Nagpur, Dec 25: The soldiers risk their own lives to protect us from foreign aggressions. They remain ever vigilant to protect our borders. We must remember them not only at the time of war but always as we remember the god from the bottom of our hearts in our daily life, appealed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat.
He was addressing the unique “Prerana Sangam” organised as part of the ongoing “Dharma Sanskriti Maha Kumbh” here at the Reshambag ground on Saturday.
Saints and soldiers are the saviours of humanity in the true sense. Soldiers protect the nation and its borders. The saints protect the human beings by making them aware of 'moral borders'. The union of saints and soldiers sharing a common platform is a historic event, observed RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat here.
Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Jyotishpeeth Vasudevananda Saraswati presided over the function. Union Minister of Home Hansraj Ahir, Energy Minister of MP Paras Jain, Archana Chitnis, former Admiral N C Vij, former General Syed Ata Hasnain, MP Yogi Adityanath Maharaj, were the guests of honour. National convener of Dharma Sanskriti Mahakumbh and Peethadheesh of Devnath Mutt Anjangaon Surji Jitendranath Maharaj, Rashtra Sevika Samiti Pramukh Sanchalika Shantakka, IG CRPF A P Singh, Mayor Pravin Datke, Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale, Col Sunil Deshpande, Col G S Jolly, Prashant Hartalkar, and others were prominently present.
THe RSS Chief said that immediately after independence, the government should have taken steps to organise such event. Unfortunately the government has failed to recognise the contribution of the saints and soldiers in nation building. He hoped that the “Prerana Sangam” would spread the message of unity, harmony, peace and prosperity to the masses. Through this event the entire nation would recognise the sacrifices of the soldiers and selfless services of the saints to the society, he said.
Describing this “Prerana Sangam” as an initiative to make the society realise the sacrifice of the soldiers, Dr Bhagwat said that the entire nation should recognise the sacrifice of soldiers and take care of their families. The saints also preach the society to inculcate the sense of belonging, encourage the soldiers and share their pain, he added.
Dr Bhagwat said that the entire country remembers the soldiers at the time of war but once the war is over, the country tends to forget them. This was not expected, he added. How we can live without remembering the god, he asked. We need to remember and worship the god to make our life liveable. Similarly, we must remember the soldiers who keep our borders secure and make our life liveable risking their own lives. Remembering their sacrifice daily would be equivalent to practising nationalism, he said.
Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati said that in the ancient times sages were holding the Vedas in one hand and carrying the bows and arrows on their backs. Now that role has been shared between the saints and soldiers.
Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale commemorated the sacrifice of the soldiers in protecting national boundaries. He hoped that the Dharma Sanskriti Mahakumbh would definitely bring in positive change in the society. The country stands by the soldiers at the time of war, but now there is a need to stand behind them all the time.
The theme of the programe was “Sant se Sena Tak” (From Saint to Army) and to spread the message of “Rashtra Dharma”.
On this occasion, 150 “Veer Patnis” (widows of the martyrs) and “Veer Matas” (Mothers of the soldiers) were honoured and felicitated by the saints. The soldiers who earned medals were also felicitated. The saints vowed to stand behind the soldiers with full strength and inspire “Atmabal”.
Vishwa Mangalya team rendered the patriotic song “Jago Bharat ke Jawano” while Amarjyoti was lit. Three cardiac ambulances sponsored by the Borderless World Foundation were handed over by Dr Bhagwat to Jammu and Kashmir.
RBI Divisional DIrector Jyotika Wanjani, Dy Commissioner of Police Ranjankumar Sharma, and Director of Fire Fighting School Jayant Pathak were also present on the occasion.