Bhaiyaji Joshi, general secretary, RSS was the chief guest on the occasion. Delivering key note address, Joshi eloquently articulated on a wide spectrum of national as well as international issues. Hitting out at gender discrimination and status of women in India, he said: “We should shun infanticide, foeticide and ponder over the convention of dowry. Society should alter its perception towards women.”
While focusing on the importance of intellectuals in society, he added: “Chanakya wrote that if foreign invaders are responsible for crumbling rich Indian culture and heritage then intellectuals too can’t shy away from responsibility. Why they didn’t wake up. Intellectual class should stand up to save nation from challenges, evils.”
Without naming any community or religion, Joshi criticized religious conversion; saying coercive and conversion through allurement needs to be scuttled and shouldn’t be tolerated.
Joshi concluded his eloquent speech by invoking audience and swayamsewaks to draw inspiration from legendary Swami Vivekananda to transform the mother land. “Vivekananda wrote that immaculate, rich Indian philosophy, Vedas, Purans are fraught with solutions galore for social challenges. Let’s integrate, leave aside bigotry for the pride of our nation and take our Bharat towards peace, prosperity and development, and make our Bharat an epitome to look up to for the world,” he said.
Pratap, a B.Tech student described the whole event as “excellent” and was of the view that such events inspire “us to remain united and think for nation building in more constructive way”. Vikrant, a devout swayamsewak called RSS a “colossal, momentous organization” dedicated towards nation building. “You should witness a gamut of activities to decipher the fathom of RSS,” he suggested.
Sirivenala Sitaramshri, lyricist and Nandi award winner, Venkateshwar Rao, Padamshri award winner, Pyata Venkateshwar Rao, senior RSS functionaries from Western AP and Jai Kishan, state BJP President and MLA among others too graced the occasion.
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