Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, Puttur, Karnataka
Corruption cannot be tolerated at any level
A Report IN ORGANISER March 27, 2011 By Rajesh Padmar in Puttur
RSS national annual meet, Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), was held at Vivekananda College premises in Puttur, Dakshin Karnataka, from March 11 to 13. The meet was inaugurated amdist the chanting of Vedic mantras with traditional panchavadyam. RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat lighted the lamp, followed by unfurling of a coconut flower as part of the auspicious beginning, a local tradition. Sarkaryavah Shri Suresh Joshi was present on the dais during the inaugural ceremony.
Around 1200 delegates from across the country participated in the meet. Office bearers of various Sangh associated organisations including VHP, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Janata Party, Vidya Bharati, Vijnan Bharati, Kreeda Bharati, Sewa Bharati, Samskrit Bharati, Samskar Bharati, Laghu Udyog Bharati, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, Deendayal Research Institute, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Shaikshik Mahasangh, Dharm Jagaran and many other Sangh associated organisations were also present on the occasion. Several organisations with special focus like – Saksham, working for the visually challenged, Seema Suraksha Parishad, which is committed to boost the confidence of the people in border areas, Poorva Sainik Sewa Parishad, working among retired soldiers, were also represented at the meeting.
Anuual report presented by Sarkaryavah
Sangh Shiksha Vargas were organised at 70 places all over Bharat between May to June 2010 like every year. Camps for Pratham Varsh (First Year) were held as per programmes decided by respective Prants (states) and Dwiteeya Varsh (Second Year) camps were organised at Kshetra (Zonal) level. Camps in South were planned on the basis of languages. Second Year training camps for senior swayamsevaks were organised at four places all over Bharat, viz. Kanyakumari, Delhi, Ranchi and Vadodara. Triteeya Varsh (Third Year) training camp was held in Nagpur as usual. There was no special Third Year training in the last year. This will be organised in the winters this year.
A total of 11556 swayamsevaks took part from 7230 places in the First Year camps, 2678 swayamsevaks participated from 2087 places for the Second Year; 497 participants from 370 places for special Second Year (for seniors), and 877 swayamsevaks from 788 places took part in Third Year training camp. 63741 swayamsevaks from 24530 places participated in the Prathamik Shiksha Vargas all over Bharat. Retired Chief Secretary of Assam Shri JS Rajkhowa, was the Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony of the Third Year.
As per information available, at present 39908 shakhas are active at 27078 places all over Bharat. Sangh work is also going on through 7990 Saptahik Milans (Weekly get-togethers) and 6431 Sangh Mandalis at different places in Bharat.
Critical analysis of quantitative aspect of Sangh work was done during the meeting of Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal in Jalgaon in October 2010. There was constructive discussion about the causes of growth or lack of growth at different places. We have received information about some good experiments. It was felt that qualitative analysis should also be done along with quantitative analysis.
Tours of Parampoojaneeya Sarsanghachalak
The core message in the tours undertaken at Kshetra level by Parampoojaneeya Sarsangha-chalak was about karyakarta. Interactive programmes with discussions and question-answer sessions, organised by Sampark Vibhag with renowned and influential celebrities in small groups in Mumbai, Surat, Sambhajinagar, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Dhanbad, etc. proved to be great success. A programme, called ‘Samvad’ witnessed the presence of 165 influential leaders from all walks of social life in Pune.
During the tours of other Akhil Bharatiya adhikaris under programmes organised at national level, constructive discussions were held about the work among College students, growth at ‘Nagar’ level and quality of work.
Training workshops or camps were organised at state level by Ghosh Vibhag in some states. 2363 swayamsevaks took part at 13 places. National Ghosh Varga was held in Lucknow which saw presence of 298 swayamsevaks.
Nav Chaitanya Shivir
A special camp was held for College students and other young swayamsevaks of Meerut Prant in Meerut. There were 2247 participants from all over the state. The trainees had come from 644 places, 416 colleges and 89 hostels. Highlight of the camp was that there were 1061 new entrants. Programmes were conducted in such a way that they would arouse a sense of responsibility for the society and nation in the youth. Camp participants expressed firm resolve about issues like water management, environment, blood donation, eye donation etc. This was the achievement of this camp. Karyakartas of Meerut Prant had begun preparatory work from July 2010 for this camp with various programmes to make the camp a big success.
Workshop conducted for College and University teachers in Punjab
Special exercises were undertaken in Punjab to improve the participation of College students and teachers teaching in Colleges and Universities in Sangh work. Small group meetings were organised in all districts and efforts were made to see that literature about Sangh is studied, and students begin attending local shakhas.
Poojaneeya Sarsanghachalak’s programme was organised as part of this exercise in October 2010 in Amritsar. Many directors, vice-chancellors, deans, heads of departments and principals were present in this workshop to make it a success. Total number of participants was 248 and a plan for follow-up action is in place. Mailing of e-bulletin twice a month has begun.
Vishal Sanchalan in Malwa Prant and other programmes
Malwa Prant organised sanchalan (march) programmes at district/Vibhag level for extending its mass contact and expansion of Sangh work. Sanchalans were conducted in 5 places in the Prant that saw participation of 43600 swayamsevaks. Public programmes of physical drills were conducted at 3 places in which 2077 swayamsevaks participated. Winter camps saw 10387 young swayamsevaks’ participation.
Support to Narmada Samajik Kumbh by Mahakoshal Prant
A detailed plan was made for the entire Prant to seek cooperation from the society at large. Heads for districts, gatnayak pramukhs and gatnayaks were nominated. A programme was chalked out that each gatnayak would contact a minimum of 20 households and get support for the Kumbh in form of one kg rice, half a kg of pulses and donation of One Rupee. This mass contact programme was undertaken in 27 districts of Mahakoshal Prant at 214 places through 641 shakhas. In all, 21593 swayamsevaks contacted 502674 families and collected 386 tonnes of foodgrain.
Special achievement of the programme was that swayamsevaks were able to invoke support from the families and households at different levels of society. As a follow up, plans are afoot to conduct workshops for introducing Sangh in small villages, inculcating family values through various programmes and Bharatmata Poojan. Plans are also afoot to send greetings on the occasion of Varsh Pratipada (Hindu New Year).
Relief work for flood-affected families in North Karnataka
Floods in North Karnataka last year resulted in destruction of large number of villages and displacement of thousands of families. Relief material for 180 villages with the help of 2400 swayamsevaks was arranged immediately. It was resolved to build 1680 homes in 9 villages for rehabilitation under the auspices of Sewa Bharati. So far, 130 houses have been handed over in 2 villages. Handing over ceremony of houses in Sabbalahunasi village of Bagalkot district was done at the hands of Poojaneeya Sudarshanji in the presence of Shri Govind Karnol, Minister of Karnataka state government.
Meeting for social harmony in West Maharashtra
A total of 644 brethren from 66 communities and 11 places came together in West Maharashtra for Social Harmony meetings. These meetings were organised in the presence of Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh Shri Sitaramji. There was a special Bharatmata Poojan in Talegaon of Pune district on January 26. It saw the participation of organisations of different castes, linguistic groups and educational institutions. 1498 citizens participated in this programme.
His Holiness Shankaracharya’s programme in Devgiri Prant
Missionary activities are going on for past many years in Navapur tehsil of Nandurbar district adjoining Gujarat state. There would be objections to any kind of Hindu religious programmes. A five-day padyatra of His Holiness Shankaracharya of Karveer Peeth was organised in such an area. 4000 Vanvasi homes were contacted in 20 villages during this padyatra. Vanvasi get-togethers were held at three places. Participation of matrishakti (woman), in great numbers in these programmes was noticeable.
Kashmir Merger Day
Public programmes were organised on October 26, the day on which Kashmir was merged with Bharat. 2491 programmes were organised at 2018 places that witnessed the presence of 99380 women and 308708 men. Apart from this, programmes were also organised in 8917 shakhas at 7603 places in which 179809 young swayamsevaks and 72466 school going swayamsevaks took part.
Follow-up action on Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram Yatra
A national level three-day conference was held at Kanyakumari for the organisations working in the field of rural upliftment. 154 karyakartas, including 27 sisters from 65 organisations, participated in this conference.
In the same way, Akhil Bharatiya Gram Vikas Varga (National Rural Development Workshop) was also held at Deendayal Dham in Farah of Mathura District. 188 active karyakartas from all Prants involved in rural development took part in this workshop. Poojaneeya Sudarshanji was present in this workshop. Guidance from experienced experts on varied subjects like water, soil and forest conservation, environment, bio-diversity, cottage industry, village health etc. was received. Renowned Gandhian Padmashri Shri Kutti Menonji was specially present in this workshop.
Meeting of Mahila (women) karyakartas of Sewa Vibhag
A special meeting was organised in Nagpur to discuss the projects run by women karyakartas for women. 127 karyakartas from 15 Prants took part in this meeting. Ideas were discussed about an independent initiative to bring together and coordinate such women-oriented projects. It was felt that some more activities also need to be taken up about various problems faced by women.
Hindutva is being tarnished with terms like Hindu terrorism, Saffron terrorism etc. Efforts are also being made to drag Sangh into this controversy. Public resentment against this kind of politics must be exhibited; with this objective a programme was chalked out to stage ‘dharna’ in all district centres of Bharat on November 10. This programme was widely successful across Bharat, though it was taken up at a very short notice.
Almost one million, to be more exact 10,58,438 citizens were present at 750 places for these dharnas. Participation in big number by mothers and sisters, well organised and disciplined way the dharnas were staged were the highlights of this programme. Highest number of participation of 25000 citizens was in Jabalpur. At a short notice, success of programme shows the feelings within the society about the subject. This programme has raised the self-confidence of karyakartas in a big way.
Decision on Sri Ram Janmabhoomi by Allahabad
Decision handed down by Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on September 30, 2010, is an acceptance of the faith and belief of crores of Hindus. Legal system of our country has not only kept their feelings in mind but has based its decision on all the facts available to it in this regard, thus respecting the sentiments of the people.
Some vested interests had tried to generate a tense atmosphere before the ruling. But, restraint and calm that different communities and groups have shown after the decision was made public is in tune with the culture and traditions of this country. But, Hindu society desires that all sections of the society should come together to build a grand temple for Lord Rama and present an ideal example of amity and goodwill. Enthusiastic participation of people in large numbers during the Hanumat Shakti Jagaran programmes conducted all over the country is an indication of this feeling. These programmes took place at 11467 places and attended by 63,78,680 people of which 21,22,669 were women.
Now, there is a need to pass a law in the Parliament with consensus of all lawmakers to clear the way for temple construction.
Thousands of innocent people, police and military personnel have been killed mercilessly during the continued jehadi terrorism in last two decades. National security is sought to be destructed time and again. Not only Bharat, but the whole world community is suffering from terrorism. But, it is unfortunate that anti-Hindu forces in our country are trying to weaken the efforts to counter jehadi terrorism by labelling the Hindu community as terrorist by citing a few incidents.
Instead of assuring security to patriotic Hindu organisations, holy saints and centres of faith of Hindu society, these people are trying to create confusion about these forces in the minds of common people. With a selfish urge to remain in power or capture power, policies are being framed to pander to some communities while closing eyes to the anti-national and terrorist forces. So-called leaders consider Hindu organisations to be even a greater danger than the elements fomenting Islamic terrorism. They are not even shy of sharing such views with foreign powers.
But, we are sure that Hindu society can see through this conspiracy. It will foil all such attempts to manufacture falsehood and create confusion, and will cooperate wholeheartedly with the efforts towards nation building in future.
Worrisome situation in Jammu & Kashmir
A consensus regarding complete and final merger of Kashmir with Bharat has been arrived at many a times since 1947, but situation in Jammu & Kashmir remains a cause of worry. In fact, the root cause of Jammu & Kashmir problem is weak and indecisive policies of the central government. We have not been successful in achieving integration and sense of oneness in social, mental, economic and political sense in Jammu & Kashmir as we have done in other states of our country in spite of providing grants worth lakhs of crores of rupees for various projects and plans, sacrifice of more than one lakh innocent citizens and thousands of jawans of police and army during last 63 years. Various political parties are strengthening the forces of separatism directly or indirectly to fulfill their vested political interests. Conspiracy to remove all Hindus from the Valley by forcing more than 4 lakh indigenous Hindus to run away from Kashmir, armed incursions from across the border, open support by ISI and terrorist commanders of Pakistan to leaders of active separatist organisations and training the youth, providing them with arms etc.; are all forms of undeclared war against Bharat. Having failed to fulfill their objectives through terrorism, they have changed their tactics now. Agitational terrorism is but a new form of terrorism.
Anti-national forces are striking their roots deeper with time. Separatist forces are engaged in anti-Bharat propaganda by organising seminars in capital city of Delhi and other cities.
The real truth is that these anti-Bharat agitations are limited to only 5 out of 22 districts of Jammu & Kashmir. Gujjars, Bakarwals, Shias, Kashmiri Sikhs and Pandits, various refugee groups in Jammu, Dogras, Buddhists and nationalist Muslims are not part of this separatist movement. But, atmosphere being created all around is as if entire Jammu & Kashmir wants to secede from Bharat. Actually, less than half of the population from only 14 per cent of the state’s area is part of this agitation. By using women and boys to throw stones at security forces anti-national groups spread across Bharat are trying to create an atmosphere with the help of media as if all the citizens of the Valley want independence or azadi.
Negation of complete merger of Jammu & Kashmir with Bharat by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, claiming Jammu & Kashmir to be a disputed territory, creation of such an environment by interlocutors of the Centre and open support to them by Central government and Congress leaders indicate that separatists, State and the Central government have embarked upon such a path to strike some agreement. It is difficult to imagine what kind of pronouncements would have been made had Indian Army and other nationalist forces not exerted pressure. Terming Jammu & Kashmir as a political problem and reversing its merger that began in 1953 when Dr Mukherjee sacrificed his life and Praja Parishad conducted a historic agitation; there are now talks about formula of autonomy, self-rule etc.
Bogey of ‘Human Rights violations’ is being raised by citing a few incidents. It is extremely important that morale of Armed forces is kept high by maintaining their special powers. This is the only way that security of common people would be assured.
It is call of the time that strong action be taken against separatist elements and nationalist forces be strengthened. People in different states of the country must pressurise state and central governments in an organised manner. This is the only way that unity of the nation would be secured. Jammu & Kashmir should also have the same sense of unity with Bharat like other states. Keeping in mind the activities across the border, only solution to achieve this is abrogation of Article 370, system of separate constitution and separate flag be scrapped and treating it like any other state. The right solution to this problem is to establish a sense of one country – one people – one nation.
Atrocities on Rabha Hindus
Incidents that took place on the first day of Christian New year near the border areas of Assam and Meghalaya are a pointer to us about the dangers that we would face in future. Garo and Rabha communities are living together for many generations with cordial relations. They celebrate their festivals and follow their traditions happily together. Both the groups have been staying together respecting each other’s sentiments and respecting each other’s faith and beliefs. With increase in conversions to Christianity and a large section of Garo tribes converting to Christianity, there is a widening chasm between Garo and Rabha tribes. With failure to convert people of Rabha community to Christianity these differences have widened further, resulting in an atmosphere of intolerance. Despite this Rabha community had been cooperating in the programmes organised by Christian missionaries. After Meghalaya got the status of a State, political influence of Garo community became stronger, resulting in increase in missionary activities. This is the reason behind current atmosphere of confrontation, violence and terror between Garo and Rabha people. Combined efforts of separatist elements, Bangladeshi infiltrators Muslims and some political leaders have generated a situation of conflict. This is the atmosphere that led to the horrible incidents in the initial weeks of January.
Conflicts between Dimasa and Karbi, Dimasa and Jemi in the past few years are a manifestation of activities of such anti-national forces. Violence of January 2011 reminds us of such incidents that took place earlier too. So-called secular lobby is only exposing its pseudo-secularism by turning a blind eye to these facts.
Meghalaya government does not have courage to get to the root of the issue and is trying to pass it off as a result of misunderstandings. Nearly 30000 Rabha brethren from 30 villages have become homeless. There is an urgent need for their permanent rehabilitation and security.
Hindus have faced serious security concerns wherever they have become a minority in North East. Assamese, Bengalis and Hindi speaking groups have been forced to flee from Shillong region of Meghalaya earlier too. They have been forced to live as refugees in other states since last 13 years. 40000 Reangs, who follow their own faith, were also forcibly displaced. It is critically important to defend the traditions and faiths of various tribes in this region.
Corruption: A Challenge
Various studies expose the terrible extent of corruption. Increasing consumerism has led to lust for self-aggrandisement, resulting in urge to accumulate wealth through unethical and illegal means. This is the root cause of the problem of corruption. There is a strong tendency to misuse constitutional positions. We are witnessing devastation of constitutional system due to this mentality. Unfortunately, there are question marks about the safety of the people who are opposing this and trying to clean up the system. It is extremely important that there should be serious thinking by the policymakers of the nation, economic experts and social thinkers about the effect on fiscal system and economic stability resulting from black money and corruption and methodologies to create a healthy system. Serious efforts must be made to bring back illegal wealth stashed away in foreign lands.
Increasing support from the common people to agitations being organised by different groups and organisations gives us a clear indication about the public opinion in this regard.
Positive signs of Hindu awakening: Maa Narmada Samajik Kumbh
Maa Narmada Samajik Kumbh took place in February this year in Mandla. This Kumbh has manifested extraordinary power of the society. Maa Narmada Samajik Kumbh was organised to awaken the people against social problems and efforts to weaken the Hindu society. This festival saw participation of 415 different Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and 400 other social groups from 4000 villages of 1179 tehsils from 336 districts. It is estimated that nearly 30 lakh pilgrims took part in the Kumbh during these three days. Presence of Shankaracharya Vasudevanand Saraswatiji Maharaj, Swami Satyamitranandji, Sadhvi Ritambharaji, Shri Asaram Bapuji and many other saints and sadhus made this Kumbh a great success. Other important dignitaries like Parmpoojaneeya Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat, Chief of Rashtra Sevika Samiti Vandaneeya Pramilatai, Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Shri Shivraj Chauhan and Dr Raman Singh were also present in this programme. The highlight of this festival was the cooperation of common people and the state government for this programme.
Vishwa Sanskrit Pustak Mela (World Sanskrit Book Fair)
Prestigious Sanskrit institutions came together to organise Vishwa Sanskrit Pustak Mela. This fair was conducted with the help of 14 Sanskrit Universities, National Sanskrit institute, Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrit Pustak Prakashan Sangh and Samskrit Bharati etc. from 7 to 10 January, 2010. This is first time in the chequered history of Sanskrit that such a programme was organised.
128 publishers exhibited their publications at this fair. Specialty of this fair was that only Sanskrit books and books about Sanskrit were showcased. 12 lakh books worth Rs 4 crore were sold in this period of four days. Four lakh people visited the fair. An exhibition titled ‘Gyanganga’ (Traditions of Bharatiya Knowledge) was a major attraction of this fair, and left even well versed citizens in awe. 7146 delegates from 26 states and 12 countries were present in the fair. 310 Sanskrit books were released on this occasion which was a record by itself.
Vishwa Sangh Shivir
Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra organised a camp in Pune from December 29, 2010 to January 3, 2011 in Pune, that saw enthusiastic participation of 330 brothers, 152 sisters and 35 children from 35 countries. Shri Jagdish Shastriji, who had initiated the Hindu organisation work outside Bharat, was also present in the camp. Discussions were held about status of Hindus staying outside Bharat, spreading and publicising Hindu Sanskriti, organisation of Hindu conferences at different places etc. Delegates were also given information about various types of activities being conducted in Bharat. Concluding public function was held in the presence of famous industrialist Shri Abhay Firodia and Shri Bhausaheb Chitale. Parampooja-neeya Sarsanghachalakji addressed the august gathering. 15000 distinguished citizens participated in this function. Brethren from overseas enjoyed the cultural programmes presented by local groups and a drama titled Shiv Rajyabhishek, about coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
We undertake a critical appraisal of our Sangh work even as we review the current social and political scenario from time to time. This is how we traditionally work. Keeping in mind the challenges that we face and expectations of the society, we have to increase our velocity and strength in a sustained manner. It is necessary for us to keep focus on strengthening our organisation and systems and increasing the strength of our karyakartas.
Here we recall the words of Parampoojaneeya Sri Guruji. He had said, “World today understands only one language – language of strength. A nation can progress and maintain its position only on the basis of strong foundation and immeasurable strength. We must proceed on this path of duty with great effort with this sentiment. Even an ordinary person can be completely successful in attaining one’s goal in life with this resolve.”
Deliver a decisive blow against corruption
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha expresses grave concern over the endless chain of incidents of widespread corruption surfacing in the country. It is all the more shocking that the people occupying the upper echelons in the Government, including the Prime Minister are engaged in protecting their guilty colleagues till the end by describing them as innocent in spite of incontrovertible evidences pouring out against them.
The ABPS is deeply pained at the way the cases of corruption coming to light, day in and day out are tarnishing the image and reputation of the nation. The magnitude of corruption is such that not only the common man, but even the experts get bewildered. The gross misdeeds in organising the Commonwealth Games have gravely damaged the prestige of the country. People at the helm of power are either turning a blind eye or are taking steps against the guilty as an eyewash under the pressure of the judiciary and media. The country wants to know as to what was the compulsion and which invisible hand was behind the misdemeanor of the top rung of power in a most sensitive matter like the appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner.
Unfortunately, the influence of politics is growing in almost every walk of life and the instances of corruption indulged in by the people in seats of power in the post Independence era are constantly on the rise. After the Independence, the country has witnessed public anger against corruption resulting in powerful mass movements. The JP movement of 1974-75 and imposition of Emergency and the mass movement triggered by the Bofors scandal in 1987-1989 culminated in the change of power at the Centre. But, the change does not seem to have brought about any decline in corruption. On the contrary the form and dimensions of corruption seem to have become more complex and extensive in the wake of economic liberalisation. Whether it is the share scandal of 1992 or the recent 2G spectrum scandal, mind boggling figures of money are found to be involved. What needs special mention is that the people involved in these ever increasing acts of corruption are people who are highly educated and belong to the affluent class of the society. All these facts clearly indicate that there is need for further intensification and expansion of the process of man-making.
In this regard the ABPS believes that there is a dire need to organise every rung of social order on the firm foundation of value-based and morally strong conduct of life rooted in the eternal principles of Dharma. This is possible only by reorienting education-system to reflect the national ethos and serve as an effective instrument of character-building and imparting noble samskars. At the same time it is imperative for the people in high positions that they present exemplary models of conduct in their private and public life.
Apart from these reforms of far-reaching consequences, reform in the system of governance and administration and mobilising effective public opinion in favour of that, is equally important. Transparency in governance, administration through minimum and simplified regulations, judicial system based on easy access and timely dispensation of justice, elimination of black money, electoral system capable of effectively curbing the criminalisation of politics and checking the growing influence of money power are a few reforms urgently needed. It is also imperative to ensure proper security for the whistle blowers who courageously expose corruption in the present system at different levels and to have stringent penal provisions against the corrupt. Indeed the poisonous creeper of corruption is responsible for all the contemporary social ills like inflation, unemployment and black money which has also been affecting the country’s development and the internal and external security. In connection with the problem of black money, the government should acquire black money stashed in the country and outside and declare it as the nation’s asset and deploy it for developmental purposes.
The ABPS appreciates the efforts of such courageous individuals, organisations and the constitutional institutions, alert media and vigilant Judiciary for their efforts against corruption in the present challenging scenario and calls upon the countrymen to extend their active support for such noble endevours with utmost personal integrity and also nourish our traditional social institutions actively involved in character-building of our citizens.
Defeat Chinese design against our national interest and security
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) expresses serious concern over the growing multi-dimensional threat from China and the lackluster response of the Government of Bharat to its aggressive and intimidator tactics. Casual attitude and perpetual denial of our Government in describing gross border violations by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army as a case of ‘lack of common perception on the LAC’, attempts to underplay the severe strategic dissonance between the two countries and failure to expose the expansionist and imperialist manouvers of China can prove fatal to our national interests.
The ABPS cautions that the growing civilian and defence ties between China and Pakistan are a matter of grave concern to our national security. Presence of the 10,000-strong Chinese Army in Skardu (PoK) in the guise of construction works and repairs to Karakoram highway is a serious issue as it allows China to encircle Kashmir. Other issues of concern that best exemplify Chinese’ assertiveness include its offer to export one – Gigawatt (GW) nuclear plant and transfer of ballistic missile technology to Pakistan thus precipitating potential nuclear conflict in the region.
The malafide intentions of China are conspicuous in a number of recent developments. It has falsely charged Bharat of occupying 90,000 sq. km of its territory (including Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim); It is excluding the state of J&K from Bharat in its maps; It is also excluding 1600 km-long border in J&K from the LAC on the Tibet-Bharat border; It has initiated issuing paper visas for Bharatiya citizens from J&K besides citizens from Arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese troops entered Gombir area in Demchok region last year and threatened the civilian workers to stop construction work. In November 2009, a road project under Centrally-sponsored National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Ladakh, was stopped after objections were raised by the Chinese Army. In fact, it is China which has encroached upon our territory inside the LoC in that region and constructed a 54 km long road for military purposes.
The ABPS sees potential danger from the Chinese machinations in our North East. Its continued claims over Arunachal Pradesh shouldn’t be taken lightly as it has set its eyes not only on that state but on the entire North East. Recent expose’ in a leading Bharatiya weekly about the extent of the involvement of China in arming, encouraging and funding insurgent groups like the NSCN should awaken us to this danger. Besides NSCN insurgents other insurgent groups in the North East like the NDFB, ULFA etc also get patronage from China. It is also a matter of serious concern that the ISI too is operating in cahoots with China in this region. The ABPS expresses concern over the growing number of cases of Chinese spies being arrested in different parts of the country.
It is well-known that the weapons from the Chinese government weapon manufacturers find their way to the Maoists and other terrorist groups in Bharat through illegal weapon ports like Cox Bazar in Bangladesh. Fake currency also is being pumped into Bharat from China. The ABPS wants to draw the attention of the Government and people to the occasional publications in the officially-controlled Chinese media about dismembering Bharat into 20-30 pieces.
Penetration of Chinese goods into Bharatiya market is affecting our manufacturing industry adversely besides posing a serious challenge to our security, health, environment and strategic concerns. The ABPS wants the Government to tackle this issue of China’s penetration into our system through trade and commerce with utmost seriousness. All citizens should refrain from using Chinese products as an expression of patriotism.
The ABPS wants to draw the attention of our government and countrymen to the threat from China in the form of diversion of river waters in the South Central Tibetan region. In the process it would be robbing lower riparian states like Bharat, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand of their right to the waters from rivers like Brahmaputra and Sindhu which originate from Kailash – Manasarovar in Tibet. Joint mechanism established in 2007 between Bharat and China to oversee water related issues remain dysfunctional mainly due to the utmost secrecy maintained by China in its water management plans. Two of our states i.e. Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh were hit by flash floods and it was suspected at that time that these floods were due to some form of interference in the river flow by the Chinese. Our engineers were not allowed to inspect the upper streams of the river by the Chinese government. The ABPS warns the government that unless the issue is addressed immediately the situation may lead to serious crises between the two countries.
The ABPS urges our Government to take note of the expanding military and diplomatic might of China not only in the immediate neighbourhood but also in the strategically important regions like Africa and the West Asia. China’s 3.1 million strong Army is being rapidly modernised with newer weapons and technology. It has built all-weather roads and extended railway network along Tibet, Nepal and Bharat border. China today is a formidable player in the Indian Ocean region. It is establishing contact with all kinds of renegade dictators in the world including the North Korean and Sudanese dictators. Its strategic experts are propounding such disdainfully dangerous theories like Preventive Use of Nuclear Weapons suggesting that China should reserve the right of first attack against any nuclear power with nuclear weapons as a preventive measure.
In such a challenging scenario the ABPS calls upon the government to:
Reiterate the Parliament’s unanimous resolution of 1962 to get back the territory acquired by China to the last inch.
Take effective measures for rapid modernisation and upgradation of our military infrastructure. Special focus should be on building infrastructure in the border areas. Towards that, constitution of a Border Region Development Agency should be considered which would help prevent the migration of the people from the border villages.
Use aggressive diplomacy to expose the Chinese’ designs globally. Use all fora including ASEAN, UN etc for mobilising global opinion.
Disallow Chinese manufacturing industry free run in our markets. Prohibit Chinese products like toys, mobiles, electronic and electrical goods etc. Illegal trade being carried out through the border passes must be curbed with iron hand.
Follow strict Visa norms and maintain strict vigil on the Chinese nationals working in Bharat.
Restrict the entry of Chinese companies in strategic sectors and sensitive locations.
Mobilise the lower riparian states like Myanmar, Bangladesh etc to tell China to stop their illegal diversion of river waters.
Sangh is growing because of its positive work-Bhaiyaji Joshi
RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Suresh Joshi, who is popularly known as Bhaiyaji Joshi, addressed the mediapersons during the Pratinidhi Sabha meeting on March 13. He said the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) is the annual general body meeting which focused on social and national issues, as well as reviewed the last year’s programmes and decided the future course of action. Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya was also present at the press conference.
Shri Joshi expressed anguish that some political parties are branding Hindu organisations as terrorist organisations just to achieve their political means, which is a dangerous trend. He opined, “If Hindus really want to become terrorists, who will survive then?” “The height of corruption the country is facing”, he said, “is dragging the common man also into it knowingly or unknowingly”. Corruption is rampant at the political leaders’ level, Minister level and at the judiciary level which is alarming. This could be attributed to wrong government policies, the general environment with which we live in, and the lack of value-based education.
On the other hand there is an emminent threat to National Security due to China’s expansionist tendency. China is always a Samrajyavadi. Its symbol is a dragon which we must be aware, he said. It always wants to expand influencing smaller states and in turn increase its grip. Keeping this in mind the meet discussed the urgent need to strengthen the North-Eastern border as well as installing a strong communication network and transport system.
This apart, we also see several positive things happening in the country. Citing specific examples he said: there is a huge awareness among the Hindus regarding the issues plaguing the country. They are slowly taking to their cultural roots and that was evident in the huge Sanskrit Book Fair at Bangalore recently, where 4 – 5 lakh ordinary people visited the fair and bought books. Now, other states are also interested in arranging such fairs for the benefit of common man.
There is also a trend of Kumbha Melas happening at various parts of the country with the theme of Social Harmony which was earlier happening for Dharmic purposes and it is a welcome sign. The Shabari Kumba at Gujarat was one such which awakened their Dharmic responsibilities through social harmony. We even celebrate the birthday of rivers. One such was the Narmada Kumba at Madhya Pradesh which was attended by 30 lakh Hindus and a good example for social harmony.
Sangh work is always positive in spite of governments suppressing it. There could be some temporary setback here and there, but Sangh is surging forward with its positive work and that is what statistics say, he said. Be it Gram Vikas Yojana, Vishwa Gou Gram Yojana – protecting the indigenous cows, and the training camps and workshops from the micro to macro level throughout the country.
Replying to a query he said: BJP is not a sister organisation of the Sangh and RSS has no wings. But they too carry the same ideology and during their difficult times they take brotherly advice. We always insist that everybody work towards achieving the ideological goal.
Answering another question about successor to the highest post, he said, the some office bearers of RSS are elected through democratic process.
Regarding the specific topics chosen at the meet when there are so many issues troubling the country, he said, those topics which concerns the common man most and threat to national security were chosen for discussion. And he concluded saying: Corruption could be defeated with an action plan of mass mobilisation and awareness programme in a democratic way as well as cooperation with already existing movements which addresses these issues.