Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

“Vande Matram is a thought not just a slogan”—Dattatreya Hosbale

Hindusthan Samachar

“Hundred years back the mantra of Vande Matram had belied the claim of British that Sun did not set in their emperor. It was not just a simple slogan, but a thought that became a source of inspiration during the freedom movement. Vande Matram is the past and future for those who regard Bharat as their mother,” said Shri Dattatreya Hosbale, Akhil Bharatiya Sah-Bauddhik Pramukh of RSS. He was speaking at a function organised by West Bengal unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in Kolkata recently to celebrate the centenary of Banga-bhang movement. ABVP launched a countrywide Vande Mataram campaign from August 6 to 14 to apprise the people of the significance of the great movement.

Shri K.N. Raghunandan, general secretary of Vidyarthi Parishad, said that the Parishad should be proud of the fact that the function had been held at the place where Vande Matram was sung hundred years back. He said Vidyarthi Parishad was the only organisation that raised the slogan of Vande Matram in its each and every activity held across the country. He called upon the youth to draw inspiration from the historic dates of July 20, August 7 and 16. The function was presided over by Prof. Raviranjan Sen, president of West Bengal ABVP unit.

Speaking at another function, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, former HRD Minister, termed the Banga-bhang move as a conspiracy as the British wanted to create a division in the Indian society that was in fact the strength of this country. Dr Joshi was speaking at a symposium held by Rajasthan Chambers of Commerce and Viswha Samvad Kendra in Jaipur. He said the forces that divided India were active even today in different forms and there was a need to give them a befitting reply.


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