Annual report of RSS presented by the Sarkaryavah at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha at Gwalior on 8th March 2019 at 9 AM
Param Poojaniya Sarsanghchalak ji, Akhil Bharatiya office-bearers, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal, invitee members and special invitee members, all the delegates of the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha and honourable invitee sisters and brothers engaged in various activities in different fields of our national life, I heartily welcome you all to this Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha [ABPS].
ABPS is being held for the first time in the historic city of Gwalior. Many inspiring memories are related to this area. We are going to have discussions and exchange of ideas in this campus abuzz with Sewa and educational activities.
We feel the pain and vacuum when we experience the absence of distinguished personalities from social, political, religious, and cultural fields. Many close associates and beloved ones who worked with us for national resurgence are no more with us. In the course of time all of them have travelled towards the final destination.
Shri. Om Prakash Jaggi –Punjab – senior Pracharak BMS and Vanvasi kalyan Ashram
Shri. Bhaskar rao Damle – Gujarat – senior Pracharak
Shri. Aba Abhyankar – Paschim Maharashtra – senior Pracharak
Ma. Dada rao Bhadake – Vidarbha – Ex Prant Sanghachalak
Shri. Tatya rao Kunte – Vidarbha – Ex Prant Karyavah
Ma. N. Mohan Kumar – Kerala – Palakkad district Sanghachalak
Ma. Sushil ji – Haryana – Ex- Vibhag Pracharak – Gurugram Mahanagar Sanghachalak
Shri. Rajabhau Joshi – Paschim Maharashtra – Ex President Hindusthan Prakashan Sanstha
Shri. Pramod Joshi –Vidarbha – Pracharak of Vishva Hindu Parishad in Arunachal
Shri. Kunapuli Venkateshwar rao – Telangana – Ex- Vibhag Pracharak – Sikandarabad Bhag Karyavah
Shri. Devendra Swaroop – Delhi – eminent thinker – journalist
Shri. Vishnu Hari Dalmia – Delhi- Vishva Hindu Parishad Ex- President
Shri Nana Chudasama – Konkan – Ex Mayor & Sheriff – Mumbai
Shri Kanti Bhai Patel – Gujarat – famous sculptor – Padmashree
Srimati Sharada Tai – Telangana – Rashtra Sevika Samiti Ex- Karyavahika
Dr. Buddhsinh ji – Haryana – President – Haryana Sewa Bharati
Shri. E. Mahadevan – Uttar Tamilnadu – Padmashree- expert on Indus valley civilization & Tamil Bramhi script
Jagadguru Swami Shivkumar – Shri Siddhaganga Math
Swami Jagatmanand- Dakshin Karnataka – Ramkrishna Ashram –Ponnam Patte
Swami Hansdevacharya – Haridwar – leader of Ram Janmabhoomi movement
Pujya Shri Shri 1008 Shri Narayandas Maharaj – Haryana – Padmashree – active in social work
Pujya Swami Vijaybhaskaranand – Keral- Mathadhipati of Kidangnur Shri Bal Bhattarak Vijayanandashram
Shri Ananth Kumar – Dakshin Karnataka – BJP- Central Minister
Brigadier Kuldeep Singh Chandapuri – Punjab – 1971 war Mahavir Chakra awardee
Brigadier Divakar Anant Paranjape – Paschim Maharashtra – Veer chakra Awardee – 1971 war
Shri George Fernandis – Ex defense minister
Shri C.K. Jaffer Shariff- Dakshin Karnataka -Ex rail minister
Srimati Lalan Sarang – Konkan – Marathi actor
Shri Ramesh Bhatkar – Konkan – veteran actor
Shri Sridhar Madgulkar – Konkan – author
Shri Rajkumar Badjatya – film producer
Shri Ambarish – actor- minister in UPA Government
Shri Kantibhai Patel – Gujarat – Padmashree- donated 60 Cr. Rs. to Lalit kala Academy
Shri Ramakant Acharekar – Konkan – Cricket coach
Srimati Sridevi- Konkan – actor
Shri Kadar Khan – Konkan – actor, author
Shri Palur Madhavan Nambudri – Keral- poet
Shri I. M. Shahnavaz- Keral – member of Parliament
Shri Syman Britto – Keral- Anglo Indian member of Assembly
Shri Lenin Rajendran – Keral – film director
Shri C. Krishnan Nambudri – Bharatiya language expert
Srimati C. ParuKutti – Keral – Kathakali dance artist
Shri Mrunal Sen – Dakshin Bengal – film producer
Similarly, many people have left us due to natural calamities and accidents. Some others have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty for protecting the nation or have been victims of violence.
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha pays homage to all such departed souls and prays for their eternal peace besides expressing deep condolences towards their family members. May the God Almighty give ‘Sadgati’ to the departed souls.
OM Shanti!Shanti!! Shanti !!!
Status of our work
Sangh Shiksha Varg and Prathmik Shiksha Varg held in 2018-19
Sangh Shiksha Varga
|Samanya Varga||Vishesh Varga|
|Upasthit Sthan||Sankhya||Upasthit Sthan||Sankhya|
Prathamik Shiksha Varga
|Kul Varga||Shakha||Pratinidhitva Sankhya|
|Sthan||Shakha||Saptahik Milan||Masik Milan|
Tour of Sarsanghachalak ji in 2018-19
In the Kshetra-wise tour, organizational baithaks and interactions with prominent people from various walks of life were arranged. In Vishakhapattanam, Bhuvaneshwar, Siligudi, Tirupr Vibhag and Chennai, the Baithaks were attended by karyakartas representing Bastis and Mandals. He attended the Vidarbha Prant karyakarta Shibir, Merath Prant Pravasi karyakarta and Sangh Shiksha Varg Shikshit Swayamsevak Shibir, family get-together of karyakartas at Junagarh Vibhag, Bhagalpur and Dehradun. The three day lecture series in Delhi “ Bharat of future- the viewpoint of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” and the World Hindu Congress held at Chicago deserve special mention in this year’s program.
Ma. Mohan ji Bhagwat with Sri Sri Ravishankar
Sarsanghachalak ji had personal meetings with many dignitaries. He received blessings from Pujya Hira Sinh ji Maharaj, P.P. devrah baba, P.P. Narendracharya maharaj of nanijdham, P.P. Nimbarkacharya Swami ji Maharaj, P.P. Chittranjan ji Maharaj of Shanti Kali mission, Agartala, P.P. Shankarachary Vijayerndra Sarasvati of Kanchi Kamkoti math, Thakur Ashok da of Satsang AAshram, Deoghar.
Ma. Mohan ji Bhagwat with ISRO Chaiman Dr K Sivan
Personal meetings with senior bureaucrats, authors, sports persons, professionals, educationists and media persons were arranged. The names include veteran scientist Bharat ratna Shri. C.N.R. Rao, Chairman of ISRO Dr. K Sivan, Ex Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Advocate S. K. Mukharjee, Shri. Pratap Kumar Reddi of Appollo hospital, Shri. S. K. Lakhani of lakhani shoes and Shri. Ajay Piramal of Pirmal group.
Tour of Sarkaryavah
The special attention of the 2018-19 tour was given to the places where there are more than 300 shakhas in one Vibhag or Mahanagar. Currently there are — mahanagar and — Vibhag with more than 300 Shakhas. In all these places Baithaks were arranged for Shakha, nagar, Khand, Bhag, Jilla & mahanagar and Vibhag karyakartas. In — such Baithaks —% karkartas were present. Along with expansion, the need for quality enhancement was emphasized in these meetings.
I attended the annual Sindhu Darshan program held at Leh[Laddakh]. Also visited the Kargil Drass sector.
Sarkaryavah with Shri Nambi Narayan
Some of the main programs in this year’s tour are, formal Baithaks with Karyakartas of various organizations, participation in Intellectual meets organized on the occasion of Pandit deendayal birth centenary, Karnataka Dakshin Prant karyakarta Shibir, Akhil Bharatiya Sammelan of Gram Vikas Karyakartas and a Sammelan of karyakartas active in water harvesting and management in Devgiri Prant.
Sarkaryavah at flag hoisting cermony
Prant-wise tour of all Sah-Sarkaryavah was arranged this year. In every Prant baithaks were arranged at 2-3 places for Khand, nagar karyakartas. Karyakarta training and 3 years work expansion plan were the main subjects of these meetings.
Akhil Bharatiya Ghosh excellence varg – In this 20 day camp held at Baitul[ Madhya Bharat Prant] 88 trainees and 12 trainers from 42 Prant participated. A new tune was composed and named as ‘Martand’ in this camp.
Akhil Bharatiya Niyuddha Varg – The 6 day camp was arranged in in Kochi [Kerala] in which 161 trainees and 12 teachers from 42 Prant participated.
Kanyakumari – On the occasion of Vivekananda jayanti 33 tunes were playes for one Hour on the rock memorial. 67 Vadaks from Nagpur also participated.
Prahar Yagya – This year 432881 Swayamsevaks from 32800 shakhas ansd 3652 Saptahik Milan participated and total 237542094 Prahars were made. Compared to last year, there is an increase of 366 Shakhas, 1346 Saptahik Milan in the participation and the number of Prahars are 27 lakh 7000 more than last year.
Workshops were organized in various Prants on the subjects group discussions, long stories, media analysis, cultural history of Bharat through maps etc subjects. More than 7000 Karyakartas from various districts attended the workshops. Special workshops were arranged on Sangh Prarthana at 4 places in which 237 karyakartas participated. At three places camps were held for selected karyakartas in which 218 karyakartas participated.
The work has started in all districts. Everywhere it is experienced that Sangh work is received favorably across the sections of society. A Coffee table book Introducing RSS was prepared and was presented to the select luminaries across the country. The feedback is very positive.
In the presence of Akhil Bahratiya Adhikaris, discussion programs are organized at various places on the Vijayadashami speech of P. P. Sarsanghachalak. This year such programs were organized at 30 places. The participation of the invitees and the agreement on the points discussed was quite satisfactory.
The three day Delhi program of P. P. Sarsanghachalak has also proved to be successful and effective. Along with this, in Sarsanghachalak tour personal interactions with influential opinion makers are routinely arranged.
This year an Akhil Bharatiya survey of Sewa karya was planned. 11612 karyakartas surveyed 1,30,069 Sewa karya. The estimated beneficiaries of all these Sewa Karay are 80 lakh.
Last year 2 lakh people donated blood in various blood donation camps. 6974 shakhas do sewa activities regularly. 18000 bastis are in contact due to various Sewa Karya.
Social media conclaves were arranged in Jaipur, Delhi and Bhuvaneshwar. Leading 1100 activists of social media participated in the events.
“Bhavishya Ka Bharat’ The dialogue of P. P. Sarsanghachalak in Delhi was webcast directly on rss.org and has been viewed by 60 lakh people since then.
Authors meet were held at Ujjain, Patna and Bhagyanagar. The theme was Hindutva – different dimensions. 225 authors and bloggers participated.
Narad Jayanti was celebrated at various places. 27000 people and 6465 journalists attended the events. 945 journalists were honoured.
A core team of Karyakartas for Gram Vikas is in place now in all Prants. A two day Akhil Bharatiya Sammelan of the Prant teams was organized in the Ravindra Nagar village of Avadh Prant. 180 karyakarta representing all Prants were present.
‘Yuva Gram Vikas Sangam’, a gathering of youth karyakartas was organized in Devgiri Prant. 712 Youth from selected 71 villagess participated. Shri. Sitaram ji kedilay guided the program. In the concluding session, 100 youth pledged to dedicate 1 year for the gram Vikas activity.
Training camps for various dimensions of Gram Vikas were organized.
Some of the highlights are
- Cow based farming – 110 activists from 50 places participated. P.P. Sarsanghachalak and P. Swami Kadsiddheshwar ji of kaneri Math were present and guided the participants.
- A training campwas organized in telangana Prant in which 1000 farmers participated.
- In Rupa Khedi Khand of Malwa Prant 400 farmers are doing cow based farming.
- Water resource management work in devgiri Prant and land resource management work in Rajasthan deserves special mention.
- In Karnataka Dakshin 24 women are working full time for Gram Vikas.
Due to increasing co-operation of agricultural Universities, scientists, Krushi Vigyan Kendras of various places the gram Vikas work is gaining momentum.
According to Akhil Bharatiya plan, training camps were organized at 61 places in 43 Prant in which 2179 karyakartas participated. In addition to this 305 training camps were organized in various places by Prant unit. More than 10000 people participated in these camps.
Gopashtami programs were organized at 6538 places in which 1 lakh 70000 people participated. As of now 3224 gaushala, Math and Temples are in regular contact. At 468 places various products based on ‘Panchgavya’ are being manufactured. More than 17000 farmers have turned to cow based farming. Awareness programs on various related subjects were arranged at 68 places in which 40000 people participated.
Work has started in all Prant. In the Akhil Bharatiy Baithak of Prant Sanyojak 38 Prant were represented. P. P. Sarsanghachalak guided the Baithak. The special points mentioned were
- In Bharat, person family and society are but manifestations of that one consciousness.
- Family is the primary prototype of the society which is essential for nurturing desirable values.
- That is why family is a school as well as a temple.
There is growing attraction towards the work of Kutumb Prabodhan. Swayamsevaks of all Vyavasayi Shakhas can play important role in this work. In Karnataka, Vidarbh and Hariyana Prant work is gaining momentum.
1400 Karyakartas participated in the training camps held in 37 Prant. Akhil Bharatiya camp was organized at Nagpur for Vibhag and Prant Sanyojak. 414 karyakartas were present. P.P. Sarsanghachalak guided the participants.
Prant-wise special programs
Uttar Tamilnadu- basti Sangam, Chennai
In Chennai Mahanagar, special efforts are on to achieve the target of making all bastis Karya-yukta. Baithak, Sampark, and various programs are arranged Nagar-wise in which efforts are being taken to have representation of all Bastis. On the occasion of Sarsanghachalak tour, ‘Basti Sangam’ was organized in January 2019. A target was set that 5 Swasyamsevaks and 5 other citizens from each Basti should be present. A list of 5170 people from 880 bastis was made out of which 2918 people from 816 bastis attended the ‘Basti Sangam’. 93% Bastis were represented in the program. More than 50 Saptahik Milan have started and the aim is to have a shakha in each Basti by march 2021. Every Saturday will be a basti day and the first Sunday of every month will be observed as attendance day.
Karnataka Dakshin – Karyakarta Shibir
A plan has been made with the aim to have Shakhas in all mandals and Bastis by March 2021. As part of this plan a two day karyakarta Shibir was held at Shivmoga on 19-20 January 2019. Basti Pramukh, Upmandal Pramukh, Mandal karyavaha and all karyakartas of above level were expected to attend the Shibir. Total 3486 Karyakartas attendd the shibir including 846 Basti Pramukh and 1204 mandal Karyakartas. The shibir will certainly be helpful in the development of karyakartas and expansion of work.
Telangana – Swararchan
A three day shibir for the Kishor Ghosh Vadak was arranged at Siddipeeth in December 2018. The shibir, named ‘Swararchan’ was attended by 683 Vadak from 50 Centers. 556 Swayamsevaks were students from class 7 to 10 and 127 were karyakartas. Shri. Jagadish ji, Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sharirik Pramukh guided the Shibir.
Pashicm Maharashtra – late Bapurao Date birth centenary special Ghosh program
On the occasion of late Bapurao Date birth centenary who composed many Ghosh tunes, a special Ghosh vadan program was arranged in April 2018 in the presence of many national and international dignitaries. 100 experts and prominent persons from music and art industry attended the program including retired Police officers. 97 Swayamsevaks, those who have have rehearsed for almost 350 Hours, participated in the program. ‘hari Vandana’ A special tune composed in Rupak tal to commemorate Bapurao Date, was played in this program. P.P. Sarsdanghachalak ji attended the program.
Vidarbha – Pravasi Karyakarta Shibir
In January 2019 a three day Shibir was organized for the Karyakartas of Mandal, Upkhand and above with a view to quality improvement and to enhance the activities. Intensive training was planned throughout the year. Training of all pravasi karyakartas was organized at district and Vibhag level. In November 2018 expansion drive was taken followed by gatherings in 141 Khand of the Karyakartas expected in th eShibir. As a result there was good attendance in the Shibir. Total 3422 Karyakartas attended the Shibir which is 64% of total expected karyakarta. As a follow up, Ekatrikaran at basti level and processions on the occasion of Varsh Pratipada and ram navami are planned. There is confidence that all these activities shall accelerate the work expansion.
Gujarat – Samajik Mahayagya
As a part of Samarasta Gatividhi Samarasata Mahayagya were held at Nagar and tahasil level. Special efforts were taken for the attendance of revered Saints and women. 6674 couples offered the Havan and prayers in 203 yagya. 77068 men and 32268 women from 1664 places participated. 327 Saints and 191 social activists addressed the programs. As a result karyakarta teams have been formed in all districts for the Samarasdta gatividhi.
Chittod – Vistarak campaign for rural work
Special efforts were taken to improve the participation of farmers in rural Sangh work. Traning shibirs were organized for the Karyakartas in which plans were discussed for the various social segments like farmers, self employed persons, women, youth and for village development. 1665 Karyakartas for rural ares participated in the shibirs from 633 villages of 22 districts. 332 farmer karyakartas from 16 districts worked as Vistaraks for 7 days at new places. As a result 48 Shakhas and 53 Saptahik Milans of farmers have started in 11 districts. Total 4417 Vistaraks worked in Vistarak campaign in 2018 out of which 1018 were potential future workers.
All those Vistaraks were sent in 287 mandals to 498 new places, 627 places where Shakhas were not active and at 895 places to reinforce the Shakha work. Vistaraks were also sent in 456 places situated on the main roads under the ‘Mukhya Marg’ scheme and in 374 Sewa bastis of various nagar. As compared to last year the number of Vistaraks increased by 600.
Jodhpur – route march and ‘jagrut hindu Maha Sangam’
On Varsh Pratipada 2018 district ‘Maha Sangam’ was organized in jaisalmer district which turned out to be the biggest program in Prant. Families of the martyrs were honoured in this program in the presence of Ex defence personnel G. D. Bakshi as chief guest. Total 12570 people representing all mandals and 370 out of 426 villages attended the program.
Delhi – Bal Sangam
In November 2018 ‘Bal Sangam’ were organized in 29 districts of delhi. 5404 Bal and 104 Kishor Swayamsevaks from 5th to 10th class attended the programs. They were selected from a total 11500 Swayamsevaks. As a follow up, 2746 Swayamsevaks have been selected to attend the Prathamik Shiksha Varg. The plan to involve the parents of the Swayamsevaks in Sewa Karya is being made.
Bharat of future dialogue
In the ‘Vigyan Bhavan’ a three day dialogue with P. P. Sarsanghachalak was arranged by the Sampark Vibhag of delhi. 3000 dignitaries from various walks of life in 30 categories like literature, art, science, social activists, media, bureaucrats, defense personnel were invited. Along with common program, informal discussions were held with select invitees before and after the main speech. The packed hall before the scheduled time, the number of attendees who were present for all three days were the highlights of the success of the program. For the Question and answer session, 300 questions were received, which were classified in 23 groups and answered by P.P. Sarsanghachalak.
The attendance of a range of people from neutral to known opponents and from Padma puraskar honoured dignitaries to luminaries of sports, industry and other fields was notable.
The feedback of almost all the attendees was positive. Special comments are
- Perhaps Vigyan Bhavan experienced such a transparent, open and clear dialogue for the first time.
- For the nation to progress, much work is needed in the field of general education and value education. Sangh is doing this basic work.
- It is a pleasant experience to meet a person who is leading the movement for national resurgence through man making by means of inculcating social and ethical values in the society.
- All media and film industry should take the work to spread these thoughts among people.
‘Bharat of future’ has turned out to be a notable event. It has been greatly successful in creating right image of Sangh in the opinion makers of society at large.
Udisa Paschim – Akhand Prahar Mahakumbh
For the last few years Prahar Yagya program is being organized at Akhil Bharatiya level. This year in Udisa Prant it was specially organized as ‘Akhand Prahar mahakumbh’. In 24 Hours 261 Swayamsevaks made 3.50 lakh Prahars. A 1.5 km long procession was also organized which culminated in the Bhajan Sandhya in front of Bharat Mata temple and ‘Hanuman Dhwaj’ of 50 feet.
Dakshin bang – Sharirik programs at Khand level
To strengthen the Khand – Nagar unit and to make the karyakartas more active it was planned to have a program throughout the Prant at Khand level on a single day. A day before the program route marches were held in all Nagar and Khand. 9610 Swayamsevaks participated in the route march at 176 places. There were total 1741 Ghosh Vadaks. In spite of very adverse stance by the administration and preventive actions on many Karyarkartas the route marches were successful. On 20 January 2019 preplanned common Sharirik demonstrations were held in all Khand and Nagar. 989 Mandal and 685 Bastis were represented in the programs held in 247 Khand and 142 Nagars. As a follow up Bharat mata Pujan program was organized at 3467 places.
Haryana – mandal wise Ekatrikaran on a single day in Prant
496 Mandals out of total 843 have shakhas in Haryana Prant. The plan was to have an Ekatrikaran in all Mandals. In 456 Shakhayukta mandals Ekatrikarans were organized. In 9 districts and in 35 Khand all Mandals had Ekatrikarans.
Mukhya Shikshak Shibir – a 3 day Shibir was organized for the Shakha teams. Quality shakha team, varshikotsav and initittive at Shakha level programs were the ccriteria for attending the shibir. 767 karyakartas from 471 Shakhas attended the shibir. National flag hoisting ceremony was held as part of the shibir on26 January.
Mahakoshal – Bal Path Sanchalan
On 12 january 2019 on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda Jayanti route marches of bal Swayamsevaks were organized at district and nagar level. 2063 Bal Swayamsevaks from 35 nagar and 22 districts attended the programs. On 26 January Ghosh route marches were held at 31 places in which 839 Ghosh vadak participated. At 8 place a public Ghosh was played in public programs to honour the national flag.
‘Purmandal’ is a holy place on the banks of Devika river, 40 km away from Jammu. Once a center of Sanskrit learning, over e period of time this place had become a largely ignored and neglected place in spite of ancient temples and beautiful Dharma Shalas. To revive its importance a trust has been formed and activities like health camps, tree plantation have started. Village committees have been formed in the surrounding 30 villages.
As part of my tour program a big Yagya was organized at the place. Various initiatives for the village development are being launched.
The border areas of Jammu region suffer from indiscriminate firings across the border. As a consequence the people suffer from migration, disruption in education and health services and a general feeling of insecurity. Efforts have been launched to address these issues. As a primary step 457 villages out of total 701 were surveyed. A core committee has been formed with the help of various likeminded organizations. As a part of Sarkaryav tour a baithak of karyakartas working on these issues was arranged. 90 karyakartas attended the baithak. Schools. Hostels, single teacher schools, health centers, a drive for self sufficiency etc initiatives have been launched in 360 villages.
A Mallakhamb training cmap was organized by the Sharirik Vibhag in which 140 Bal Swayamsevaks from 6th to 8th standard were trained. After the training regular malkhab has started in 8 vidyarthi shakhas. A regular competition is also being held at various levels.
As a part of Sarsanghachalak tour a family get together ‘pariwar Sammelan’ was held. From a prepared list of invitees, it was attended by 1218 people.
Shakha Varshikotsav – ‘annual day’ program was celebrated at shskha level. 1275 Shakhas out of total 2646 Shakhas organized the event. Total 32000 Swayamsevaks and 847000 citizens attended the programs at various places.
Upakramshil Shakha toli Prashikshan – in Gaziabad vibhag, training camp was organized for the teams of active Shakas. Sah-Sarkaryavah Dr. Krishnagopal guided the camp. The Shakhas were expected to do minimum one program at shakha level before coming to the camp. 235 Shakhas had fufilled the criteria. A quiz was held based on the book ‘Main Ek Sadharan Swayamsevak’. Total 1396 Karyakartas were present, 805 from Shakha team and 541 other.
‘Sankalp Shibir’ was organized for the Pravasi karyakartas between the age range 18-45. Total 2228 karyakartas participated in the Shibir attended by P.P. Sarsahghachalak.
Birs Naad Ghosh Shibir – Ghos shibir was organized at Bokaro in the period 29 November to 2 December 2018. 365 Ghosh Vadaks from 76 places participated in the shibir attended by Akhil Bharatiya Sha-Sharirik Pramukh Shri. Jagadish Prasad.
Ramnavami Shobha Yatra – In spite of heavy obstacles at Government and administrative level, Ramnavami was celebrated by grand processions at 32 places. A total 5.3 lakh people participated in the processions including 1.5 lakh women, 600 saints and 11500 bike riders. It is notable that even as the W. Bengal Governments anti Hindu policies continue, people responded in large numbers.
For the last two years a route march is being organized at district level on a single day throughout the Prant. This year there was an ongoing agitation against the NRC act. In spite of the unrest 8099 Swayamsevaks attended the route march held in 30 districts.
Women meets were organized at Basti level in the Prant. In one such Sammelan at Guwahati organized in the Sarkaryavah tour, 3157 women from 152 bastis participated. On 26 january 2019 national flag hoisting ceremony was also held. An exhibition dedicated to the subjects like Bharatiya culture, brave women warriors was displayed on the occasion.
The Socio-political landscape of nation remains a mixture of some inspiring vents as well as some disquieting events which upset the social fabric. Sometimes the feelings of unrest, disappointment, apathy and anger dominate the social atmosphere. Efforts are needed at all levels to preserve the balance and to create an atmosphere of mutual trust amongst society.
Hindutva is neither secluded, rigid and nor uniform. Diversity and special modes of worship are our specialty. At local level, festivities, customs and traditions are varied across the states from east to west and from north to south. For hundreds of years the social life is flowing with such traditions and beliefs.
Reverence and values are the pivots of Hindu society. The accepted norms and traditions guide the social behavior. Hence, it is not just the legal process but social traditions and acceptance are also important here.
The Supreme Court, in the Sabarimala case, without taking into consideration all relevant entities and customs, delivered a judgment even without consideration of the different opinion of the lone women member of the bench.
It was not binding on the state Government to implement the decision in any stipulated time frame, but without understanding the nuances of the Judgment, the state Government has shown undue haste and political ill-will towards the Hindu society by facilitating forcible entry of non-Hindu and non-devotee women in the Temple.
In Ram-janmabhoomi case, instead of accelerating the judicial process to end the long drawn dispute, the Supreme Court has taken a surprising stand. That the Supreme Court should find no priority for this sensitive subject associated with deep faith of Hindu society is beyond understanding. We are experiencing that Hindus are constantly being neglected. While having full respect in the judicial system we would like to say emphatically that the Judgment on the dispute must expedite and remove the obstacles in constructing a grand Temple.
Recently the Ardh Kumbh concluded in Prayagraj. From the revered saints to the common devotees, all have witnessed sufficient and decent facilities, cleanliness and availability of clean flow of water for holy bath. A mammoth gathering has been peaceful and disciplined. The planning of the Government was quite appreciable.
On this occasion intellectual brainstorming sessions were also conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Government in association with various social institutions. Seminars were arranged on Samarasta, environment, youth and women issues. The saints of various sects came together in Kumbh to discuss the issue of ‘social inclusion.’
A grand ‘Netra Kumbh’ was organized with the help of various organizations which are active in the field of social service and health sector. Ophthalmic diagnosis service was given to 1,36,429 people and 1,01,705 spectacles were distributed. Eye surgery was also performed as per necessity.
Exclusive platform was provided to the artists and performers of the North East states. With many such initiatives, this ‘Ardh Kumbh’ has been a unique phenomenon.
Our nation will go through the election process in the coming months. It is always expected that elections should be held in healthy and congenial atmosphere. It is necessary that 100% voters exercise their constitutional right to cast vote. The development of nation and safeguarding its pride is possible only in the hands of a group which is honest and committed to the national interest. Therefore it is our national duty to be alert and to discharge our responsibility in the election process.
The external forces, with the help of some anti national internal elements, are giving shape to violent incidents. The attacks on the camps of Army and defense forces, intrusive attacks in the border areas by Pakistan Army, the recent Pulwama attack, the resultant deaths of citizens and security personnel, all this is very tragic. Nobody should take our tolerance as assign of our weakness.
All social and political forces have displayed a spirit of unity at such times. Along with that, it is necessary that Government should take stern action against anti national forces and people should feel a sense of security. Present Government is taking praiseworthy efforts in this direction.
It is necessary that along with administration, the common people should also be vigilant. The religious and social institutions which are doing the social awakening should do so more effectively and actively. Even educational institutions can play an important role in social awakening along with educational activities.
The Sangh karkaryakartas also should have more contact with the various positive social initiatives and activities. The well intentioned forces working in the national interest should succeed so that their impact will grow. We should be confident that we shall be able to bring all these positive forces together. In today’s favorable conditions if we do hard work then we will experience that we are moving ahead towards our goal.
Let us do our work as worship. The period in which we experienced neglect and apathy is over. Let us resolve to move ahead with courage, imagination and enthusiasm.
Let us remember Sant Kabir
मन के हारे हार है मन के जीते जित
कहे कबीर गुरु पाइये मन ही के परतीत