Marganukunte (Karnataka), Oct 27: Dedicated to creating awareness about uplift and progress of the rural Indian life through integrated village development, the Bharat Parikrama Yatra (BPY) undertaken by senior RSS pracharak Sitaram Kedilaya re-entered Karnataka on October 25 after traversing a distance of 21,300 km in 1540 days.
The yatra was given a grand welcome as it entered village Marganukunte of Bagepalli taluk in the Chikkabakkapura district of Karnataka on October 25. The yatra so far covered 23 states and visited 2000 villages conveying the message of integrated village development. The yatra entered Karnataka village from Gorantla village of neighboring Andhra Pradesh.
This was the second time that the BPY of Sitaram Kedilaya entered Karnataka. Earlier, in October 2012, the BPY toured coastal Karnataka villages for 45 days after it entered the state from Kerala and then proceeded to the state of Goa.
The BPY was welcomed by RSS Vibhag Sahkaryawah H N Shesha, Vibhag Pracharak Akshay, Tumakuru Vibhag Sewa Pramukh Ajri Narayanappa, Gram Vikas Pracharak Rajmohan and other senior local functionaries.
The BPY will tour the state till November 8 and will re-enter Andhra Pradesh.
Launched on August 9, 2012, from Kanyakumari, the BPY is expected to conclude at the same place on the Guru Purnima day falling on July 9, 2017.
Earlier, on September 8, 2013, RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohanrao Bhagwat had joined the BPY in Sikar in Rajasthan. He hailed the aims and objectives of the BPY and stressed on the conservation of natural resources like water, soil, and cow. Bhagwat extended his compliments to Kedilaya for the success of his
Bhagwat extended his compliments to Kedilaya for the success of his endeavor. He had also joined the BPY in January 2013 at Panvel in Maharashtra.
Sharing his experiences during the BPY, Kedilaya said that they used to cover a distance of 10 km per day on foot, rest in a village in the vicinity for the night. Get in touch with the youth and prominent persons of the village and explain to them the importance of rural uplift and progress. Issues related to healthcare, education, caring for the sick and ‘divyang’ members of the village, and saving the girl child.
Other activities included taking a round of the village and engaging the village people in a collective prayer at the village temple. This helped create a bond of love and affection amongst the people. The feelings of unity, harmony and family bonding can resurrect our rural life, Kedilaya felt.
The underlying concept of the BPY is “Know Bharat, be Bharat and Make Bharat a Vishwaguru”. The BPY seeks to upset the current trends of commercialization, importance to money and extreme selfishness.
These have made the life of people as a trade or business, Kedilaya said adding that it has also increased the joblessness, poverty, and corruption in each sector.
Religious fanaticism has given rise to terrorism, violence and atrocities against the weaker sections turning the life into a battlefield. This has resulted in deep turbulences and instability and insecurity, Kedilaya said.
The capability to overcome such strife and insecurity is safe with Bharat only, and the world is slowly getting aware of this fact. It is here the relevance of this third and most important trend comes into being: “The world is one family and life is a revelation”, he added.