Archive for July, 2009

Message of Ramayana to contemporary life – Dr Shatavadhani R Ganesh

Message of Ramayana to contemporary life – Dr Shatavadhani R Ganesh

Lecture and discussion series 4th – 7th August 2009, 7 – 8.15 PM.
(Venue: 21/B, 9th Main, Shankara Nagara Mahalakshmi Puram, Bangalore 560096 Phone 23575866 / 23371758)

Our life today has become tense, competitive, and complex. Tension, anxiety, and stress is accumulated in each of the activities we take up. Ramayana provides a basis to endure the difficulties in life, and a methodology to face the challenges. Issues of leadership, friendship, partnership, collaboration, goal setting and mission accomplishment, inter-personal relations are all dealt in intricate detail in Ramayana. Several characters in Ramayana portray personality traits and attributes that are very much an essential requirement of today’s life. Lecture and discussion will be focusing around these aspects.

Directions to the venue: From Mahalakshmi Lay out Swimming pool bus stop, go towards Kanteerava Studio. After about 300 meters, On right side see Ashok Leyland Apartment complex. This is for reference only.. Make left on 6th main. Take 2nd right turn. Make left on 9th main (behind a park in shankara nagar.

YUGAYATRI is a non-profit trust working for the preservation and promotion of Indian Culture. Yugayatri conducts a variety of research activities (for example on scientific and technology heritage of India, socio-cultural interactions, epics) and training activities. Yugayatri is developing a theme park based on Ramayana near Srirangapatna, on Bangalore – Mysore highway. Yugayatri solicits the support and assistance of all the people interested in the same.

Why this silence on organised anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh?

Why this silence on organised anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh?

By Dr. Richard Benkin Thursday, July 23, 2009
Reports began trickling out of Bangladesh this spring about an anti-Hindu violence in the heart of its capital carried out in three stages: March 30, April 17, and April 29. A community of approximately 400 Hindus was reportedly going about its business when “hundreds of Muslims” suddenly descended on them and demanded they quit the homes where they and their families had lived for the past 150 years. Witnesses also report that police watched passively while attackers beat residents and destroyed a Hindu temple.
And although every Hindu, as well as the international community, should have reacted with horror and outrage, neither did.
The Bangladeshi Government denied that any such thing happened, and local police captain Tofazzal Hossain declared, “No demolition of temple occurred. There was no temple there, only a few idols.” Yet, sources for the charge — Global Human Rights Defence at The Hague and the Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist, Christian Unity Council, as well as several local human rights groups and newspapers — are highly credible, prompting our two-month investigation that confirms something terrible did occur, even if not exactly as described by initial reports.
For while not all 400 Hindus were made homeless, a significant number were, which is tragic enough, especially since many remain so months later. Nor has the Bangladeshi Government even bothered to deny that Hindus were beaten, some religious desecration occurred, or that police were present during the attacks. We also confirmed that the area attacked was located directly behind the Sutrapur Police Station in Dhaka and the Shiv Mandir only about 18 m from it; yet, the police did nothing to stop its destruction.
This is not about one terrible event, but about a system of legalised ethnic cleansing that has proceeded non-stop for decades and which places every one of Bangladesh’s 13,000,000-15, 000,000 Hindus at risk. For despite Government protestations to the contrary, normal legal protections are suspended for Hindus and other minorities in Bangladesh who are often subject to arbitrary actions by the Muslim majority.
Two Hindus, Jogesh Chandra and Taraknath Das, originally owned the land in Sutrapur. They migrated to India in 1947 but before doing so, gifted it to the remaining Hindus; most of them their former servants. A local Muslim, Mahbubur Rahman, tried for years to seize it but could not produce the necessary legal fiction. But after Rahman’s death, his brother and nephews determined to do what he could not because they were politically well-connected.
They used their position to prevail upon police to demand written proof of ownership from the Hindus, which all parties knew they could not provide given their impoverished state and the nature of partition-era transactions. Nevertheless, that was all the Government needed to secretly void the Hindus’ title using Bangladesh’s Vested Property Act. This empowers the Government to declare any ‘non-Muslim’ land vested once its ownership is questioned, no mater how flimsy the pretext, and award it to any Muslim who then can seize it, as was done in Sutrapur.
Next, the police refused to pursue any prosecution in the matter, even though at least three separate crimes were committed: Land seizure, beatings, and religious destruction. The GHRD and other groups have lodged formal protests and brought the matter to Dhaka’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner, but he also “refused to take any action against the perpetrators of crime,” according to GHRD’s Jenny Lundstrom.
Nor did the cover-up stop there. Mr Zakir Hossain, chief executive of local human rights group, Nagorik Uddyog, told me that his organisation appealed to the Bangladeshi Parliament and Awami League MP Shuranjit Sengupta, but neither he nor his party has taken any action. All of the Bangladeshi officials I contacted refused to comment on the incident.
It would appear that these enforcers of the law have become enforcers of lawlessness, abetting crimes against minorities and sending a message that Bangladesh is a country where the law gives Muslims preferential treatment even if it means ignoring elementary standards of justice.
This explains how Muslims have been able to seize 75 per cent of all Hindu-owned land in Bangladesh. It also means that the reduction of Hindus from almost 30 per cent of the population to nine per cent has been no accident but a deliberate process of ethnic cleansing, which if unchecked, will rid Bangladesh of its remaining Hindu population in our lifetime. And nobody seems to care; the world’s self-appointed human rights arbiters remain shamefully silent.
Meanwhile, dozens of Hindu victims from Sutrapur, including mothers and their children, remain homeless. The lucky ones are flopping in different slums each night, but for others, as one victim put it, “We are now passing a miserable life with no home and very little to eat.”
Perhaps Americans and Europeans will think of her the next time they purchase a garment labelled, “Made in Bangladesh.”
— The writer campaigns for minority rights in Bangladesh.

Muslim students prevent Hindu students from using Multi-Faith Center

*Muslim students prevent Hindu students from using Multi-Faith Center
(at Queen Mary University of London)*

Source: http://www.hinduvoice.co.uk/Issues/28/QMW.htm

*QMW Hindu students denied access to to Multi-Faith Centre*

*Hindu Voice UK, July 2009*

As part of their “Sewa Week” (a week for which the National Hindu Students
Forum holds various service based activities), the QMW Hindu Society
organized to use the University’s Multi-Faith Centre every day from
6pm-8.30pm for one week, to recite the Hanuman Chalisa.

The Multi-Faith Centre is also booked by Islamic Students Society from 12pm
to 6pm for the entire year. After 6pm the Islamic Students Society had
another room allocated to them which they could use until late.

From the outset of the week, the Hindu students were prevented from being
able to access the Multi-Faith Centre by the Islamic students who refused to
vacate the centre. To justify not being willing to share the centre with
other faith groups they said that there is no demand for the use of the
Multi-Faith Centre by other faith communities and they cannot therefore
allow Hindus to use the premises even though they have a valid booking for
its use. An article written several months before the incident shows that
the Islamic Students Society dissaproved of other faiths sharing the
premises (click
here
).

The Hindu society committee sent letters to the Principal, Chancellor and
the Students’ Union (SU) of the university. The Students’ Union sent letters
to the Islamic students asking them to respect bookings made my other
students.

On Thursday, after three days of being prevented from entering the
Multi-Faith Centre, security guards accompanied the Hindu students to ensure
that the rooms were vacated as scheduled. Far from gaining entry to the
Centre, they were verbally threatened by a group of Muslim students who far
outnumbered them.

Rather than tackle this unacceptable behaviour resolutely, the security
guards and Students Union suggested that the Hindu students should use an
alternative room to conduct their prayers and forget about the booking. The
Hindu students society rightfully rejected this offer as a wholly
unsatisfactory solution to a serious breach of their rights.

The QMW Hindu Society together with the NHSF contacted and got the support
of various other students at QMW and other Hindu groups, who turned out
together in larger numbers on Friday.

On Friday, once again, the QMW Islamic Students Society refused to vacate
the Multi-Faith Centre at 6pm, and placed a group near the door to prevent
anyone from entering. The QMW Hindu Society and other supporters, including
non-Hindu students, decided to start their program outside the doors of the
centre and sang the Hanuman Chalisa loud and proud. Gradually the Islamic
Society members emptied out of the Centre over a long period, and the Hindu
Students Society moved into the Centre for the first time in next week.

Vishwa mangal go gram yatra

Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra
(http://gougram.org/)

 

A MOVEMENT TO SAVE THE BHARATHIYA GOU AND VILLAGES

It is an initiative to put Indian Villages on the path of Sustainable Development by focusing on Cow based way of life.

Awake, arise, save the cow, the village, the nation and be saved

It is a matter of great concern that the Indian indigenous cow, an invaluable gift from nature is at the verge of extinction. Only thirty-three breeds out of the hundreds of varieties are surviving today. There is a dire need to save and protect them. We have to wake up to this urgent need and workout the comprehensive plan to rehabilitate them. Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is one such initiative. From time immemorial cow has patiently carried on its back the burden of agriculture, nay the burden of humanity itself. It is our duty to protect her rights to be born free, live with dignity and die naturally.

Village is the soul of Bharath; the farmer is its light; the cow is his life. But today the farmer’s over dependence on chemical fertilizers and machines has led to the neglect of the indigenous cows and bulls. The food he produces has become toxic, the land has turned infertile and the mounting loans drive him to death.

The answer to this problem is to return to the cow-centered way of life. The cow and the farmer are two eyes of the nation. They have to move together and look together if we have to be happy.

Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is the wake up call given by the spiritual leaders of the nation to SAVE THE COW, SAVE THE VILLAGE, SAVE BHARATH and THE WORLD through positive action.

Some facts about the Yathra :
• Yathra will commence on 30 September, 2009, Vijaya dashami day at the historic battle field of Kurukshetra.
• The yathra will traverse through the length and breadth of the country approximate distance covered will be 20000 kms.
• Total number of days 108
• A number of Upa Yathras will commence from villages and join at taluk, district and state centres.
• Millions will participate in signature campaign calling for the end of cruelty to cow and to declare cow a national animal.
• On 29 January, 2010 submission of memorandum with crores together signatures to the President of India.
• Processions, Gou poojas, Gou Sandeshas by saints and scientists.

Social service prpjects by RSS

Rediff News July 25, 2009

A Correspondent in New Delhi

According to a survey done by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, various branches of the RSS are growing all over the country.
Rashtriya Seva Bharati compiles and publishes a report of Seva karya growth after every 5 years. The report is called ‘Seva Disha’. Started in 1995 with the cooperation of Seva Vardhini of Pune, this report has previously been published in 1997 and 2004.
According to the press release of RSS, along with Rashtriya Seva Bharati, the social service projects and institutions inspired by the organisations Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Vidya Bharati, Deen dayal Shodh Sansthan, and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad are also growing.
Seva Disha 2009, which was published on the occasion of All Bharat ‘Prant Pracharak Baithak’ (annual meeting of state organizers) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, highlights some remarkable features of the growth of social service projects.
The service activities all over the nation including the remote parts of Bharat, have grown by more than 1 lakh as compared to 2004.The focus of their activity has been on weaker society, claims survey.
The ‘Arogya Rakshak’ (village health volunteer) scheme being run in remote villages of various states, the ‘Bal Gokulam’ of Kerala [ Images ], the ‘Char Sutri Dhan’ scheme of Maharashtra, the self help groups of Tamil Nadu, projects for ‘street children’ in Delhi [ Images ] and other metros, the ‘education for child labour’ project in Andhra, are but few sample examples of the all encompassing initiative of Swayamsevaks working in social service field.
This year, 10,479 Swayamsevaks from 6,982 places participated as trainees in the ‘Pratham Varsha’ (first year) Sangh Shiksha Varg, which is a part of a three year course.
2,581 Swayamsevaks participated in the ‘Dwitiya Varsha’ (second year training), while 973 Swayamsevaks completed the ‘Trutiya Varsha’ (third year) training. Every year, the Swayamsevaks who have completed the initial training of the Sangh called ‘Prathamik Shiksha Varg’, are eligible to participate in these 20 days residential course.
The survey, if correct, counters some Bhartiya Janta Party leader’s recent allegation that their parent organisation’s growth has been stunted since last few years.

School where Muslim kids are happy to sing Hindu hymns

School where Muslim kids are happy to sing Hindu hymns
Padma Shastri, Hindustan Times
Indore, July 20, 2009

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=b4d4699f-3b0a-450e-8a19-36f9ce6dc9fa&Headline=School+where+Muslim+kids+are+happy+to+sing+Hindu+hymns

Sanskrit verses are part of the daily prayer for Mantasha Khan (class IX), Inayat Ali (class VIII), Jofisha Khan (class IV) and 30 other Muslim students who study at the Shaishvika Vidyalaya, a high school with 269 students run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
It’s not just the Medha Suktam (a Vedic hymn recited to strengthen the intellect) that they recite with perfect diction but they also chant the Gayatri mantra, Surya mantra and shlokas (hymns) from the Bhagvad Gita with equal ease, besides the Ramcharitmanas and the Hanumanchalisa.
“Afsha Sultana Khokhar who passed from the school three years ago, excelled in recitation of Sanskrit hymns, including Ganesh Atharvashirsha (recited to invoke Lord Ganesh) and won prizes,” the school’s Sanskrit teacher Jagrati Shrivastava recalled.
And their parents never objected. One of the parents —Shakil Khan —has been encouraging his community members to send their children to this school, founded in 1975. And the results are encouraging. In 1996, it had four Muslim students. This year, out of 50 students who got admission, 25 were from minority community.
“None from our community has problems sending children to the RSS school. They are gaining knowledge. The school fee is reasonable (Rs 400 a month). And teachers impart good values. Students there are cultured,” remarked ex-student and cloth merchant Lal Ali, 38, whose sons Fashil and Kamran study in the school.

Another ex-student and award-winning painter Riyazuddin Patel says, “My ideology has matured after studying there. What I learned is discipline, which is akin to the RSS.”
Not that city’s other RSS-run schools don’t have minority students but Shaishvika Vidyalaya has the most. The management didn’t face any problems from parents even though the school is surrounded by Muslim-dominant localities.
“Parents are very cooperative. We’re an educational institution and don’t promote communalism,” said school principal Aparna Modak.
It was only when girls were asked to put on bindis that Muslim parents requested they do so only during school hours. “But then we dropped the regulation,” said Modak, proud of the students the school has produced.

IGNORANCE & APATHY ARE NOT THE PROOFS OF NON-EXISTANCE

ORGANISER Dated July 5, 2009 & Dated July 19, 2009
For The Organiser: Column: TogadiaSpeak

IGNORANCE & APATHY ARE NOT THE PROOFS OF NON-EXISTANCE

Dr Pravin Togadia

Over 10,00,000 poor students getting FREE & STANDARD QUALTY Education, over 20,00,000 poor being given free Medical Help, over 1,00,000 poor being helped by free Legal Aid, over 5,00,000 poor youth getting professional vocational training like Computers, Mechanical, etc., over 3,00,000 poor women got smiles on their faces through their own work aided by Self Help Groups, over 1,50,000 poor Heart patients to be operated free at the most hi-tech ultra modern Heart Hospital (2500 patients already operated at Zero cost), 700 villages got clean drinking water free through modern efficient water pipes, over 5,00,000 AIDS patients to benefit from various programmes, over 25,000 poor couples are happy that they could get married at no cost, over 23,000 families of Diamond / Construction / Textiles workers got monthly food grains free after the workers lost jobs due to the current economic slow down & over 1,00,000 to get it, over 500 Ambulances are moving all India all the time to help the poor anytime, over 30,000 Health & Medical Centres with Medical Dispensaries / Mobile Dispensaries are operating efficiently free for the poor, over 5,000 orphan children are under warm shelter of love & care & also getting modern education….

OK, OK. Reading ANY list is quite monotonous. The above list of great work where millions of the poor & needy have been benefiting is NOT of the work done by any government in power. Without any governmental power this work is being done for years by HINDU ORGANISATIONS like RSS, VHP & by THE HINDU SADHU SANTS like SRI SRI GURUJI RAVISHANKARJI, SRI SATHYA SAI BABA JI OF PUTTHA PARTHY, THE LTE SWAMI LAXMANANANDJI, SRI DUDHABABAJI, SADHVI RITAMBARAJI & many of such people.

Some of these names are heard in media but only when it comes to some religious agitation like Ram Temple or Amarnath. The same media conveniently ignores the same names when it comes to giving coverage to many Hindu Organizations’ continued & committed developmental work in the above fields like Education, Health, Water supply, Vocational Training, Food Supply. It is easy to first ignore such work & then shout that Hindu Organizations & Hindu Sadhu Sants do not do any concrete development work for the society / Hindus & that they only do agitations for the ancient issues like temples etc. It is a high time that the people at large who do not know the gamut of the above work (& know only of Mutts & temple related work of the Hindu Organizations & Hindu Sadhu Sants) WAKE UP TO THE REALITY. Projecting Hindutva as anti Development has become a fashion off late. It is important to KNOW, REALIZE & UNDERSTAND the truth & then perceive anything & create perceptions in the minds of public.

The reality is that Hindu Organizations & most Sadhu-Sants are projected in & by a large section of media as those who live in some ancient era or who only give speeches (‘Bhadkaau Bhaashan’ as many media & many so called pseudo secular politicians love to describe) on issues that do not interest today’s youth or many even go ahead & say that people in these Hindu Organizations can’t do anything in their lives & therefore join such organizations or take Sanyaas & do some out-dated agitations as ‘Bhagva Gundas’. It is easy to do blah blah when there is no adequate information or even purposely to serve some political party / groups’ specific purpose by saying all such derogatory things. But it surely takes commitment & sincere efforts to put together the kind & level of socio-developmental work, which is mentioned above in the 1st para. And this is only the tip of an iceberg.

Very well qualified professionals who have been successful in their brilliant academics & careers as Doctors, Engineers from IITs, MBAs from IIMs / Universities abroad, CAs, Marketing professionals once launched great brands in MNCs & Indian FMCGs, learned & globally respected researchers in Psychology / Sociology / Economics / Science / Space Research etc, renowned Lawyers & Judges, Poets, Music Directors / Singers, veterans in many other Fine Arts… many people associated with & working in such Hindu Organizations have fabulous academic & career background. Be it RSS, VHP, ABVP or be it Ramakrishna Mission, Arya Samaj or be it Sadhu-Sants who may have long hair & beard but under those long haired or tonsured heads, many have very high IQ brains- some of them being General Surgeons, Cardio-Surgeons, Cancer Surgeons, Space Scientists, Engineers from IITs, Ex Judges & many other professionals. Most of them like Sri Sri Guruji Ravishankarji, Sadhvi Ritambharaji, many Mahants & Shankaracharyaji are not just well qualified but also have given their lives for the betterment & development of Hindus. It is a basic responsibility of all Hindus in India & globally as well as of media to once & for all stop seeing what has been projected artificially by a section of the society to defame Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants & start looking at the other side of such organizations & such people. This other side occupies over 90% part of Hindu Organizations & the highly (& mostly wrongly) publicized (by the vested interests media) image of Hindu organizations & Sadhu-Sants shadows the real socio-developmental work these organizations & these people have been doing for years together without being in the governmental power & facing physical & political oppression in many states.

From U.P. to Arunachal Pradesh, from Karnataka to Jharkhand, from Maharashtra to Tripura & in many other countries, Hindu Organizations & Sadhu-Sants have contributed to amazing socio-developmental work of the society. Just a glimpse of some of such projects & the number of the poor & the needy covered under those is mind-boggling.

• RSS has 16,208 Educational projects, 11,665 Health Projects, 8994 Self Reliance Projects & 16,412 Social Projects. These all total up to 98,768 as of now. These projects every year cover not less than 10,00,000 needy & poor children, old people, women, ill people etc. The work by RSS done whenever there is any natural calamity has not even been mentioned here but very silently & with dedication RSS reaches 1st in any calamity to help people – be it floods, earthquakes, fires or so on.
• VHP’s 1 Teacher Schools (Ekal Vidyalaya) number up to 26, 880 & they cover 7,72,065 students of which around 6 Lakhs students are from Tribal areas. This is the largest Hindu Missionary work in India & perhaps even the world by a single organization. What’s more, wherever there is a Ekal Vidyalaya, there is Village Development Unit under which a Medical Centre is run, making the Medical Centres also to 26,880.
• VHP also has other Educational Projects: 569 Primary schools covering 59,300 students, 156 Secondary schools covering 12,750 students, 53 Sr Secondary schools covering 2120 students. Then there are 15 Residential schools, many Night schools, 104 Hostels including 44 Orphanages. All these cover over 75,000 poor & needy children who are given standard quality Education & many other facilities of life. (From one of such Tribal schools, last year Board result was 100% & the highest score a student has got was 93%, recently I met a smart student of 2nd year MBBS. To my joy, he was from one of VHP’s Orphanages.)
• VHP has Health Projects: 34 Hospitals, 99 Dispensaries, 19 Mobile Dispensaries, 28 Ambulances, 192 First Aid Centres, 4 Medicine Collection Centres, 13 Goumutra Therapy Centres & many such related centers. TOTAL PATIENTS COVERED UNDER THESE ARE ANUALLY 2,80,000 min.
• Just recently in Pune a project Niramaya has covered 68 slums & 18 Construction Sites for Vaccination of children there in age group 1 day to 6 years. Total 12,025 children are vaccinated & 1 Lakh doses were given. They have a mobile van too so that the poor children do not need to come for it, Niramaya goes where they are.
• Not just Education or Health, some Sadhu-Sants are doing what ideally falls under the governments in power only. In Andhra Pradesh Ananthpur Dist, 700 villages have been supplied clean drinking water through modern pipes worth Rs 350 Crore. NOT by any government, but Sri Sathya Saibaba. And its free.
• Arya Samaj has 700 schools covering 15,00,000 students & 80 colleges covering 16,800 colleges.
• Swaminarayan Gurukul schools are 142 covering 12,000 students, 160 High Schools with 1,20,000 students & 25 colleges.
• Sadhvi Ritambharaji runs an Orphanage for little girls at Vrindavan, which has at this moment 350 little girls taking modern education. They would have been wandering on streets becoming victims of heinous crimes but now they have bright dreams of future in their little eyes.
• Sri Sri Guruji Ravishankarji’s developmental work covers at least 30,000 villages where Natural Agricultural projects, Organic Farming are being done where only in Karnataka 2000 youth are engaged full time & all India at least 20,000 youth look after this. He also has established a program for awareness about & help to AIDS patients all India. Recently there was a well attended caucus of Hindu Leaders organized for this & many of us have pledged our active support to it.
• Hunger is the number 1 killer in the world & in India. VHP, to fight this is doing a project ‘Ek Mutthi Anaj’ where the workers of various industries who lost jobs due to recent economic slowdown were provided with 15 kilos of food grains each for their families & the target is to cover at least 12,00,000 families with this ‘Anna Daan’ So far we have covered 15,000+ families. It also has a Food Bank where house wives take out 1 mutthi anaj everyday, it is collected by volunteers for distribution systematically. NO family has to come begging for the food is the most important part in it. Ek Mutthi Anaj Programme goes to their houses & respectfully gives food grains to them as Anna-Daan.
• Sri Sathya Saibaba also has a high-tech Heart hospital where they target to do 1,25,000 heart surgeries. 25,000 surgeries are already done with ZERO cost.
• NOT just socio-developmental projects but VHP also doing a lot in Art & Culture. In Pune, a music album made waves recently. Songs sung by Pundit Jitendra Abhisheki’s son Shounak, Pundit Bhimsen Joshi’s shishya Upendra Bhat & Shri Vasantrao Deshpande’s grandson Rahul Deshpande made this album a great hit & it was done by VHP. The artists gave programmes for VHP & then the album was made & available on the stands. Art is an important part of Hindu Dharma & it is our duty to preserve our fine arts.
• This effort was done even in children’s paintings. In tribal schools, a painting competition was organized which got tremendous response. 12 paintings were awarded & brought to people as greeting cards. All participants got nice certificates.
• At Dharmasthal near Mangalore Manjunath Devasthana is doing a unique project of innovative natural Agri-systems in 500 villages. They also have a legally accepted local justice system.
• Self Reliance Projects by us are helping youth & women in many villages with 94 Sewing centers, 63 Computer Training Centres, 306 Women’s Self Help Groups with Micro Credit & savings facility, 2 Mechanical Training Centres, 1 Honey-Bee Centre, 16 House Hold industry Centres, 112 Libraries… The list is long. & the beneficiaries are in millions.
• Sadhvi Maa Amrithanandamyiji has been running a multi-specialty hospital in Kochi which serves around 48,000 patients annually, has 38 hi-tech departments & 1,650 beds- The largest in Asia

All this is NOT given here to brag at all like many governments do- distribute some school bags & brag about it as if they have done global revolution in girl’s education or run few ambulances & brag about saving every life on the earth…NO. Effort of giving above details is done only to draw attention of all well-meaning Hindus to the reality that Hindu Organizations & Sadhu-Sants have been engaged in much socio-developmental work for Hindus. This is just a glimpse of it. I apologise to any other Hindu Organization & to ALL SADHU-SANTS & many Hindu Researchers who have been doing mountains of such socio-developmental work for years. But due to limited space & lack of detailed info, I could not mention them here.

From Education to Health Care, from Micro Credit to Self Reliance, from Agriculture to Clean Drinking Water supply, from Vocational Training to Free Food Supply & from Child Care to Women’s Welfare… Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants are busy doing what is truly termed as Socio-Developmental work with utmost dedication. The only part of Development, which they are not able to do is Infrastructure Development, which obviously governments in power are authorized to do as yet. As it is a responsibility of Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants (& all Hindus) to protect heritage, monuments, culture & people of Hindu Dharma; this responsibility of Hindu Socio-Developmental work is also being perfectly taken up by the Hindu Organizations & Sadhu Sants, what with their limited resources & in spite of political pressures.

The happiest part of this socio-developmental work is that it is a great joy to see tribal, poor children’s eyes shining bright when the study & go ahead in life., to see poor women happily telling friends as to how they got their daughters married with their own income, to see a terminally ill poor old man getting cured free & walking on his own feet….

The saddest part is that the one-sided media & a few vested interests groups purposely ignore / demean such a good work & focus on tarnishing image of Hindu organizations & Sadhu-Sants with some one-off incidents & paints them (& Hindutva) as anti-development & out dated. The saddest part is also limited financial & other resources with Hindu Organizations. But the HINDU DREAMS ARE BRIGHTER & THE HORIZIN IS MUCH LARGER…

( Readers wishing to visit any of the above projects, the writer can be contacted on the e-mail given here.)

The writer is a Cancer Surgeon & VHP’s Secretary General & can be contacted on drpravintogadia@yahoo.com)
http://www.vhpsampark.org