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Partial list of participants at the National Reform Summit at Patanjali in April 2013

Came across this list in my records. I needed it for something. Putting it out my blog for easier reference in the future. This is a PARTIAL list. Many others are not listed here.

Bhaleram BeniwalRetired Principal Rashtriya Adhyaksh Jat Mahasangh (Regd.)
G. LeelaHyderabad
Hem Raj JainVeleraus of Ivelia
Amar G. ChoudharyB.Sc. & C.A.
Ca Atul DeshmukhTrustee Arthkranti
B.S. BunghaVishva Shanti Party
Vardan KabraFTI
Prasoon Kumar MishraAdvocate, Supremen Court of India President, “Global Rights & Justice Welfare Society” President, Vishva Shakti Party
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Saxena (M.Tech., Ph.D. MBA)Professor Computer Science, Management
Dr. Natthu SinghKendriya Lekha Nirikshak Bharat Swabhiman, Patanjali
Dipender SekhonFTI
Vivek GargBJP External Affair Cell, Head Ofice (Africultural Exporter)
Bhushan PatilArthakranti
Ashish Roy Loksatta Party
Gajendra DewanganWorking in the field of farming
Mrs. PreetiWorking in the field of Yoga & Woman Empowerment
Dr. Wange Harish ChandranSurgical Practice, Political, Social Aesthetics
Acharya PankajVyavastha Parivartan Manch
Chabbil Singh SisodiyaVyavastha Parivartan Manch
Pramod VatsalyaVyavastha Parivartan Manch
Suneeta DhariwalFTI
Dr. Mahinder Kumar
Indra SinghalPYP Houston U.S.A.
Shantanu BhagwatFTI
Dr. Jaideep AryaPatanjali Yog Peeth Bharat Swabhiman Nyas
Anurag KejriwalLok Satta Party
B.B. TewariLok Satta Party
C. Dinakaran BoseLok Satta Party
Ram Ratan Sharma, former MLAPermanent Avas Patanjali
Kunwar Kamal BhaiiIndian Eternal Society
Gauri ShankarBharat Swabhiman
Dr. Surender SangwanB.S.T.
Ramesh GuptaNRI, Bharat Sudhar Manch
Dr. Sarvadanand AryaFormer Vice Chancellor, MDU, KU & HAU ex. World Bank Executive
Pradeep MathurYuva Bharat Delhi
Ram Narayan ChaudharyNagaur (Rajasthan)-342902
Anirudh Dhoundiyalstudent
Shivam DhoundiyalRudrapur
Kapil GuptaCEO-OMLogic
Ruchi JayaswalHR-OMLogic
Neha JainCS-OMLogic
Ashutosh PhalkeArthakranti
PankajVolunteer with Bharat Swabhiman(Trust)
HarisharanVolunteering with Bharat Swabhiman, Haridwar.
Maj. Gen. Narendra Bahadur (Veteran)Retired in 2006 from army, convenor SSSM etc. Member BST Andolan Samiti.
Srijan BandyopadhyayCentre for Civil Society
Arvind KamranFTI
Navendra Singh AryaJAT Mahasabha of India (Delhi Pradesh)
Narender Singh DabasKisan Panchayat Delhi, Bharat Swabhiman
Dr. Harpal S. SangivanKisan Rights “AGRICOS”
Mukesh SharmaBusiness Enterpreneur
Dr. Robin MalikBharat Uday Mission Youth for equality
Surveer GulleriaBharat Swabhiman Andolan
Ran Singh ShokeenPresident Delhi State Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh & former retired Asst. Commn. Of Police.
Dr. Kamal Kishore SharmaFTI
K.K. VermaFTI
Ramvir ShresthJournalist A to Z TV, Delhi
Ramesh ChaubeyLok Swaraj Manch Bihar, Chattisgarh
Rishi DwivediSelf Employed
Bajrang MuniBusiness, Social Worker
Rajendra ShuklaSocial Worker
Nagesh Kumar SinghEngineer, Govt. Service
Dilip KumarBharat Swabhiman



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Sardar Patel’s vigorous opposition to RSS and strong support for secular India

The following short extracts from WAS SARDER PATEL COMMUNAL?: AN EXERCISE IN HISTORICAL DEMYSTIFICATION by Bhupendra Yadav, Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, Vol. 63 (2002), pp. 778-790 are very important.


Patel declared “…. The future of a minority, any minority, is to trust the majority. It will be a misfortune to this country if the majority does not realize its own responsibility. If I were a member of a minority community, I would forget that I belong to a minority community, why should not a member of any community be the Prime Minister of this country?…”


“We have just heard people shouting that Muslims should be removed from India. Those who do so have gone mad with anger. I maintain that I am a friend of Muslims.” [In the article it is mentioned that Patel retained a distinction between the Muslim Leaguer and the common Muslim till the very end.]


a loyal Muslim must be treated as your own brother. If you think you can go on constantly troubling loyal Muslims because they happen to be Muslims, then our freedom has not been worthwhile”


In February 1949 he said, “Hindu Raj was a mad idea” and added that “it will kill the soul of India.”


He said, “it is our determined resolve that we will not allow RSS or any other communal organisation to throw the country back on the path of slavery and disintegration.”

Patel wanted RSS to “know that Hinduism would not be saved by rowdyism.” Patel did not understand “the manner in which the organisation had been working,” how “the entire work of RSS was directed” or why the leadership was so selectively drawn. He said, “Anyone who wanted to start a movement should do so openly. But there was something secret about the RSS. It had no constitution of its own. Its provincial heads, the Sangh chalaks, were all Mahratta Brahmins.”

His strongest words were reserved for the para-military nature of RSS. He said, “The RSS had an army of its own. I can understand the existence of an army outside India, but the raising of an army, whatever name it might be given, within the boundaries of India, could not be permitted. Such an army was a potential danger to the State and, therefore, had to be put down.”

in a speech he advised RSS members to join the Indian National Congress, “if they had the good of the country uppermost in their hearts”,

Patel in this letter dated September 11, 1948 [to Golwalkar], said there was no objection to the service of Hindu society. The Sardar accepted that “young RSS workers protected, Hindu women and children and strove much for their sake.” But the objectionable part arose when they, burning with revenge, began attacking Mussalmans. Organising the Hindus and helping them is one thing but going in for revenge for its sufferings on innocent and helpless men, women and children is quite another thing.”

The distribution of sweets on Gandhiji’s death by RSS men was something Patel never forgot or forgave them for.



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Compilation of RSS-BJP’s well orchestrated violence against protesting students of JNU

There’s a lot more out there. Just had time for this.



JNU violence: Before mayhem, WhatsApp chatter suggests planning

JNU violence: Delhi Police watch as ambulances smashed, leaders heckled
















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Notes on Hindu rashtra

This is a placeholder post. There is too much material on this topic, and I’m not going to be able to highlight it all here, but a few snippets, now and then, to support my research.

Whose word should we take?

The RSS is a very slippery organisation. It plays with word and hides behind smoke and mirrors. Who’s word is to be taken as its gospel? What exactly is Hindu rashrta?

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said the Sangh cannot be bracketed into any ideology, does not believe in any ism and is not represented by any book including one authored by its second head M S Golwalkar.

The Sangh’s core value is that India is a Hindu rashtra and it is non-negotiable, he said.

“It is wrong to call or describe anything as Sangh’s ideology. Sangh founder Dr Hedgewar did not ever say he can fully understand the Sangh. After having been the Sarsangachalak for so long, Guru ji said I may have began to understand the Sangh,” he said. [Source]

On 18 September he had said that “‘Hindu Rashtra’ does not mean it has no place for Muslims as this concept is inclusive of all faiths and religions”.

The RSS periodically claims to support all religions (e.g. “‘Hindu Rashtra’ does not mean it has no place for Muslims as this concept is inclusive of all faiths and religions. “The Sangh works towards universal brotherhood” [Bhagwat, cited here]

But if so, then the Indian Constitution already has that characteristic. Why create this separate terminology that confuses everyone.

Moreover, the writings of Gowlakar are very clear: He actively detests and hates Muslims. He a clear plan for them: that they become Hindu. (See the quotes in my recent TOI blog post).

Here is one definition:

H. V. Sheshadri, the senior leader of the RSS writes “As Hindu Rashtra is not a religious concept, it is also not a political concept. It is generally misinterpreted as a theocratic state or a religious Hindu state. Nation (Rashtra) and State (Rajya) are entirely different and should never be mixed up. The state is purely a political concept. The State changes as the political authority shifts from person to person or party to party. But the people in the Nation remain the same.[91] They would maintain that the concept of Hindu Rashtra is in complete agreement with the principles of secularism and democracy.[92] [Source]


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