Grand centenary fete for Guruji in TN
Under the inspiring and matchless leadership of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Sri Guruji Centenary Celebration Committee has done marvellous work during the last one year starting from February, 2006. More than 500 public meetings have been organised throughout Tamilnadu. Thousands of common people belonging to all castes and creeds have participated with great gusto and enthusiasm. The nature and the extent of mass participation has clearly shown that Sri Guruji's voice continues to move the people of India. Here are a few interesting sidelights to illustrate the story.
a) At a meeting of all caste leaders to celebrate Sri Guruji's centenary in Chennimalai in Erode District, people went into ecstasy when they were permitted to participate in Gayatri Homa.
b) Members belonging to Ambedkar Makkal Mandram voluntarily came forward to participate in the Reception Committee connected with the Centenary Celebrations at Adyar, Chennai. All of them worked with tremendous enthusiasm round the clock to spread the message of Hindu solidarity.
c) Sri Varadarajan, a Scheduled Tribe (Arunthathiyar) leader was moved to tears at Arakkonam when he was given the honour of hoisting the Saffron Flag of the RSS at the conference in connection with the Centenary Celebrations of Sri Guruji. Likewise, Velumani, a Harijan leader, spoke eloquently about the role played by the RSS in bringing all the castes together on the same public platform. He too was given the honour of hoisting the Saffron Flag in the Periyapalayam conference held in Tiruvallur District.
d) Sri Srinivasan, a Harijan Leader from Atthur in Salem District declared: 'Spirituality alone can unite all the sections of society. RSS is a shining symbol of spirituality, selfless service and sacrifice. I for my part pledge myself to work round the clock for the RSS in all its society-building activities.'
e) Sri Madhiarasan, a Leader of the Indian Republican Party, participating in the Caste Leaders' Conference organised in Kancheepuram as part of the centenary celebrations, declared: 'In order to overcome the onslaughts on Hindu society, all the Hindus should come together shedding their caste differences. The only organisation that can help us achieve this great national goal is the RSS.'
f) In the Conference held at Chromepet, Chennai in which I participated, 50 Muslim women participated to show their solidarity with the Hindus in that area.
g) Former Adi Dravidar Welfare Minister Rajangam enthusiastically participated in the Sri Guruji Centenary Celebrations held at Panruti and Cuddalore.
h) The youths belonging to the PMK party of Endiyur village near Pondicherry voluntarily came forward to work for the Hindu Unity Conference in their village and proclaimed: 'Our village is an RSS village.'
i) Sri Varadarajan, an important Congress Leader of Tiruvottiyur had to face the ire of his party men because of his participation in the Hindu Unity Conference held in his locality. His shop was ransacked. Despite this great personal loss, he remained firm and fearless, expressing his solidarity towards RSS and took a vow to fight for Hindu unity. All the traders of the locality, condemning the looting of his shop, observed a one day bandh.
j) An Advocate called Sri Dayanidhi who presided over the centenary conference at Villupuram said: 'Myself and my father Sri Vengaimarban (who was performing Bhajans in the Conference) have been staunch supporters of the Dravida Kazhagam in the past. After realising that Hindu unity is a need of the hour, we are actively associating ourselves with the RSS.'
k) At Edayapalayam village in Tiruvannamalai district, all the people actively participated in decorating the village and gave it a festive outlook to 11 streets by offering floral tributes to the portrait of Sri Guruji.
Ten days ago a massive Conference was held at Madurai. More than 5000 Swayamsevaks from different parts of Tamilnadu participated in the march past. Sri Suryanarayana Rao, the senior most Swayamsevak of the RSS in charge of South India, participated in the Conference and gave an inspiring address which greatly moved all the Swayamsevaks and the common people present on the occasion. To mark the inauguration of the centenary celebrations in 2006, a special pooja was performed in thousands of temples in Tamilnadu invoking the blessings of God. In Chennimalai near Erode, the Temple Priest was greatly surprised when a batch of young students requested him to perform pooja for the welfare of Bharat Varsha and her people. They said they were inspired by the life and example of Sri Guruji.
In the neighbouring State of Karnataka, a massive conference was held last month in which more than 200,000 people participated. What is worth noting is that Muslim and Christian leaders called for a press conference in the presence of the District Collector, the Superintendent of Police and other officials and openly declared that they will be extending their full cooperation for the success of the Hindu Unity Conference convened by the RSS as part of Sri Guruji Golwarkar Centenary Celebrations.
Sri Guruji's life was soft and gentle. Yet Sri Guruji continues to live in our midst giving us this vital message even today