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Sri Sivaraja Deekshithar - Teaching Veda to his fellow sishyas . Image source: rathnacharitabletrust.com
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Chennai, TN: R R Rangarajan aspired to study Vedas as a child but this dream of his couldn’t be realized by him. His dream is now lived by his two sons who are studying in the Kanchi Mahan Vidya Mandir in Rajakizhpakkam.

He believes that he has not forced or imposed his dreams on his sons and his sons are happy in the gurukulam once he aspired to learn in.

According to the couple, this was the wisest decision they took five years ago and they are proud of it. The couple will be complimented for this in a function in the city on Sunday along with the other 300 couples from 70 different places.

Sarma Sastrigal believes that these parents are doing a commendable job at a time when rest of the crowd is chasing towards money and a secure job for their children. He further adds that this is a mum service they are doing towards the Vedas and the country.

Moreover, last year when he was invited as the chief guest at their anniversary function to the Kumbakonam Raja Veda Kavya Patasala, he was driven by the sacrifice of the parents and their children and believed that to be ignored and hence felt the need for it to be exhibited.

Students of the Raja Veda Kavya Patasala at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district. Image source: thehindu.com
Students of the Raja Veda Kavya Patasala at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district. Image source: thehindu.com

Nagarajan further observes that this is difficult for the children as well. The module educates them with each and every little thing from maths to physical science, from commerce to the Vedas, scriptures, dramas and many other things. He adds that in the end the final say is of the individual to chase it.

Arvind Bhatt, priest of Dattatreya temple in Gulbarga has his son studying Ghanam at Ramanasaranam, Tiruvannamalai. His son, Nirguna, showed interest in the subject since his childhood. In the beginning he was admitted in a Patsala in North Canara but was not happy with the module there on its completion, so he shifted from there. Here the relationship which he shares with his guru is indescribable. He further plans to graduate in advance level in the subject.

Mr Balasubramaniam of Kumbakonam Kavya Patasala is hopeful that more parents will choose this field for the education of their children. Moreover, he feels that parents have to be encouraged to motivate their children in the right path. However, he feels sad that studying Vedas is never a priority for parents.

He further believes that the energy and memory levels of students while young are unmatchable and they master course with less difficulty. So, the children have to be enrolled in the course when young.

The town echoed with Veda mantras during Mahamagham recited by hundreds of scholars and students from various states and the country. The spirit of the land relies on it and people are trying their best to keep this alive. (Inputs from The Hindu)

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Child Rights Summit: Nations Should Spend More on Education Over Weapons

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Displaced Syrian children look out from their tents at Kelbit refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria, Jan. 17, 2018. VOA

Countries should spend more on schooling and less on weapons to ensure that children affected by war get an education, a child rights summit heard Monday.

The gathering in Jordan was told that a common thread of war was its devastating impact in keeping children out of school.

Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who founded the summit, said ensuring all children around the world received a primary and secondary education would cost another $40 billion annually — about a week’s worth of global military expenditure.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai listen to speeches during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Dec. 10, 2014. VOA

“We have to choose whether we have to produce guns and bullets, or we have to produce books and pencils to our children,” he told the second Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit that gathers world leaders and Nobel laureates.

Global military expenditure reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2016, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said last year 27 million children were out of school in conflict zones.

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“We want safe schools, we want safe homes, we want safe countries, we want a safe world,” said Satyarthi, who shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for his work with children.

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein told the summit, which focused on child refugees and migrants affected by war and natural disasters, that education was “key,” especially for “children on the move.”

“Education can be expensive, but never remotely as close to what is being spent on weapons. … They [children] are today’s hope for a better future,” he told the two-day summit.

Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit group, described the number of Syrian refugees not in school in the Middle East as “shocking” as the war enters its eighth year.

Kennedy cited a report being released Tuesday by the KidsRights Foundation, an international children’s rights group, which found 40 percent of school-aged Syrian children living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq cannot access education. VOA