Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Kumbha 2014- Reaching New Horizons towards the Upliftment of the Vanvasis

New Delhi. “No true happiness can come to humanity until every single person in society is looked after for which we must ensure that the last person in the last row is included in our scheme of growth and development.”
Japani Park Delhi was a congregation of leading saints, NGOs, Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar, VHP, RSS Office Bearer, with about forty thousand people, who cheered the spirit of Kumbh amidst a feeling of gaiety and excitement, on Sunday, December 21, 2014- the coldest day of Delgi in the last 15 years.
The occasion was of the Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Kumbha 2014 which was presided over by P. P. Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Rao Bhagwatji and was a celebration of the Vanvasi spirit and unity, and an attempt to breach the gap between what we call urban and developed with the primitive tribals.
The event began with the inauguration of the Kumbh Exhibition by the International General Secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Shri Champat Rai who was very much hopeful that the confluence of the unique heritage, ethnic diversity, rich natural resources, socio-cultural traditions projected in the exhibition would certainly motivate and help in mobilising city folks to come and support the cause of the tribals.
The sure way to connect the rich and resourceful people of Delhi with the needy and deserving tribals is to create awareness about their plight, challenges and work for this noble cause.
In lieu of this exhibition, the audience was mesmerised with an impressive and inspiring performance of Mahishasur Mardani by Tribal Artists form West Bengal while the children of Bhatnagar International School captivated the audience with the group dance performance.
Shri Manoj Arora, Chief Patron, Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Kumbh felicitated the Chief Guest Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat while Chief Host Shri Mahesh Bhagchandika honoured Swami Satyamitrananda and Shri Ashok Singhal.
Kumbh Prabhari Shri Virendra elucidated on the background, activities and progress of Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Yojana of Shreehari Satsang Samiti.
Shri Ashok Singhal, Patron, Vishwa Hindu Parishad talked of the Vanvasis of Bharat in terms of population statistics. A large part of the country’s population lives in the forests. Out of the grand 125 crores population, 18 crores are vanvasis who live in isolated, deep forests and villages. He was eloquent on the plight of the Vanvasis who form a significant portion of the Bharatn society but remain ignored and are thus, pushed towards the missionaries who convert them to Christianity forcing a severing of traditional ties with their ancestral cultural roots. He attacked the missionaries who convert the Vanvasis in the name of helping and aiding and uplifting their socio-economic status. He even mentioned a report of a prominent journalist who described how the Native Tribals of Africa, though illiterate in terms of the missionaries, had power and land. But by the time, the Missionaries left Africa, all the natives had Bible in their hands and all the missionaries had complete control over the lands. He defined the problem of this manipulative religious conversion at the global level as is seen in Australia, Africa and South America which have a high concentration of Native Tribals.
He explained the problem of conversion from the Islamic tendencies also. And praised the thousands of RSS workers who with the aid of VHP have launched the ‘Ghar Vapasi’ program so that our fellow religious brethren whose ties with us were severed few generations ago, come back in the family with full dignity and honour.
Shri Satyamitranand jee, Founder of Bharat Mata Mandir gave a heart wrenching talk on the historical importance of the Vanvasis, right from the Vedic Age. For fourteen years, Lord Rama was in exile in the forests and his episodes with Shabari and Kevat are enough proof of the Vanvasi instinct of survival, protection and faith in God. On his question of who would have protected Goddess Sita in the forests when she was exiled from the royal castle of Ayodhya, if not for a Vanvasi, Maharishi Valmiki, the entire audience was sobbing and many a sighs could be heard across the sentimental gathering.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, Chief Guest of the event, Dr. Mohan Rao Bhagwat emphasised on the ideal of providing protection to the tribals who are our own kith and kin. Their glorious lineage must not only be recognised and respected, but also spread throughout the country. He emphatically reminded people of the true meaning of happiness as is mentioned at the beginning of this article.
Vanvasis with their element of mystery, primitivity and ecstasy are viewed more with a skeptical outlook than with sympathy. It is this viewpoint that needs to be reversed, and it is with this mission that the Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Kumbh 2014 was organised.
The contribution and work of Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Kumbh 2014 for the welfare of Vanvasi villages was much appreciated in the political and religious circles-
P. P. Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Rao Bhagwatji; Mahamandaleshwar Acharya Swami Anubhutarand Giri; Didi Ma Sadhvi Ritambhara; Swami Ramdeva, Patanjali Yogapeeth; Shri Nritya Gopal Dasji Maharaj; Vice Chancellor, Sanskrit University Dr. Pranav Pandya; International President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shri Ashok Singhal; Working President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shri Praveenbhai Togadia; Sar Sanghasanchalak, North, Dr. Bajranglal Gupta; Lok Sabha Speaker, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; Chief Minister Chattisgarh Shri Raman Singh; Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari; Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Jual Oram;M/o State (I/C) Environment Forest & Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar; President of Bhartiya Janta Party, Shri Amit Shah; External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj.
The credit for the successful event of the Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Kumbh 2014 goes to the four pillars of Sri Hari Satsang Samiti- Shri Manoj Arora (Patron), Rameshchandra Aggrawal (Chairman), Mahesh Bhagchandaka (Chief Host) and Murari Lal Agarwala (Convenor)- all of them are industrialists and social workers.
The event ended with a vote of thanks by Shri Murari Lal Agarwalla, Convenor, Vanvasi Raksha Pariwar Kumbh amidst roars of applause.

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