Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Blessings of Man. Balakrishnanji on the eve of Launching of Swami Vivekananda's 150th Jayanti Website
Blessings of Man. P. Parameswaranji on the eve of Launching of Swami Vivekananda's 150th Jayanti Website
Swami Vivekananda had warned us of all these dangers. He had given us the remedy also. His message of Vedanta as a scientific way of life promoting harmony, cooperation and co-existence has become more relevant today. The whole world is looking expectantly at Bharat, the land of origin of this philosophy for sustaining solutions in these demanding times.
Swami Vivekananda's 150th Birth anniversary presents us an occasion to take the message of Sanatana Dharma to our own people and awaken Bharat to its full potentials to guide the whole world. The youth of Bharat is ready to grasp Swamiji's inspiring thoughts. The young generation of today's Bharat is more confident, vibrant and active. They believe in themselves and are ready to serve the country and the masses. They are ready to come out and sacrifice to make their motherland strong, capable and prosperous to give the whole world its eternal message of sustainable prosperity, peace and benediction.
Swami Vivekananda after his triumphant return from the west travelled across Bharat from Colombo to Almorah giving the clarion call, "Arise, awake, give up all your comforts and serve the motherland." The youth responded splendidly and joined in the freedom struggle. Bharat saw the rise of Hindu nationalism in politics, arts, literature and all the walks of life. Again in 1963, at the time of centenary of Swami Vivekananda the whole nation geared up and celebrated it spontaneously. The nation was beleaguered and lost its confidence due to demoralizing military defeat at the hands of China. Swami Vivekananda's message once again became the strong motivation. The whole nation woke up and stood as one resulting in a massive movement to build the grand Vivekananda Rock memorial at Kanyakumari, the greatest centre of national and international pilgrimmage.
More delicate and dengarous circumstances face the nation after another fifty years. On one hand the youth power is rising, the nation is ready to march in the economic, scientific and technological fields to capture the number one position in the comity of the nations, the global geo-political situation is most conducive for Bharat to take the lead. On the other hand, lack of good governance and unprecedented corruption have weakened the political structure of the country to the lowest level in independent Bharat.
This is the backdrop against which we are ready to launch the celebrations of Swami Vivekananda's 150th Birth Anniversary. This gives us the most suitable opportunity and also the required philosophical content in the form of Swamiji's message to awaken the masses. Let us take Swamiji to all the sections of our society. This is also the opportunity to integrate the "scattered spiritual forces" in Bharat. Let us reach out to all the Hindu service organizations engaged in religious, spiritual or social service of Mother Bharat and appeal to them to join the celebrations. Let Swami Vivekananda's integrating message unite the whole nation and make it realize its potential and responsibility as the guide of the world, Jagat-Guru.
I am sure that this web-portal will facilitate the Swami Vivekananda 150th Birth Anniversary Committee to reach the national and global audience and disseminate information about the programmes. It will also equip the workers in the field and provide them necessary knowledge base to make the campaign more effective and successful.
Swami Vivekananda's 150th Jayanti Website : http://www.vivekananda150jayanti.org
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Launching of Vivekananda 150 Jayanti Website
All are cordially invited for the launching programme of
Vivekananda 150 Jayanti Website
Padmashree Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
Venue :- Abasaheb Garware College Hall, Karve Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune - 411004
Website Address :- www.vivekananda150jayanti.org
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Universal Brotherhood Day Celebration in Arunachal Pradesh's VKVs
Ref : http://www.vkendra.org/Universal-Brotherhood-Day-2011-Celebration-at-VKVs-Arunachal-Pradesh
Universal Brotherhood Day Celebration at VKV, Kanyakumari
Friday, September 9, 2011
Power from waste: Vivekananda Kendra shows the way
The town Panchayat is today powered by the biogas-generated electricity
Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu is an internationally renowned tourist destination.
Though the town itself houses a modest population of just 12,345 in about 400 households, it generates a huge volume of waste – mainly kitchen waste from various hotels and restaurants.
An NGO from Kanyakumari called Vivekananda Kendra (Vk- nardep) built a solid waste management shed at the town panchayat for collecting and processing the entire waste for feeding into a bio-gas plant.
“The Kendra constructed the biogas plant (of 100 cubic metre volume) — a floating drum like device attached to a designed biogas engines that are in turn connected to specially designed control panels.
“The solid waste management shed of the Panchayat is today powered by the biogas-generated-electricity.
“Once the plant started functioning, the panchayat disposed a lot of waste in a constructive way using this plant. The hygiene of the surroundings also improved,” says the Kendra secretary G.Vasudeo.
Scientists from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore and officials from Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) visited the project and recommended it for subsidy from the Government.
“Every kilowatt of energy produced through such renewable energy sources is eligible for subsidy. This village panchayat generates about 10 Kilowatts of electricity from its organic kitchen waste thereby becoming eligible for subsidy worth Rs 4 lakh,” says Mr. Vasudeo.
Once a small town or village becomes a popular tourist place, almost the entire livelihood of that place starts depending on its tourism industry.
“Increased waste generation and absence of effective solutions to tackle it affect the health of the people and also hits tourist flow. Sadly, today urban tourist centers as well as cities are becoming a hub of food waste being dumped in the kitchen backyards,” he adds.
A typical major tourist or pilgrimage centre generates 10-35 tonnes of waste per day, higher than the per capita in urban areas.
Such a problem needs to be tackled innovatively both technologically and socially, that too on a war footing.
“Disposing of waste, particularly kitchen waste, poses a big problem everywhere. Often the sight of accumulated garbage heaps at road corners and in open grounds and fields becomes a nuisance for the residents.
“These rubbish heaps become a breeding ground for many infections and are frequented by stray dogs,” he says.
Effectively tackling this problem becomes imperative as it remains a vicious cycle. The challenge of converting the waste into wealth at Mamallapuram is a joint effort of a Chennai based NGO, ‘Hand in Hand', which, along with Vivekananda Kendra set up a large Bio-methanation plant from their Natural resources development project.
The Kendra has been doing research and field work in this area for the last 10 years and is credited for developing low volume bio-methanation plants that are suitable for both urban and rural households.
In addition to this the Kendra also developed a bio-gas slurry based agro-inputs package and made the dissemination of this technology more efficient.
“We started collecting kitchen and vegetable wastes from the town Panchayat and collected more than 550 kg to 600 kg of kitchen wastes for feeding the plant,” adds Mr. Vasudeo.
Thus a unique combination of governmental agencies, voluntary organisations, and sustainable energy technologists made a tourist centre in the present globalised environment more ecologically healthy and economically vibrant.
For more details and visit readers can contact Mr. G.Vasudeo, Secretary, Vivekananda Kendra - NARDEP, Kanyakumari - 629 702, Tamil Nadu, e.mail : vknardep[at]gmail.com, website: www.vknardep.org, phone 04652- 246296 (office).
Courtesy : The Hindu
Ref : http://www.vkendra.org/Power-from-waste-Vivekananda-Kendra-shows-the-way-sept2011
Rural Development Programme in July 2011
- “Sri Rama Jaya Rama” Mantra was chanted during Deepa Pooja, Shivalinga Pooja and daily by our balwadi school children, cultural class students and during monthly meetings by our balwadi teachers and Social Workers. Every month nearly 5, 59,425 times mantras were chanted in 84 localities.
- Through 73 Balwadis, 1,821 rural Children were nurtured. In all the Balwadis, Malt along with hygienically prepared highly nutritive lunch with vegetables was served during the day. And in the evening vitamin-rich cereals were provided to the children.
- In our Medicare Program, 1,727 patients were examined and treated for various common ailments, through 15 Rural Medical Centers.
- Eye camps were conducted at 2 places in which 332 were treated for their eye ailments and 93 were operated for cataract.
- In 212 Samskara Vargas, 6,436 students participated. The students were taught about the values of Indian Culture, through games, lectures & lessons. The feelings of oneness were strengthened among participants, through patriotic songs and games.
- Under Adopt a Grannie Parent Programme, 11 destitutes and old people were provided with monthly solatiums, in the form of rice, dhal, oil, etc., for their livelihood and 34 persons provided rice only, in five Southern districts of Tamilnadu.
- Monthly deepa poojas were organized in 252 village temples in five districts of Southern Tamilnadu, in which 9,517 ladies participated and offered prayers for the welfare of self, family and the society.
- Annual refresher course for all the Balwadi teachers was held at Kanyakumari from 30.06.2011 to 03.07.2011. 96 teachers and 10 supervisors participated in the camp. Practical training of making toys, study materials, from locally available materials was taught to the teachers. The teachers also enacted Dramas, dances every day night, which highlighted the patriotism, character building, devotion, spirituality etc. These were taken to the villages through our cultural class students and balwadi children.
- On July 04th, SV Samadhi Day and Anna Pooja were held. Shri Mohanlal Patel handed over the rice to Mananeya Nivedita Didi. All Kendra Athikaris including well wishers nearing 700 attended after which lunch was served to all and collected rice was 19014 Kgs. New book “In Conversation with Swami Vivekananda” was released by Mananeya Sri Bhanudasji, General Secretary, and the book Amutha Kudumbam was released by Sri S.K. Subramaniam, Correspondent, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Valliyoor, in this function. The social workers performed cultural programme in the evening on Swamy Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita.
- 1.The workers in Rural Development Programme participated in the annual refresher course from 05.07.2011 to 08.07.2011 which was attended by 30 workers, 02 life workers and 01 Seva Vrithi. The annual activities of the respective centers were presented through selected songs, street plays, lectures, group discussions, books reading etc., by the workers.
- Under Amrita Surabhi Scheme, our Kendra workers collected 586 Kgs of rice from Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Virudhunagar, Thoothukudi and Ramnad districts.
- Through various branch centers and book stalls, literature books were sold for Rs. 54,162/-
- Subscriptions for 148 Vivekavani, 2 years one, 3 years one, life 2 and 1 Yuva Bharathi were collected.
- 80 women are being benefited in 4 Self Help Groups in Kanyakumari district.
- Swadhyaya Varga was organised, one at Ramnad and one at Aruppukottai, in which 41 persons participated.
- Yoga Varga has being conducted at four places, two each at Ramnad Thoothukudi, and Aruppukottai in which 126 persons attended.
- Tailoring units are functioning well in Nellai district with the total attendance of 70.
- Shivalinga Poojas were conducted at two places in Kanyakumari District and 105 members participated.
- 1.1008 Deepa Poojas were conducted in Nainar Kovil, Ramnad district on July 24 where 1040 participated.
- 1.Parents meeting was conducted at Arumugapatti Balwadi on July 18th in which 20 participated and also Matru Pooja was celebrated on July 31 at Valliyoor in which 85 children, with their parents participated.
- Educational aid was given to 3 children in Virudhunagar District.
- 1.Cultural class Teacher’s Training were held on July 02, at Sankarankoil, where 10 members participated.
- 1.This month, we have distributed the rice which was collected through Amrit Surabhi and Anna Pooja to Balwadi children, old poor people and also through the following institutions, educational institutions etc., as follows:
1.Mouna Gurusamy Madam, Thottiyodu : 100 Kgs
2.Yogi Ram Surath Mantralayam, Peyode : 100 Kgs
3.Chitralaya Seva Trust, Sitharaal : 50 Kgs
4.Gunatheeswara Sivan Temple, KKR : 200 Kgs
5.Johny Primary School, Kumbikulam : 100 Kgs
6.Avvai Ashram, Sivasailam : 100 Kgs
7.Hindu Middle School, Thirumalapuram : 200 Kgs
8.Balwadi Children : 1790 Kgs
9.AAG people : 730 Kgs
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Sanskriti Anveshak : Land Policy And Land Revenue Systems Of Assam
Report of the Eleventh Session – 20 August, 2011
Tribal Traditions and Land as Property in Composite Assam:
Consequences of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India
The Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India is a product of the colonial baggage in which the special provisions for “Tribes” were created. “Tribe” per se began as an expression of colonial perception in the political realities of the world. The Constituent Assembly and the Bordoloi Committee carried the colonial burden to “independent” India. The communities which never called themselves ‘‘tribe’’ or ‘’backward’’ came to be identified as ‘‘backward’’ and therefore ‘ill-equipped’ to deal with ‘modern’ developments. Immigration and consequent alienation of tribal land and attempts to prevent such alienation created an overwhelming problem in the Sixth Schedule areas.
Through his lecture, Prof. Apurba K Baruah, Head, Department of Political Science, NEHU, who is also the Academic Director (Hon) ISCARD had stressed that the implications of the Sixth Schedule is serious and far-reaching. It has brought about huge gaps between the ‘elite’ and people at the grassroot level, between ‘tribal tradition and ‘modern’ liberal views.
Stressing on the issue of way of protecting the interests of the tribals and the non-tribals in the matter of land in the same footing which was never been an issue of pre British Assam, Prof. Baruah said that a step must have to be taken for a political and social negotiation towards its final solution in the contemporary times.
In the speech, of moderator Shri Arup Borbora, Senior Advocate, Gauhati High Court said that, in the Sixth Schedule areas the rich are becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer and that is why it is time to examine the workability of the Schedule. He said that unless the average growth of the community takes place, the Sixth Schedule will lose its worth. Moreover, inter-community relationships are also getting frayed in these areas. There is urgent need to instil mutual respect and trust so that the peaceful co-existence and harmony of pre-British times is restored, Shri Borbora said.
Prof DC Baroowa, Director, Research Advisory Council, introduced the guests and informed the gathering about the background to the series on Land Policy.
The program ended with a fruitful interactive session.
Ref : http://www.vkendra.org/Sanskriti-Anveshak-Land-Policy-And-Land-Revenue-Systems-Of-Assam-aug2011
Universal Brotherhood Day : 2011
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
- Universal Brotherhood is possible only in an atmosphere of inclusive approach and not by proclaiming that ‘my god alone is true’
- Conversion brings dissentions and not brotherhood. Conversion is violence.
- The really spiritual is always universal and inclusive. Rejection of others God as false shows ignorance about one’s own god too.