P. P. Sarsanghchalakji, respected all India office bearers, respected members of Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (National Executive), respected Sanghchaalakji, and my colleague Karyavah of respective states and regions, members of Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (National collegium of delegates), and distinguished sisters and brothers involved in various segments of social activities; I extend my heartfelt welcome to you all in this important historic city of Jaipur for this Pratinidhi Sabha of Yugabd 5114 and March 2013.
At the outset, we remember with respect, all those great human beings who dedicated their whole life for the wellbeing of our nation and have left us during the year. Shri Shrikantji Joshi, who successfully took up any responsibility given to him by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and worked hard with complete dedication and concentration, left us working till the last moments of his life. Spreading happiness and smiles, Karmyayogi Shri Surendra Singhji Chauhan, who presented us with a successful model of ‘model’ village with his thoughts and hard work, left for his heavenly abode after a brief illness. A person with gifted and deep intellect, Shri Bapusaheb Kendurkar from Pune left us even as he worked for the society till his last breath. Former Organising Secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Shri Nanaji Joshi, Pune, who worked throughout his life like an ascetic even as he carried out his family responsibilities, is also no more with us.
Shri Bhaiyyaji Gaadhe, A pracharak from earlier generation who faced and overcame adversities with his calm and sweet nature, Shri Nana Laabhe an ideal example of simple living, high thinking who inspired people all over the country for improvement of hand writing system and travelled tirelessly through life, left us suddenly; senior prachaarak from Nagpur, soft spoken Shri Sharadrao Chauthaiwale who bore with physical pains cheerfully too left us. Absence of these brother colleagues shall always sit heavy on our hearts.
Sadguru Shri Jagjit Singhji Namdhari, who was associated Vishwa Hindu Parishad since its inception and had a respectful place in the hearts of disciples brethren, Highly revered seer of Adichunchangiri Math P.P. Balgangadharanathji, who attained highly respected place in the society, left for their heavenly abodes, leaving behind their grieving followers.
Former veteran pracharak, Shri Kailashpati Mishra who was Finance Minister in Bihar government and governor of Gujarat and Rajasthan; Shri Devakinandan Mathur who played a stellar role in Bharat Vikas Parishad’s growth and rehabilitation of physically handicapped in South Bihar, Shri Sudheerji Davande, treasurer of Vidarbha Prant of Saksham left this world, working for the cause till the end.
Prof. S. R. Rao, eminent archeologist from Karnataka who bestowed dignity to department of archeology with his scholarly work and was involved in re-discovery of Lothal and Dwarka; Shri Balasaheb Thackery who dominated political space for more than 50 years with his powerful writings and speeches and gave new direction to politics; renowned Sitar master and recipient of Bharat Ratna, Pandit Ravi Shankar, accepting Gandhiji’s thoughts with full commitment and dedicating his life for the good of the society, Shri Thakurdasji Bang, former Prime Minister Shri Inder Kumar Gujral, former Cabinate minister and vice president of planning commission Shri K. C. Pant, former chief secretory of Arunachal Pradesh and ex-president of Vidya Bharathi Arunachal Shri Jikom Riba - went behind the curtains of times.
Founder Chairman of Cadilla Pharma, and renowned world over, Shri Indravadan Modi passed away at the age of 87.
Shrimati Jashuben Shilpi from Gujarat, whose sculpting was recognized and appreciated world over, and who made sculptures of many Indian leaders is no more with us.
Chancellor of Guwahati University, Marxist intellectual, and one who led many agitations, Shri Dev Prasad Barooah; Shri Sitaram Sutia, who played important role in struggle for independence and was involved with the biggest religious movement Shriman Shankar Dev Sangh completed their journey on Earth.
People who died during the sacred Kumbh in Prayag due to mismanagement, people who suffered due to various terrorist attacks, our soldiers who sacrificed their lives on Kashmir border due to inhuman treatment meted out by Pakistanis; all these pious souls will always be remembered by us. Incidents took place in Delhi and other parts of country of Women’s molestation and then murder are very painful.
Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha condoles the deaths of all such known and unknown brethren, and presents its respectful tribute to these great souls.
Present status of Sangh work:
We are all aware that Sangh Shiksha Vargas have a special importance in our organizational structure in training the swayamsevaks. Last year, 52 Sangh Shiksha Vargas (RSS Training Camps) were held in 50 places. 12549 trainees in first year vargas from 7408 places, 3063 trainees in second year vargas from 2320 places and 1003 trainees from 923 places participated in third year Sangh Shiksha Varg. Special vargas like normal Sangh Shiksha vargas were organized in 2012-13 too. 1218 trainees from 895 places participated in first year and 768 trainees from 621 places in second year Sangh Shiksha Varg took part in these vargas.
According to the information collected from all over Bharat, 42981 Shakhas are being run in 28788 places. Sangh work is also being carried through 9557 Saptahik Milans (weekly get togethers) and 7178 Sanghmandlis (monthly get togethers).
Good plans have been made in all the states this year for expanding Sangh shakhas. As a result there has been growth in shakha work both in terms of quantity and quality. Everybody will have to pay attention to stability and quality of shakhas so this momentum carries on.
Status report of organizational work:
1. Shareerik vibhag (Physical training) – Shareerik vibhag had presented Prahar Yagna programme for shakhas this year and the report is quite satisfactory.
Prahar yagna- Prahar yagna was organized in 15924 shakhas. 1,66,959 swayamsevaks took part in this Prahar Yagna and did 5,71,76,520 Prahar totally. 18421 Swayamsevaks did more than 1000 prahars.
2. Bouddhik vibhag (Intellectual training) – Like earlier years, special training workshop of selected 78 swayamsevaks was held in Bhopal. 40 karyakartas made presentations. We could test their intellectual prowess.
3. Prachar Vibhag (Media) – 25 states organized letter writing workshops in 2012-13, in which 2248 swayamsevaks took part.
Training workshops for karyakartas were arranged so they could participate in TV debates and discussions. Around 100 brothers and sisters took part in TV debates in 50 different channels in different States.
182 journalists in 82 places were felicitated on the occasion of Naarad Jayanti. Intellectuals and journalists were present in good numbers in all these programmes. This programme was organized by Vishwa Samvad Kendra in coordination with Prachar Vibhag.
31 Jagaran patrikas are reaching 1.7 lac villages all over Bharat broadcasting news and nationalist views to these villages.
Well planned approach to ‘Social media’ has seen good number of people willing to join Sangh through its website. Around 1500 people have shown interest in joining Sangh each month through the site.
Special programmes organized in various states:
1. Dakshn Bang (Southern Bengal) – A Youth Camp was organized on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand in Southern Bengal in January 2013, that was open only to youth between the age of 15 to 40 years. 9115 youths from 2052 places participated in this camp held in Kalyani. It is a big achievement for Sangh work in Dakshin Bang. It is worth mentioning that sanyasis from Ramkrishna Math too participated in this camp. Presence of 25000 citizens from nearby villages and towns in the valedictory function is notable.
2. Poorva Andhra (Eastern Andhra Pradesh) – ‘Hindu ChaitanyaShibir’ (Hindu Awakening Camp) for which preparations were going on for nearly a year, will prove to be an important mile stone in the growth of Sangh work in Poorva Andhra. Bharatiya Pragnya Exhibition (Exhibition about Indian Intellectual prowess) was able to arouse a sense of pride in the people who visited it. About 1.25 lac brethren visited this exhibition. 17233 swayamsevaks from 2404 places took part in this camp. The Matrusammelan (Get together of mothers) saw a presence of 10000 mothers, Prabuddha Sammelan (Get together of Intellectuals) was attended by 960 people, and it is worth mentioning that Sant Sammelan (Get together of Sants of various religious sects) was graced by 72 Sants. Presence of 60000 people during the valedictory programme was beyond the expectations of the organizers.
3. Pashchim Andhra (Western Andhra Pradesh) – A special camp of ghosh (band), named ‘GhoshTarang’ was held in Pashchim Andhra in which 865 players participated. Approximately 8000 citizens were witness to this unique event. Reputed persons from Music and Art are In “Swagat Samiti” made for this programme.
4. Malwa Prant Ekatrikaran (Get together) –Sangh work is growing rapidly since last few years in Malwa (part of administrative Madhya Pradesh). The state team had decided to organize this programme for a short time and it proved to be an immensely memorable event due to hard work put in by the karyakartas. 83345 swayamevaks from 3991 places took part in this get together. It is worth mentioning that all the localities (vasaties) of 108 cities and towns were represented in this get-together. Event was minutely planned so that inspite of being such a massive programme, no difficulties were faced by the people due to traffic jams that might have ensued. Administration, media and citizens were highly appreciative of this meticulous planning.
5. Karnataka Dakshin (Karnataka Southern) – Mangalore division of Karnataka Southern has highly intensive Sangh organization. Mangalore is, otherwise, considered an administrative district. State has only recently declared Udupi as a district. Presently all the villages in this division have some or the other form of Sangh work. Mangalore division also organized a massive get-together in the month of February. 1080 villages out of 1500 villages, 2786 localities out of 3015 were represented by 85347 swayamsevak participants in full Sangh uniform.
In the preparatory phase of this programme, 247 short term vistaaraks (full time volunteers) left homes, while 457 karyakartas worked full time for preparations though they stayed at home, and over 15000 swayamevak gatnayaks (team leaders) worked tirelessly. Their efforts resulted in the success of this massive programme.
One thing worth mentioning about the programmes organized by Malwa and Dakshin Karnataka is that these huge get-togethers were organized only on the basis of oral instructions and messages, without resorting to any printed literature. Strength of organizational structure of Sangh was illustrated through these programmes. Both the programmes and programmes held in Kolkata and Poorva Andhra saw the presence of respected P.P.Sarsanghchalakji.
6. Konkan prant – On the occasion of 150th year of Swami Vivekanand, Konkan prant organized a 3 day camp for college students. 1467 students participated in this camp. 546 students from 11,12 th class, 323 from college level, 535 from medical, Engineering and L.L.B. and 63 are post graduate students.
7. Jaipur prant- Jaipur prant organized a camp for Sanghkaryakartas who hold some responsible positions in the organization and trained karyakartas during the tour programme of respected P.P. Sarsanghchaalakji in September, 2012. Camp was to be attended only by karyartas who worked at shakha team level and swayamsevaks who have been trained in Sangh Shiksha Varg. Participants presented physical drills (shareerik) and group songs (sanghik geet). There were different workshops/baithaks for different categories of karyakartas depending upon their responsibilities. 6968 karyakartas from 1946 places attended this camp.
8. Uttar Tamilnadu Prant – On the occasion of Rathasaptami, Suryanamaskar programme was held in the prant. All 675 shakhas participated in this programme. 10721 Swayamsevaks took part in the programme and made 2,22,932 Suryanamskars in total.
All the above programmes give us glimpse of organizational might of Sangh. We are confident that follow up action plans are also being worked out carefully in all these places. These programmes also indicate the future growth of our work. All these programmes saw positive participation and support of citizens and media.
Year 2012-13 saw some important events taking place in our country. Some events are inspiring while some subjects need awakening and thinking is required at all levels of the society.
1. Conspiracy of Pakistani army to intrude into our borders- Incident of Pakistani forces intruding into Bharat Territory and horrendous attack on Bharat soldiers is not an ordinary incident. It is clear that it is a conspiracy hatched by committed terrorist group dedicated to Pakistani cause. Intelligence Bureau also seems to have the same view. Decapitating martyr Hemraj’s head and leaving it behind on the Indian border illustrates the savagery of Pakistan. Pro-Pakistani Jihadi groups are putting into act anti-Bharat programme. Presence of anti-Bharat forces is a big threat for the nation. Need of the hour is that our government take these incidents very seriously. Presence of well armed and strong military forces alone can keep up and raise the morale of the common citizenry. Government of Bharat should take right strategic policies suited to current scenario and generate confidence in our people about security of our borders.
2. Infiltration, an elaborate conspiracy –Sustained illegal infiltration from Bangladesh since independence is taking a critical shape now. Bangladeshi nationals entering the Bharat borders, ostensibly in search of employment, are influencing the centers of power and disturbing the peace of the land acquiring citizenship by illegal means. They are not just disturbing the balance of population, but are also creating a challenging situation for Hindu society in those areas. The recent incidents in North-East are specially raising concerns in the mind of right thinking people that this is a part of well planned conspiracy. It is tragic that there are elements in our own country that are helping those evil forces.
It would be a mistake to look at the recent widespread rioting in Kokrajhar as only a local dispute. This incident should be looked at as a part of an elaborate conspiracy. These rounds of violence have been going on for years in Assam, but infiltrators had to face strong opposition for the first time and had to vacate some areas. To counter this, these elements made a show of strength with the help of their local supporters, and the incident was no more limited to that region but spread as far as Mumbai, where these supporters staged violent protests under the aegis of Raza Academy and challenged the citizens of this country openly. There were attempts by these elements to threaten and force people from North East studying or employed in various parts of the country, to return to their native places. Sangh Swayamsevaks and members of organization inspired by Sangh made all efforts for the youths of Norh East in cities such as Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi to stay back by providing them security. It is unfortunate that the so called secularists are raising the fear of threat to security of minorities and refuse to recognize this dire challenge.
3. Power hungry politics – Instead of efforts to bring minorities into the mainstream of national life along with Hindus, there is a competition to adopt policies of minority appeasement. Considering Muslims no more than a vote bank, the Home Minister is making false, malicious and baseless charges that the people responsible for terrorism represent ‘Hindu, Saffron, Sangh and BJP’ and showing their anti-Hindu mentality. Persons talking about ‘Hindu terrorism’ do not have guts to take action against people or organizations openly involved in terrorist activities. It is the result of the same appeasement policy that an elected representative of an assembly can openly appeal for violence against Hindus and the administration dithers in taking action against him.
The recent attacks on temples and Hindu settlements in 24 Pragana District and the bomb blasts in Bhagyanagar (Hyderabad) reflect the growing Islamic extremism. Post hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru, the statements and reactions issued by the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir and other leaders are a matter of concern.
4. Suspicious Arms deals – Wide spread corruption in Arms deals, is a matter of grave concern and saddens us. Can the Ministry of Defence shrug of its responsibility by shifting the blame on Officers of the Armed Forces? It would not be in the interest of the country and would lower the faith of the common people of people holding high posts in Armed Forces, and Ministry of Defence fall under the cloud of suspicion. This kind of degrading politics and corrupt system is highly destructive for the nation.
5. Incidents of violence against women –Society is deeply hurt due to recent incidents of violence against women. This is the result of corrosion in ethical values and our social life. How can social life be secured against the distortions that have come about in our society in the name of modernization? Can the situation change by putting the responsibility on security system or policing and improving law and order situation?
Social, Educational and religious institutions will have to ponder over their role in the society. Answer to this problem will be found in following ethical and moral life style.
6. ‘Sarhad ko Pranam’ organized by FINS – 50 years have passed since China’s attack in 1962. This was a war in which Indian Army had to face defeat. Utilizing this event, Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) embarked on an ambitious programme. Youth of the nation should see the borders of our country once, understand the problems of border area, meet the inhabitants of these areas, talk to soldiers who put their lives on line to defend the country and return with a resolve to protect the borders of our country. This was the thought behind organizing this ‘Sarhad ko Pranam’ (Saluting the borders) programme. Responding to the humble request made by FINS, Sangh swayamsevaks took part in this big event and made it successful.
An age limit of 18 years to 35 years was set for the participants. Efforts were made that all the districts of India be represented in this exercise. 5679 youth from nearly all the districts participated in this programme. International borders pass through 15 states of our country. Young volunteers reached the borders in all the states. They took along sacred waters of their respective places and took back sacred soil of the border which they visited. Human chain called ‘Seema Suraksha Shrinkhala’ was formed along with the local residents. 1,08,105 local brothers and sisters participated in this human chain. 7700 volunteers participated in managing the programme. This programme was successful in awakening the youth about the security of our borders.
7. Swami Vivekanand Shaardh Shati Samaroh (Celebrations on 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand) – Celebrations began informally on 25th December, 2012 as ‘Sankalp divas’. So far, support and participation of common people has been highly impressive and motivating. Sankalp divas for volunteer karyakartas was organized at 9370 places, in which 4,46,969 men and 90,715 women took part. Shobhayatras organized on 12th January saw unprecedented participation of citizens. Participation of non-Hindu brethren along with Hindus underlines the social goodwill. These celebratory yatras took place in 1373 localities in which more than 48 lacs peoples participated. Collective Suryanamaskar programme not only had young boys and girls but also people of all age groups taking part. 26597 schools from 6697 places took part all over Bharat in this programme. 64,17,401 students and 7,25,400 other citizens, i.e. in total 71,43,801 people participated in this Suryanamaskar programme. This is a high water mark by itself.
‘Vishal Hindu Sangam’ was organized in the tribal area in Bodla village in Chhattisgarh state as a part of 150th anniversary celebrations. On the auspicious occasion of ‘MauniAmavasya’ (Magh Krishna amavasya) on 10th February 2013, highly revered Shankaracharya Vasudevanand Saraswati, respected P.P.Sarsanghchalakji and Chief Minister Of the State graced the Hindu Sangam. 1, 25,000 villagers from 1500 villages attended this grand event. Strong feeling of Hindutva and an organized power rising above all the differences is the only answer to the problems of Naxalims, conversions, social inequity; this was the message that was successfully conveyed by this massive Sangam.
In Srilanka on this occasion of Shaardh Shati Samoroh Hindu Sangam was organized. Presence of 10,000 people and reponse to other programmes was cheerful.
We hope that the forthcoming programmes will also see similar level of impressive social participation by common people. The indications we get from the success of these programmes tell us that understanding the relevance of message of Swami Vivekanand in present times even after lapse of 150 years, society should stand up with resolve on its strong foundations of its own intellectual prowess.
8. Kumbh celebrations in Prayag – Massive Hindu congregation took place on the sacred soil of Trivenisangam in Prayag. A meeting of ‘Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal’ of Vishwa Hindu Parishad took place on this occasion. This meeting was graced by Sadhus, Sants of different sects and faiths, Dharmacharyas, Mahamandaleshwars, revered Shankaracharya etc. P. Sarsanghchalakji also delivered speech on this occasion. In-depth analysis and discussions about problems being faced by Hindu society were done in this meeting. Resolve to build a grand Ram temple was specially made again.
As per ruling of Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court pronounced on 30 Sep, 2010, it is clear that the very place where ‘Ram lalaa’ resides now, is the birth place of Lord Ram. This place should now be handed over to Hindus as per promise made by Muslim society earlier before the judgment, and way be paved for a grand temple there. But, Hindu society feels that hurdles have not yet been cleared. Margdarshak Mandal has passed a resolution appealing for Mahajagaran (grand awakening) and Maha anushthan (grand programme). Respected Sants expect Hindu society to put in all its strength to make these programmes successful. Respected Sants firmly believe that such an awakened power alone can pave the way for construction of the grand temple.
We are celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand this year. His thoughts inspire us and give us energy and strength. Therefore, we should study his thoughts regularly.
Swami ji says, “If we were to analyse our failure critically, we shall come to the conclusion that in 99% cases, reason is that we did not pay attention to the resources. It is necessary that we pay attention to the strength, purity and completeness of means. We should have faith that if means are correct, then goal shall be achieved.”
Our means are our shakha and the swayamsevak moulded through it. More accomplished this resource is, more would be chances of our dream of prosperous nation getting fulfilled.