Source: News Bharati English16 Jan 2016 15:39:23

New Delhi, Jan 16: “Sankranti heralds change. This issue of Chhatra Shakti is being published keeping Swami Vivekananda in focus on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. The students must draw inspiration on this pious occasion and commit them to the transformation of India into a great nation of the world”.

These views were expressed by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sah-Sarkaryawah Dattatreya Hosabale after releasing the special number of “Chhatra Shakti” christened “Yuva Bharat Samarth Bharat” here on Friday.

Addressing the gathering in the Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) auditorium after releasing the special issue, Hosabale said that student unions are the carriers of change in accordance to changing times. This longing for change in youths is very natural. Those who don’t feel such a strong desire for change are not youth, he quipped.

The ABVP included national issues including political ones in its agenda for change and conducted agitations for them, Hosabale, who spent good years in ABVP as its organising secretary, said, listing the issues such as Article 370, infiltration of Bangladeshi citizens in Assam, and so on. He said that during the freedom movement such publications proved to be the strongest media in conveying the inspirational thoughts and views of freedom fighters and revolutionaries to the common men.  

Hosabale said that ABVP is participating in intellectual exercise by way of bringing out ‘Chhatra Shakti’ in various Indian languages. They face difficulties owing to limited resources but they should not consider them as defeat of the purpose. Instead, take up with them as a challenge and go ahead with full commitment to the mission, he said.

Praising the initiative of Rashtriya Chhatra Shakti Hosabale said that in this program the old and new generation of ABVP activists came together to facilitate exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences. He welcomed adapting to new technology in accordance to the requirement of the new age, but at the same time called upon them to remain firmly rooted in the cultural traditions and heritage.

He also called on them to strive for removing outdated practices and traditions and understand their responsibility and commitment towards the wellbeing of the society and nation. He said that student organisation must become powerful enough to shake the walls of power centres and lend a helping hand to agitations on tribal issues.

Editor Ashutosh Bhatnagar said that ABVP has been a strong students organization engaged in agitational programs on national issues. This magazine will help facilitate dialogue and provide ideological inputs to the ABVP workers. This issue is being published on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary and thus aptly titled as “Yuva Bharat- Samarth Bharat”.  


Senior Jouralist Ram Bahadur Rai said that this documentary took us back in the history of ABVP as it is based on progress of Rashtriya Chhatra Shakti. It began in 1978 and provided a platform to ABVP to put forth its views and spread thoughts. He underlined the need to think and plan the future of this magazine.

Sanjeev Sinha presented a memento to Dattatreya Hosabale. Avinish Singh felicitated Ram Bahadur Rai and Ajit Singh honoured National Joint Organising Secretary Shriniwas. Sanghachalak of HSS America Zone Ved Prakash Nanda and ABVP Delhi Chief Manu Katariya also addressed the gathering and proposed vote of thanks.