The 14th Rashtriya Sammelan of Swadeshi Jagran Manch (digital) and valedictory function of Dattopant Thengadi Birth-Centenary programs concluded on 12-13 December 2020 at R.K. Puram situated office in Delhi. The meeting started with the welcome address of National Convener Sh. R. Sundaram (C.A.). The homage was paid to Sh. Bholanath Vij (Sanchalak Chaupal, Laghuvitta Vittran & Purva Kosh Pramukh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch). Sh. R. Sundaram discussed the Artha Evam Rojgar Sarijak Karyakarm, Hastakshar Abhiyan, and Thengadi Janam-Shatabadi programs.
Session 1: 12 Dec. 2020 (09.30 to 10.45)
The meeting started with the introduction of All India Office-bearers and other participants. Out of 51 expected participants, 29 could participate in the meeting due to Corona. The progress report (Vritta) of the eastern region was presented by Sh. Annada Shankar Pannigrahi, while Dr. Dharmendra Dube presented the report of the Rajasthan region.
Session-2: (11.00 to 01.00)
Sh. Satish Kumar (Akhil Bharatiya Sah-Sanghthak, SJM) gave a brief account of activities carried out right from the Haridwar Rashtriya Sammelan to date. He mentioned that a strategy for a health care campaign was prepared in collaboration with AYUSH University at Kurukshetra to deal with COVID-19 and a detailed campaign was launched successfully to develop immunity among the people. Swadeshi Swavalamban Abhiyan, aimed at creating maximum employment, was launched on April 20, 2019. The program to launch the book titled ‘Swadeshi Swavalamban ki aur Bharat’ written by Sh. Satish Kumar was organized throughout the country. The swadeshi signature campaign was launched in 715 districts and 15 other countries on 25 April 2019. More than 14 lakh people signed under the campaign and about 48 thousand volunteers agreed to work with the Manch. From 9th August, the Chinese Companies to Leave India program was successfully carried out. It had its impact on government sectors and Chinese Apps and contracts were canceled. Similarly, under the Artha Evam Rojgar Sarijak Samman Karyakarm, programs were held at 385 places in 285 districts in which 2785 entrepreneurs were honored. Swadeshi Think Tank (CEPR) operating from Delhi organized programs in which more than 40 Vice-Chancellors and experts like Dr. Rajiv Kumar (Deputy Chairman Niti Aayog), Prof. Vaidyanathan, and Prof. V.K. Malhotra (ICSSR) also participated. A successful movement was also organized to change the concept of GDP lead development to employment lead development. More than 5 thousand programs were organized to commemorate the birth centenary of Dattopant Thengadi in which people in lakhs participated from across the country.
Dr. Ashwani Mahajan (National Co-Convenor, SJM) presented the concept of Atmanirbhar Bharat and two resolutions on- 1. Remunerative Prices to Farmers, 2. Change in FDI Norms prohibiting MNCs from Entering the Retail Business.
Sh. V. Bhagaiah (Sah Sarkaryawah, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) congratulated all Swadeshi Jagran Manch volunteers for strengthening the organization and spreading its activities to the masses. He said that to make the world follow Indian philosophy, we have to work for a long period and appreciated the commendable work being done by Swadeshi Jagran Manch by honoring the wealth & employment creators. He gave information about upcoming programs to save Mother Earth and to promote organic & natural agriculture by RSS and its associated organizations and urged swadeshi volunteers to actively participate in it. He informed about the soil enrichment program under which fertility of the soil shall be increased by replacing the use of chemicals with organic manures under the Akasha Krishi Parivar, in which Swadeshi Jagran Manch has to play an important role.
After this, Dr. Rajiv Kumar presented the progress report of Uttar Pradesh Kshetra.
Session-3 (03.30 to 05.00)
Sh. Manjunath (Regional Convenor) presented the report of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Sh. Keshav Dubolia (Regional Convenor) presented the progress report of Madhya Kshetra. Sh. Jitendra Gupta (Laghu Udhyog Bharti) gave information on how rural economy can be strengthened by craftsmen and small scale industries. On behalf of Vidya Bharti, Sh. J.R. Jagdish informed about the work done to promote Swadeshi through educational institutions.
Sh. Kashmiri Lal (Akhil Bharatiya Sanghthak) presented his views on the issue of Atmanirbhar Bharat and said that for a self-reliant India, we have to make our villages, districts and states Atmanirbhar. It has five pillars- economy, infrastructure, technology, demography and demand. For Atmanirbharta, agreements should be on equality basis. He also touched upon the historical background of Atmanirbharta. Besides, he discussed the things need to done for swadeshi. These are– holdings meetings, discussion on state budget, vichar-valaya, writing articles, preparing list of swadeshi goods, swadeshi resolve, linking local issues with swadeshi etc.
Prof. Vijay Kaul informed about the recently concluded activities of Swadeshi Think Tank (CEPR) and how it started with the boycott Chinese Goods movement. The Think Tank also signed with the Datopant Thengadi Study Center running at Chaudhary Bansi Lal University under which a detailed study shall be conducted on different dimensions of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Sh. Kamaljeet gave his views on start-ups, innovations and entrepreneurship with examples.
Open Discussion Session (05.00 to 07.00)
Sh. Balaram Nandwani (CA) – those who are honoured as Artha & Rojgar Srijak Abhiyan should be made swadeshi brand ambassadors.
Sh. Kamaljeet – In Jagadhri micro-finance women maintains account with bank and despite being poor, returns all the money back to the bank.
Sh. Keshav Dubolia – There should be Swadeshi Women Workshops so that new people could join.
Sh. K. Jagdish – There should be Incubation Cell in every district and Vichar Varga should be qualitative in nature.
Dr. Dharmendra Dube – Emphasized upon the strengthening of micro financing and creation of think tanks for a Swavalambi & Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Dr. Rajkumar Chaturvedi – emphasized Triveni’s idea for local planning and development for Aatmanirbharta – local human resources, women empowerment, natural resources and agriculture.
Sh. Manjunath – suggested preparing a district-wise products report to promote entrepreneurship.
Sh. Vijay Vats – pointed out that despite being a Manch, ours is karyakarta based organization, therefore along with intellectual discussion, we should focus on our karyakartas.
Prof. Raj Kumar Mittal spoke about taking along all the stakeholders of the district like educational institutions, banks, local administration, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, entrepreneurs for Aatmanirbharta.
Session-5: 13 Dec. 2020 (09.00 to 10.35)
The session was chaired by Sh. Kashmiri Lal. Initially, Sh. Tejram Chahar from the Delhi office gave information about the swadeshi magazine and the status of the Kendransh received from the States (prants) so far. All were requested to expedite the process of sending their share of Kendransh at the earliest. Dr. Ashwani Mahajan informed that from this month swadeshi magazine shall be made available offline. All stressed the need to improve the postal service so that magazine could reach the workers in time. Suggestions were made to improve its quality such as special coverage of important topics and book reviews. The participants also got the guidance of Sh. Kashmiri Lal during the session in which he stressed upon six things for making a district Aatmanirbhar. These are – 1. know your district, 2. prepare district-wise list of swadeshi products, 3. holding swadeshi fairs, 4. holdings meetings and conferences business-wise, 5. policy intervention and social audit, 6. organisational extension. He also cautioned the participants to keep in mind their limitations and enthusiasm.
Important Informations – Sh. Satish Kumar provided information on the following matters: 1. under the signature campaign, data of 48 thousand volunteers was collected, which has been sent to all the states. All the states should use it appropriately. 2. In Haryana, 4-5 days training camp was organised for 70 volunteers and in 20 out of 22 districts, Sampark Pramukh and Sah-Sampark Pramukh have been nominated. Other states should also try in this direction. 3. In today’s era, it has become necessary to use digital technology in all 700 districts. The states should also explore the possibility of appointing full-time workers for swadeshi work.
Sh. Vijay Vats presented the progress report of the northern region.
At the end of this session Sh. Kashmiri Lal asked the participants to – 1. Discuss and publish articles in newspapers on the two resolutions to be presented and on the concept note on Aatmanirbhar Bharat, 2. Keep preparing the list of people coming in contact during the Ram Janmabhoomi Dhan Sangreh campaign, 3. Keep updated knowledge about the State and making workers aware about the same. State-wise responsibility was assigned for this purpose.
Session-6: Valedictory Function of Sh. Dattopant Thengadi Birth Centenary
Sh. Dattopant Thengadi Centenary Commemoration Program started with Shankhanaad and the lamp was lit by Sh. R. Sundaram, Sh. Kashmiri Lal, Sh. Arun Ojha, and Dr. Ashwani Mahajan. Dr. Somnath Sachdeva (Vice Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra) anchored the programme.
Sh. Arun Ojha, while welcoming and introducing the guests, expressed his views on the relevance of the swadeshi movement and stated that the program is made live through www.youtube.com/joinswadeshi and www.joinswedeshi.com. In the program, 16727 swadeshi enthusiasts have got themselves registered. The program was chaired by the CEO of Sridhar Vembu (CEO of JOHO Group). Dr. Bajrang Lal Gupta (Sanghchalak Uttar Kshetra, RSS) was the keynote speaker in the programme. Sh. Ramesh Aggarwal (Bikaner Bhujiawale) was the guest of honour in the program. Sh. Satish Kumar presented a record of the activities through PPT in front of everyone. Dr. Ashwani Mahajan put forward the concept of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. He said that we have to become Aatmanirbhar with dignity and avoid the slavery of foreign companies. Swadeshi Jagran Manch has fought foreign companies right from the very beginning. Indian companies came forward to deal with Covid-19 and made PPE, ventilators, masks etc. not only for Indians but also supplied to foreign countries. Swadeshi Jagran Manch wants to connect with the countries of the world on equality basis and envisions world welfare by making our country better. We will go to the district level for Aatmanirbharta. Dr. Mahajan put forward two proposals – 1. Remunerative prices of the produce to the farmers, 2. Restricting the entry of multinational companies into retail trade by changing the FDI rules. Resolutions were passed with a voice vote.
Sh. Kashmiri Lal in his address stated that small businesses have to be nurtured to make Bharat Aatmnirbhar and to create employment. For this, we have to go to every corner of the villages. We have to think how to make each state, district and village swavalambi, work has to be done at the ground level. For making the district swavalambi, what we need to do, I already have stated earlier.
After this, “Mera ho Mann Swadeshi, Mera ho tan Swadeshi…..” song was sung.
Guest of Honour Sh. Ramesh Aggarwal said that we should adopt swadeshi to strengthen the economy of our country. For this the quality of swadeshi goods should be improved.
Sh. Shridhar Vembu, who presided the function discussed the state of Indian economy and pointed out that India lives in villages. Therefore, to strengthen the economy of the country, first of all the economy of the village has to be strengthened. Today, due to backwardness of villages, talent is migrating. Need of the day is to adopt modern technologies using the local talent for which their organisation is working. Today, high value goods are exported from his organisation to countries like USA and Germany.
Keynote speaker Dr. Bajrang Lal Gupta said that Swadeshi Jagran Manch has been working since 1991 for the betterment of Indian economy. During Corona pandemic Swadeshi Jagran Manch has successfully carried out the process of distribution of grains, food, medicine and other essential commodities on an extensive scale. He said that the ideas of Thengadi Ji would continue to move forward through Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh and Swadeshi Jagran Manch. Thengadi ji was both a Dristta (visionary) and a Shristta (creater). The live example of which is the Swadeshi Jagran Manch. Thengadi Ji’s personality was multi-faceted. He was scholar of Indian and foreign thoughts and an expert of Hindu thought. He said that Hindu culture and thoughts are not only for India, but are a path towards world’s welfare. Swadeshi is an overall theme and is the basis of expression of patriotism. Foreign institutions are not good for India. Only our systems will help us to stand on our own feet. He said that the Hindu way of life is the way to world’s welfare. The consumeristic tendency damages the environment, increases economic disparities, unemployment and mental stress. Therefore, Indian model of development offers solution to today’s world problems. He was opposed to any form of ism such as socialism and capitalism and therefore suggested third alternative which is free from any form of ism.
On this occasion, ‘Swadeshi Chitthi’ written by Sh. Satish Kumar was released.
At the end of the program, the National Convenor Sh. R. Sundaram in his address pointed out that today whole country and the world is embracing the idea of swadeshi and the responsibility of taking it to the grass-root level has increased all the more. He expressed his happiness over Swadeshi Jagran Manch volunteers organising the Thengadi Centenary Programmes at places in large numbers throughout the country. After this Dr. Somnath Sachdeva thanked all the guests, officials and workers and the program concluded with the recitation of kalyan mantra.