PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR. MANMOHAN VAIDYA, AKHIL BHARATIYA PRACHAR PRAMUKH OF RSS, in Mumbai

Mumbai January 22, 2013: 

Dr Manmohan Vaidya. Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh RSS

Dr Manmohan Vaidya. Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh RSS

The allegation made by Shri Susheel Kumar Shinde, Union Home Minister, on 20 th Jan. at the Chintan Shibir of Congress Party at Jaipur that “the terrorist training is imparted at the camps of RSSBJP” is totally false, baseless, irresponsible and politically motivated one. Rashtriy Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS) refutes this highly deplorable charge of the Home Minister and strongly condemns the same. Terrorism is deplorable which should be sternly countered. By labeling terrorism as “Hindu terrorism” the Home Minister and the Congress Party have severely insulted the entire Hindu society which has a global reputation of living with peace and amity. Also by calling it “saffron terrorism” they have humiliated the most revered “Sanyasi” tradition of Bharat. RSS demands the Home Minister and the Congress party to tender unconditional apology to Hindu Society for their unfounded and objectionable
charges.
While the entire nation is struggling to counter the Pak-sponsored extremism, and is losing the precious lives of brave security personnel in this fight, the immature and irresponsible statements by the Union Home Minister has not only boosted the morale of the Paki terrorists but also unfortunately demoralized our security men, and thereby weakened our fight against terrorism at the international level. The RSS takes strong exception to this blunder committed by of the Home Minister.
While the investigation of some of the terror acts is in progress the conclusion of which is still awaited, the misleading statement of the Home Minister is a politically motivated conspiracy to influence the very process of investigation. This is extremely objectionable that deserves to be condemned
by all.
The Home Minister’s statement has deeply hurt the feelings of millions of countrymen. RSS, therefore, appeals to all the patriotic people of the nation to actively participate in the country wide demonstrations called on 24 th January to protest against the unpatriotic stance of the Home Minister and create
pressure on him and the Congress Party to apologize for their lapse

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Swami Vivekananda: life of an extraordinary human being

 

Indrani Dutta

 

His achievements could fill an entire library, and yet the evaluation would remain incomplete

 

He walked the earth for only about 39 years. Yet in that brief period, he accomplished so much that it would fill a library and still the evaluation of this extraordinary man would remain incomplete. Such was the life of Narendranath Dutta, known the world over as Swami Vivekananda.

 

Only ten years of his life were devoted to public activities — but his whole life was one of struggle and physical suffering. Although he was born to affluence, the generosity of his father, coupled with the machinations of some of his relatives, left his widowed mother in penury, and the responsibility to keep the home and hearth together fell upon the young Narendranth.

 

For several days during this period, he would roam the streets of the city in search of a livelihood and then go sleep on an empty stomach so that his mother and his siblings could have the meagre food at home . He would invent friends to say that he has feasted at their place, when in reality he may have had little more than a few gulps of water to snuff out the hunger-pangs of a youth in his twenties.

 

Ramakrishna’s influence

 

This was also the time when he had come into contact with his guru, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, who as though to test him, sent him to pray for his family’s well-being before Goddess Kali at the temple built by Rani Rashmoni at Dakshineswar.

 

Taking the first steps towards the extraordinary path that his life would chart, he failed to pray for the Goddess’s benediction at a time when his family faced starvation. “Have you made your wish,” Ramakrishna asked … “No I could not,” he replied. ‘Naren’ (as he was fondly called), could not bring himself to ask the Goddess for material benefits, and Sri Ramakrishna finally assured his favourite disciple that his family would never be in want of the basic necessities of life.

 

Narendranath was now ready to embark on what can only be described as a blitzkrieg journey through life. During this time he preached, he wrote, he composed (the Ramakrishna Mission evening prayer song was his creation), he took Vedanta to the West, he plunged headlong into the task of ameliorating human suffering, and besides all these, he founded an institution that immortalised his master, Sri Ramakrishna, and thus securing his own immortality in the process.

 

Yet it is not as if Narendranath had accepted Sri Ramakrishna unquestioningly. For long years he would pester him with questions such as, “Have you seen God?”

 

Even as a naughty child, Naren seldom accepted things unquestioningly. He challenged social mores such as untouchability at a very young age. However, he was extremely intelligent, pure at heart and adventurous.

 

His true mettle at that time was only known to Ramakrishna who, days before his ‘Mahasamadhi,’ decided to pass on his spiritual powers to Naren through a barely-legible scribble. Ramakrishna also asked Naren to take care of the 15-young men who would later coalesce into a monastic brotherhood.

 

The concept of the monastic germinated at a garden-house (now called Udyan Bati) on the northern outskirts of the city. But it was only in 1898 that he moved to the permanent headquarters of the Order at Belur Math.

 

The years in interlude were spent at a decrepit, haunted house, where the young men stayed in acute penury begging in the neighbourhood for food, singing hymns to drive away their hunger and sharing clothes. A spot at the Baranagar Math marks the place where the 16 men took their vows of sanyas and did the viraja homa to turn their past life to embers before entering the life of a monk.

 

Leading from the front was Vivekananda, who would soon take up the life of an itinerant monk. Commencing his Indian sojourn in the last decade of the 19{+t}{+h}century he reached Kanyakumari and Secunderabad before setting sail for Chicago from Mumbai in May 1893. This was also the time when Narendranath was increasingly turning to the ‘Divine Mother’ Sri Sarada Devi (Sri Ramakrishna’s consort) for guidance.

 

Famous voyage to Chicago

 

While his southern admirers in Chennai, led by Professor Alasingha Perumal raised funds to send him to the Chicago Parliament of Regions, with the Raja of Khetri in Rajasthan also helping out, it was not until he felt ordained to undertake the task, that he finally agreed to set sail. The direction came through a ‘vision’ during a state of ‘sleepful awakenness,’ when Sri Ramakrishna was seen crossing the seven seas and exhorting his favourite disciple to follow him. A similar apparition before Sarada Devi helped her make up her mind to allow her beloved Naren to undertake the journey, which took two months to complete, and was arduous due to the conditions in which the Swami undertook it.

 

The soul-stirring and transformational speech at the Chicago Art Institute is well-known. What is perhaps less known is the hardship that Vivekananda had to undergo in the days preceding it. Having arrived mistakenly a month and a half ahead of the actual event, he ran out of money and spent his days at times on a sidewalk and at times in a box-wagon, even as winter approached. It is perhaps only through the help and kindness of women like Sara Bull, Mrs. Halle and some others, that he could pull through and carry on with his mission in America.

 

Vivekananda reportedly suffered stage fright and kept postponing his slot at the Parliament of Religions at the Chicago Art Institute; but once he had completed his address, people tried to leap over boundary rails to reach out to him . He later delivered speeches at the Harvard University and the Green Acre Religious Conference, before finally founding the Vedanta Society of New York in 1894. He then went to Europe where too he delivered lectures.

 

He returned to the subcontinent through Colombo, and at Jaffna, according to his stenographer J.J Goodwin, there was a procession of 20,000 people.

 

Goodwin said in a letter to Mrs. Bull that “India is mad with enthusiasm for him … At Pamban, our first place in India, the Raja of Ramnad received him in person, prostrating himself at Swami’s feet, weeping for pure joy and afterwards helping to drag his chariot in place of horses … Everyone says that his work in the West has caused tremendous spiritual revival.” .

 

Drawing from Goodwin’s eye-witness versions, however, we also find that “people have been killing him with kindness and he is suffering for it.” The Swami’s health also started failing at that time and his scorching work-pace had to be paused occasionally as he was forced to rest awhile to mend his health.

 

Second trip to the West

 

After the consecration of the Belur Math in May 1898, and the establishment of the Advaita Ashrama in Mayavati in the Himalayas with Mr. Sevier and his wife , Vivekananda set sail once again for the West, and founded the Vedanta Society of San Francisco during this leg of the journey. He toured Europe extensively during this visit which stretched for around two years. However, his health at that time was on the brink of a total collapse due to over-exertion . He returned to the Belur Math 1900; by then he was suffering from asthma, diabetes and extreme exhaustion.

 

The end came quietly on the night of July 4, 1902, but not before the patriot-saint, had laid the foundation of the twin organisations, the Ramakrishna Math for carrying forward the Vedanta movement the world over, and the Ramakrishna Mission for serving mankind by following his ideal, atmano mokshartham jagaddhitaya cha (for one’s liberation and for the welfare of the world).

 

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Forgotten blood

 

Ravi Shankar

 

Some massacres are more equal than the other. On the 15th anniversary of a discounted genocide, and the brutal displacement of more than 300,000 Indians, the voices of copyright conscience stay schtum. One pogrom doesn’t justify the other, but selective mourning only discredits the liberal cause.

 

On each anniversary of the 2001 Gujarat riots, Ahmedabad becomes the destination of a secular pilgrimage. But none of the mourners have ever taken the bus to Wandhama. In this forgotten town, there are no forlorn photographs on ruined, fire-scarred walls; no macabre ghost stories to tell on television; and no candles burn in the memory of those who perished there on January 25, 1983, during Shab-e-Qadr, the holiest night of the month of Ramzan. This week, 30 years ago, 23 Kashmiri pundits—four children, nine women and 10 men—were gunned down with Kalashnikovs by the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), funded and trained by Pakistan. This was an omen of darker times to come. Seven years later, on January 4, 1990, the HuM—created by Jamaat-e-Islami to wage jihad against India and make Kashmir a part of Pakistan—issued a warning through the Urdu press, demanding that all Hindus leave Kashmir. As the government of the flamboyant, pleasure-loving chief minister Farooq Abdullah cowered in Srinagar, Kalashnikov-wielding jihadis went on the rampage against pundits. Loudspeakers in mosques throughout Kashmir played the slogans: ‘Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa (What do we want here? The rule of Shariah)’, and ‘Asi gachchi Pakistan, batao roas te batanev san (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women but without their men)’. At that time Chandra Shekhar was the prime minister, who was propped up by a Kashmiri pundit, Rajiv Gandhi. During this time, all Kashmiris were forced by Pak-sponsored terrorists to re-set their watches to Pakistan Standard Time.

 

For the 300,000-odd Kashmiri pundits—or 90 per cent of their population, largely living in refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi—it is still Pakistan Standard Time; the hour of horror has never ended. None from Amnesty International or Asia Watch has bothered to visit the squalid camps. One hundred and five Hindu-owned educational institutions were destroyed, 103 Hindu religious institutions—temples and ashrams—were burnt down, 14, 430 shops and businesses owned by pundits were looted and occupied, more than 1,100 of them were raped and murdered, and 20,000 pundit homes were set on fire. According to historian Kaia Leather’s Kashmiri Separatists: Origins, Competing Ideologies and Prospects for Resolution of the Conflict, around 400,000 Kashmiri Pundits fled their homeland—where they had lived for more than five centuries—and ethnic violence killed more than 30,000. Another historian Rebecca Knuth noted that secessionist groups raped, tortured and killed thousands of Kashmiri pundits. From 1983 until January 19, 1990, the ethnic cleansing of Indian citizens continued in Kashmir.

 

In Jaipur, where the Congress party speaks of preserving its secular agenda and votebanks, there is no mention of this bloodied little dot on the map of India’s most-troubled state. Because Kashmiri pundits are not a votebank, neither for the Congress party nor for Omar Abdullah, who has been asking them to return home,  promising their safety or security. How a chief minister,  who cannot guard a sarpanch from fundamentalist bullets, will protect Kashmiri pundits is a conundrum that taunts history as a grim joke.

 

India, traditionally, is a communally tolerant society. Today there is anger, both among the public and the Indian Army at Pakistani brutality. Our politicians may have papered over the rage with sanctimonious speeches on peace. The ghosts of war, however, dictate the relationship between the neighbours. But the ghosts of peace remain to be exorcised. As long as a holocaust perpetrated on Indian soil by Pakistan remains unaddressed, the ability of the Indian state to protect its citizens will continue to be mocked. And no Chintan Shivir is going to change that.

ravi@newindianexpress.com

 

http://newindianexpress.com/opinion/article1427273.ece?service=print

 

Disputed speech in favor of terrorist.

Editorial Dainika Jagarana

Date- 22-01-2013Sushil-Kumar-Shinde

गृहमंत्री सुशील कुमार शिंदे को कम से कम अब यह अहसास हो जाना चाहिए कि उन्होंने राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ और भाजपा के शिविरों में आतंकियों को प्रशिक्षण दिए जाने का जो आरोप लगाया उसने उन तत्वों के दुस्साहस को बल प्रदान करने का काम किया है जो देश के लिए खतरा बने हुए हैं। लश्कर-ए-तैयबा के सरगना हाफिज सईद ने जिस तरह गृहमंत्री के बयान को आधार बनाकर उल्टा भारतीय संगठनों पर पाकिस्तान में हर तरह के आतंकवाद में लिप्त होने का आरोप मढ़ दिया उससे यह तय हो गया कि शिंदे ने संघ और भाजपा के संदर्भ में दिए गए अपने बयान से न केवल अपने लिए, बल्कि अपनी सरकार के लिए समस्याएं खड़ी करने का काम किया है। जयपुर चिंतन शिविर में दिया गया शिंदे का बयान इसलिए गंभीर है, क्योंकि उन्होंने जो कुछ कहा वह गृहमंत्री की हैसियत से कहा और यह भी दावा किया कि उनके पास इसके सुबूत भी हैं। सवाल यह है कि यदि शिंदे के पास इस आशय के सुबूत हैं तो क्या वह इस कथित खुलासे के लिए जयपुर चिंतन शिविर का इंतजार कर रहे थे? सवाल यह भी है कि उन्होंने इन कथित सुबूतों के आधार पर अपेक्षित कार्रवाई क्यों नहीं की? यदि गृहमंत्री के पास संघ और भाजपा के आतंकवाद को बढ़ावा देने के पुख्ता प्रमाण हैं तो उन्हें आवश्यक कार्रवाई करने से किसने रोका है? भले ही कांग्रेस के कुछ नेता गृहमंत्री के बयान से सहमति जता रहे हों, लेकिन यह मान लेना सही नहीं होगा कि उन्होंने जो कुछ कहा है वह वास्तव में सही है। यदि यह सब सही है तो कांग्रेस के नेताओं को सिर्फ बयानबाजी करने के स्थान पर ठोस कार्रवाई करते हुए दिखना चाहिए-इसलिए और भी, क्योंकि केंद्र में उनके दल के नेतृत्व वाली सरकार है। अब यदि इस तरह के बयानों के आधार पर विपक्ष की घेरेबंदी की जाएगी अथवा आगामी लोकसभा चुनावों के लिए माहौल तैयार किया जाएगा तो इस सबसे न तो कांग्रेस को कोई लाभ मिलने वाला है और न ही केंद्र सरकार को। कांग्रेस को इसका अहसास होना चाहिए कि इस तरह के बयान आतंकवाद के खिलाफ लड़ाई को कमजोर करने वाले हैं। फिलहाल तो ऐसा लगता है कि इस बयान का मकसद मूल मुद्दों से आम जनता का ध्यान हटाना है। एक ऐसे समय जब सीमा पर तनाव के कारण भारत को न केवल गंभीर चुनौतियों का सामना करना पड़ रहा है, बल्कि देश के भीतर आतंकवाद और नक्सलवाद के खतरे कहीं अधिक गंभीर रूप धारण करते जा रहे हैं जब गृहमंत्री के स्तर पर ऐसे बयानों का कोई औचित्य नहीं जिनका एकमात्र उद्देश्य केवल अपने विरोधियों को कठघरे में खड़े करना हो। इस पर आश्चर्य नहीं कि शिंदे के बयान पर कुपित भाजपा ने मंत्रिमंडल से उनकी बर्खास्तगी की मांग करते हुए 24 जनवरी को पूरे देश में विरोध प्रदर्शन के आयोजन का एलान किया है। इसके अतिरिक्त संघ ने भी शिंदे के विवादास्पद बयान को राष्ट्र विरोधी तत्वों का दुस्साहस बढ़ाने वाला करार दिया है, लेकिन किसी को इस पर भी चिंतन-मनन करना चाहिए कि राजनीति का स्तर इस हद तक कैसे गिरता जा रहा है कि राजनीतिक आरोप-प्रत्यारोप में सभी लक्ष्मण रेखाएं ही मिटती जा रही हैं?