskrit Bharati work currently was suffering from Cancer for some time. He has also departed from this world. Past Sanghchalak of Brij prant respected Krishna Sahay ji passed away at a ripe old age.

Former Sanghchalak of Delhi prant respected Satyanarayan ji Bansal, who played a crucial role in many social service projects, passed away in old age after prolonged illness. Recently, Senior Pracharak Shri. Arvindrao Chauthaiwale, Seva Pramukh of V.H.P. departed us due to Sevier heart attack. Shrimati Sudesh Malik ji, karyavahika of Rajasthan region of Rashtra Sevika Samiti and Shrimati Usha Jain ji founder member of Matrishakti Seva Nyas of Agra founded under the auspices of V.H.P., also left for their heavenly abode in the past year. Resident of Vidarbha Shri Babasaheb Takwale, who was General Secretary of A.B. Kisan Sangh and used to guide farmers with his deep study of agriculture, had played a major role in growth of Kisan Sangh; as also senior swayamsevak of Jalandhar, Shri Balkishen Vaid who was also former Boudhik pramukh of Punjab prant, and Shri Satya Raju,Parampoojneeya Shankaracharya of Karveer Peeth (Kolhapur) Vidyashankar Bharati, who departed from this material world. Shrimati Sumatitai Sukalikar, who had a special place in Maharashtra’s political life due to her highly respected words and actions, also left behind her memories and left us in this flow of time. former head of Sewa karya in Andhra are also no more with us. We always used to receive blessings for our work from

A great poet Shri Uttam Muley who had made a place for himself with his impressive writings in Dalit literature and contributed greatly to maintain harmony and co-operative spirit in the society; Shri Vamanrao Nimbalkar recognized as a creative writer also left this world. One of the best ‘shahir’ from Mumbai, Vitthal Umap ji completed his life’s journey on the stage at Deeksha Bhoomi, Nagpur itself while performing his play. Shri Prabhakar Panshikar who had carved a niche for himself on Marathi stage and gave pleasure to thousands of his fans in Marathi theatre merged back into the five elements. A rich voice that carried deep emotions that enraptured the hearts of millions of souls with his rich devotional songs, shastriya sangeet, great singer, Eternally shining Sun of music, Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi left behind his musical voice for us and passed into eternity. Well known personalities of Gujarati music Shri Dilipbhai Dholakia ji also departed from this world. Highly energetic spokesperson for Swadeshi philosophy and life style, leader of Desh Bhachao movement, a person who could arouse unrivalled support for Swadeshi movement, Shri Rajeev Dikshit was snatched away from us by cruel fate in prime of his life.

Resident of Gorakhpur and former Governor, Shri Mahavir Prasad, top leader of Congress Shri Karunakarn, senior literature and former Chairman of A.B. Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, Shri Subhash Bhende; Founder of Sadvichar Parivar and an ever dedicated person to humanitarian work Shri Haribhai Panchal are no more with us. Famous industrialist of Gujarat, Shri Pranlal Bhogilal who always used to support us in various activities and had earned respect due to his social activities; as also Shri Ishwarbhai Patel who worked in the field of sewa and social harmony with inspiration from Mahatma Gandhiji completed their live’s journeys.

These great souls are the ones who led an exemplary ideal life of purity and transparency even as they trod the self chosen path of duty, firm in their faith for the ideals for which they lived.

We shall feel surcharged with energy by simply remembering such noble souls. We shall never be able to see them again through our physical eyes. They shall always live in our memories.

We express our deep condolences for our brethren who departed from this world due to accidents that took place during Sabarimala yatra and natural disasters, or died due to violence perpetrated by terrorists and Naxalites, and we pay our homage to noble departed souls.

Overview of Activities

Sangh Shiksha Vargas were organized at 70 places all over Bharat between May to June 2010 like every year. Camps for Pratham Varsh (First Year) were held as per programmes decided by respective prants (states) and Dweetaya Varsh (Second Year) camps were organized at Kshetra (Zonal) level. Camps in South were planned on the basis of languages. Second Year training camps for senior swayamsevaks were organized at four places all over Bharat, viz. Kanyakumari, Delhi, Ranchi and Vadodara. Triteeya Varsh (Third year) training camp was held in Nagpur as usual. There was no special third year training in the last year. This will be organized in the winters this year.

11556 swayamsevaks took part from 7230 places in the First Year Camps, 2678 swayamsevaks participated from 2087 places for the Second Year; 497 participants from 370 places for special Second year (for seniors), and 877 swayamsevaks from 788 places took part in Third Year training camp. 63741 swayamsevaks from 24530 places participated in the Prathamik Shiksha Vargas all over Bharat.

Retired Chief Secretary of Assam state, Shri J. S. Rajkhowa, was the Chief Guest in the concluding ceremony of the Third Year.

As per information available, at present 39908 shakhas are active in 27078 places all over Bharat. Sangh work is also going on through 7990 Saptahik Milans (Weekly get-togethers) and 6431 Sangh Mandalis at different places in Bharat.

Critical analysis of quantitative aspect of Sangh work was done during the meeting of  A. B. Karyakari Mandal in Jalgaon in October 2010. There was constructive discussion about the causes of growth or lack of growth in different places. We have received information about some good experiments. It was felt that qualitative analysis should also be done along with quantitative analysis.

Tours of Parampoojaneeya Sarsanghchalak

The core message in the tours undertaken at Kshetra level by Parampoojaneeya Sarsanghchalak was about ‘karyakarta’. Interactive programmes with discussions and questions-answers sessions organized by Sampark vibhag with renowned influential celebrities in small groups in Mumbai, Surat, Sambhajinagar, Bhuvaneshwar, Sambalpur, Dhanbad etc. proved to be great success.  A programme, called ‘Samvad’ witnessed the presence of 165 influential leaders from all walks of social life in Pune.

During the tours of other A.B. adhikaris under programmes organized at national level, constructive discussions were held about work among College students, growth at ‘Nagar’ level and quality of work.

Special Mentions

Ghosh Varg:

Training workshops or camps were organized at state level by Ghosh vibhag in some states. 2363 swayamsevaks took part at 13 places. National Ghosh Varg was held in Lucknow which saw presence of 298 swayamsevaks.

Nav Chaitanya Shivir:

A special camp was held for College students and other young swayamsevaks of Merut prant in Merut. There were 2247 participants from all over the state. The trainees had come from 644 places, 416 colleges and 89 hostels. Highlight of the camp was that there were 1061 new entrants. Programmes were conducted in such a way that they would arouse a sense of responsibility for the society and nation in the youth. Camp participants expressed firm resolve about issues like Water management, environment, blood donation, eye donation etc. This was the achievement of this camp. Karyakartas of Merut prant had begun preparatory work from July 2010 for this camp with various programmes to make this camp a big success.

Workshop conducted for College and University teachers in Punjab:

Special exercises were undertaken in Punjab to improve participation of College students and teachers teaching in colleges and universities in Sangh work. Small group meetings were organized in all districts and efforts were done to see that literature about Sangh is studied, and students begin attending local shakhas.

Poojaneeya Sarsanghchalak’s programme was organized as a part of this exercise in October 2010 in Amritsar. Many directors, vice-chancellors, deans, heads of departments and principals were present in this workshop to make it a success. Total number of participants was 248 and a plan for follow up action is in place. Mailing of e-bulletin twice a month has begun.

Vishal Sanchalan (Grand parade) in Malwa prant and other programmes:

Malwa prant had organized sanchalan (parade) programmes at district/vibhag level for extending its mass contact and expansion of Sangh work. Sanchalans (Parades) were conducted in 5 places in the prant that saw participation of 43600 swayamsevaks. Public programmes of physical drills were conducted at 3 places in which 2077 swayamsevaks participated. Winter camps saw 10387 young swayamsevaks’ participation.

Support to Narmada Samajik Kumbh by Mahakoshal prant:

A detailed plan was made for the entire prant to seek co-operation from society at large. Heads for districts, gatnayak pramukhs and gatnayaks were nominated. A programme was chalked out that each gatnayak would contact a minimum of 20 households and get support for the kumbh in form of one kg rice, half a kg of pulses and donation of One rupee. This mass contact programme was undertaken in 27 districts of Mahakoshal prant in 214 places through 641 shakhas. In all 21593 swayamsevaks contacted 502674 families and collected 386 tonnes of food grain.

Special achievement of the programme was that swayamsevaks were able to invoke support from the families and households at different levels of society. As a follow up, plans are afoot to conduct workshops for introducing Sangh in small villages, inculcating family values through various programmes and Bharatmata poojan. Plans are also afoot to send greetings on the occasion of Varsh Pratipada (Hindu New Year).

Relief work for flood affected families in North Karnataka:

Floods in North Karnataka last year resulted in destruction of large number of villages and displacement of thousands of families. Relief material for 180 villages with the help of 2400 swayamsevaks was arranged immediately. It was resolved to build 1680 homes in 9 villages for rehabilitation under the auspices of ‘Sewa Bharati’. So far, 130 houses have been handed over in 2 Villages. Handing over ceremony of houses in Sabbalahunasi village of Bagalkot dist. was done at the hands of Poojaneeya Sudarshanji in the presence of Shri Govind Karnol Minister of Karnataka state government.

Meeting for Social Harmony in West Maharashtra:

644 brethren from 66 communities in 11 places came together in West Maharashtra for Social harmony meetings. These meetings were organized in the presence of A.B. Sewa Pramukh Shri Sitaram ji. There was a special Bharatmata Poojan in Talegaon of Pune district on 26th January. It saw participation of organizations of different castes, linguistic groups and educational institutions. 1498 citizens participated in this programme.

His Holiness Shankaracharya’s programme in Devgiri prant:

Missionary activities are going on for past many years in Navapur tehsil of Nandurbar district adjoining Gujarat state. There would be objections to any kind of Hindu religious programmes. A five day Padyatra of His Holiness Shankaracharya of Karveer Peeth walk was organized in such an area. 4000 tribal homes were contacted in 20 villages during this walk. Tribal get-togethers were held in 3 places. Participation of matrishakti (Woman), in great numbers in these programmes was noticeable.

Kashmir Merger Day:

Public programmes were organized on October 26, the day on which Kashmir was merged with Bharat. 2491 programmes were organized in 2018 places that saw presence of 99380 women and 308708 men. Apart from this, programmes were also organized in 8917 shakhas at 7603 places in which 179809 young swayamsevaks and 72466 school going swayamsevaks took part.

Follow up action on Vishwa Mangal Gau Gram Yatra:

A national level three day conference was held at Kanyakumari for the organizations working in the field of Rural upliftment. 154 karyakartas including 27 sisters from 65 organizations participated in this conference.

In the same way, Akhil Bharatiya Gram Vikas Varg (National Rural Development Workshop) was also held at Deendayal Dham in Farah of District Mathura. 188 active karyakartas from all prants involved in rural development took part in this workshop. Poojaneeya Sudarshan ji was present in this workshop. Guidance from experienced experts on varied subjects like water, earth and forest conservation, environment, bio-diversity, cottage industry, village health etc. was received. Renowned Gandhian Padmashri Shri Kutti Menon ji was specially present in this workshop.

Meeting of Mahila (women) karyakartas of Sewa Vibhag:

A special meeting was organized in Nagpur to discuss the projects run by women karyakartas and for women. 127 karyakartas from 15 prants took part in this meeting. Ideas were discussed about an independent initiative to bring together and co-ordinate such women oriented projects. It was felt that some more activities also need to be taken up about various problems faced by women.

Dharna programme

Hindutva is being tarnished with terms like Hindu terrorism, Saffron terrorism etc. Efforts are also being made to drag Sangh into this controversy. Public resentment against this kind of politics must be exhibited; with this objective a programme was chalked out to offer ‘dharna’ in all the district centres of Bharat on 10th November. This programme was widely successful across Bharat though it was taken up at a very short notice.

Almost one million, to be more exact 10,58,438 citizens were present in 750 places for this dharna. Participation in big numbers by mothers and sisters, well organized and disciplined way the dharnas were offered were the highlights of this programme. Highest number of participation of 25000 citizens in Jabalpur. At a short notice, success of programme shows the feelings within the society about the subject. This programme has raised the self confidence of karyartas in a big way.

Press Conferences

A programme had been chalked out at the meeting of A.B. Karyakari Mandal held in Jalgaon, to conduct press conferences at state centres. 3492 journalists were present in 224 places. Approach of media to these press meets was positive. By giving requisite coverage to these press conferences, media has shown sensitivity and respect to the popular feeling.

National Scenario

Decision on Ram Janmabhoomi by Allahabad High Court

Decision handed down by Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on 30th September is an acceptance of the faith and belief of Crores of Hindus. Legal system of our country has not only kept their feelings in mind but has based its decision on all the facts available to it in this regard, thus respecting the sentiments of the people.

Some vested interests had tried to generate a tense atmosphere before the ruling. But, restraint and calm that different communities and groups have shown after the decision was made public is in tune with the culture and traditions of this country. But, Hindu society desires that all sections of the society should come together to build a grand temple for Lord Ram and present an ideal example of amity and goodwill. Enthusiastic participation of people in large numbers during the Hanumat Shakti Jagaran programmes conducted all over the country is an indication of this feeling. These programmes took place at 11467 places and attended by 63,78,680 people of which 21,22,669 were women.

Now, there is a need to pass a law in the Parliament with consensus of all law makers to clear the way for temple construction.

Terrorism

Thousands of innocent people, police and military personnel have been killed mercilessly during the continued Jihadi terrorism in last two decades. National security is sought to be destructed time and again. Not only Bharat, but the whole world community is suffering from terrorism. But, it is unfortunate that anti-Hindu forces in our country are trying to weaken the efforts to counter Jihadi terrorism by labeling the Hindu community as terrorist by citing a few incidents.

Instead of assuring security to patriotic Hindu organizations, holy saints and centres of faith of Hindu society, these people are trying to create confusion about these forces in the minds of common people. With a selfish urge to remain in power or capture power, policies are being framed to pander to some communities while closing eyes to the anti-national and terrorist forces. So called leaders consider Hindu organizations to be even a greater danger than the elements fomenting Islamic terrorism. They are not even shy of sharing such views with foreign powers.

But, we are sure that Hindu society can see through this conspiracy. It will foil all such attempts to manufacture falsehood and create confusion, and will co-operate wholeheartedly with the efforts towards nation building in future.

Worrisome situation in Jammu & Kashmir

A consensus regarding complete and final merger of Kashmir with Bharat has been arrived at many a times since 1947, but situation in Jammu-Kashmir remains a cause of worry. Infact, the root cause of Jammu-Kashmir problem is weak and indecisive policies of the central government. We have not been successful in achieving integration and sense of oneness in social, mental, economic and political sense in Jammu-Kashmir as we have done in other states of our country inspite of providing grants worth lakhs of crores of rupees for various projects and plans, sacrifice of more than one lakh innocent citizens and thousands of jawans of police and army during last 63 years. Various political parties are strengthening the forces of separatism directly or indirectly to fulfill their vested political interests. Conspiracy to remove all Hindus from the valley by forcing more than 4 lakh indigenous Hindus to run away from Kashmir, armed incursions from across the border, open support by ISI and terrorist commanders of Pakistan to leaders of active separatist organizations and training the youth, providing them with arms etc.; are all forms of undeclared war against Bharat. Having failed to fulfill their objectives through terrorism, they have changed their tactics now. Agitational terrorism is but a new form of terrorism.

Anti-national forces are striking their roots deeper with time. Separatist forces are engaged in anti-Bharat propaganda by organizing seminars in capital city of Delhi and other cities.

The real truth is that these anti-Bharat agitations are limited to only 5 out of 22 districts of Jammu-Kashmir. Gujjars, Bakarwals, Shias, Kashmiri Sikhs and Pandits, various refugee groups in Jammu, Dogras, Buddhists and nationalist Muslims are not part of this separatist movement. But, atmosphere being created all around is as if entire Jammu-Kashmir wants to secede from Bharat. Actually, less than half of the population from only 14% of the state’s area is part of this agitation. By using women and boys to throw stones at security forces anti-national groups spread across Bharat are trying to create an atmosphere with the help of media as if all the citizens of the valley want independence or ‘azadi’.

Negation of complete merger of Jammu-Kashmir with Bharat by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, claiming Jammu-Kashmir to be a disputed territory, creation of such an environment by interlocutors of the Centre and open support to them by Central government and Congress leaders indicates that separatists, State and the Central government have embarked upon such a path to strike some agreement. It is difficult to imagine what kind of pronouncements would have been made had Indian Army and other nationalist forces not exerted pressure. Terming Jammu-Kashmir as a political problem and reversing its merger that began in 1953 when Dr. Mukherjee sacrificed his life and Praja Parishad conducted a historic agitation; there are now talks about formulae of autonomy, self-rule etc.

Bogey of ‘Human Rights violations’ is being raised by citing a few incidents. It is extremely important that morale of Armed forces is kept high by maintaining their special powers. This is the only way that security of common people would be assured.

It is call of the times that strong action be taken against separatist elements and nationalist forces be strengthened. People in different states of the country must pressurize state and central governments in an organized manner. This is the only way that unity of the nation would be secured. Jammu-Kashmir should also have the same sense of unity with Bharat like other states. Keeping in mind the activities across the border, only solution to achieve this is abrogation of article 370, system of separate constitution and separate flag be scrapped and treating it like any other state. The right solution to this problem is to establish a sense of one country – on people – one nation.

Atrocities on Rabha Hindus

Incidents that took place on the first day of Christian New year near the border areas of Assam and Meghalay are a pointer to us about the dangers that we would face in future. Garo and Rabha communities are living together for many generations with cordial relations. They celebrate their festivals and follow their traditions happily together. Both the groups have been staying together respecting each others’ sentiments and respecting each other’s faith and beliefs. With increase in conversions to Christianity and a large section of Garo tribes converting to Christianity, there is a widening chasm between Garo and Rabha tribes. With failure to convert people of Rabha community to Christianity these differences have widened further, resulting in an atmosphere of intolerance. Despite this Rabha community had been co-operating in the programmes organized by Christian missionaries. After Meghalaya got the status of a State, political influence of Garo community became stronger, resulting in increase in Missionary activities. This is the reason behind current atmosphere of confrontation, violence and terror between Garo and Rabha people. Combined efforts of separatist elements, Bangladeshi infiltrators Muslims and some political leaders have generated a situation of conflict. This is the atmosphere that led to the horrible incidents in the initial weeks of January.

Conflicts between Dimasa and Karbi, Dimasa and Jemi in the past few  years are a manifestation of activities of such anti-national forces. Violence of January 2011 reminds us of such incidents that took place earlier too. So called secular lobby is only exposing its pseudo-secularism by turning a blind eye to these facts.

Meghalaya government does not have courage to get to the root of the issue and is trying to pass it off as a result of misunderstandings. Nearly 30000 Rabha brethren from 30 villages have become homeless. There is an urgent need for their permanent rehabilitation and security.

Hindus have faced serious security concerns wherever they have become a minority in North East. Assamese, Bengalis and Hindi speaking groups have been forced to flee from Shillong region of Meghalaya earlier too. They have been forced to live their lives as refugees in other states since last 13 years. 40000 Riyangs, who follow their own faith, were also forcibly displaced. It is critically important to defend the traditions and faiths of various tribes in this region.

Corruption: A Challenge

Various studies expose the terrible extent of corruption. Increasing consumerism has led to lust for self-aggrandizement, resulting in urge to accumulate wealth through unethical and illegal means. This is the root cause of this problem of corruption. There is a strong tendency to misuse constitutional positions. We are witnessing devastation of constitutional system due to this mentality. Unfortunately, there are question marks about the safety of the people who are opposing this and trying to clean up the system. It is extremely important that there should be serious thinking by the policy makers of the nation, economic experts and social thinkers about the effect on fiscal system and economic stability resulting from black money and corruption and methodologies to create a healthy system. Serious efforts must be made to bring back illegal wealth stashed away in foreign lands.

Increasing support from the common people to agitations being organized by different groups and organizations gives us a clear indication about the public opinion in this regard.

Positive signs of Hindu awakening

Maa Narmada Samajik Kumbh

Maa Narmada Samajik Kumbh took place in February 2011 in Mandla. This Kumbh has manifested extra-ordinary power of the society. Maa Narmada Samajik Kumbh was organized to awaken the people against social problems and efforts to weaken the Hindu society. This festival saw participation of 415 different scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and 400 other social groups from 4000 villages of 1179 tehsils from 336 districts. It is estimated that nearly 30lac pilgrims took part in the Kumbh during these three days. Presence of Revered Shankaracharya Vasudevanand Saraswati ji Maharaj, Revered Satyamitranand ji, Sadhvi Ritambharaji, Revered Asaram Bapu and many other saints and sadhus made this kumbh a great success. Other important dignitaries like Parmpoojaneeya Sarsanghchalak Shri Mohanrao Bhagwat, Chief of Rashtra Sevika Samiti Vandaneeya Pramilatai, Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Shri Shivraj Chauhan and Dr. Raman Singh were also present in this programme. The highlight of this festival was the co-operation of common people and the state government for this programme.

Vishwa Sanskrit Pustak Mela (World Sanskrit Book Fair)

Prestigious Sanskrit institutions came together to organize Vishwa Sanskrit Pustak Mela. This fair was conducted with the help of 14 Sanskrit Universities, National Sanskrit institute, Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrit Pustak Prakashan Sangh and Sanskrit Bharati etc. from 7 to 10 January 2010. This is the first time in the chequered history of Sanskrit that such a programme was organized.

128 publishers exhibited their publications at this fair. Specialty of this fair was that only Sanskrit books and books about Sanskrit were show cased. 12 lakhs books worth 4 crore were sold in this period of 4 days. 4 lakhs people visited the fair. An exhibition titled ‘Gyanganga’ (Traditions of Bharatiya Knowledge) was a major attraction of this fair, and left even well versed citizens in awe.

7146 delegates from 26 states and 12 countries were present in the fair. 310 Sanskrit books were released on this occasion which was a record by itself.

Vishwa Sangh Shivir

Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra organized a camp in Pune from 29 December 2010 to 3 January 2011 in Pune, that saw enthusiastic participation of 330 brothers, 152 sisters and 35 children from 35 countries. Shri Jagdish Shastriji who had initiated the Hindu organised work outside Bharat was also present in the camp. Discussions were held about status of Hindus staying outside Bharat, spreading and publicizing Hindu Sanskriti, organization of Hindu conferences at different places etc. Delegates were also given information about various types of activities being conducted in Bharat. Concluding valedictory public function was held in the presence of famous industrialist Shri. Abhay Firodia and Shri. Bhausaheb Chitale. Parampoojaneeya Sarsanghchalak ji addressed the august gathering. 15000 distinguished citizens participated in this function. Brethren from overseas enjoyed the cultural programmes presented by local groups and a drama titled ‘Shiv Rajyabhishek’ about coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Appeal

We undertake a critical appraisal of our Sangh work even as we review the current social and political scenario from time to time. This is how we traditionally work. Keeping in mind the challenges that we face and expectations of the society, we have to increase our velocity and strength in a sustained manner. It is necessary for us to keep focus on strengthening our organization and systems and increasing the strength of our karyakartas.

Here we recall the words of Parampoojaneeya Sri Guruji. He had said, “World today understands only one language – language of strength. A nation can progress and maintain its position only on the basis of strong foundation and immeasurable strength. We must proceed on this path of duty with great effort with this sentiment. Even an ordinary person can be completely successful in attaining one’s goal in life with this resolve.”