Shivaji and Childhood

BIRTH OF SHIVAJI:

Those are very unsettled days.Shahjahan from the North had despatched a big army to conquer the Deccan, Pune. The principal town of Shahaji Raje’s Jagir was burned to the ground by Adilshah of Bijapur. Shahaji Raje was in real trouble.He was constantly on the run.

Jijabai was pregnant and it worried Shahaji Raje to keep her remain in safety and peace.Then he remembered the Shivneri fort and decided to send Jijabai there. Shivneri was a strong fort near Junner in Pune district. It had steep hills on four sides, strong fortifications and massive doors. This strong fort was then in charge of Vijayraj, a relative of Bhosales. He agreed to give protection against moughuls.

Then the golden day dawned. On the aspicious day of Phalgun Vadya Tritiya, in the year 1551 of the Shaka era, that is, on 19 February 1630, to the sound of pipes
and drums playing in the ‘Nagar Khana’, Jijabai gave birth to a son. All the residents of the fort were overjoyed. On the 12th day with appropriate ceremoney, the child was named “Shivaji” as the child born on Fort Shivneri.

Shivaji passed the 1st 6 years of his life in highly unsettled conditions. Even so, Jijabai didn’t neglect his education. Every evening she would light the household lamps and then call Shivaji to her. She would shower all her affection on him & tell him stories of Ram & Krishna, of Bheem and Abhimanyu. On other occations she would recite to him the devotional songs of Dnyaneshwar,Namdev & Eknath. Shivaji liked to listen to the exploits of brave men. Shivaji left that on growing up, he should also display valour like them. Jijabai used to tell him stories of many pious persons and saints. That instilled in him, a respect & honour for all saints. And great men.

Children from poor families came to play with Shivaji. Sometimes he visited them in their nuts and shared their simple meal of onion & bhakri with great relish. They invented instresting games to pass the time. The childrens of Mavla’s were like birds in the forest. Their pastime was building small forts of earth & seek, or played with ball & top. Shivaji joined them in all these games & become famous with Mavla’s children.

Source: http://onlyraje.blogspot.de/2014/01/shivaji-rajes-childhood.html

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and GURU

ప్రతి మనిషికి ఎవరో ఒక గురువుండాలనుకుంటాడు.  ఎవరినో మనం స్వీకరిస్తూ ఉంటాము.  సంస్థల్లో పనిచేసే వారికి ఆ సంస్థ సంస్థాపకులే గురువులు గా ఉంటుంటారు.  గురువును అనునిత్యం కలవడం, నమస్కరించడం అందరికి ఎల్లవేళలా కుదరదు.  అలా కుదిరే అవకాశం రాష్ట్రీయ స్వయంసేవక్ సంఘానికి ఉంటుంది. సంఘాన్ని ప్రారంభించిన వారు పూజనీయ డాక్టర్జీ 1940 లొనే చనిపోయారు.  మరేలా సాధ్యం?  అని సంశయం వస్తుంది ఎవరికైనా.

కాని ఆ మహాత్ముడే తనకు, మనందరికీ గురువు అని వారే నమస్కరించి, మనకు ఒక గురువుని పరిచయం చేశారు. అది మన దేశ్ గౌరవ ప్రతిష్టలను,  గొప్ప రాజులను, ఋషులను, పవిత్ర యజ్ఞ శిఖ లను, తను మండుతూ ప్రపంచానికి వెలుగు నిచ్చే సూర్యభగవానుని సంధ్యా కాంతిని ప్రతిబింబించే పరమ పవిత్ర భగవాధ్వజం. యుగయుగాల భారతావని గౌరవ చిహ్నం.  త్యాగ భావాన్ని సర్వోత్కృష్టంగా చూపే మన సాంస్కృతిక ప్రతీక.

యోగి పుంగవులు ధరించే, ధర్మాన్ని రక్షించే రాజుల,  మహానుభావుల పతాకం.  విజయుడి రథం పై  ఎగిరే పతాకం (ఆయన పతాకం పై హనుమంతుడు కూడా  ఉంటాడనుకోండి)  ఇంతటి చరిత్ర ను స్ఫురణం చేసే భాగవా ధ్వజాన్ని పూజనీయ కేశవ్ రావుజి సంఘానికి గురువుగా నిర్ణయం చేశారు.
అందుకే శాఖ ప్రారంభంలో ఆరాష్ట్ర ధ్వజాన్ని ఎగురవేసి అందరూ ప్రణామ్ చేసి ఆరోజు దేశారాధన కార్యక్రమం మొదలు పెడతారు. ఆలస్యంగా వస్తే ప్రణామ్ చేసి, అధికారికి ప్రణామ్ చేసి చేరుతారు.  ముందుగా వెళ్లాల్సి వచ్చినా, గంట తపస్సు తరువాత ధ్వజానికి ప్రణామం చేసి వెళ్తారు.
అందుకే  RSS వారికి మాత్రమె గురువును రోజు దర్శించి, ప్రణామం చేసి సాధన చేసే అవకాశం దొరుకుతుంది.   వ్యక్తి కాకుండా ధ్యేయాన్నే దురువుగా స్వీకరించిన సంస్థ రాష్ట్రీయ స్వయంసేవక సంఘం.
మనమూ చేరి ఈ వ్రతం లో పాల్గొందామా?

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Memories

50 సంవత్సరాల క్రితం నేను నల్లగొండ జిల్లా మునుగొడు లో 6వ తరగతి లో ఉన్నప్పుడు అక్కడికి నూనె శశిధర్ అనే విద్యార్థి టీచర్ ట్రైనింగ్ చేస్తూ, నెల రోజులు సంఘ శాఖలను కొత్త గ్రామాల్లో పెంచే విస్తారక్ గా వచ్చారు. నూనూగు మీసాలు, వ్యాయామం చేసే దృఢ శరీరం నిక్కరు వేసుకొని స్కూల్ గ్రౌండ్ లో 50 మంది పిల్లలను ఈల వేస్తూ ఆడిస్తుంటే మాకెంతో ఉత్సాహం గా ఉండేది. 50 ఏళ్ళ తరువాత ఈ మధ్య లో వారిని మళ్లీ కలుసుకునే అవకాశం దొరికింది. వారు అంత ఉత్సాహంగా సంఘ పనిలో ఉన్నారు. వారికి నా పాదాభి వందనం.

భాగ్యనగర్ లో ఖైరతాబాద్ శివాజీ శాఖలో మా బావ స్వయంసేవక్. సెలవుల్లో మా వూరికి వచ్చి మాదెనోయ్ హిందుస్థాన్ పాట నేర్పాడు. నేను మొదటి రోజు శాఖలో శశిధర్ గారు అదే పాట పాడించారు. ఆయన కదిలితే పిల్లల కోడి కదిలినట్లుండేది. మేమంతా ఆయన చుట్టే. జైజై మాత – భారత్ మాతా అంటూ మేము మండలలో పరిగేడుతుంటే మేమే భారత దేశం అనిపించేది.

వారి మొదటి రోజు చర్చాంశం నాకు బాగా గుర్తుంది. నా జీవితానికి అదే చుక్కాని అయ్యింది.
మనం పుట్టే ముందు తల్లి గర్భం లో ఎన్ని రోజులుంటాము?
9 నెలలు జవాబు
తల్లి పాలు మాత్రమె తాగి ఎన్ని రోజులు బ్రతుకుతాం ?
6 నెలలు . పిల్లలు ఉత్సాహంగా జవాబు.
తరువాత అన్నప్రాశనం అవుతుంది. అప్పటి నుండి బ్రతుకంతా మనకు ఎవరి మీద పండే ఆహారం తింటాం..?
మన భూమి మీద పండే ఆహారం.జవాబు.

దాదాపు రెండేళ్లు తన శరీరం నుండే ఆహారం ఇచ్చిన తల్లి ని మాత అంటే ఆ తరువాత మన జీవితాంతం సాకేది మాతృభూమి. మనకు జన్మనిచ్చిన తల్లిని మనం దేవతగా ఆమె బ్రతికినన్ని రోజులు చూసుకుంటాం. మరి మన జీవితాంతం పోషించి, పెద్ద చేసే తల్లి, మన మాతృ భూమిని ఎలా చూసుకోవాలి?
అందరం ఆగిపోయాం. ఇప్పటివరకు ఆలోచించలేదు కదా!
మనం బ్రతుకంతా ఆ తల్లిని ఆరాధించాలి. ఇది నేర్పేదే రాష్ట్రీయ స్వయంసేవక సంఘం.
రోజు ఇది నేర్చుకోవడానికి వస్తారు కదా? ఇక అక్కడికి వెళ్లకుండా ఉండలేక పోయే వాళ్ళం. వారి స్ఫూర్తి తో నేను పెద్దయ్యాక పోలవరం(W.G. Dist), మంఖాల్ (R R dist) ఉద్యోగానికి సెలవు పెట్టి విస్తారక్ గా పని చేసాను.
మీరు కాని, మీ స్నేహితులు కాని ఇటువంటి పనులు చేస్తీ కామెంట్ లో వ్రాయండి. ఎవరు, ఎక్కడ, ఎన్ని రోజులు పనిచేసిందీ వ్రాయండి.

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Swayamsevak Hai…

“Swayamsevak Hai…” – Remembering Late Anil Madhav Dave, Former Union Minister of Environment
Anil Madhav Dave
This encounter with Anil ji happened back in 2006, but I still vividly remember the details. At that time I was associated with a group of industries that had ventured into biofuels. It became apparent that the biofuel project will result in a large volume of procurement of non-edible oil seeds, like Pongamia. An idea emerged-if Pongamia could be planted by tribal families on unused barren land, it could generate a guaranteed income of Rs. 24,000 per acre; a sum good enough to lift a family above poverty line.

A pilot of 5000 families growing Pongamia on 5000 acre land was envisioned. Thus, we decided to seek a state government to partner with us for this project. It was then that I thought of Anil Dave ji. He was the organization secretary of BJP then, and had led it to victory in Madhya Pradesh. I had been meeting him at Thinkers’ Meet every year and was already impressed with his intellect and deeply meaningful interventions in the sessions.

I called him and explained the project. His reply was quite simple, “Come to Bhopal and let’s see what can be done”. This was the first time I was approaching government department for such work and obviously had my own apprehensions about dealing with the government.

Nevertheless, I reached Bhopal and was received warmly by Anil ji. He had a couple of urgent meetings to attend before he could make time for me. He invited me to join him and hence I tagged along. Over the next four hours I was amazed by the variety of issues he handled and streamlined, despite of not holding any official position in the government. Be it the issue of protection of water bodies and resources across MP or restarting an obsolete factory by transferring the ownership to the workers; he worked with ease and command over the subject.

Finally, by afternoon we reached Chief Minister’s place. I presented the project details. Once I answered all the questions about the project, the secretary started almost grilling me about my motive behind getting involved in this project.

Secretary: “So, the 5000-acre land is to be given to your organization?”
Me: “No, it will be allocated directly to 5000 tribal families.”
Secretary: “Then, you need subsidy for the saplings?”
Me: “No, directly to tribal families.”
Secretary: “Would you sell the saplings to them?”
Me: “No, neither samplings, nor seeds. We will just guide.”
Secretary: “Then, they must sell you the seeds at the fixed price, right?”
Me: “No, at the market rate. We will guarantee a base rate.”
Secretary: “But they must sell it to you, right?”
Me: “No sir, they can sell to whomever they want, we are just providing a guarantee of purchase.”
Ultimately he asked, “Then what’s your gain in this? Why are you doing this?”

I could see the “Come on, what’s in it for you? Everybody wants something from us.” written all over his face. While I was still wondering about how I would reiterate that there indeed was no personal gain; may be by presenting my personal or corporate credentials and CSR record. As I was about to speak, Anil ji preempted me. He looked at the secretary; gestured at me, and said “Swayamsevak Hai. . .”
The conviction he carried with just those two words left me speechless. For a Sangh Swayamsevak, it is natural to do something without any expectation of personal gains. There is nothing extra-ordinary about it. He just sealed the question with those two words-“Swayamsevak Hai . . .”

I have been a swayamsevak since childhood, but it was, in that moment, that I felt the sheer weight of the trust and responsibility that his two words insinuated.

On our way back, Anil ji proposed, “Govind ji, let us go to our karyalay, let me offer you some delicious Poha”
During our drive to party office the phone calls continued, often from ministers seeking consultation, each call demonstrating what a capable and principled leader he was. I had already started feeling guilty about taking up so much of his time.

Once we reached the party office, he invited me to sit in his room. I assumed that he would have a separate cabin and followed. I entered a 12 ft. by 12 ft. room, furnished with a small, single bed, a desk, a chair and three book cases full of books. It dawned on me that this person, who had granted 5000 acre land for the project and practically ran affairs of a large state like MP, was actually living in this small room in the party office with all his belongings. All that he had, after being 20 years in politics.

I was not shocked though, because I knew, Anil Madhav Dave . . . Swayamsevak Hai.

We all have heard about previous generation leaders, like Deendayal Upadhyay, who did not listen to his radio because his license had expired. We thought perhaps the God has stopped making such people anymore. This encounter with Anil ji once again reminded me that thousands of such men of integrity are being nurtured by Sangh, who were now leading at all levels in various walks of life, including politics. ‘Swayamsevak Hai’ is the identity and the life’s mission for them. I have read about them, but it takes an experience like this to have it etched in your mind forever.

Anil Madhav Dave had been a social activist since his college days, he connected with the Sangh and then dedicated his whole life to Sangh work. He was a Vibhag Pracharak and later, was given the responsibility of BJP organization in Madhya Pradesh. He became a Member of Parliament in 2009 and a Union minister of State for environment in 2016. He has done tremendous work in Narmada conservation. Environment has been his passion. If you google him, you will not find much about his life; as he neither had a personal life beyond Sangh, nor he ever put a name tag on all the monumental work that he had accomplished in 40 years. ‘Swayamsevak Hai…’ was the spirit with which he worked, till he breathed his last on 18th May 2017. He left behind a will that simply stipulates not to erect his monument in any way or form.

He said, “Just plant some trees, protect a water resource if you love me.”
Then he adds, “But while doing that please refrain from giving my name to any such activity.”

Can one imagine a politician, a minister saying such a thing? But I am not surprised, because I have seen that ‘Anil Madhav Dave… Swayamsevak Hai’

Source: As received in What’s AppAnil Madhav Dave

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Freedom Fighter, Rani Gaidinliu at a glance

Freedom Fighter, Rani Gaidinliu at a glance

Dr. Heera Marangmei

Rani Gaidinliu
Rani Gaidinliu

1. Gaidinliu was born to Lothonang Pamei and Kachotlenliu of Kammei lineage in 26 January 1915 at the Village of Longkao (Nungkao) in the present Tousem Sub-division in Tamengrong District of Manipur. Her father was the owner of Longkao-Khangchu( male dormitory of Rongmei (Kabui) –custom).

2. She joined freedom struggle with Jadonang in her first teenage of 13 on her visit to Puilong. She was called lovingly as Dina (Dihna-to pronounce) by Jadonang.

3. At 16 years of age, she was made a leader women wing in the religious activities and to impart the traditional mannerism and discipline.

4. After the execution of Jadonang on 29.08.1931 by the Britishers, she shouldered the responsibilities of the Zeliangrong Movement against the British, for the upliftment of social and customs of Zeliangrong. She was about 17 years of age at that time. She was known for her moral integrity, stubbornness and stiff conviction. She was also known for her courage and even challenged the boys of her age. Above all she was a god fearing girl.

5. The main objectives of the movements were:-
(a) To preserve the ancestral religion of animism, culture and custom.
(b) To save guard the people and their land,
(c) To remove the inter-village hostility among the three kindred sub-tribes of Zeme, Leiangmei,and Rongmei including Puimei (This hostility was later diluted and achieved brotherhood relation during pledging ceremony at Keshamthong Kabui Village in 15 Feb.1947).
(d) To remove the British in Manipur and create free country for her people. Like Jadonang, she was against the imposition of house tax, force labour and unjust law of British to her people.
(e) Like Jadonang, attaining the Nagaraj was her ultimate goal for her people. Because she believed that Nagas were the free people.

6. Gaidinliu was a good composer and singer and had at least 100 religious hymn and patriotic songs on her credit. These songs are sung for various occasions like festivals, marriage function, death rituals etc.

7. Her revolutionary activity was reported by the Assam Government to the British In the early part of 1932 for she and her troops were moving in and around the Naga Hills of Manipur and the North Cachar Hills. Her main concentration was in the Trans-Barak basin.

8. Mr.J.P.Mills, the Deputy Commissioner of Naga Hills conceived the threat of Gaidinliu and ordered the British to arrest her. She went underground with a group of her trusted followers.

9. Gaidinliu and her trained followers attacked the convoy of Assam Rifles in North Cachar Hills in February 1932.They attacked Assam Rifles outpost in March 1932 at Hangrum Village in the North Cachar Hills with daos and spears only, in reiteration the British burnt down the Hangrum and Bopungwemi villages in Naga Hills.

10. Mr. Harvey, the president of Manipur Durbar, had announced a reward of Rs.500/- for information leading to her arrest.

11. Captain Mac Donald, British Officer with 100 Assam Rifle personals attacked Gaidinliu’s strong hole in early morning and arrested her from Puiluwa (Pulomi) village in Nagaland in 17 October 1932.

12. Mr. J. P. Mills deported her to Imphal for criminal trial after two months in Kohima jail.
13. Mr. J. C. Haggin,the British Political agent of Manipur, convicted for life imprisonment to Gaidinliu on charges of murder and waging war against the British crown in 1933.

Rani Gaidinliu
Rani Gaidinliu

14. Gaidinliu spent her youthful life in different jails of British in India for 14 years.
(a) 1 year in Gauhati jail in 1933.
(b) 6 years in Shillong jail from 1934 to 1939.
(c) 3 years in Aizawl jail from 1940 to 1942.
(d) 4 years in Tura jail from 1943 to 1947.

15. Jawaharlal Nehru, the President of Indian National Congress, came to know about Jadonang and Gaidinliu’s Movement against the British during his tour to Assam in 1937 and he heard about Jadonang execution and Gaidinliu life imprisonment.

16. Out of strong inquisitiveness, Nehru went to Shillong and met village girl, Gaidinliu, in the dark cell. He was emotionally moved and praised her might for fighting against the British colonialism. He promised to pursue for her release.

17. Back in Delhi, Nehru’s statement in regard to his visit to Assam and Shillong was published in the Hindustan Times on 18.December 1937 in which he described Gaidinliu as the daughter of the Hills and conferred her with the epithet “Rani Gaidinliu. He honoured her same distinction with Joan-de Arc of France and Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi. Nehru persuaded Lady Nancy Aston, Member of Parliament in London for the release of Gaidinliu which was rejected by the British Government in India.

18. Jawaharlal Nehru lamenting on Young Gaidinliu in prison, revealed her story in the Hindustan Times, December 18, 1937 in his article “Child of the Hills now in a Prison cell”. He wrote, “She dreamed freedom of her people… and raised the banner of Independence. But the Empire still functioned effectively and took vengeance on her and her people. Many villages were burnt and destroyed and their heroic girl was captured and sentenced to deportation for life. And now she lies in some prison in Assam, wasting her bright young womanhood in dark cells and solitude. Six years she has been there. What torment and suppression of spirit they have brought to her, who in the pride of her youth, dared to challenge an empire! . …. …. This wild young thing sits, cabined in desolation and confinement. And India does not even know of this brave child of her hills, with pride her, and bring her out of her prison cell.” Later on she became known all over the country as a champion of the Independence cause.

19. Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister when India attained Freedom from British rule in India in 15 August 1947. He ordered the Assam Government to release Rani Gaidinliu. She was released from Tura Jail on 14 October 1947 with many restrictions on her free movements and banned her from returning to her native village and she stayed in the house of her younger brother, Chararang (Marang) at Vimrap village in Makokchung, Nagaland. It was a tearful reunion of sister and brother for they could not communicate their mother tongue.

20. In 1952, she was allowed to visit her people in Imphal and native village Longkao. In her first maiden visit to Imphal, Kakhulong Girls’ Union offered a reception function to Rani Gaidinliu on 15.5.1952 in the house of Ningthoubui Gangmei of Kakhulong Khulakpu.The Girls’ Union actively participated in demanding in setting up of Adimjati Seva Sangh. The Girls Union approached Smt. Rani Gaidinliu for the materialization of Adimjati Seva Sangha and she had strongly recommended to the Union Minister of Tribal welfare in Delhi. Subsequently Union Minister approved the establishment of Adimjati Seva Sangh, now it is known as Adimjati School.

21. In 1953, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited Imphal where Rani Gaidinliu met him and conveyed her gratitude to him and goodwill of her people. She developed more acquaintance with Nehru. Rani Gaidinliu also visited Delhi and met Shri Nehru and apprised about the needful development of Zeliangrong areas and for the welfare of the people.

22. On her come back in the native village Lungkao, Rani Gaidinliu worked for the revival of traditional religion of animism or Heraka, customary laws and for integration of Zeliangrong communities under single administrative unit. The propagation of Heraka religion was not welcomed by her people, who were converted into Christians. The Naga National Council (NNC) leaders criticized her activities as a stumbling block to the Naga struggle. The NNC group posed frequent threats to the life and movements of Rani Gaidinliu. She could not tolerate the threat and she went underground once again in 1960 with 1000 of her followers and soldiers – called “Kampai”. Many of her soldiers were killed by the NNC’s soldiers at Mandu village near Tousem in a long encounter, which let her to hide at Magulong cave near Barak (Agu) Bank for 3 years.

23. Rani Gaidinliu had said, “Invasion by foreign religion and foreign culture will pose danger to Naga Identity. Beware of this danger”.

24. In 1964, the Zeliangrong leaders led by Rani Gaidinliu’s, resolved to demand a separate Zeliangrong Administrative Unit or political Unit” within the Union of India. The files in Union Home Ministry in Delhi moved in favour of integration of whole Zeliangrong areas with Nagaland.

25. India Government came to know the insecurity and danger of Rani Gaidinliu’s life that she was fighting against the Naga underground leaders in 1966. After constant persuasion, Gaidinlui laid down arms and ammunition before Subodh Chandra Dev, D.C. of Kohima on behalf of Nagaland with the collaboration of India Government. On 5th January 1966, she came out from the jungle hide out for betterment of Zeliangrong people through democratic and non-violent means.

Rani Gaidinliu
Rani Gaidinliu

26. Rani Gaidinliu could not tolerate the disintegration and scattered in different areas of Zeliangrong people. She apprised Smt. Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi in New Delhi on 22 February 1966 when Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India in 24 January 1966 and demanded a separate Administrative Unit. Smt. Indira Gandhi showed respect love and respect to Rani Gaidinliu like her father Jawaharlal Nehru and assured to Rani Gaidinliu to examine and give serious thought on her political demand for separate Zeliangrong Administrative Unit and for recognition of Zeliangrong Tribes living in the three states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.

27. In her own words to the Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi, she said, “As a woman you can imagine that a girl of 16 years of age has her own proud youthful dreams-wild, perhaps, ecstatic. Like any other ordinary girl, I had my own cheerful dream of raising a happy family but the choice left to me was either to live on normal peaceful life like any other girl, or to sacrifice every thing in the world by taking up the leadership for the liberation of my people from the atrocities of the alien rulers, in order to set off claims of their atrocities. I chose the later for betterment and salvation of my people”. What a sacrifice!

28. Smt. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India recognized and acknowledged the social and political works of Rani Gaidinliu. The Government of India conferred the Freedom Fighter Tamra Patra Award to her in 1972.

29. She tirelessly pursued Smt Indira Gandhi for the materialization of separate Zeliangrong Administrative Unit on her visit to Delhi in the 1st February 1973. Again she met Morarji Desai, when he was the Prime Minister of India, and placed the same demand in the 3rd September 1977.

30. In 1980 the Zeliangrong People’s Convention (ZPC) was formed at Tamenglong, Manipur. Rani Gaidinliu was elected unanimously as the President of the Organization with main objective to demand a separate state for Zeliangrong people form the Government of India.

32. In 1982 Rani Gaidinliu along with ZPC delegation went to Delhi and submitted a memorandum to Smt. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister. The memorandum contained a map indicating the areas of Zeliangrong people, who live for time immemorial in North Cachar Hills of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland and urging for the integration of Zeme, Liangmei and Rongmei. On study of ethnicity and Culture of Zeliangrong community, the Anthropological Survey of India opined the validity and rightful demand of ZPC and report was submitted to Prime Minister Office.

32. Most part of her life was spent in Kohima.

33. In recognition of her patronage and selfless services to the society and to the nation, Rani Gaidinliu was conferred a number of awards by various institutions and Government of India.
(i) The Freedom Fighter Tamra Patra Award in 1972 by Prime Minister, Smt.Indira Gandhi.
(ii) The Padma Bhusan in 1982 by the President of India, Sanjeeva Reddy.
(iii) The Vivekananda Sewa Summan in 1983 by the Bada Bazar Kumarsabha Pustakalaya, Kolkata.
(iv) The Birsa Munda Award in 1996 (Posthumously).
(v) The Government of India released a one Rupee Postage stamp of Rani Gaidinliu under theme of great personality.
(vi) The NDA Government in the Centre instituted an award called Stree Shakti Puruskar in honour of five eminent women in the Indian history, viz.Devi Ahillya Bai Holkar, Rani Lakhsmi Bai, Mata Jijabai, Rani Gaidinliu and Kannagi. The award of Rupees one lakh and a citation is given every year on 8th of March to veteran women social workers in recognition of their sacrifices for the society (2000).
(vii) Paying tribute to renowned freedom fighter of Manipur, the Indian Coast Guard launched its fourth in-shore patrol vessel (IPV) christened ‘Rani Gaidinliu’at Vishakapatnam Shipyard on 6th November 2010. IPV-Rani Gaidinliu cost Rs.60.00 crores.

34. Passing years made her old and weak, Rani Gaidinliu, the determined lady, wanted to spend her worldly life in her Native village at Lungako (Nungkao) with her relatives and friends. Sometimes in 1992 she went to visit Bhuban Cave via her native place. On the way she was fallen sick in her village before she could visit Bhuban cave. Her stay in the village was unknown by many as there was no electricity, no telephone, no TV, no supply of drinking water, no medical care. Her village road was not linked with motorable road. Whenever, she returned home she had to be lifted in a palanquin by her village folks since vehicle could not reach there. In fact, she did not have a house of her own. She breathed her last on 17th February 1994. Her death was mourned by the whole nation including Shri Narasimha Rao, the Prime Minister of India. Shri Chitamani Panigrahi, the then Governor of Manipur, personally visited Nungkao to attend the last rites of Rani Gaidinliu. Nagaland Government deputed high officials to attend the funeral function. Many public leaders, village headmen, thousand of her associates and admirers paid the last respect and tribute on the funeral day. Gaidinliu was buried at the courtyard of her house as per traditional and customary rites of Zeliangrong. The Nation remembers her as the woman Freedom Fighter of the country from North East India.

35. Stree Shakti Puruskar given every year to eminent women for their dedication to the cause women and struggles in their own lives to bring about a more gender equitable society. One of the name of the award is Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang,which give a wrong signal and intuition to the Kabui ( Rongmei) in particular and create confusion to other people in general. In fact Rani Gaidinliu was born to Pamei clan of Rongmei (Kabui) Tribe. To remove the confusion, the Title of the Award shall be called Rani Gaidinliu, not to add the word Zeliang as suffix. Civil Societies or the admirers of Haipei Rani Gaidinliu shall take up the concerned authority for ratification and Title of the Award shall be called as Rani Gaidinliu. She was born in Nungkao and buried in Nungkao. She was born with Rongmei blood and died as Rongmei. Her movements do not mean for the two cognate names of Zeme and Liangmei alone, she dedicated her life for entire nation. Jawaharlal Nehru rightly conferred her with epithet “Rani Gaidinliu” for the Nation to know. Let it remain “Rani Gaidinliu” in the citation, not as Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang.

36. Every Celebration of Birth anniversary of Haipei Rani Gaidinliu be the reaffirmation and commitment for peaceful coexistence and believe in single race of humanity among the people of Manipur, giving exemplary to the world.

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Suruji speaks on Gandhiji’s, Patel’s & Nehru’s View on RSS

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Sri Suryananarayana Rao ji worked extensively in building the RSS work in the Southern States. He was later instrumental in developing the Seva karya across the country as Akhil Bharatiya Seva Pramukh.

The following link has the speech of Suruji regarding the views of Gandhiji, Patel, Nehru on RSS

It is about 45 minutes but worth every minute for any serious student of the Bharat.

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Idea of India, Unity and National Integration

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(From Hindu Human Rights – http://www.hinduhumanrights.info/idea-of-india-unity-and-national-integration/)

One of the biggest ill-effects of the post-colonial ‘Idea of India’ is the confusion it created in the Indian mind about the country, its culture, its nation and state. While clarity exists in the minds of learned men who studied Indian/Hindu culture, many simply lack it. The idea of this write-up is not to analyze those confusions but to present a high level understanding of the different aspects that are now not seen clearly.

For instance many are concerned about the several divides that exist in India, in the name of region, religion, language, caste etc. While appreciating the ‘unity in diversity’, the lack of consensus as a retarding factor in the nation’s growth is seen as a result of such diversity or divides. But many do not have an idea of what the original notion of India, what its idea of unity, diversity…

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Dharampal – His Life and Work

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Dharampal

Born in 1922, Dharampal had his first glimpse of Mahatma Gandhi around the age of eight, when his father took him along to the 1929 Lahore Congress. A year later, Sardar Bhagat Singh and his colleagues were condemned to death and executed by the British. Dharampal still recalls many of his friends taking to the streets of Lahore, near where he lived, and shouting slogans in protest.

Around the same period, there were excited discussions, especially in school, about whether the British should leave India. Some were against swaraj because they feared invasion of the country by Afghan tribesmen and others. With many others his age, Dharampal tended more and more towards the swaraj option. Though he underwent western education throughout school and college, his animosity to British rule grew year by year.

By 1940, he had started to wear  khadi regularly— a practice he follows even now— and even…

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True Concept of Dharma

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  • M.G.Vaidya

M.G.VaidyaIt may sound ironical, but it is my observation that many who know English find it difficult to understand the true meaning of “Dharma”. The reason is, the English knowing public, is accustomed to equate “Dharma” with religion. A common man who does not know English is under no such obsession. He knows the meaning of “dharmashala”. It is not a religious school. He understands the meaning of “Dharmarth Hospital” .No religion is treated in such hospital. He comprehends the meaning of “Dharma Kanta “. It is not a balance that weighs different religions. He knows “Raj-dharma” which is not a religion of a king apart from the religion of his subjects. He understands that the “Putradharma” is not the religion of the son, as distinct from that of his parents. .

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The above examples are sufficient to establish that “dharma” and “religion” cannot be equated…

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The 4 Myths on Jammu and Kashmir

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We all know that there is a problem of Naxalism in Chhattisgarh. Do we call it a
Chattisgarh Problem” ? Bihar has poverty and backwardness. Do we call it a “Bihar
Problem” ? Then why do we call the problem of “Terrorism” and “Separatism” in the
state of Jammu and Kashmir as ‘Kashmir Problem’ ???

The ‘Kashmir Problem’ is a myth that was created by separatists, Jammu and Kashmir
politicians and Union Governments to protect their vested interests. Non-existent
‘Kashmir Problem’ was created and people were made to believe that the whole state
has some problem and the ‘accession is conditional’ and so on…

Two of the three regions of today’s Jammu and Kashmir have NO problem. 86,000 sq.km area of the state out of 1,01,000 sq.km has no problem. It’s only the small area of Kashmir valley, i.e 15,000 sq.km only, that…

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