Source: News Bharati English10 Jun 2016 13:46:36

Nagpur, June 11: Invoking great personalities like Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Ambedkar and Veer Savarkar, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat Thursday said that all of them emphasised on preserving our culture and spreading the feeling of the fraternity to ensure liberty and equality.

He was addressing the valedictory function of the 25-day RSS ‘Triteeya Varsh’ summer annual training camp at Dr. Hedgewar Smriti Bhavan at Reshambag here. Editor of ‘Vartaman’ Bengali weekly Rantideb Sengupta was the chief guest. Camp Sarvadhikari Dr. Vanyarajan, Karyawah Harish Kulkarni and Nagpur Mahanagar Sanghchalak Rajesh Loya were present on the dais.

Dr. Bhagwat said that our culture is based on truth and life values derived from the truth by our ancestors. No one can destroy this culture, he added. We need to understand this intrinsic strength of our culture and unite with awakening what he called ‘Deshatmabodh’ and imbibing all the good virtues. Raising the level of consciousness & improving the qualities of common man is the only way of making our country great, he said.

Quoting Manavendra Roy, one of the founders of the Communist party of India, the RSS Chief said that even a communist leader like Roy had said that unless this awareness about ‘Deshatmabodh’ is created and all the good virtues imbibed to develop the individuals, no progress of the country was possible. This is the only way and therefore, is the shortest way, he quoted Roy saying that the RSS has been busy in spreading this awareness of ‘Deshtmabodh’ among the common citizens of this country since last nine decades.

Rabindranath Tagore, Dr. Ambedkar, Verghese Kurian, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, all had stressed on creating and spreading this awareness. Dr. Hedgewar has established RSS to accomplish this mission.

The RSS Chief recalled how Dr. Ambedkar drew his inspiration for liberty, equality and fraternity from Buddha and not from the French Revolution as is widely believed. He said Dr. Ambedkar stressed on spreading fraternity as pre-requisite to ensure equality and liberty. Internal bickering would weaken the society and expose it to alien domination. We need to eliminate ignorance, illiteracy, caste-based divisions, outdated customs and traditions to unite the society.

Dr. Bhagwat said that concept of motherhood is the speciality of India only. We revere our land as ‘Mother’. Other countries have their ‘fatherlands’ but we have the motherland, he said and this noble concept of motherhood has been the binding force for the society since aeons, he added.

We need to qualitatively enrich our lives with good virtues, and offer that at the service of the motherland and thus create a society of such people to take our motherland to the highest pinnacle of glory.

“There is no ‘ism’ in our nation. Ours is the ‘Sanatana’ nation pervading all isms and to negate is to negate the truth”, Dr. Bhagwat said adding that our Constitution too underlines this emotional aspect of our nationalism. He said that the world too is in need of such values and ethos that would create a new awareness towards humanity.

India’s diversity is represented in this camp as swayamsevaks from different states, speaking different tongues, having different food habits and living in different climates come here and stay together for 25 days enduring high summer temperatures and other hardships. But they also exhibit the inherent unity, the RSS Chief said giving the example of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C N Annadurai who spearheaded the Dravidian movement but who in the wake of 1962 Chinese aggression in the north, called for unity to defeat the invasion on our motherland.

This sense of belongingness to the motherland has held our society together through all the trials and turbulences, Dr Bhagwat said adding that this formed the basis of our culture since the time immemorial.

Praise for Modi’s US address: The RSS Chief was all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the US Congress saying that Modi’s speech underlined the attachment to India’s culture and heritage that formed the basis for emotional unity in India.

“The Prime Minister spoke without belittling any country, keeping self-respect of his own nation unaffected, and tried to drive home what India feels about the goings-on in the world today in a language that would be understood by all. In doing so he extolled the importance of the host country but it was not the praise”, the RSS Chief said.

He said that Modi’s address at the US Congress exhibited India’s might adding that his speech reflected how India emerged as a superpower and how the world needed India’s support.

RSS fulfilling Vivekananda’s mission: In his presidential address noted journalist and editor, Rantideb Sengupta said that RSS was fulfilling the mission of Swami Vivekananda who had, in a letter to his disciple Alasinga Perumal had stressed the need for starting a man-making mission from central India way back in 1894.

Swamiji wrote on Alasinga Perumal on November 19, 1894, that there was a need to start such a mission from Central India to revive Indian traditions, culture, and, rising above the caste divisions unite the people by inculcating a nationalist character in them to protect the interests of the society and the country.

Dr. Hedgewar started the RSS in 1925 at Nagpur and today the Sangh has spread its work all over the country thus fulfilling the dream and mission of Swami Vivekananda, Sengupta said.  Today the RSS is working for the unity, integrity and development of the country, he affirmed.

The function was attended by prominent personalities drawn from different sections of the society. They included Editor Arun Poorie, Rajiv Chandrasekhar, K Satyanarayana, Rajesh Bhujbal, Amrinder Singh, S Ramadurai, Shantanu Bhattacharya, and others.

Earlier, Harish Kulkarni, Karyawah of the camp made introductory remarks. He informed that 978 trainees and 110 trainers attended the camp. They came from the cross-section of the society. The 25-day camp was inaugurated by RSS Sah-Sarkaryawah Dattatreya Hosabale on May 16. Besides the regular training, the participants were imparted training in ‘shramsadhana’, bio-farming, ‘jhola vachanalaya’, journalism, women’s empowerment, the life of Dr. Ambedkar and social harmony.