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November 29, 2007

PANCHAAMRITAM 125
Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar
Poornima, Kali Yugaabda 5109, Sarvajit  Karthigai 8
(November 24, 2007)

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At present there are around 30 IT shakhas in Bangalore. The RSS holds IT milans on a regular basis and the last one to be held was during the 150th anniversary of the 1857 war on Independence. During such important occasions, the IT wing of the RSS sends out messages through social networking sites to its members, who in turn will have to spread the message around to likeminded persons. The RSS says that it has been working since the past six years on this concept and it is picking up very well now. The members are largely in the age group of 25 and 30. At least half of them are new to the RSS ideology. The RSS says that it is impressed with the response it has got so far and this has prompted them to open up similar shakhas both in Pune and Hyderabad where many IT companies are based.  (Based on a report in http://www.rediff.com/news – November 12, 2007).

TWO

Adhivakta Parishad is the all Bharat forum of nationalist advocates manned by Swayamsevaks. The Haryana chapter of the Parishad achieved remarkable success in persuading contending parties from going to court by settling their disputes out of court. This may look odd. But it is true. The advocates had the goodness of heart to ensure speedy justice and simultaneously reducing the burden on courts at the cost of their own income. (As told to Team PANCHAAMRITAM)

THREE
Swayamsevaks of RSS serving people is a common sight throughout Bharat. The Jammu-Kashmir state is no exception. The predominantly Buddhist Laddak area in the state presented a peculiar problem. Every woman had to marry 3 or 4 men. Afraid of opposing this custom, the womenfolk married Muslims of the area. In the process, they were converted to Islam. RSS studied this in depth and in 2001 arranged for a meeting of RSS chief Prof. Rajendra Singh and Dalai Lama. After this meeting, Dalai Lama declared that thereafter, Laddaki women and men shall adhere to the Dharma of `one man – one woman’ norm. With that, women converting to Islam fearing multiple marriages came to an end. Also, a large number of converted women returned to their ancestral fold.
From an interview of Shri. Premchand Goel, Akhil Bharatiya Seva Pramukh of RSS in the Deepavali special number of VIJAYABHARATHAM, Tamil weekly, November 9, 2007. Interviewers: Shri. Chokkalingam and Shri. Nagalingam.

FOUR
Swastika, not the Red Cross. That’s the emblem that the Aarogya Bharati, the RSS wing of medical practitioners, is asking its members to use instead of the international symbol. Some members of the organisation, registered in Bhopal, have already started pasting Swastika stickers on their vehicles and in their clinics without inviting much attention. (But, the symbol was promoted in a big way on November 18, 2007 in Nagpur where the organisation — it’s an umbrella of National Medical Organisation (for allopaths), Vishwa Ayurved Parishad and Ayurved Vyas Peeth (for Ayurveda practitioners) and Homeo Samaj (for Homeopathy practitioners) — distributed stickers to all members). “We are not against the Red Cross but Swastika is a symbol of Indian culture,” Aarogya Bharati’s national secretary M S Deshpande told THE INDIAN EXPRESS. The organisation, registered in 2004, wants Rishi Dhanwantari’s anniversary to be celebrated in India as National Health Day — not April 7, the World Health Day, which marks the constitution of the World Health Organisation. Based on a report by Shri Milind Ghatwai in HE INDIAN EXPRESS, November 13, 2007.

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Samskrita Bharati, known the world over for its 10 day spoken Samskrit shibirams, introduces ever new schemes to enhance the Samskrit fraternity. 18,000 school kids have joined in its latest `Bala Bharati’ course in Tamilnadu. Work among America born youth of Indian origin is catching up.. Sushri Sowmya, one among them, is a Vistarika (full time worker) of Samskrita Bharati in Los Angeles. In October, the all Bharat conference of Samskrita Bharati was held in Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) in which 807 delegates from 553 places participated. Well known Yoga master Shri Ram Devji spoke at the valedictory function in Samskritam. He assured that one page in his YOGA SANDESH magazine (circulation: 5 lakh copies) will be devoted to spoken Samskrit lessons. DESHIYA SAMACHAR, Chennai, November, 2007.

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Recently at the conclusion of RSS’s OTC (Officer Training Camp) in Nagpur, the formal Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal A Y Tipnis called RSS a traitor during his ‘valedictory address’.

“Every patriotic Indian should readily agree that we have singularly excellent and inspiring reference point in our Constitution. No matter what our different and often divergent beliefs, persuasions and ideologies, we have collectively committed ourselves to the ideals , values and principles enshrined in it,” said Tipnis who led the IAF’s decisive strikes in the Kargil war.

Reiterating that Constitution was supreme, he exhorted the RSS trainees to work for society without harming interests of anyone and keeping social fabric intact. “Justice and liberty are so paramount that fundamental rights guarantee them to very citizen without distinction of any kind including caste, creed, colour, faith belief and gender,” said Tipnis.

Source: Time of India

My understanding from that speech is that according to Tipnis, RSS doesn’t obey the constitution and its members should follow the Indian constitution. If that is not calling someone unpatriotic or traitor then what is? His speech clearly leaves the impression that he believes RSS to be anti-social, and its method to be against the interest of India.

I blame such blatant misunderstanding of RSS by even the most educated citizens of India to the backward thinking leadership of RSS. Time after time, RSS leadership has comprehensively failed to realize the importance of creating a positive public image of the Sangh Parivar organizations. Despite, the best intentions of numerous swayamsevaks, RSS leaders have been extremely lackluster in their approach in adapting to the new techniques, especially Internet and Mass Media.

Rather they have imbibed a mentality that the best solution to fight problems like liberal media is to run away from problems. Otherwise, what would explain their stands on creating hundreds of institutions to avoid the glare of media.

This is not limited to RSS alone but extends to other organizations, especially VHP.

I would further recommend reading this article ..http://vivekajyoti.blogspot.com/2007/06/we-are-in-suffocating-grip-of-pseudo.html

What do you think?

Krishna leading ArjunaThere are lot of people who have misunderstood RSS, mostly because of media representations and also because RSS rarely bothers to explain itself clearly to outsiders. Most basic mis-understanding is what does RSS want to be?I have experienced RSS from closely based on my interaction with the senior leaders. I believe RSS wants to be only a chariator like Krishna and not a warrior like Arjuna. RSS wishes Hindu Society to be the Arjuna of the Mahabharat. It feels that Hindu Society has the necessary abilities to counter anything that stands in its path, but it has been floundered and confused just like Arjuna. Another metaphor is of Hanumna, who has forgotten his strengths and needs to be reminded of it again.

I think RSS can be best described metaphorically through the Krishna and Arjuna idea. Just like Krishna had the power to fight itself, similar to RSS, but Krishna only chose to guide Arjuna. Similarly, RSS wishes to guide the Hindu Society rather than fight its battle. It believes that whole society has to stand on its feet and be strong like Pandavas to fight the necessary evils prevailing all around us. This evil has manifested in society in different forms, whether it is casteism, pseudo-secularism or Christian conversion.

What do you think? Any other metaphors that might describe RSS better?

The way I see it right now is that Christians seems to have all they need to succeed in India. They have experience from converting other countries (Native North Americans, South Americans and Africa). They have a long term plan i.e. high quality English Medium Schools / Colleges. They have the motivation (save us from going to hell), they use latest methods (Internet, Radio, TV etc.), they are well structured (Red Cross, World Vision, Joshua Project etc.), they apparently have political power in India (Large number of Christian chief ministers) and outside India (USA), and above all they have the power of money from other nations (Christian Charities get $1.25 Billion in India … almost 600 Crore Rupees)

On the other hand, India’s experience to such on slaught (Buddhism, Muslims, Britishs) has been to initially loose and then partially restore the old status (By status means our culture, religion and way of life). Indians rarely seem to have long term plan, the best RSS has come up to counter Missionary schools is to create 3rd rate school that no sane middle class family should send their kids to. I myself went to RSS school for 2 years. Indians and especially Hindu organizations are at best pathetic and ignorant about latest tools such as Internet, TV, or Radio. For years, I have heard RSS workers give lectures on the futility of political power, but every time I read about their speeches in newspapers, it seems that their every demand requires a political solution. Be it Terrorism, Christian conversion, Ram Setu Project, Minority Appeasement, or Ram Mandir.

What do you think? Have you seen any concrete or long term plans to save India? Have you ever heard of Hindu organizations planning for next 5, 10 or even 15 years?

Checkout the following websites for Sangh Geets.

Geet Ganga http://www.geetganga.org : This website has around 170 geets (mostly sangh geets) in 10 major languages including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and 1 or 2 songs in Bangal, English, Marwari or Sanskrit. Some of the geets even have lyrics, though not most of them. Besides, Sangh songs they have included some filmi songs like Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo, Jaha Daal Daal Per Sone Ki Chidiya …

RSS: http://www.rss.org/New_RSS/Downloads/geet.jsp RSS website has list of 87 songs but only 15-20 songs area available for download.

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh: http://www.hssus.org/content/view/125/104/ This is a pure Sangh Geet site with around 90 sangh songs. Here all the geets are available on 1 single page with links to some of the lyrics.

Photos from Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha held in Lucknow from March 9 – 11th, 2007. Annual Report about RSS

AKHIL BHARTEEYA PRATINIDHI SABHA-ANNUAL REPORT 2007
RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH ANNUAL REPORT of 2006-07

Presented by: SARKARYAWAH SH. MOHANRAO BHAGWAT (9th March 2007)
AKHIL BHARTEEYA PRATINIDHI SABHA, LUCKNOW (9-11 March 2007)
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Source: http://www.rss.org

Sangh Swayamsevaks at Guruji's ProgramRevered Sarsanghachalakji, respected Sanghachalaks, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini, members of the ABPS, Swayamsevaks working in various Sangh-inspired organisations, mothers, sisters and special invitees,

We all have assembled here after one year to take stock of our activity, completing the programmes of Sri Guruji Birth Centenary with gaiety, enthusiasm and success. This meeting is being held in the backdrop of the evolving complex national scenario as also the love, cooperation experienced by us during the Birth Centenary year from all sections of the society including saints, scholars and eminencies.
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