Annual Report submitted by RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi at ABPS-2012
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha )ABPS)
16, 17, 18 March 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.
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 tour vargas 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 utsav of Kochi and bouddhik programmes at Bhagyanagar and Nagpur deserve special mention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 prants campaigns 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).
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 Sangh work 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.
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.
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. Shakhas in rural areas contributed to a great extent in implementation of this program.
‘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.
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, a karyakarta sammelan and Hindu 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 1800 swayamsevak 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.
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.
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.