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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

“Our victory is certain” —K.S. Sudarshan

The fourth Vishwa Sangh Shivir (VSS), the confluence of 510 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh activists who underwent a week-long training at Prekshadham in Ahmedabad, concluded on January 1, 2006, with an impressive display of physical exercises such as yogachap, dandayoga and Suryanamaskar. The ceremony began with the prarthna of the Vishwa Vibhag. The shivirarthis who had come from 32 countries of the world including USA, UK, Australia, Norway, Europe, South Africa, Sri Lanka, South-East Asia, etc., have now started returning to their respective countries with the firm resolve to accelerate the task of uniting Hindus living in their countries.

According to Shri Shyam Parande of Vishwa Vibhag, the delegates were from all walks of life. “They remained fully engaged in a series of programmes right from 5.30 am till late night. In group-meetings they discussed various problems and their solutions, expansion of shakhas, etc in their countries,” said Shri Parande.

Talking about the problems of Hindus living abroad, Shri Nilkesh Mehta from UK pointed out that the Hindus living in the metropolitan culture of UK are finding it difficult to maintain their cherished identity as Hindus.

Shri Pravesh from South Africa expressed his grief saying that the Hindus of South Africa are being deprived of the philosophy and history of Bharat. He further said because of the hard and constant efforts of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and the local residents, the government agencies have started extending co-operation. Smt Bhavana Upadhyaya from Norway said, some 7,000 Hindus are living there against the total population of 45 lakh and mutilated history of Bharat is being taught there. Shri Darshan Soni of America said through the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh they are enlightening the college-going students about the Bharatiya culture and dharma.

Speaking at the concluding ceremony, the RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan infused confidence into the shivirarthis that Bharat would shine all over the world by the year 2011, as has been predicted by great Indian saints like Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda. “Today we are witnessing both internal and external onslaughts on Hindu values. Some of our own people who have been obliged by the foreigners are engaged in praising the foreign values. But we should not be discouraged with such attempts. The defeat of such evil forces is inevitable. What we need today is to make ourselves more powerful,” Shri Sudarshan said. He further said India since time immemorial, has been working for world peace. Remembering Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghachalak of the RSS, he said Shri Guruji always stressed that unity among the Hindus is must for world peace and the welfare of humanity.

Talking about Shrimad Bhagwat Gita, Shri Sudarshan said it is wrong to say that Gita is only for the older people. “It is the subject to be studied and followed by all. The world worships the powerful. To accumulate strength is the need of the hour. When Tibet and Iraq were being invaded, no country of the world listened to their cry,” he said. He appreciated the stand of the Government of India to reject the proposal of the US government to help them in Iraq war and also refusing to sign the NPT.

Speaking on the occasion, Swami Viditatmanand appreciated the efforts of the RSS for inculcating a sense of discipline and patriotism among the countrymen. He said Srimadbhagwad Gita is the best book that provides solution to most problems in the world. He called upon the participants not to indulge in unlimited consuming but learn to share with others.

Talking about the Hindus abroad, Shri Ravi Kumar pointed out that heads of various countries in the world regularly read the Gita and Deepavali is celebrated with great fervour all over the world. Royal families of several Arab countries have started coming closer to Hinduism.

Other eminent personalities who were present on the occasion were Dr Shankarrao Tatwavadi, convenor of Vishwa Vibhag; Smt. Pramilatai Medhe, Sahsanchalika of Rashtra Sevika Samiti; Dr Ashokrao Kukade, Sarvadhikari of the Varga; Shri Amritbhai Kariwala, Gujarat Prant Sanghachalak; Shri Vallabhbhai Savalia, Vibhag Sanghachalak; Shri Amitbhai Shah, Mayor of Ahmedabad and Shri Ajit Shah, trustee of Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Pratishthan.

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