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RSS for accessible, affordable and quality education for all

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Prof Aniruddh Deshpande, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh addressed a press conference on RSS ABPS -Day-2 March 12-2106
Prof Aniruddh Deshpande, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh addressed a press conference on RSS ABPS -Day-2 March 12-2106

Nagaur, Rajasthan: The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh on the second day of the 3-day meeting of Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the highest body for policy formulation and decision making of RSS, passed a major resolution on affordable, accessible and quality education for all common citizens.

The Resolution on Accessible, affordable and quality education for all, which was passed today on the second day of the 3-day ABPS meeting here, says that 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.

The RSS resolution says: 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.”

Letter to Modi exposes double standard of US Legislators

Lalit Shastri

We have a situation in the US where a presidential nominee wants to banish the Muslims, where black men, without any provocation and children playing with toy guns are shot by the police, where gun rights take precedence over human rights.

Several Legislators, who are Members of Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a US Congressional Human Rights Caucus (CHRC), have chosen to turn a blind eye to the prevailing situation in the US.They neither bothered to oppose the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) nor speak against the ban on the communists= movement in their country. Instead they have turned their attention to India and selectively criticised it for “violation of human rights of the minorities.”
Tom Lantos Human rights CommissionEight senators and twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the Co-Chairs and thirteen other members of the Human Rights Commission, last Wednesday placed themselves on the high pedestal and shot a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveying their “grave concerns” about the increasing intolerance and violence experienced by members of religious minority communities in India. Of course they began their letter on a diplomatic note by recognising India’s long-standing commitment to inclusion and tolerance. They have also acknowledged and reiterated strong support to the partnership that exists between India and the US and in the same stroke they have also expressed concern about the increasing intolerance and violence that the members of the religious minorities “experience” in India.

A press statement by Tom Lantos Human rights Commission said: “The (US) legislators have urged Prime Minister Modi to turn words into deeds by taking steps to enforce the rule of law and protect communities from religiously-motivated harassment and violence.” The tone and substance of this surely smacks of Ultracrepidarianism and it seems they are in a habit of advising on a matter outside of their knowledge or  competence.

Inquiry by Newsroom24x7 reveald that Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, has remained absolutely silent on gross violation of palestinians’ human rights. The entire world knows how some fanatic zealots in Israel have been imposing discriminatory restrictions on palestinians and building unlawful settlements in the occupied West. The Israeli security forces appear to use excessive force against Palestinian demonstrators and suspected attackers. As result there is no dearth of casualties in the West bank.

The US Congressional Caucus also has not written any letter to the Indian Prime Minister till date to ensure the protection of human rights of the religious minority Kashmiri pandits, who over a long period went through endless torture in Kashmir. Their homes and properties were set on fire and almost the entire population of Kashmiri Pandits, barring a few thousand, were driven out of Kashmir by the Pak supported terrorists, infitrators and those from the religious majority in Kashmir valley who want to secede from India. These Kashmiri Pandits have become refugees in their own contry.
The US legislators have conveyed particular concen about the “treatment of Christians Muslims and Sikhs in India. Obviously on their target are those belonging to the majority religious group in India.

On June 17, 2014, the letter by the US Congressmen to Modi says: “more than 50 village councils in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh adopted a resolution banning all “non-Hindu religious propaganda, prayers, and speeches” in their communities. The Christian minority community has been dramatically affected: the ban effectively has criminalised the practice of Christianity for an estimated 300 Christian families in the region one day after a mob, which included members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal, seriously injured six Christians in the village of Sirciguda. Since the ban was implemented, Christians in the Bastar District reportedly have been subjected to physical assaults, denial of government services, extortion, threats of forced expulsion, denial of access to food and water, and pressure to convert to Hinduism”.

The pointer about Bastar by the US Congressmen does not present a full picture nor the latest position on this count. The Sirisguda gram sabha (village council) in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh State in Central India , had passed a resolution in June 2014 “to stop forced conversion by outside religious campaigners and to prevent them from using derogatory language against Hindu deities and customs, holding of prayers, meetings and propaganda of all non-Hindu religions.”

Supporting the ban, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Bastar district president Suresh Yadav had said at that point of time that the ban was imposed under Section 129(G) of the Chhattisgarh Panchayat Raj Act by local Gram Panchayats in Bastar to protect their heritage and culture, Religious conversions are creating tension in Bastar’s villages and if the villagers want to stop it using an Act, then we support such efforts, he had emphasised.

Perhaps the US Legislators and their informants are unaware that in August 2015, the Chhattisgarh High Court responded to a writ petition filed by Chhattisgarh Christian Forum which challenged the resolution adopted by panchayat bodies last year and dismissed Bastar Panchayat Ban, while Upholding Religious Freedom.

Raising another pointer, the US Congressmen have urged the Indian Prime Minister to take steps to control the activities of groups, such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and instruct Indian security forces to enforce the rule of law and protect religious minority communities from religiously-motivated harassment and violence. This is a totally one-sided advice. What about advice with regard to fanatic groups operating within the religious minorities.

The singling out of the RSS raises serious doubts about the motive behind the letter written to Prime Minister Modi by the US legislators.Question arisis, what about the fanatic and hardline minority religious organisations.

On January 3 this year a huge rally by Muslim protesters against an Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader over a derogatory remark allegedly made by him against Prophet Mohammed had turned violent in Malda district in West Bengal and this had led to arson and gunfire resulting in the death of two persons. One can draw an analogy between this violent incident as a result of reaction from those belonging to the religious minority and another episode linked with a blasphemous propaganda material brought in circulation by a leftist group associated with New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union. This contained extremely derogatory remarks about the much worshipped Hindu deity Goddess Durga. The fact that those from the religious majority maintained their calm even after this disclosure by India’s Minister for Human resource Development Smriti Irani in Parliament is the best example of tolerance and the maturity of the Indian people who cannot allow fringe elements to disrupt peace.

The US leguslator have raised “additional concerns about the lack of recognition of Sikhism as a distinct religion,” adding this prevents members of the community from accessing social services and employment and educational preferences available to other religious communities. Sikh community members reportedly are harassed and pressured to reject religious practices and beliefs distinct to Sikhism. On October 14, security forces killed two Sikhs and injured scores of others in Punjab who were protesting peacefully against the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s holy book”

The US Representatives and Senators, when they talk of the rights of the Sikhs in India, it appears that they have lost their moorings. It is least likely that they are naive and do not know what they are talking. The curtain on the Khalistan movement which was backed by Pakistan came down a couple of decades ago. It appears certain splinter groups of this movement still left in the US and Canada have prompted the Human Rights caucus to raise this point. The Sikhs are in the forefront in every sector and sphere and they do not need the Americans to advise the Indian Prime Minister about their welfare.

“We also are concerned that the nearly country-wide beef ban is increasing tensions and encouraging vigilante violence against the Indian Muslim community. On Monday, November 2nd, a Hindu mob killed Mohammed Hasmat Ali, a married father of three, in Manipur, India, after he was accused of stealing a cow. Mr. Ali reportedly is the fourth Muslim murdered in just six weeks by Hindu mobs angered over allegations of cows being slaughtered or stolen. We understand that the September 28th murder of 52-year-old Mohammed Saif in Uttar Pradesh week of sparked a national outcry over rising intolerance toward religious minorities which culminated in hundreds of prominent academics, business leaders, and authors protesting,” the letter said.

The murders brought in focus by the US legislators are criminal acts that deserve to be condemned. People even get murdered in India like in other couuntries over trivial fights, for example over filling of water from public taps often turn into gang wars. Cow slaugther is a sensitive issue when it comes to the Hindus but every citizen in india cutting across religious lines is bound to agree that incidents of cow sluaghter should not lead to murder.

The US Leislators should know that Christianity is India’s third-largest religion. According to the latest census figures, there are approximately 27.8 million followers of Christianity, constituting 2.3 percent of India’s population. Christianity was introduced to India by St. Thomas, who landed at Muziris in Kerala in AD 52 to spread the gospel. By the 7th Cetury the Christian religion was firmly rooted in India. For more than two thousand years, the Christians have lived , prospered and risen in every sphere of activity or profession in India.

After the first Arab invasion around the middle of the 7th Century, the period between 12th and the 16th centuries witnessed a series of Muslim conquests. The Moghuls not only expanded and consolidated their empire but also took India as their homeland. Thereafter began a process of assimilation in the indian subcontinent which became a crucible and melting pot of different religions and cultures. This can be unimaginable for the occidental mindset, barring those who are well versed with the Advait (a Vedantic doctrine that identifies the individual self with the almighty, i.e. non dual) philosphy, word view of Hindu religion and Gautam Buddha’s philosophy and teachings revolving around non-violence and shunning of desire.

Hence, the US law makers would be better advised to look at issues closer home. India is a huge country and has its own set of problems. If the pressent letter is any indication, they might tomorrow write a letter to the Indian Prime Minister to control Jats in Haryana or Hardik Patel and his agitation for reservation of jobs for the Patel community in Gujarat. The US legislators, it seems are failing to recognise the fact that India is a soverign, secular democracy governed under a constitution. It has a giant workforce and a defence force that can protect its borders. The country also has a rubust judiciary to bring order and deal with the criminals, the wayward and those who break the law and defy the Constitution.

In this backdrop, one is constrained to say that it amounts to interfering in the internal affairs of India when the US Senators and Representatives go to the extent of advising the Indian Prime Minister to take steps to address the activities of groups like the RSS and also to “instruct the Indian security forces to enforce the rule of law and protect religious minority communities from religiously-motivated harassment and violence.”
The letter to Modi on religious violence has been signed by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Amy Klobuchar ( D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), James Lankford (R-OK), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MI), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Mark Walker (R-NC), Doug Collins (R-GA), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Ted Poe (R-TX), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and John Conyers, (D-MI).

Shots fired at RSS shaka in Ludhiana, no casualties

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RSS Shakha attacked in LudhianaLudhiana : Two unidentified assailants fired shots at a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Shakha near Kidwai Nagar Park in the city of Ludhiana. Police confirmed about the attacks and informed that the assembly of people — Sangh Swayamsevaks was about to begin, but as people had not gathered when the shots went off, fortunately, no one was hurt in the shootout. The ground which was prepared for the gathering was sparingly occupied. A rather vacant area saved from any casualties to occur in the shoot.

Two motorcycle-borne persons, wearing face masks, zoomed into the open ground and started firing from their gun in the daytime today. The incident took place today when assailants fired shots at the Shakha, ahead of the assembly of many Sangh Sanyamsevaks. Few eyewitnesses informed that sound of two gun shots were heard.

Police confirmed that the unidentified attackers were wearing monkey caps and hence could not be identified. As soon as news of such attack reached to the Police quarters, police rushed to the spot after receiving the information. No one was injured in the firing as gathering of Sangh Sanyamsewaks was yet to start, DCP Narinder Bhargva informed.

Ludhiana had witnessed a militant attack of such nature earlier many years back, when, terrorists attacked RSS Shakha at Dresi ground in Ludhiana in May 1991 in which five volunteers were gunned down and 15 others were badly injured.

RSS completes 90 years, Chief Mohan Bhagwat presents his vision ahead

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Mohan BhagwatNagpur : Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday praised the country’s progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said India’s image had reached great heights on a global scale as the world expected ‘India to guide it towards a great future’. Making his annual ‘Vijayadashami’ speech here, Bhagwat said that the primary agenda now rested on how to make India a leading nation in the world as ‘expectations have risen’ since Prime Minister Modi’s government came into power.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the event and shared space with Rashtra Sevika Sangh veterans during Vijaya Dashmi function at RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Bhagwat said, ‘Our country has stood as one and will stand as one. The Sangh has been doing the work of keeping the nation one on the basis of Hindutva for the last 90 years.’ He expressed contentment over working practices of Modi-led central government. He said, ‘Two years ago there was an atmosphere of despondency. Now we are not worried. An atmosphere of hope and confidence has been created now, so expectations are high,’ adding, ‘Swachh Bharat, Mudra Bank, Jan Dhan Yojana and surrender of gas subsidy are good omen. However, pulling the economy out of the abyss takes some time.’

With his call for a review of reservation having set off a political storm that could harm BJP’s prospects in the ongoing Bihar polls, Bhagwat began his 55-minute speech by invoking Dalit icon B R Ambedkar whom he credited for making provisions in the Constitution to remove social and economic inequality faced by the weaker sections.

Bhagwat focused attention on population rise in the country and stated that no holistic discussion has taken place in the country on controlling population.’With rise in population, the burden on the country will grow. Population growth can be an asset too. If we have more mouths to feed, we will also have more hands to work. We have to plan for 50 years hence. How to provide for the education and health of the people,’ he said. Referring to rapid population growth, Bhagwat called for a dialogue to change the mindset of the people as mere enactment of laws was not enough.

Bhagwat reiterated that RSS united the society on its three beliefs of ‘Hindu culture, Hindu forefathers and Hindu land’ pervading the Indian nation and insisted that this is the ‘only way’.

With incidents like Dadri lynching sparking outrage, Bhagwat said – Small episodes that get exaggerated cannot damage Hindu culture. Small episodes happen. They get exaggerated and presented in a big way. Small incidents keep happening but these cannot distort Indian culture, Hindu culture. Since time immemorial, it respects diversity, coordinates among diversities to establish unity. This is Hindutva.