Friday, April 19, 2013

Sewa Sandesh
March 2013
Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram (ABVKA) held its national executive committee meeting at Krishna Bhawan, Howrah on 21st February 2013. ABVKA is a philanthropic organisation working for the welfare of 10 crore Scheduled Tribes of the country through its 32 affiliated organizations. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Jagdeoram Uraon and attended by its members and special invitees from various States. Shri S.K Kaul, retd. IAS officer brought a resolution regarding the Bonded Labour issue prevailing in Bharat even after 65 years of Independence. Estimates about the number of bonded labourers in Bharat vary from 40 million people according to Human Rights Watch, to 11.7 million according to the International Labour Organization. Moren Sing appealed that the District administration should identify and rehabilitate the bonded labourer’s problem. The Executive committee passed a resolution in this connection and appealed to all social activists and workers of Kalyan Ashram to take up the matter at local level to bring the issue to a logical end.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Australia organized Samskrit teaching camps in Australia –from 16th to 20th of January at Sydney and Parramatta for the learners. Shri Vasuvaj, a Samskrit scholar from Samskrit Bharati taught the learners how to construct sentences, make introduction and ask questions. He advised them not to think in English, but to think in their mother tongues—as all Bharatiya languages are similar. In the last hour of every lesson, Vasuvaj asked them to perform a play, enabling them to develop their ability to speak and understand the language as the plays had to be written and performed only in the Sanskrit language. A Voluntary Teachers Training Camp was also held on January 26th and 27th.
Chetana:Awakening the Inherent Strength of Women 

Women – An essential mainstay for national reconstruction
Women empowerment will transform national rejuvenation. Chetana, based in Delhi, empowers women. It Strongly believes that many personal, social & national issues can be definitely resolved through active participation of women. It endeavors for overall development of women by creating, social enterpreneurship and counseling.
Awakening the inherent strength of women on a five–point roadmap of health, education, economic self sufficiency, equality, self–respect and problem resolution.
Aims and Objectives
  • To generate self confidence and self respect among women.
  • To create a place of honor for women in family and society while striving for equal opportunities for them in social, economic, cultural, political and other walks of life.
  • To Promote and nurture the institution of family as basic unit, contributing to overall task of natioanal reconstruction.
  • To awaken and inculcate faith among people in Bharatiya ideals.
  • Promotion of scientific temper and progressive outlook.
  • Encouraging pariticipation in national building tasks.
  • Undertaking research work, publishing material pertaining to women’s issues and to assist social workers involved in women’s welfare programs.
  • Reaching out to different strata of women including destitute women, victims of abuse by conducting surveys and camps.
Pragrams and Activities
  • To organize health camps for physical and mental health of women.
  • Guidance and counselling on menstrual cycle related health issues and dieting habits.
  • Mental health awareness programmes to empower women to deal with stress and anxiety in their day to day lives.
Self Respect
  • To conduct seminars and workshops about-
       1. Different laws and acts related to women
       2. Women’s Participation in decision-making
  • To oppose injustice and atrocities against women through – protests, rallies, discussions and debates.
Self Defence
  • Training programmes in self defence for young girls and women.
  • Programmes to increase awareness about safety of women.
Self Reliance
  • To organiaze career oriented workshops and guidance to women and girls, including school dropouts.
  • To encourage women in unorganized sector to start business enterprises and form Self Help Groups (SHGs).
Chetana Free Family Counselling Centers
CHETANA provides free professional counseling sessions, pre marital counselling and legal aid to all women in distress due to family problems or are victims of social evils.

The man who shaped the village development work of the Sangh is no more
THE man who shaped the  village development work of the RSS, Surendra Singh Chauhan, passed away in his village Mohad on February 1. He was 79. The last rites were performed at his village by his eldest son Shri Sangram Singh Chauhan. 
Born on August 7, 1933 at Mohad village of Madhya Pradesh under Kareli Tehsil of Narasinghpur district, Surendra Singh Chauhan was post graduate in English literature from Benaras Hindu University. He held many responsibilities in the Sangh right from the district to Prant and then Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sewa Pramukh. Presently, he was a member of the RSS National Executive. His contribution in initiating the rural development work of the Sangh is highly acclaimed. Before taking up the RSS village development work, he developed his own village Mohad as an ideal village and then spoke others to start the work. His village development model was followed by thousands of people all over the country.
Today, the village has 98 per cent literacy rate with majority of villagers speaking fluent Sanskrit. There are 50 types of small and cottage industries in the village of 450 families with a population of about, 4,000. Every inch of the agriculture land is irrigated. Majority of the farmers have firmly said no to chemical fertilizers and pesticides have adopted organic farming. No family uses woods for preparing meals; almost every house has a bio-gas plant. Awareness about protecting the environment is so deep that it has become a tradition to tie a rakhi to trees on Rakshabandhan Day. Every house has a tulsi plant and flower-garden in the premises. Every building has a sign of Om/Swastik and other ethical messages on the walls. Every house has a toilet. The entire village is free from theft, violence and all kinds of addictions including paan, biri, cigarette, gutkha, liquor, etc. No dispute of the village is pending in any court or police station.
After creating this unique work in his village Surendra Singh Chauhan first encouraged the people of his surrounding villages and then spread the work in different parts of the country. He was basically influenced by the village development work of Nanaji Deshmukh, but the model he created in his village was a little different from the work being done in Gonda and Chitrakoot. His work was based on the principle —Gaon ki pratibha gaon mein, gaon ka paisa gaon mein and gaon ka paani gaon mein (talent, water and money of the village should remain within the village). It was his charming personality that even the highly qualified people having degrees of Ph.D, LL.B, engineering, etc took up the farming work and those who got retired also settled in the village.At the time when villagers are migrating to cities in search of employment and facilities, Surendra Singh Chauhan set an example as to how to develop villages and how the facilities available in the urban areas can be made available in villages.
Mini marathon in Delhi to celebrate Silver Jubilee of Ekal Movement
Ekal perfectly combining sports with studies
—Kapil Dev
THOUSANDS of rural folk, including Vanvasis, participated in a marathon organised in New Delhi on January 13 to spread awareness about education and also to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Veteran cricketer Kapil Dev, ace wrestler Sushil Kumar, ace shooter Vikram Bhatnagar and Indian mountaineer Santosh Yadav flagged off the premier marathon at Talkatora Indoor Stadium. The event saw the presence of around 3,000 people participating in various sub-events involving a distance run of 5.5 kilometres. The total number of runners including veterans, youths, women, urban and rural were more than 5000. Explaining the cause of the marathon, general secretary of Ekal Abhiyan, Shri Praveen Arya, hailed the initiative that has been turned into a movement. “The movement was started from one rural school in tribal belt of south Bihar, where functional literacy is being provided but with the passage of time, we realised that a lot more is to be done in terms of providing value and health and overall development  of the village.
This initiative has been now transformed into Ekal movement, wherein we are making relentless efforts to mainstream tribal villages,” he said. He also said that the objective of the marathon was to get rural folk goined with the mainstream creating awareness about education and rural development. The event was organised by Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad to mark the beginning of 25th year of Ekal Abhiyaan rendering selfless service through Ekal Vidyalayas based on five tier functional education for the holistic development of tribal and rural Bharat. On the occasion of silver jubilee celebration, all the partner organisations of Ekal movement including the Friends of Tribal Society, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India, Shrihari Satsang Samiti, Prantiya Seva Sangathan, Arogya Foundation participated in full strength.“We belong to a village and have never come to a big city like this. We have been able to come here through the courtesy of Ekal Vidyalaya, which is doing a good work. I would like to urge all children who need education to join the institution,” said Rajat, one of the participants from Jharkhand. Ekal Vidyalaya officials along with other dignitaries presented accolades and prize money to the winners.
Cricketer Kapil Dev spoke on the importance of education. “People should have the motivation to study and our country’s children must get the right to education. This is my biggest belief. It is good to combine sports with studies,” he said. National chairperson of women's wing of Bharatiya Lok Shiksha Parishad, Sonal Rasiwasia hailed the event. “Lots of students are here, they have not even seen either Delhi, metro or train. They have come here and running here altogether with everybody. And hence, they are feeling so good,” she said. The Ekal Vidyalaya organisation are tax free, registered non-profit service organisation, which is dedicated to education and village progress in rural India. Its motive is to take a holistic approach to social and economic development. Reportedly, the Ekal movement is the largest grassroots non-government education movement in India, operating in over 46,734 villages and educating over 13,28,118 children in rural India. The formal launching of the silver Jubilee year of Ekal was also done in the evening.                      
Food For Thought:-
"If your heart is pious then the holy river is right in your tub and you need not to go anywhere else to take a dip"
Sant Ravidas
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