Chaitra Shukla 4,Vik.Samvat 2074,Yugabda 5119: 1 April 2017
1. FESTIVALS: Akshaya Tiritiya or Akha Teej, is celebrated on Vaishakh Shukla Tritiya corresponding to April 28 this year. Bhagwan Parashuram, the sixth incarnation of Bhagwan Vishnu was born on this day. The great sage Veda
Vyas started to write Mahabharata with Ganesha as a writer on this day. Sudama visited Krishna on this day. While in exile Pandavas were gifted 'Akshaya Patra' - the bowl of food that would never go empty by Bhagwan Krishna. This was the day of Akshay Tritiya or Akha Teej. It is considered to be an auspicious day to inaugurate new ventures. This day is considered to be the most auspicious Muhurta for marriages and as such thousands of Hindu marriages take place on this day. - goTop
2. SANSAD CELEBRATES HINDU NEW YEAR: The Parliament celebrated the Hindu New Year for the first time in the history of the republic.
On 28th March, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan organized a lunch for the occasion. Mahajan said: "The house wishes the country's people on new year, celebrated in different parts of the country by different names like Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Chaitra Shukladi, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba." The lunch was organized in the afternoon in a courtyard of the Parliament. The meal was pure vegetarian comprising items meant for those observing Navratra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reportedly, did not eat because he is observing the nine-day fast but he joined the MPs. - goTop
3. ABPS 2017 - WIDENING HORIZONS OF RSS: The three-day Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the apex decision and policy making body of RSS, was held from March 19 to 21 in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu at the spiritual campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. The ABPS is attended by the national and state level office bearers of RSS across the nation, national office bearers of RSS inspired organizations, selected representatives elected from RSS-Shakhas of all regions of the country along with a few other special invitees.
RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat and RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Suresh alias Bhayyaji Joshi jointly inaugurated the three-day ABPS. Shri Bhayyaji Joshi presented the annual report of RSS before the Pratinidhi Sabha.
The ABPS paid homage to all the distinguished persons who contributed to the national cause through their hard work by dedicating their genius, wisdom and abilities in various fields including veteran pracharak K Suryanarayana Rao, Cho Ramasamy, Editor of Tughlaq, Selvi J Jayalalitha, and Chief Minister of Tamilnadu etc. On the inaugural day, addressing the press, RSS Sahsarakaryavah V Bhagaiah gave details on the increase of Sangh Shakas in the country. In the last 10 years, the Sangh work has been on a continuous rise, phase by phase.
Last year, one lakh youth participated in the Prathmik Shiksha Varg. 17,500 trainees participated in the 20-day first year state level training camps held throughout the country. 4,130 trainees participated in the second year regional camps. 973 trainees participated in the third year training camp at Nagpur. As per the annual report, 57,233 Shakas, 14,896 weekly milans and 8,226 monthly mandalis are being held throughout the country.
Passing a resolution over the growing jehadi activities in West Bengal, the ABPS expressed its grave concerns over the unabated rise in violence by jehadi elements in West Bengal. - goTop
4. PROTESTS AGAINST CNN AIRED 'BELIEVER': Celebrity religious scholar Reza Aslan debuted his CNN series 'Believer' on 5th March, with an episode focused on a group of Hindu yogis known as the Aghoris. The erroneous depiction of the sect and attempt to sensationalize Hinduism attracted severe criticism from Hindus across the USA and worldwide.
Several acclaimed academicians viz Loriliai Biernacki from University of Colorado Boulder,
Christopher Chapple from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Abhishek Ghosh from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI criticized the episode riddled with factual errors and full of exoticization and sensationalism.
"The documentary aired by CNN portrayed Hinduism in a negative light." said Bharat Barai, an eminent Bharatiya-American from Chicago area who attended the peaceful protest by Bharatiya-Americans against CNN in front of its Chicago office. Hindu-American groups from across the USA held several protests against the CNN at New York, Washington, Houston, etc.
Vamsee Juluri, an Bharatiya n-American professor of Media studies at the University of San Francisco called the show "reckless, racist and dangerously anti-immigrant". - goTop
5. TULSI ELECTED CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BHARAT CAUCUS: Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, elected as the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Bharat and Bharatiya-Americans, has vowed to work for furthering Indo-US relations.
The level of engagement seen in both the House and Senate on issues related to Bharat and America's partnership and friendship "only continues to grow," Gabbard said after it was formally announced that she has been elected as the new co-chair of the House Bharat Caucus. Gabbard is the first ever woman to be elected as co-chair of the House Congressional Caucus on Bharat. - goTop
6. HINDU NAV VARSH: USHERING NEW YEARWITH CULTURAL FLAVOUR - By Devidas Deshpande: A number of women, young and aged alike appear in the nine-yard saris, their traditional attire. They are bedecked with the jewelleries of all sorts. The "nath", a genuinely Marathi jewellery worn in the nose, is especially conspicuous. A saffron headgear in true Maharashtrian style adorns them all. However, they are not standing with a tray carrying lamps and vermillion in it - as is the picture associated with the women in such clothing. They ride on motorbikes, some on as high-end brands like Harley Davidson and Royal Enfield, in hordes.
Men, again in traditional attire and saffron head gears, numbering in hundreds follow the file of these women. Chants of Jai Shri Ram and saint poetry resonate in the air. This is a scene commonplace in all the major cities in Maharashtra every Gudhi Padwa day. Before the commencement of shobhayatras, the celebration of the New Year meant partying all the night on December 31, consuming alcohol and exchanging the greetings. The younger generation had no other idea than this for the start of a new calendar. With the Gudhi Padwa processions, things have changed a lot. Now they have their own new year that is firmly entrenched in an age-old tradition.
Gudhi Padwa marks the beginning of the New Year for the Hindus and falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.It is known as Yugadi or Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The Shakas defeated the Huns on this day and Shalivahan vanquished his enemies. That is why Shalivahan Shak or the new calendar starts from this day. The Gudhi representing Brahma's flag (Brahmadhvaj) is hoisted on every house as a symbolic representation of Rama's victory and happiness on returning to Ayodhya after slaying Ravan. These traditional methods are now accompanied by the processions. While former rituals were meant for a family to follow, the new tradition has unveiled in the societal pathway.
The tradition of the Shobhayatra or the processions taken out on the occasion of Gudhi Padwa has brought a new definition of the celebration of the new year. It has become a cultural icon for Hindus of all hues. These processions, also called as the Nav Varsh Swagat Yatra, have become a hallmark of the Marathi culture.
In fact, Dombivali boasts of the distinction of hosting first such procession way back in year 1999. The procession was taken out on the Gudhi Padwa but seeing its potential of consolidating the Hindus, similar events took place on other significant days like Diwali, Ganeshotsav and Navratri. As the trend started from Dombival, it later spread to adjoining Thane and then other cities of the state. They have turned into social occasion to unite the community - one of the chief aims of organising the Ganeshotsav by Lokmanya Tilak during the British Raj. While the Ganeshotsav, aimed at preparing the common people for an uprising against the oppressive rulers, the objective of the Shobhayatra has been subtle one - to arise and make aware the Hindus of their glorious past and take pride in it.
Many children can be seen enacting historical characters such as Chatrapati Shivaji, Jahnsi Ki Rani and Freedom Fighters. Even someone dressed as Bhagwan Shiva riding a motorbike is not an uncommon sight. Various social organisations and political parties also take part in the event with the social messages like water conservation, environmental awareness, dental care and need for unity in the society. Besides the large number of the participants, who walk with the procession, there is a big number of spectators who witness these processions on the street. Women welcome these near their homes or simply watch from their balconies.
Abasaheb Patwari was the one who initiated the tradition of processions on the Gudhi Padwa. He along with his colleagues from the Ganesh Mandir Sanstha thought of organising such processions.
In its first year, the organisers expected a crowd of 7 to 8 thousand. However, they were pleasantly surprised to see a turnout of about 50 thousand.
Two years ago, in line with the Swach Bharat Abhiyan of the government, the procession in Dombival gave the message of 'Clean Dombivali.. Beautiful Dombivali'. As many as 150 organisations took part in it. Use of plastic cups and plates was prohibited while distribution of leaflets was also forbidden to reduce the garbage. The Gudhi, the mark of the victory of Hindu king Vikramaditya, was erected in every square of the city.
A prominent feature of these processions is the women leading the charge of the procession. Women in their traditional attire participate in large numbers in the procession. Patwari says that when the procession was started in 1999, the middle-aged individuals had a large share in the participants. Nowadays, the young generation is participating overwhelmingly.
Like the Ganeshotsav processions, the shobhayatras have also become a vehicle of the social enlightenment. Every year, the volunteers and participants come up with the theme-based floats.
Topics like 400th birth anniversary of Saint Tukaram, 125th anniversary of Veer Savarkar's world-famous jump at the Marseilles port, cleanliness drive and electricity saving were some of the themes that have been handled till now.
Some years ago, the conservancy staff members of the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation were in tears when they were felicitated during a procession.
The conservancy staff is not considered a part of the elite and high-brow society. However, they have the key role in keeping the city clean. That is why they were rewarded for their work with a special note on the occasion of one of the biggest festivals of Hindus. (Organiser, April 2, 2017) - goTop
7. NEED FOR NATIONALIST NARRATIVE IN EDUCATION - PRAJNA PRAVAH: The need for a "real nationalist narrative" focusing on the Bharatiya perspective in higher education was deliberated upon by over 700 academicians, including the vice-chancellors of 51 universities, during a two-day workshop hosted by Prajna Pravah, an RSS-affiliate body at New Delhi.
The lack of "Indianness" in the educational system of the country has been pointed out by various commissions and the Supreme Court too has called for incorporating Indian views into it, said J Nand Kumar, national convener of Prajna Pravah which hosted the event. The participants of the event, including vice-chancellors (VCs) of 20 central and 31 state universities, also interacted with RSS head Mohan Bhagwat.
“This 'Gyan Sangam' (event) is an effort to provide a platform to academicians working on Bhartiya perspectives in various academic disciplines and to work for their capacity building,” Nandkumar said.
The event held on 25-26 March was divided into three parts in which themes such as cultural onslaught on educational system, intellectual colonisation, and resurgence of nationalism in higher educational institutions were discussed by the participants.
Prof. V P Nanda of Denver University, Shri S Gurumurthy were among those who spoke in the plnary sessions. The event concluded with an address by Mohan Bhagwat. - goTop
8. TRUE SABKA SAATH, SABKA VIKAS ONLY IF LAST MAN IS BENEFITED: BHAGWAT: RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat on March 26 gave thumbs up to the Modi government's slogan of Sabka Saath, SabkaVikas when the fruits of development reach the last man in queue. Delivering the 7th Nanaji Deshmukh memorial lecture in New Delhi on indigenous model of development, Bhagwat said while Bharat never attacks anyone, it is capable of defending itself. Referring to the 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' slogan, he said it is a "religious" slogan, but religion in this case should not be confused with its "modern connotations" which make it a very tricky issue. He said religion is something which prompts a person to do his or her duty. He said Sangh visionary Deen Dayal Upadhyay, and Mahatma Gandhi talked of 'antodaya' or the development of the last person. The RSS chief also stressed on the need to have development and environment on the same page like friends. Senior journalist Rajat Sharma also spoke on the occasion and recalled how Deshmukh had made Jayaprakash Narayan join the students' movement in 1974.
Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister for Culture was on the dias while Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dr Harshavardhan, Vijay Goel and former Pradhan Mantri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s lifelong companion Shiv Kumar were among the distinguished audience in Balyogi Sabhagar in the Sansad campus. - goTop
9. GILGIT-BALTISTAN PART OF J&K, PAKISTAN IN ILLEGAL OCCUPATION: A motion was tabled in the British Parliament condemning Islamabad's announcement declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier, saying the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu & Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.The motion which was tabled on March 23 and sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman, stated that Pakistan, by making such an announcement, is implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area.
'Gilgit-Baltistan' is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Bharat, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression," the motion read. - goTop
10. NINTH CHAMAN LAL MEMORIAL LECTURE organized by International Centre for Cultural Studies was delivered by Dr K K Muhammad, Regional Director (Retd.) Archeological Survey of Bharat in New Delhi on March 31. The subject of the lecture was 'Syncretism in Hindu Dharma with Special Reference to Dara Shikoh.' The Chief Guest, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy said that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is our moral authority. Chamanlalji living in Jhandewala, New Delhi office for more than fifty years acted as a bridge between all our Swayamsevaks who settled abroad in more than 100 countries and the swayamsevaks of Bharat visiting those countries. He was a man of Bhakti, Shakti and Yukti.
Dr. K K Muhammad quoting extensively Sanskrit Shlokas, such as Saha Naavavatu.. ,Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah .. and many others, opened his lecture by asserting that Akbar began the process of bringing Hinduism and Islam nearer by getting Ramayan, Mahabharat, Gita and other Hindu religious texts into Persian. Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Shahjahan who was got assassinated at the age of 44 by Aurangzeb in his pursuit of power, translated more than 50 Upanishads into Persian. These versions were further translated into English and other European languages and it was through these translations that the West came to know about rich tradition of our mythological versions. Dr Muhammad supported his convictions with powerful visuals in his power point presentation.
Dr. B R Mani, Director General, National Museum, Delhi told the audience how Dr. K K Muhammad, the chief excavator at Ram Janma Bhoomi by the order of Allahabad High Court in 2003 had established the existence of a temple at the site of Babri Masjid.
Dr. Kapil Kapoor, Adhyaksh, ICCS gave the vote of thanks. Dattatreya Hosbale, Sah Sarkaryavah, RSS, Dr Manmohan Vaidya, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh and Sunil Ambekar, sangathan mantra ABVP were among the large audience present at the Constitution Club of New Delhi. - goTop
11. PIOS RAISE $100K FOR 'HERO' WHO TOOK BULLET FOR DESIS: The bullet that American hero Ian Grillot took standing up to xenophobic hate against two Bharatiya engineers in Kansas in the month of February was worth more than $100,000 the Bharatiya-American community raised for him. "Whatever you have done to save the life of a stranger, you represent the true America, you are the true hero… money cannot compensate you for your heroism, but I hope you will accept this cheque and utilize it towards buying your house," community leaders, Bharat's ambassador Navtej Sarna and consul general Houston Anupam Ray told Grillot at an event on Saturday, that was attended by his parents.
"I don't know if I could've lived with myself if I wouldn't have stopped or attempted to stop the shooter because that would've been devastating," Grillot said. "I do now have a very powerful message and if I can help empower people and spread hope and love, then why not?"
That was not how Adam Purinton, an underemployed military veteran felt on February 22, when he shot at Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Reddy Madasani, who worked for Garmin, at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, saying, "Get out of my country!" Kuchibhotla died and Madasani survived injuries. Grillot, who was also at the bar, interceded and ended up taking a bullet. - goTop
12. NAT GEO’S DOCU TO GIVE AN INSIDE VIEW OF TIRUMALA TIRUPATHI TEMPLE: National Geographic will air a documentary 'Inside Tirumala Tirupati' to give viewers a 360-degree view of the temple Tirumala Tirupati. The temple, an example of Dravidian architecture dating back to the 7th century, draws around 60,000 to 80,000 devotees a day. However, this being one of the most important and sacred Hindu pilgrimage centres in the world, most of the people are not allowed inside the holy inner sanctum of the temple. Consequently, while the devotees visiting the temple come back with a blissful spiritual experience, they don't manage to get an in-depth view of the temple. This is about to change with the documentary. The broadcaster said that watching the documentary will make people feel that they are experiencing an actual visit to the temple, and will also reveal incredible new aspects of the temple even for those who have visited it previously. - goTop
13. DOING YOGA, PERFORMING NAMAZ SAME THING: YOGI: "If you perform 'surya namaskar' while performing Yoga or offering 'namaz', one will find that they were almost similar exercises," said Uttar Pradesh Mukhya Mantri Yogi Adityanath while participating in UP Yoga Mahotsav at Indira Ghandhi Pratisthan in Lucknow on March 29. He said that Yoga gave mental and physical strength to every person and one could remain fit till late age, irrespective of his caste or religion. - goTop
14. ONGC INKS MOU WITH DR HEDGEWAR HOSPITAL TO BUILD 300 BED HOSPITAL IN ASSAM: A public sector unit, the ONGC Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Aurangabad-based Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan (BAVP) to build and run a 300 bed hospital at Rajabari in Sivsagar in Assam. The hospital project worth Rs 313 crore is expected to be completed in three years. The BAVP already runs 400 bed Dr. Hedgewar Hospital at Aurangabad. The hospital in Sivsagar will provide medical facilities like internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, ENT, orthopedics, gynecology, and ophthalmology. All medical facilities will be offered at a subsidized rate upto 70 per cent lower than the market prices. Dr Anant Pandhare, medical director of the hospital and secretary of BAVP said, "People of Sibsagar and adjoining areas have to travel to Dibrugarh, Guwahati or outside the state for treatment. We will give back whatever little we will earn in this project. The first phase of the hospital is expected to start by July 2019." - goTop
15. RAM MANDIR OUTSIDE COURT SETTLEMENT- A WELCOME MOVE - DATTATREYA HOSABALE, in the Press Meet on March 21, the concluding day of Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, said that RSS has always insisted that the Ram Mandir issue should be settled between two parties. Ram Janma Bhumi Yagna Samiti, Saints, Sages of Hindu Society, Dharma Sansad are working towards this. RSS wishes a permanent solution and will back Dharma Sansad decision. Any decision outside the court settlement or legislation is a welcome move, he said. - goTop
16. BRAZIL'S MINISTRY OF HEALTH INCORPORATES AYURVEDA, CHIROPRACTIC, YOGA AND SHANTALA: An ordinance of the Ministry of Health, published on March 28 in the Official Gazette of the Union, has included 14 new alternative therapies in the National Policy of Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC). According to the new ordinance now included in the PNPIC are: art therapy, ayurveda, biodance, circular dance, meditation, music therapy, Naturopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, reflexotherapy, reiki, Ayurvedic massage, integrative community therapy and yoga. - goTop
17. GUJARAT TO PUNISH COW SLAUGHTER WITH LIFE SENTENCE: Gujarat on March 31 enacted a law, with the provision of life sentence for those found guilty of cow slaughter, making it the first state in the country to do so. "During this auspicious occasion of Chhetri Navratri, the government has made amendments to the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2011. This is the harshest law in the country," said Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja. In a statement on the objective of the amendment bill, the government noted that "it is considered necessary to provide for more deterrent punishment for offences committed by contravening the provisions of the Act and also to make the offences cognizable and non-bailable". - goTop
18. ALL BHARAT INSTITUTE OF AYURVEDA ESTABLISHED IN NEW DELHI: The government of Bharat has established All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) at a cost of 157.00 crores, to promote natural medication and research in the field of Ayurveda. This will function as an Autonomous Body under the aegis of Ministry of AYUSH.
AIIA is a 200 bedded referral hospital and shall impart PG and Ph.D degree courses in Ayurveda. 1st Batch of P.G. course has been started in 2016. The Institute has also started OPD & IPD facility with major specialties in ayurveda. - goTop
19. TALAQ: 1 MILLION BHARATIYA MUSLIMS SIGN PETITION AGAINST DIVORCE PRACTICE: Over a million Muslims from across Bharat, the majority of them women have signed a petition to end the controversial divorce practice of triple talaq. The petition was started by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM, an organization affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)."The fact that the BJP was able to get Muslim votes in Uttar Pradesh ... suggest that the party and the central government need to heed the voice of the Muslim women," said MRM national coordinator Mohammad Afzal. According to the most recent census, Muslims make up 18.5% of Uttar Pradesh's 200 million-strong population, the largest state in Bharat. - goTop
20. SIX-YR-OLD MUSLIM GIRL TOPS BHAGAVAD GITA RECITATION CONTEST IN ODISHA: Firdaus has won the Srimad Bhagavad Gita chanting competition in a sub-junior group in Kendrapara recently. Showing exemplary courage, Arifa Bibi, mother of FirDdaus, stood by her daughter throughout the competition held at a temple premises in Kendrapara. Total 46 children participated in the chanting of the Gita.
The participants were judged on their ability to memorize slokas, presentation, audience preference, voice and involvement in the recital. "Firdaus scored 97.5 out of 100 in the competition," said Akshaya Pani, one of the three judges. Urmila Kar, headmistress of the school, said the girl is a very bright student. "As a Standard I student, she cannot read slokas. But she has memorised the slokas chanted during prayer classes as we lay emphasise on moral education," Ms Kar said. - goTop
21. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Saumitra ji Gokhale samyojak Vishwa Vibhag returned to US after pratinidhi sabha baithak. Ravikumar ji sahsamyojak started his tour to Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. Dr Ram Vaidya returned to UK. Visitors: Jagdish Sewhani - USA.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite. - Sri Aurobindo - goTop
JAI SHREE RAM
ABPS 2017 RESOLUTION
Growing Jehadi Activities in West Bengal - a Challenge to National Interests
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) expresses grave concern over the unabated rise in violence by Jehadi elements in West Bengal, encouragement to the anti-national elements by the state government due to its Muslim vote bank politics and declining Hindu population in the state. The attack and looting of the Kaliyachak Police Station (District Malda) which is just 8 Km inside the Bangladesh border, burning down of the crime record by the anti-national Jehadi elements and growing incidents of attack on security forcesin the state are posing a serious challenge to national security and law and order. Fatwas inciting violence are openly being issued by fundamentalist Maulavis. Hindus are being attacked by fundamentalist elements at several places including Katwa, Kaligram, Ilambazarand Metiaburuj (Kolkata). Large number of Hindus are being forced to flee from the border areas under the pressure of fundamentalist forces. Smuggling of fake currency and cow progeny along with illegal migration are being perpetually encouraged by these very elements. During the investigation of Burdwan bomb blasts, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that several terror modules exist across the state and this network ofJehadi extremists is spread on both sides of the border.
Just when extremists, fomenting trouble in a planned manner, are being encouraged by giving ministerial berths and other prominent political and government positions,at the same time the State Government is creating obstacles in celebrating religious activities of the Hindu society. Sometime back, timings for the immersion of MaaDurga idols were unusually curtailed because of Muharram for which the State Government attracted strictures from the Kolkata High Court.
Several incidents of bomb blasts, arson, violence and molestation of women have been reported in the past few years. The worst sufferers of these atrocities on the Hindu society, have been the members of the Scheduled Castes. 6 persons from these communities were killed at Juranpur, Vaishnavnagar, Kharagpur and Mallarpur and during the last year's Durga Puja, a 17 year old girl student from the same community was attacked with acid bulbs, who later succumbed to the injuries. At Dhulagadh, on 13-14 December 2016, Hindus were subjected to a preplanned attack resulting in horrid incidents of arson, looting and molestation of womenfolk. Instead of controlling the extremist elements, the State Government attempted to completely hide these incidents. It is shocking that cases were foisted against some impartial journalists who courageously brought the above heinous incidents to light. While on one hand the State Government is threatening to close down the schools which are instilling the spirit of patriotism, on the other hand it is turning a blind eye towards thousands of institutions like the notorious Simuliamadarsa where Jehadi and fundamentalist training is being imparted. Original Bangla words in the text books are being distorted under the influence of fundamentalist elements.At several places efforts are being made to stop the traditional Saraswati Puja in the educational institutions. The State Government is overlooking the attempts to islamisethe schools like the pretext of observing Milad-Un-Nabi.
Last year, when the school administration refused the permission to observe Milad-un-Nabi, extremists took control of a 1750 students-strong higher secondary school at Tehatta, just 40 Km away from Kolkata, hoisted their flag and locked the lady teachers in a room. As a consequence, the school remained closed for a month.
At the time of partition, Hindu majority area of Bengal came into existence as West Bengal. Thereafter, due to the continuous persecution and atrocities in East Pakistan, present Bangladesh, large number of Hindus were forced to seek refuge in West Bengal. It is surprising that despite the large influx of Hindus displaced from Bangladesh to West Bengal, Hindu population of the state which constituted 78.45 % in 1951 has declined to 70.54% as per census of 2011. This is a matter of serious concern to the unity and integrity of the country.
The ABPS strongly condemns the extremist violence and the Muslim appeasement policy by the State Government and calls upon the countrymen to create awareness against this Jehadi violence and communal politics of the State Government. It also urges the media to present the prevalent grave situation before the country. The ABPS calls upon the State Government to rise above petty vote bank politics and discharge its constitutional obligations. The ABPS also urges the Union Government to ensure firm action against these anti national Jehadi elements of the state in the interest of national security. - goTop