We have been breathing the air of free India for seven decades now. These seventy years have witnessed growth in all phases including railways, roads, electricity and communication, Skyscrapers, shopping malls, metro stations all boast of the story of success. It’s a pleasing sight to see mobile phones in all hands irrespective of the purchasing power. However, this is only one phase of developing India. The other is just a contrast wherein we can still see thousands spend their nights on footpaths in cutting cold and dripping monsoons. Amongst these innumerable slums we can see children playing in filth, starving people dying of hunger with eyes that speak of nothing but helplessness, Numerous villages are still devoid even of basic facilities like power, toilets and the light of education In this race of development, unfortunately good forty percent of Indians have not been able to keep pace. Sangh Swayamsevaks have been the light of hope in the lives of these millions of underprivileged souls where even Governments have failed to reach.
All this has been accomplished by small groups of Sangh Parivar operating in these regions via public inclusion into development programs aimed towards their upliftment. Fifty years of undying consistent efforts have started reaping results now which probably Sangh didn’t imagine of!
If ever one has been to Madhya Pradesh’s Dhaar region and visited Sundrail village’s Middle School, they would probably accredit the government for its efforts. However, the fact remains that the premise is a result of the villagers’ efforts via lending from a private bank and their own physical labour! This village observes hi-tech agriculture techniques, each farmer gets paperless loans, not only this, on every full moon (poornima) day, thousands girl children of all classes are fed together. The BSc agriculture graduates from the village prefer to stay on there itself and contribute towards the further development of the place. This picture of total development has evolved after years of struggle put in by Sangh in forms of education and inspiration forwarded via Shakhas eventually helping Sundrail come up as a model village. Just like this hundreds of villages across the country have been transformed by these Swayam-Sevaks terms of organic farming, education with element of ‘Sanskar’, Solar Energy and Health Awareness.
Thousands of Bal Sanskar Kendras (Centers imparting Cultural Values to Children) and Tribal Hostels have been developed to cater to children in slums with the objective of making them self-dependent, capable and patriotic. Matrachaaya for orphans, Arun Chetna for the handicapped and Youth for Sewa for the new generation youth projects are run for the societal good. Food and attendants are provided for those suffering from heart diseases and cancer, Ashrams have been opened for those suffering from Leprosy and Special Training Centers for women for Skill Development. From the inspiration of Hari Anant Hari Katha Ananta, thousands of Sewa endeavours are addressed by the Rashtriya Swayam Sevaks Sangh. These are those rays of hope the pierce through the blackness of hopelessness spreading light of optimism and faith. People who benefit from these programs further volunteer to be a part of this mission to spread enlighten several other lives.
While these small tales of change have brought forward uncountable stories of development, they have not been any headlines of newspapers or breaking news of any 24*7 news channel. In this journey of change, we shall be coming up with similar small but significant true stories of change reading which one would be confident that it is not far that India will manifest itself as a totally developed country with no traces of malnutrition, lack of education and poverty.