Launch of Hindu Samhati – A Report
Launch of Hindu Samhati – A Report
With incredible enthusiasm the new Hindu Social forum ‘Hindu Samhati’ was launched in Kolkata at the Bharat Sabha Hall (erstwhile Indian Association Hall) on the 14th of February, 2008. Belying all expectations the venue overflowed with supporters and activists and many willingly endured the entire 4 hour long session standing on their feet as seats were already filled up.
The session was convened by Sri Tapan Kumar Ghosh and was conducted by Sri Upananda Brahmachari. Senior and prominent Hindu leaders from all over India attended this launch to address the gathering and to extend their support and solidarity towards the cause for which Sri Tapan Ghosh and his compatriots have instituted this forum.
Among the distinguished speakers were Swamy Ashimanandaji from Dangs, Gujarat; Smt. Himani Savarkar, All India Secretary, Hindu Mahasabha, Pune; Sri Pramod Mutalik, Chief of Hindu Rashtriya Sena, Bangalore; Swamy Pradiptanandaji, President, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Murshidabad, West Bengal; Swamy Punyalokanandaji, Ramkrishna Ashram, Gorer Hat, West Bengal, Sri Bharat Bhai, Chief, Swamy Vivekanand Sanskar Kendra, Valsad, Gujarat; Sri Shailendra Jain, Bajrang Dal Prant Satsang Pramukh, Delhi; Sri Anil Lamba, President, Bharatiya Janashakti Yuva Morcha, Delhi Pradesh; Sri Sudhir Patel, Former Prant Samyojak, Bajrang Dal,South Bihar; Sri Vinay Singh, Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan, Delhi; and other eminent guests from the city. Sri Govindacharya was expected to attend but he was detained in Prayag for some religious function , he sent his representative Sri Vinay Singh with his written message. Sri Balkrishna Naik, Jt. General Secretary of VHP, too sent his written message expressing his support and good wishes.
The venue practically overflowed with enthusiastic young supporters from surrounding districts and the city proper. The audience also included many distinguished activists and karyakartas of different Hindu Organisations, like senior Sangh Pracharak Sri Keshav Rao Dikshit, VHP West Bengal Secretary Sri Ajay Nandi, former ABVP State Secretary Sri Santanu Singha, former ABVP Kolkata City President Sri Joydeep Mitra, VHP State Vice President and prominent writer Dr. Radheshyam Brahmachari, Former VHP Mizoram Organizing Secretary Sri Joydeep Das, to mention a few.
All the speakers stressed that formations such as ‘Hindu Samhati’ are the need of the hour all over the country. Strident protests and massive movements are needed to counter the serious wrongs being done against the Hindu nation in the name of secularism and appeasement.
Sri Pramod Mutalik stressed that there is nothing called ‘Hard Hindutva or Soft Hindutva’, there is only Hindutva and this misguided pursuit of the so called soft Hindutva is forcing the Hindus to remain passive and inactive before dire provocation and aggression. Such inaction is making the Hindus lose their foothold on this land and is creating another ambience for the second partition of India. He reiterated that decisive action is the need of the hour if Hindus want themselves and their children to continue living in this land with honour and security.
In his address to the gathering Swamy Ashimanandaji said Hindus take great pride in their Dharma and derive a great satisfaction in being devout and observant of the rituals and ceremonies. But they forget that the Bhagvad Gita clearly states that resistance to injustice, oppression and aggression is the most exalted of all the dharmik activities. Anything and anybody that threatens the security and integrity of Dharma and the Samaj, should be confronted with an iron resolve. If one loves his/ her dharma one should be willing to do what is necessary to safeguard that object of veneration. He emphasized that it is time that the Hindus turn their attention to the proper injunctions of the Gita and other shastras rather than being immersed in passive rituals and bhajan-kirtans, while their land is being stolen from under their feet and their beloved Dharma is being assaulted with impunity.
In his concluding address Sri Tapan Ghosh stressed that it is a good thing Hindus should be organized but there sadly seems to be an over emphasis on organization and not on necessary action. He said that his 32 year long association as a Pracharak (full time worker) with the largest Hindu organizations of this country has made him realize that unfortunately organization and organizational activities has become a goal in itself, neglecting the dire need of proactive action. People organize themselves for a purpose and if the organization fails to meet and counter the threat that is being posed to the people, then the whole routine of organizing becomes purposeless. To put a stop to the extreme persecution and aggression against the Hindus in the villages and even in the cities, he emphasized, the only way to succor is to take proactive action. Hindus, he said, should stand up and be ready for any sacrifice to protect their hearth, home and honour. He also stressed that apart from the media even Hindu organizations are trying to suppress the incidents of rape, murder and persecution for the fear of being labeled anti-secular. Such a course of action is leading us to disaster. He said that there should be no suppression of the facts but a constant exposure and continuous dissemination of the news of such happenings is needed to awaken the people. Only such a course of action would precipitate the necessary preventive measures.
On a sombre note Sri Ghosh also added that the current situation is fast heading towards another partition of India in the near future and that is going to happen in the eastern region, especially in West Bengal and Assam. If such an event did come to pass, he stressed, he and his compatriots would not just remain mere spectators in the gallery but would be on the field, fighting to the finish to preserve the integrity of our motherland.
Apart from the discussions, the State Committee and the names of some district conveners were also declared in this meeting.
Pictures from the programme on 14th Feb, 2008.
Public gathering at the programme
Public gathering 2
Public gathering 3 (a sizable part of the assembly had to
keep standing as all the seats were filled up)
Sri Pramod Mutalik, Chief of Hindu Rashtriya Sena, Karnataka, giving his speech.
Sri Samrat Mondal with his mother, this young boy (14 yrs) was doused with petrol and set alight when the local Muslims from his village tried to encroach on their land and evict his family from their home.
Sri Samrat Mondal showing his horrific scars to the gathering.