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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With an aim to educate kids in Indian values and morals, a week long youth camp was organized by the Badri branch of Chinmaya Mission, Chicago. The camp just concluded here last Sunday (19th July).

The camp was organized to acquaint the children with India, Indian heritage, culture and spirituality. Imparting values of vedanta and spiritual growth are core areas of focus at the Chinmaya Mission and likewise, they were the core practices at the camp too.

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The camp saw children of diverse age groups, ranging from kindergartners to 12th graders in attendance.

Children from various states of the US came to attend the camp in Chicago. The camp was conducted by Swami Sharanananda, the resident swami of Chinmaya Mission here along with acharyas (teachers) from Chicago. Also, other acharyas from different parts of US and Canada were also present.

Speaking to NewsGram about the activities of the Youth Camp, Jyoti Shah, the coordinator of the camp said that during the program, the day started at eight in the morning with bhajanas.

After the morning bhajanas, various activities like sports, arts, and crafts kept the children occupied. Yoga was also an important activity during the camp.

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The children were served satvik food in the camp. The cuisines served included both Indian and non-Indian delicacies.

Words of wisdom were imparted to the kids by Swami Sharanananda and the acharyas through extempore speeches. The emphasis was on enlightening the kids in Indian values and morals.

The penultimate day of the camp, i.e 18th July, witnessed fun activities. Food stalls were set up in the camp premises with popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream. A barbecue was also set up. Various games like dunk tank, etc. kept the children engaged and made it a memorable event for them.

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The concluding session of the camp took place on Sunday, 19th of July and the children were joined by their families. The kids took part in a quiz which was followed by a cultural program for everybody.

Various volunteers from different places came and worked with the camp and the children and helped in making it a success.

Similar camps are also conducted at satellite branches of Chinmaya Mission over the summers and also at the Yamunotri branch, situated in Greyslake, a suburb of Chicago.

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.