Wednesday, June 29, 2016


(pancha is five in samskritam; amritam is nectar)
Poornima / Kali Yugabda 5118 / Durmuki Aani 6 (June 20, 2016)

Posted on June 21, 2016
A great International YOGA Day!



A few days back, I got a chance to attend a function organised by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Delhi state (Bharat). The event was organised in an open ground, a part of which was covered with tents for the event. The swayamsewaks performed activities which they learnt in their 20 days long training Camp. It was to be followed by a speech by Shri Rameshwar, a Senior official of the RSS. When Shri Rameshwar stood to speak, a strong wind started blowing. The stage from which the main speaker was speaking was shaking like anything due to strong winds. I was pretty sure that the speaker will abort his speech and move from the venue. Who would want to stake his life for an event? When the wind became strong, 20-25 swayamsewaks ran towards the stage and grabbed each pole strongly to ensure that the stage doesn’t shake anymore. 6-7 swayamsewaks were holding each pole attached to the stage and made sure the events runs smoothly. Everything happened within a couple of minutes. But I must admit that the most astonishing thing that amazed me was the behavior of the speaker. He spoke for full 40 minutes as he was scheduled to, that too without even once mentioning the strong storm blowing there.  While there was lots of turbulence, the main speaker stated that Sangh is an organisation which builds humans. I had heard this line many times but that day I actually realized what type of individuals Sangh creates. May be this is the character-building that I have heard many RSS guys talking about. My best wishes to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. (From a first person account by Shri By Jainankit posted on, June 18, 2016). Idea: Smt Ramadevi Prasad.



India's largest cow hospital provides care for 1,600 cows, bulls, oxen, that are sick, diseased, injured or deformed. With wards for cows with breast cancer, cows that have lost their legs in road accidents, cows that have been operated upon to remove plastic from their bellies, the hospice is a tourist attraction in Nagaur (Rajasthan, Bharat). The animals are kept under giant tents, each called a ward where the cattle are segregated according to the disease or injury. There is also an ICU, says Mukesh. Twenty one ambulances transport cows to the facility from a 300 km radius. "Those who bring their sick cows, we give them two healthy cows in return," says Mukesh, adding that the hospital is run on donations from gau bhakts and well wishers. The daily cost of running the hospital amounts to Rs 4.5 lakh (Rs 450,000). Eight tons of broken wheat (dalia/lapsi) is cooked every day. Gau bhakts donate green vegetables, says Mukesh. A board on the premises says that water sourced from the Himalayas is provided to the cattle and brought in tankers. There are cradles for calves and blankets stocked for each cow for the winter months. Established by Swami Kushagiriji Maharaj who lives down a door which reads 'gufa ka marg' (path to the cave). Mukesh says the hospice was started in 2008 with one cow.  The first cow is called Nanda Kamdhenu and occupies pride of place in the hospital's precincts. Worshipped as a deity, she sits under a shed and wears a velvet cloak. Devotees perform a parikrama and apply tilak on its forehead. ( June 08, 2016). Idea: Shri Vasuvaj



In a noble gesture, diamond merchants of Surat and Mumbai donated 10,000 goggles, RO water purifiers besides ECG machines and a host of other items for use by BSF jawans guarding the Indo-Pak border in scorching heat. The items were handed over to the BSF at a special function organised NADABET BOP (Gujarat, Bharat), which was also attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Appreciating the gesture, the Home Minister said diamond merchants across the country should join hands with the security agencies for the welfare of jawans who lay down their lives protecting the nation. Among the articles which were donated include 10,000 sunglasses worth Rs 650 each, ECG and X-Ray machines, medical laboratory equipment, an ambulance, 10 oxygen concentrators, 10 RO water plants of 500 litre capacity each and 7,000 mattresses. Besides, it was decided to upgrade three BSF hospitals with contribution from the diamond traders at a cost of Rs 15 lakh each and develop three shooting ranges at an investment of Rs 25 lakh. Residential units will also be constructed for children of martyrs studying in Gandhinagar. India shares 3,323 km border (including Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir) with Pakistan, of which 826 km falls in Gujarat (PTI, June 19, 2016).



A couple of years ago, Kerala reportedly managed the lowest dropout rate in the country — 0.53 per cent. One determined young woman, who has brought hundreds of tribal children back to school, has certainly helped decrease the number. Meet Dhanya Raman, who has been working with children who are victims of sexual abuse, child labour and have undergone teen pregnancy, desperately trying to get them back to school. Born in a place called Kallar in Kasargode district Dhanya’s father is a dalit activist. She has travelled across the dark and ignored tribal belts in Kerala for the past seven years, creating awareness among the people there about how education can catapult them to a better life. The daughter of a construction worker, she had to work hard to get to where she is and she believes that helping this at-risk group to get back to school is more important than any other kind of outreach. She gets set to settle about 1,000 dropouts back in school this month (June 2016). (Based on a report by Smt Parvathi Benu in EDEX – THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, June 20, 2016).



Shri L. Murugaraj, senior journalist with the leading Tamil daily DINAMALAR, reports, as a rule, on real life heroes. So every report of his turns out to be a good news. He sincerely acknowledges readers who provide him story ideas about honest persons, do-gooders, etc. He mentions the name of one such reader Shri Mohanraj in his recent story on Singapore Annalakshmi Restraunt (story idea by Mohanraj), an eatery where one can have his fill and pay if he wishes. For the past two years Madurai-born Singapore-based Mohanraj reads every good news story by Murugaraj and promptly sends feedbacks, writes Murugaraj. Mohanraj makes it a point to ring up and appreciate the good work of do-gooders and occasionally helps them silently. It comes to the notice of Murugaraj only when the beneficiaries inform the journalist. “My respect for the reader grew when I learnt that he serves needy persons through a service outfit named after Dr Abdul Kalam. On coming to know that Shri Mohanraj is the son of freedom fighter Danushkodi Raja I hold him in high esteem” goes on Murugaraj. For all this, both have never met in person, says the journalist. (From a report by Shri L. Murugaraj in DINAMALAR, February 5, 2016).
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