Bengaluru March 18, 2016: RSS Kshetreeya Sanghachalak V Nagaraj addressed Post-ABPS Press Conference at Rashtrotthana Parishat, Bengaluru on Friday evening.
The details of the Press Briefing has been mentioned below.
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Press Release on proceedings held at Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha – 2016
Annual meeting of Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the highest body for policy formulation and decision making of Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was held on March 11, 12 and 13 of 2016 at premises of Sharada Bal Niketan, Sharadapura of Nagaur in Rajasthan. RSS Sarasanghachalak Sri Mohan Bhagwat and Sarakaryavah (General Secretary) Sri Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi will chair the 3-day proceedings
Sarakaryavah (General Secretary) Sri Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi presented the annual report for the year 2015-16 which said that there is an increase in number of RSS Shakhas across the country.
Shakha Statistics: 2015-2016:
Sthan-Places): 36867 (Last year 33233)
Shakha-Daily: 56859 (Last Year 51332)
Milan-Weekly: 13784 (Last Year 12487)
Mandali -Monthly: 8226 (Last Year 9008)
RSS Vistaraks (Short duration Full time Volunteers) increased, almost doubled than last year.
2015-16 : 14,592
Sangh Shiksha Varg (OTC):
Total Vargs: 83
First Year: 17835
Second Year: 3715
Third Year: 875
1st Vishesh: 1795
3rd Vishesh: 611
1,12,520 RSS Swayamsevaks from 33,233 Shakhas got trained in Prathamik Shiksha Varg (ITC) at various states across Bharat last year.
RSS ABPS meet paid homage to eminent personalities expired since November 2015. They include 1) Shri Ashok ji Singhal – Margdarshak of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, (2)Shri Madhu ji Limaye – Former Prant Pracharak, Assam, (3) Shri Mukundrao Panshikar – Akhil Bharatiya karyakarini member and Dharmjagran vibhag pramukh, (4) Shri Sanjay Kulaspurkar – Organising secretory, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Assam Kshetra, (5) Man. Rajnarayan Thakur – Delegate of Pratinidhi Sabha and Mahanagar Sanghchalak of Muzaffarnagar, (6) Shri Krishnachandra Suryavanshi – Senior pracharak and former Akhil Bhartiya treasurer of Kisan Sangh, Madhyabharat (7) Shri Ramduar Singh – Organising Secretory of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Rajasthan, (8) Shri Nityanand ji – Former Prant karyavah, Uttarakhand, (9) Shri Arunbhai Yardi – Former Akhil Bhartiya President of A.B.V.P., Gujrat, (10) Shri Nekshyam Shamseri – Former Kshetra Sanghchalak, Paschim Uttarpradesh Kshetra, (11) Shri Virendra Prasad Agrawal – Former Prant Sanghchalak, Jaipur Prant, (12) Shri Jagannatha Gupta – Former President of V.H.P. and Kalyan Ashram, Jaipur Prant, (13) Shri Sujit – Swayamsevak, Kannur Dist., (14) Dr. K.N.Sengottaiyan– President, Sewa Bharti, Tamilnadu, (15) Shri J. Damodar Rao – Former M.L.A. and former President of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh – Telangana, (16) Shri V. Rama Rao – Former Rajyapal of Sikkim, (17) Shri Sharad Joshi – Farmer’s leader from Maharashtra, (18) Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed – Chief Minister of Jammu-Kashmir, (19) Shri A. B. Burdhan – Mazdoor leader, (20) Shri Balram Jakhad – Former speaker of Loksabha, (21) Shri Bhanvarlal Jain – Renowned Industrialist from Jalgaon, (22) Shri Mangesh Padgaonkar – Renowned Poet, Maharashtra, (23) Shri Saeed Jaffery – Cine artist, (24) Shrimati Sadhana – Cine artist, (25) Shrimati Mrunalini Sarabhai – Wellknown Dancer. 26) Acharya Baldev ji- Gurukul Kalwa,27) P A Sangma, Former Lok Sabha Speaker.
The Akhil Bharateeya Pratinidhi Sabha mourns the death of all those who lost their lives in the unprecedented floods in Chennai and due to natural calamities elsewhere, people who lost their lives in terrorist attacks, and our jawans, who laid their life while protecting our borders and those who were killed in the Siachen avalanche. May God give “Sadgati” to departed souls. We pay our homage to them.
Resolution No. 1
Need for effective health care and easy access to affordable medical services
It is most essential to pursue healthy and hygienic life style and provide access to medical facilities to the common people, for ensuring healthy and disease free life for all the citizens. Today, when the diseases arising out of unhealthy life styles are growing fast, medical services are becoming out of access for common citizens due to forbidding cost. Consequently, innumerable families are either getting indebted or large number of families are even deprived of their means of subsistence for want of treatment of the earning members of the family. Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha expresses its deep concern over this state.
For the sound health, it is most necessary to accord significance to healthy diet, way of -living and lifestyle along with virtuousness, spirituality, yog, daily exercise and cleanliness. Children should be vaccinated timely. It is also very significant that society becomes free from all kinds of intoxications. Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha is of the opinion that all the conscious citizens, including the sawaymsevaks should endeavour to arouse wider public awareness in this direction.
On account of concentration of medical facilities in the large towns, there is shortage of medical facilities in the remote and rural areas. Large number of people is deprived of medical facilities due to inadequate medical facilities and shortage of medical personnel, and the long queues for admission, diagnosis and treatment. Rising cost of medical education is one of the major causes for the expensive medical services and deterioration in their quality and credibility. Quality medical services should be accessible to all citizens, including women and children in the country. For this, well functioning medical services of all kinds and systems need to be expanded across the country especially in rural and tribal areas. Information technology should be effectively used for the continuity in treatment and expert counsel.
Hospitals run by various social, religious and community organizations with charitable and philathropic attitude at various places in the country, have been providing treatment to the common people in society very effectively and judiciously. Government support needs to be extended to such endeavours, worth emulation. Appreciating all such endeavors, the Pratinidhi Sabha calls upon the country’s industry groups, voluntary and social organizations and charitable trusts to further come forward in this direction. From this perspective, public and community partnerships and co-operative institutions need to be promoted.
The schemes of free distribution of medicines started in some states in last few years and the proposal made for 3000 generic medicine centres by the central government in the recent budget are welcome moves. To bring medicines within the reach of common people, promotion of generic medicines, effective control of drug prices and making of the patents regime humane is necessary. To ensure the quality of medicines, they should be regularly tested in the laboratories. Standardisation and development of methods of testing of medicines of Ayurvedic, Unani and other systems is also important.
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha calls upon all the countrymen, including swayamsevaks, voluntary organisations and the government to endeavour to make lives of all citizens disease free by awakening the society for healthy life style, child and mother’s healthcare, eradication of malnourishment and deaddiction against intoxication. For making all kinds of medical services accessible to common people, the central and state governments should bring requisite improvement in the infrastructure, policies and procedures, with the allocation of adequate resources. For this, coordinated expansion, regulation, teaching and research be promoted in all the systems of medicine, and the regulatory mechanism and statutory provisions be executed transparently.
Resolution No. 2. Accessible, affordable and quality education for all
Education is an essential means for the development of any nation and society for which; both the society and government are responsible for nourishing, promoting and patronizing it. Education is a tool for nurturing the seeds of attributes and potentialities of a pupil for development of his holistic personality. It is a primary responsibility of the government in a welfare state to ensure education and healthcare to every citizen along with food, clothing, shelter and work.
Bharat is a country with the highest number of youngsters. It is the responsibility of the government and society to make unhindered appropriate education available to its youth according to their aptitude, ability and quality for their participation in the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the nation. Today, all the parents want to impart good education to their wards. When there is appreciable rise in the number of pupils acquiring education, it has become difficult for them to get affordable quality education. Inadequate allocation on education and lack of priority to education in government policy during the preceding years has left open this field to the institutions with the motive of profit. Today, poor students are deprived of appropriate quality education. As a consequence, the growing economic disparity in the society is a serious concern for the whole nation.
In the contemporary education scenario, the governments must come forward towards its responsibility of allocating adequate resources and formulating appropriate policies. There is a need to curb the rising commercialization of the education sector so that the pupils are not compelled to acquire education at unaffordable costs.
The government should strengthen the autonomous self-regulatory mechanism for the education institutions in terms of their quality, infrastructure, services conditions, fees and standards so that its policies and are implemented in a transparent manner.
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha is of the opinion that every child should get value based, nationalistic, employment-oriented and skill-based education in an atmosphere of equal opportunity. It is utmost essential to ensure proper training, appropriate salaries and strengthen the dutifulness of the teachers to enhance their standard; both in state run and private schools.
Traditionally our society has played a vital role in providing affordable quality education to the common man. In today’s context also, all the social, religious organizations, corporates, educationists and eminent people should come forward in this direction owning their responsibility.
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha calls upon the Central and State Governments and local bodies to ensure availability of requisite resources and necessary statutory mechanisms for imparting affordable quality education to all. It also appeals to the society to come forward in this noble cause of imparting education especially in the rural, tribal and undeveloped areas so that a worthy, able and knowledge driven society is created which will play its important role in the development and upliftment of the nation.
Resolution No. 3
Practice Samarasata in day to day life
Bharat is an ancient nation and it has a hoary tradition of thought process. It is our realization and conviction that both the animate and inanimate world are born out of a single element and the same element resides in all the living beings. All the human beings are equal as the same divinity uniformly pervades every being. Rishis, Munis, Saints, Gurus and social reformers have strengthened this truth by their experiences and conduct.
Whenever our social structures and day to day conduct remained commensurate with these pre-eminent ideals then Bharat has been an integral, prosperous and invincible nation. When there was an erosion in practicing this noble philosophy of life, the society degenerated, a feeling of caste based disparity increased and an inhuman evil like untouchabilty was born.
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha is of the opinion that each individual should conduct oneself with samarasata ( social harmony ) in day to day personal, family and societal life on the basis of our eternal and timeless life ideals. It is this conduct that will eradicate caste discrimination, untouchability and mutual distrust from the society and all of us will experience an integral and samaras life free of exploitation.
Nation draws its strength from the society and strength of the society lies in the integrity, spirit and conduct of harmony and fraternity. Our eternal ideals have the ability to create this. One should have conduct based on affinity, dignity and equality for all others as described in ‘Atmavat Sarvabhooteshu’ (all other beings treated as oneself), ‘Adweshta Sarva Bhootanam’ (malice towards none) and ‘Ek Noor te sab jag upja, Kaun bhaley, kau mandey’ ( From that one light the whole world was born, so how one is superior and other inferior). Any kind of discriminatory behavior and evil like untouchaility should be uprooted altogether. For the smooth functioning of the society, it is utmost essential that all the social and religious institutions in the society need to steer the course based on our hoary ideals of life.
Since time immemorial several great personalities and social reformers of our society have presented an integral view point of the ideal social life to the nation, emphasizing on the changes in the individual and community conduct consistent with time, place and circumstances for the creation of the society based on equality and free of exploitation. Their lives, ideals and actions are forever a source of inspiration to the society.
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha humbly appeals to all the revered Saints, preachers, intellectuals and social activists to actively contribute to the enlightenment of the society in this context. The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha exhorts all the citizens alongwith swayamsevaks to maintain a conduct with samarasata and appeals to all the social and religious organizations to make every possible effort to strengthen this feeling of samarasata.
RSS on Four National Scenarios:
- Women and Temple entry: –In the last few days, some social elements inimical to the wellbeing of the society have raised an unsavoury controversy over women’s entry to temple. From the hoary past, we have been following a lofty tradition in which, in the religious and spiritual spheres, in matters of worship and piety, both men and women are naturally considered to be equal partners. Generally, both men and women are naturally permitted entry into the temples without any discrimination. Women also have been learning the Vedas and officiating as priests in temples in the natural course.
However, because of some unfair traditions, at certain places there has been a lack of consensus on the question of temple entry. Wherever such problems exist, attempts should be made to bring about a change of mind through proper discussions. It has to be borne in mind that such sensitive issues should not be politicised, and should be resolved only through discussion and dialogue, and not through agitations.
From the point of view of social well-being, through the joint efforts of social and religious leadership, and the temple administration, attempt should be made to bring about a change in mentality at every level.
2) Security Agencies are target of anti national forces:- Repeated attacks being made targeting the Security Agencies in the last few decades, has become a big challenge to our security arrangements. Our security forces have been successful in repulsing all such attempts made by our enemies, through their valiant fight. The latest example of such attacks is the one made against our Pathankot Air Force Base recently.
It is necessary to further tighten the security arrangements and make them foolproof so as to ensure that such incidents are not repeated anymore. Reviewing the efficiency of the Security Forces, the materials at their disposal, as also the officers in charge, necessary changes should be made.
To curb activities such as Illegal migration, smuggling, Pak-inspired terrorism, such activities should be strictly observed for taking remedial action. With this view, it is necessary to review the infrastructural facilities to develop border areas, border security, and the materials, from time to time.
It seems that Pakistan’s India policy is decided by the Military Establishment and not by the elected government. The incidents from Mumbai to Pathankot testify this. Presently, the whole world is concerned about the growing menace of terrorism.
3) Growing Communal frenzy in the country :- Incidents of violence and terrorist attacks at different places in the country have become a matter of grave concern for the patriotic and peace-loving people, and the law and order machinery. Under the pretext of small and big issues, people at different places, armed with weapons taking to the roads in large numbers and creating an atmosphere of fear and tension, as happened in Malda, has become endemic now a days.
Incidences of destruction of public and private property, attacking the police force throwing the rule of law to the winds, looting and burning of business establishments, especially those run by Hindus, had taken place. Political parties, giving up their policy of appeasement, should take such incidents seriously and cooperate to restore the law and order situation and peace. This will be possible only when political parties and the ruling parties shed their petty and parochial political interests, and make a combined effort in the right direction. No political party or person is more important than the national security. It is the responsibility of an efficient and strong government to instill confidence in the people about their security.
(4) University Campuses become hotbed of antinational activities: – In the last few months, reports about antinational and subversive activities in certain universities, has become a matter of concern. When renowned and premier universities, which are expected to groom patriotic citizens by imparting them the lessons of unity and integrity generate people who raise the slogan calling for breaking of and destroying the nation, this naturally becomes a matter of concern for the patriotic people. When they find certain political parties supporting such antinational elements, their concern grows further.
In the name of freedom of expression, how the slogans calling for the breaking up of and destruction of the nation, can be tolerated, and how the guilty, who had hatched the conspiracy to blow up the national Parliament, can be honoured as martyrs? Doing so it, itself will be treated as an antinational act. Those who do such things have no faith in our Constitution, judiciary, Parliament, etc. These subversive elements have made these universities the centres of their activities for long.
It is very delightful that the moment the reports about these incidents became public, there was all round condemnation from everywhere. We expect from the Central and State governments to deal strictly with such antinational and antisocial forces and ensure the sanctity and cultural atmosphere by not allowing our educational institutions to become centers of political activities.
Such incidents that pollute the social environment are sure to affect the social life.
The change that took place in the political sphere last year, has made people in Bharat and the Bharatiyas living abroad happy and proud. This mood has been discernible in programmes conducted by people of Indian origin in other world countries.
At the global level, the celebration of the “Yoga Day” by a majority of world nations is an indication of the acceptance of Bharatiya spiritual thought and way of life by the world at large.
The expectations of our people have naturally increased and an atmosphere of confidence has developed. Therefore we expect those who are in power to accelerate the process that has paved the way for this new-found confidence and make it more pronounced.
The acceptance the nationalist discourse has been gaining steadily and the resultant unease among the antinational and antisocial forces has come to light through certain recent incidents. The antinational activities at the Bhagyanagar (Hyderabad) University and the J.N.U. have thoroughly exposed their conspiracy.
Violent agitations in Gujarat and Haryana for the demand of reservation are not only a challenge.
RSS announced change in Ganavesh:
In a major morphological change within the organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today announced the change in Ganavesh (Uniform) from its traditional Khakhi Shorts to Wood Brown or also called ‘Coffee Coloured’ Trousers or Long Pants (Covering from the waist to the ankles). The announcement was made by RSS Sarakaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi at the press conference at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) at Nagaur, Rajasthan.
RS on reservation demand by affluent class:
“Reservation has helped the weaker sections of the society. If the affluent section of the society demands reservation, then it does not sound good. This reflects a deviation from the thought of Dr BR Ambedkar and the Constitution”, stated RSS.
Press Release Issued by
Vishwa Samvada Kendra, RSS Media Centre, Karnataka
March 18, 2016