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Veteran VHP leader Ashok Singhal passes away in Gurgaon

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Gurgaon: Veteran Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal passed away at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon on Tuesday. He was 89.

Organization’s international working president Praveen Togadia. “Mr Singhal died at 2.24 PM at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon,” said Togadia.

He was hospitalised here after developing heart and kidney problems and breathlessness and was in “very serious”, doctors said on Monday, adding that the patient was not showing any sign of improvement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow on Twitter, saying Singhal’s demise was “a personal loss.”

“Singhal is being treated for cardiac and nephrological problems. He has also developed problems in breathing and is not showing any progress in his vital parameters,” a source had told IANS.

“The patient opens his eyes after regular intervals, but he is not in a position to speak or respond,” the source had said.

Singhal, who was admitted to Medanta – The Medicity hospital here in Sector 38, was being kept on life-support systems in the Intensive Care Unit.

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, union minister Harsh Vardhan, VHP leader Praveen Togadia, Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, chairman, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, and a few state leaders visited the hospital on Monday to enquire about Singhal’s health.

Togadia had also visited the hospital on Sunday along with Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and union ministers Rajnath Singh and Uma Bharti.

A team of doctors headed by Sanjay Mittal, director of Clinical Cardiology and Research at Medanta, is treating Singhal.

Singhal was referred to the same hospital on October 20, but he was discharged after he showed signs of improvement. He was again brought back on Friday night as his condition deteriorated.

BJP president Amit Shah, union Health Minister J P Nadda, and BJP general secretary (organisation) Ramlal visited the hospital on Saturday to enquire about Singhal’s health.

All the visitors, however, could not meet him as Singhal is on life-support.

(With inputs from IANS)

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VHP wants Modi Government to Legislate a Bill for the Contruction of Ram Temple in Ayodha

Senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said that Modi Government should enact a legislation in which would enable the construction of ram temple in Ayodha

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Uttar Pradesh, Mar 25, 2017: After the Supreme Court’s mandate which came on tuesday that the Ayodha case should be settled out of court, Senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said that Modi Government should enact a legislation in the parliament which would enable the construction of ram temple in Ayodha, as reported by PTI.

On issue that the Supreme Court has mandated that the issue should be resolved out of court, he has said that dialogue can only be held with friends, people of similar thoughts and people of same level.

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He is of the view that the one of the reasons for the massive mandate that BJP got in the 2014 general election and the Uttar pradesh Assmeble polls is the expectation of the public that the a huge temple would be built on the Ramjanmabhoomi in Ayodha.

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VHP’s international working president Praveen Togadia has also repeated his earlier demand that a law should be enavted enabling the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Mr. Togadia had added that when in 1991 the then Prime Minister Chandrashekhar’s union government had tried to get VHP and the Babri Action Committee (BMAC) to sit at one table to amicably solve the matter. However when the VHP had submitted all proofs of a temple being there, the BMAC members abandoned that meeting.

Further he had said that the excavation by Geo Radar and  the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the directions of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High court has already proven that there was a grand temple at site of Babri structure. The High Court has also accepted enough proof of existence of a temple on the site of the Babri structure and the Muslim community had agreed that if there was proof enough of the existence of a temple on that site they would withdraw their claim.

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Durga Vahini: A self-Defense Program for Hindu Women in India

A subsidiary of the Hindu nationalist organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)

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Durga Vahini Image: Outlookindia

Durga Vahini is the female counterpart of the Bajrang Dal, a subsidiary of the Hindu nationalist organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) which was established in 1991. The founding Chairperson of Durga Vahini is Sadhvi Rithambara. Women between the ages of 18 and 35 are allowed to join this camp and trained.

 Know more about Durga Vahini-

  • Set up by a Hindu organisation VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad or World Hindu Council) in 1984-85.
  • Women aged 18 to 35 years are eligible to join the group.
  • The organization’s website describes it as a “dynamic voluntary organisation” of young Hindu women.
  • It says the organisation “strives for the security of society” and imparts knowledge of culture and tradition.
  • Every member is expected to exercise regularly for “increasing her physical stamina” and to read “good literature”.
  • The group says it “ensures rehabilitation” of widows, women who have been deserted by their husbands, or women “involved in accidents”.
  • Training camps of 15-20 days are organised for members in all states.
  • The group runs vocational training and tailoring centres and blood donation camps, among other things.
  • Members are also trained in “dagger wielding” and use of firearms, according to the website. ( Source: BBC news)
  • Durga Vahini Training classes. Image source: vhpdelhi.blogspot.com
    Durga Vahini Training classes. Image source: vhpdelhi.blogspot.com

In India, thousands of youths have joined Bajrangi Dal. For girls who want to join such organisation, VHP founded an independent organisation of Hindu Yuwatis (Women) in the name of Durga Vahini on Ashwin Shukla Ashtami (Durga-Ashtami).

Durga Vahini stresses the Service, Security and Sanskars while working in the society —

  • Sewa- Durga Vahini run several service centres like Tailoring centres, vocational courses etc. in different places of the country. The Women uninhabited by her in-laws and widows are mostly among the women who join Durga Vahini. Aid to service projects/activities, hostels, orphanages etc. working in the Sewa Bastis is being acquired through the medium of Free Tution, Dan-Patra, Mushti-Dan Scheme etc. Ror rendering service to humanity, Durga Vahini also holds Blood Donation Camps, Blood Group Determination Camps etc.
  • Suraksha- During the course of this training, practice is being made of physical education, Yog and Niyuddha together with Chhurika (dagger wielding) Gun (firing) etc.
  • Sanskar- Sourya Prashikshan Vargas are conducted for 6 to 15 days in almost all the provinces of the country. Apart from these, a two-days Abhyas Vargas also are organised on divisional and district levels. The Durgas are trained to live a disciplined and Susanskarit (well-cultured) life.

-prepared by Pashchiema (with inputs from BBC news and vhp.org), an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @pashchiema

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2 responses to “Durga Vahini: A self-Defense Program for Hindu Women in India”

  1. Instead of having it as Hindu women, Hindu centric, it should’ve been just women. There are many women in this country who need the basic self defence education. So rather than confining it to ‘Hindu women’, it should be upgraded to ‘women’

  2. Durga Vahini has also been involved in many controversies.. A documentary showcasing the environment of Durga Vahini camp was also released.

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India’s Youngest CEO: 16 year-old Anubhav Wadhwa’s initiative to dispose old Tyres through ‘Tyrelessly’

Old tyres are collected from people's doorsteps, and then they are recycled into fuel and steel for the purpose of reuse

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Old and used tyres Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Anubhav started a company ‘Tyrelessly’, which works to dispose old and used tyres in an eco-friendly manner
  • He is an entrepreneur, designer, data analyst, computer programmer and a social activist
  • He is also the founder and CEO of software firm TechAPTO

Small changes can create big differences- is what one will say of 16 year-old Anubhav. Instead of criticizing the authorities and complaining about the population for the rising levels of pollution, this teenaager has decided to take an initiative to do something.

Anubhav, a resident of Gurgaon, has started a company, called Tyrelessly, which works to dispose old and used tyres in an eco-friendly manner. He is inviting more people to do their bit for this good cause.

Anubhav Wadhwa Image Source: thebetterindia.com
Anubhav Wadhwa Image Source: thebetterindia.com

It all started after Wadhwa saw someone setting a couple of tyres on fire and then he went online to learn how tyres are disposed once they have outlived their usefulness. He got to learn about a number of toxic gases released by burning tyres into the air leading to an environmental threat. In a hope to stop this practise, he started his company, tirelessly on December 15, 2015 and soon the first pilot was rolled out.

Wadhwa, a student of Pathways World School, Aravali, Haryana, and a member of the student council, when returns home from school at 5 PM, he becomes an entrepreneur, designer, data analyst, computer programmer and a social activist.

Old tyres are collected from people’s doorsteps, and then they are recycled into fuel and steel for the purpose of reuse. One just needs to visit the Tyrelessly web platform, and give the location by clicking on the ‘Tyreless’ option, after which a truck comes and picks up the old tyre. Tirelessly provides free service and gets its revenue be selling these byproducts of tyres. Apart from recycling the tyres, the team members of tirelessly also work to aware people about the risk of burning tyres.

Tyres recycling in Sweden Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Tyres recycling in Sweden Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

He has not only started Tyrelessly but he is also the founder and CEO of software firm TechAPTO. He has also developed websites for several companies and was included among the youngest CEOs of India in 2013.

-prepared by Pashchiema, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @pashchiema

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3 responses to “India’s Youngest CEO: 16 year-old Anubhav Wadhwa’s initiative to dispose old Tyres through ‘Tyrelessly’”

  1. The toxic fumes released when tires are burnt are very harmful to the environment. Anubhav has done what we had never thought about. By recycling the tires and creating awareness about the harmful effects of burning them, he has created a better place.

  2. Giving ideas is one thing but implementing these ideas is a great job that should be done. It takes almost years for people to understand the new way of living life if these ideas are to be implemented and used in real life.

  3. Recycling tyres will lower the amount of toxic emissions taking place and reduce the level of global warming.

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